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Originally posted by vinoevelo:
Was at weston today - they had a few cases of 2011 bruno rocca barbaresco rabaja @ $69.25

The Bruno Rocca Rabaja has been gathering dust for a couple of weeks now. Compared to US pricing, it's not a bad value but I guess there aren't enough Barbaresco fans prowling around the 401-Weston Rd area.
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Originally posted by vinoevelo:
Have you tried it OTW?


I visited the winery with OTW on our fall excursion: most/only disappointing winery visit of the trip. IIRC, OTW was looking to taste the Rabaja, especially the 2010 and all we got was their lower end wines:

Bruno Rocca tasted at the winery:
2013 Langhe Chardonnay
2013 Tribole Dolcetto d’Alba
2012 Barbaresco
2010 Barbaresco Coparossa

The tasting was underwhelming.

I'd be interested to hear if OTW has had a chance to taste it elsewhere.

In contrast, our visit to Sottimano made me want to load up on Sottimano and seek out other good Barbaresco.
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Originally posted by vinoevelo:
Have you tried it OTW?

I've had the 2008 Bruno Rocca Rabaja and thought it was a bit light but nicely balance and smooth.

I was quite disappointed at being told the 2011 Rabaja was unavailable during our visit to the winery. I didn't just drop in because I was in the neighbourhood. Much as I enjoyed meeting Elena Oberto and Bruno, and admiring Bruno's motorcycle, I would rather have drunk the 2011 Rabaja.

Like VinCentric, I would sooner buy Sottimano'a Barbaresco. I thought each of the 2011's had a lot of distinctive vineyard character and all of them were really tasty. Another Barbaresco winery I was impressed with was Cigliuti. I tasted their Barbaresco Serraboella from multiple vintages and was impressed.
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Originally posted by vinoevelo:
Thanks guys!

I still bought a few... you know declining $CDN and whatnot.

Totally understand. The distinctions are just a matter of personal preference. If you look at the professional reviewers, they clearly give the Bruno Rocca Rabaja the highest scores.

And who would you rather believe ... a Pro, or an amateur Punter like me?
I always put more weight in the opinion of a pro like yourself rather than some punter assigning scores.

I'm really just suffering from low $CDN wine buying withdrawal symptoms and the currency arbitrage was too good to pass up.
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Originally posted by The Web:
Picked up a bottle of the 2009 Othello at the Stittsville store for $33 (regularly $43).

Curious to know your thoughts on this once you pop it.
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Originally posted by DoktaP:
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Originally posted by The Web:
Picked up a bottle of the 2009 Othello at the Stittsville store for $33 (regularly $43).

Curious to know your thoughts on this once you pop it.

+1

I bought one over a year ago and never seem to find a good time to open it. Let us know if it's ready.
Picked up a bottle of 2004 Francesc Sanchez Bas Priorat Mongarnatx. A bunch of them available for $11 off ($41).

Bfw
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Originally posted by bfw:
Picked up a bottle of 2004 Francesc Sanchez Bas Priorat Mongarnatx. A bunch of them available for $11 off ($41).
Bfw

Where? It appears to be available only through Vintages Online?
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Originally posted by VinT:
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Originally posted by bfw:
Picked up a bottle of 2004 Francesc Sanchez Bas Priorat Mongarnatx. A bunch of them available for $11 off ($41).
Bfw

Where? It appears to be available only through Vintages Online?


London..Wonderland/Southdale
About 12 on the shelf.

Bfw
I've seen a couple of the SOL products sneak through the Clearance Center lately. On Friday morning, I stopped in at Crossroads on the way out to Guelph and found some Gaston-Chiquet B de B Brut on sale for $37.50. That seemed weird because it’s currently available on Vintages Shop-on-Line for $59. The answer is that the bottles being cleared were classed as consignment and the ones on SOL are not. Apparently, this makes them different wines/products at the KGBO. Really?!?!? This is an organisation without a brain in its head. Or maybe a brain but no judgement.

Another customer I met a the store said there was another champagne that went through there last week. The quantities are small, so you have to be quick.
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Originally posted by The Web:
Picked up a bottle of the 2009 Othello at the Stittsville store for $33 (regularly $43).


Hey! No scoopin my store!!! Wink
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Originally posted by sunnylea57:
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Originally posted by DoktaP:
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Originally posted by The Web:
Picked up a bottle of the 2009 Othello at the Stittsville store for $33 (regularly $43).

