steve8 posted:
sunnylea57 posted:

2009 Castelgiocondo BdM - drinking beautifully with a PnP. Perhaps it shouldn't have, but this totally exceeded expectations.

I think this wine is much maligned because it's from a very large producer, but I've found it to be a consistently solid BdM at very reasonable price. The riserva is even better.

I agree with this.  Almost always enjoyable and fairly priced

jcocktosten posted:
steve8 posted:
sunnylea57 posted:

2009 Castelgiocondo BdM - drinking beautifully with a PnP. Perhaps it shouldn't have, but this totally exceeded expectations.

I think this wine is much maligned because it's from a very large producer, but I've found it to be a consistently solid BdM at very reasonable price. The riserva is even better.

I agree with this.  Almost always enjoyable and fairly priced

+1 and the current vintage is always easily accessible in our market. 

mangiare posted:
jcocktosten posted:
steve8 posted:
sunnylea57 posted:

2009 Castelgiocondo BdM - drinking beautifully with a PnP. Perhaps it shouldn't have, but this totally exceeded expectations.

I think this wine is much maligned because it's from a very large producer, but I've found it to be a consistently solid BdM at very reasonable price. The riserva is even better.

I agree with this.  Almost always enjoyable and fairly priced

+1 and the current vintage is always easily accessible in our market. 

Also, just to clarify, when I said “perhaps it shouldn’t have exceeded my expectations” I meant that my expectations probably should have been higher, not that the wine didn’t deserve to exceed expectations. 😏 

1999 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia - took 2 hours to shed a raisin, ripe note that I was not fond of, but once it did the fruit and tannin are very balanced with a nice Italian grip on the back-end.
Still a food wine but I'd say at 20 years there is no sign of decline. 

2011 Roda I

More like an old-world styled CA Cab or more modern Bordeaux. Loads of graphite pencil shavings, dark black raspberries, juicy cassis with enough acidity to make it a good food wine. A little beef blood, but I don’t know if I would have picked up on it if I didn’t know to look. Long finish. High quality and reasonably good value @ +/- $70. 92(+?)

winetarelli posted:

2011 Roda I

More like an old-world styled CA Cab or more modern Bordeaux. Loads of graphite pencil shavings, dark black raspberries, juicy cassis with enough acidity to make it a good food wine. A little beef blood, but I don’t know if I would have picked up on it if I didn’t know to look. Long finish. High quality and reasonably good value @ +/- $70. 92(+?)

Saw for a little over 50 euro at duty free in Madrid airport last week

jcocktosten posted:
winetarelli posted:

2011 Roda I

More like an old-world styled CA Cab or more modern Bordeaux. Loads of graphite pencil shavings, dark black raspberries, juicy cassis with enough acidity to make it a good food wine. A little beef blood, but I don’t know if I would have picked up on it if I didn’t know to look. Long finish. High quality and reasonably good value @ +/- $70. 92(+?)

Saw for a little over 50 euro at duty free in Madrid airport last week

Duty free is a terrible place to buy wine. It's 33 Euro at the winery and 44 Euro at Vila Viniteca in Barcelona.

Love that wine though.

futronic posted:
jcocktosten posted:
winetarelli posted:

2011 Roda I

More like an old-world styled CA Cab or more modern Bordeaux. Loads of graphite pencil shavings, dark black raspberries, juicy cassis with enough acidity to make it a good food wine. A little beef blood, but I don’t know if I would have picked up on it if I didn’t know to look. Long finish. High quality and reasonably good value @ +/- $70. 92(+?)

Saw for a little over 50 euro at duty free in Madrid airport last week

Duty free is a terrible place to buy wine. It's 33 Euro at the winery and 44 Euro at Vila Viniteca in Barcelona.

Love that wine though.

Bought the 2008 at Lavinia in Madrid for 40 Euro.

jcocktosten posted:

Only commenting relative to Winetarellis price.  We were just looking for gifts for our friends who take care of our dogs

$70 is the US price. ($64 at Woodland Hills, $70 at K&L, a bit more elsewhere.)  Even then, compared to the US market for that style of wine I think it is fairly priced. I can’t believe it is $40 US all over Spain.  (And Europe!  Even the UK!  (Though not for long.))  That is amazing. Lopez Tondonia Reserva is <$25 USD there and $40 here for the current release. Lots of my favorite wines are 60% over there, actually. Maybe we should all move. 

Last night with with Mrs. Gigabit, Roentgen Ray, his significant other, and friends at Kimi's Chop & Oyster House in SLC:

Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve

2011 Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Clos du Bourg

2012 Stefania Nueva Casa de los Padres

2006 Larkmead Vineyards LMV Salon

2004 Casa Lapostolle Clos Apalta

2005 Casa Lapostolle Clos Apalta

2001 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey

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