Curious to know your thoughts on this once you pop it.

+1

I bought one over a year ago and never seem to find a good time to open it. Let us know if it's ready.


Will do. Don't have any specific plans to drink it anytime soon though.
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Originally posted by Riddler:
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Originally posted by The Web:
Picked up a bottle of the 2009 Othello at the Stittsville store for $33 (regularly $43).


Hey! No scoopin my store!!! Wink


It is a good store for discounts. A little out of the way for me, but I try to get there once or twice a month.
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Originally posted by The Web:
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Originally posted by Riddler:
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Originally posted by The Web:
Picked up a bottle of the 2009 Othello at the Stittsville store for $33 (regularly $43).


Hey! No scoopin my store!!! Wink


It is a good store for discounts. A little out of the way for me, but I try to get there once or twice a month.


Shhhhh.... not so loud!!!

The manager is a bit of a douche, but Sherry White (Vintages Consultant) is awesome. Really knows her stuff and will literally MOVE MOUNTAINS to bring in whatever I want, from anywhere in the province.
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Originally posted by Riddler:
literally MOVE MOUNTAINS

An impressive skill to have! Could you ask her to move the Rockies closer to Toronto? Woot
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The manager is a bit of a douche...

Funny how often I have heard that expression. Must be what it takes to get ahead in the KGBO.
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Originally posted by on the wine:
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The manager is a bit of a douche...

Funny how often I have heard that expression. Must be what it takes to get ahead in the KGBO.


I think it's likely a nice to have, not a must have on their qualifications for promotion. A number of store managers have actually been really good people, who have gone out of their way to be helpful, including holding popular wines for me (before I asked). Higher up, Tom Wilson was good to me on a number of occasions and always a straight shooter imo. I believe Tom did his best given the constraints of the KGBO.
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Originally posted by VinCentric:
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Originally posted by on the wine:
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The manager is a bit of a douche...

Funny how often I have heard that expression. Must be what it takes to get ahead in the KGBO.


I think it's likely a nice to have, not a must have on their qualifications for promotion. A number of store managers have actually been really good people, who have gone out of their way to be helpful, including holding popular wines for me (before I asked). Higher up, Tom Wilson was good to me on a number of occasions and always a straight shooter imo. I believe Tom did his best given the constraints of the KGBO.


Two more great PCs are Celeste and Terry at the Burlington store at Appleby and New Streets. Never any hesitation in bringing in wines from other stores or offering limited bottles they think I'll like. First class people.
I'll give a nod to a couple of PC's who have always treated me well.

Lou at Laird - Always helpful, great reco's and hasn't hesitated to either put something aside or bring something in for me.

Andy, formerly of Laird, now at Summerhill. Never seen the man not smile. Always helpful and willing to find me what I am looking for.

For any of you Little Britain fans, it was a bit of a shame to hear that Andy left Lou to go to Summerhill.
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Originally posted by JDWest:
I'll give a nod to a couple of PC's who have always treated me well.

Lou at Laird - Always helpful, great reco's and hasn't hesitated to either put something aside or bring something in for me.

Andy, formerly of Laird, now at Summerhill. Never seen the man not smile. Always helpful and willing to find me what I am looking for.

For any of you Little Britain fans, it was a bit of a shame to hear that Andy left Lou to go to Summerhill.


Lou is better off -- Andy was consistently a dickhead to him!
Natalé at the Bank Street store has always looked after me. I usually know what I want, but I invariably ask what he has tasted and what he recommends. I can trust his advice, and that's the bottom line.

Rick
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Originally posted by Bytown Rick:
Natalé at the Bank Street store has always looked after me. I usually know what I want, but I invariably ask what he has tasted and what he recommends. I can trust his advice, and that's the bottom line.

Rick


He's another one of the good ones - first at Vanier store, then the flagship. Can't believe how much weight he's lost!
I was just at Weston & 401 and as expected the "deals" are pretty poor. I actually found better deals in the Vintages section itself. The best one I noted was that they had marked down Ridge Monte Bello 2011 375mL to $68 from $86 (750mL still going for $155), so I bought a couple. Not a fabulous steal, but still a deal and a great producer which we don't often see these days. LCBO online still shows $86 per so this is a store level markdown.

I later called them because I only saw one left and they confirmed that LCBO inventory says they have 17 left although the individual I was speaking to didn't do a physical check. Perhaps more in storage but if you want some perhaps call in advance.
This one isn't reduced, but could be a good QPR sparkling rose:

Codorníu Raventos Rosé Cava NV $15.95

Has anyone had this before? Comments?
Stopped in at Crossroads this afternoon to pick up 3 x 375ml bottles of 2011 Ridge Monte Bello per Vijay's advice above. The PC at Crossroads must still be riding on training wheels - either that or he's acting the part for a starring role in a Dumb and Dumber sequel!

While I was there, I found 4 bottles of champagne in the clearance section:

NV Gaston Chiquet Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne d'Aÿ (disgorged September 2013) ($37.95 this time - I don't understand why the price increased by 45 cents since last week)
NV Vilmart Champagne Cuvée Rubis ($37.95)
NV Gardet Brut Blancs de Blancs ($50.50)
NV Gardet Brut Rosé ($57.50)

The two Georges Gardet champagnes appear to be KGBO lab samples. I don't imagine that the price for these two bottles is all that special - but I don't really know since the internet seemed to have very little information about them. However the Vilmart seemed to be a genuine value, although I've never had one before so can't say for sure.

@Rob S. --> any input/comments about these wines?
The Vilmart is a very good find at that price, I should think. I've never had the Rubis, but the Grand Cellier, which I found at Crossroads a few years ago, is pretty good stuff.

Was there any left?
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Originally posted by 7smcb:
The Vilmart is a very good find at that price, I should think. I've never had the Rubis, but the Grand Cellier, which I found at Crossroads a few years ago, is pretty good stuff.

Was there any left?


Stopped by today and did not see any.
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Originally posted by 7smcb:
The Vilmart is a very good find at that price, I should think. I've never had the Rubis, but the Grand Cellier, which I found at Crossroads a few years ago, is pretty good stuff.

Was there any left?

Sorry for not answering earlier. No, there was just 1 bottle of Vilmart Cuvée Rubis and I took it.
For Ottawa people, I noticed today that the Richmond & Kirkwood store has a number of bottles at 20% off .... including:

Duckhorn Cab Sauv 2012 (only 1 bottle left)
Shafer One Point Five Cab Sauv 2011
View Telegraphe La Crau CdP 2011

Plus a few others that I didn't take note of...
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Originally posted by on the wine:
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Originally posted by 7smcb:
The Vilmart is a very good find at that price, I should think. I've never had the Rubis, but the Grand Cellier, which I found at Crossroads a few years ago, is pretty good stuff.

Was there any left?

Sorry for not answering earlier. No, there was just 1 bottle of Vilmart Cuvée Rubis and I took it.


Sorry, just saw this. Vilmart is "poor man's Krug" and the Rubis is a really nice rose which sees a bit of oak. I'm a fan and that's a deal at double the price. Good score.
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Originally posted by on the wine:
Vilmart Cuvée Rubis...


I've had a dozen or so of these over the past couple of years. Lovely red fruit (strawberry/raspberry) in a simple but delicious Pinot heavy blend. Wonderful with roast chicken, or just about anything.

PH
Thanks for the comments on the Vilmart. Any thoughts on the two Gardet wines? I'm not finding much information about them.

NV Gardet Brut Blancs de Blancs ($50.50)
NV Gardet Brut Rosé ($57.50
Not sure this counts as a price alert, but more of an availability alert as I've never seen these actually on our shelves. Royal Bank Plaza has 5 bottles of 2010 Moss Wood Cab at $115.
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Originally posted by CSM:
Not sure this counts as a price alert, but more of an availability alert as I've never seen these actually on our shelves. Royal Bank Plaza has 5 bottles of 2010 Moss Wood Cab at $115.

Those were on sale at Vintages SoL last July for $89.25. I guess if you can't sell them for 90 bucks, you jack the price and send them to Bay Street. LOL
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Originally posted by on the wine:
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Originally posted by CSM:
Not sure this counts as a price alert, but more of an availability alert as I've never seen these actually on our shelves. Royal Bank Plaza has 5 bottles of 2010 Moss Wood Cab at $115.

Those were on sale at Vintages SoL last July for $89.25. I guess if you can't sell them for 90 bucks, you jack the price and send them to Bay Street. LOL


I think those were the 2009's at $89.25.

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