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

Up at the cottage for a seafood weekend.  Night 1:  Gigas and Raspberry Point oysters, Littleneck clams (both raw & steamed), salmon and scallop ceviche, King crab legs washed down with:

2013 & 2015 Raventos i Blanc  Cava Gran Reserva de la Finca

2007 & 2008 Recaredo Finca Serral Del Vell Brut de Brut

2012 Liquid Farm Chardonnay White Hill

2007 Montelena Chardonnay

2013 Rivers-Marie Occidental Ridge Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

2008 Evening Land Pinot Noir la Source Seven Springs Vineyard

2004 Thomas Pinot Noir Dundee Hills

All the wines were good.  For me, it was a toss-up between the Thomas and Evening Land.

 

otw posted:

Up at the cottage for a seafood weekend.  Night 1:  Gigas and Raspberry Point oysters, Littleneck clams (both raw & steamed), salmon and scallop ceviche, King crab legs washed down with:

2013 & 2015 Raventos i Blanc  Cava Gran Reserva de la Finca

2007 & 2008 Recaredo Finca Serral Del Vell Brut de Brut

2012 Liquid Farm Chardonnay White Hill

2007 Montelena Chardonnay

2013 Rivers-Marie Occidental Ridge Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

2008 Evening Land Pinot Noir la Source Seven Springs Vineyard

2004 Thomas Pinot Noir Dundee Hills

All the wines were good.  For me, it was a toss-up between the Thomas and Evening Land.

 

How was the 2008 Recaredo Serral del Vell, and how did it compare to the 2007? 2008 was an outstanding vintage in Sant Sadurni, but everything Recaredo rocks. I haven't opened any of my 2008s yet.

jcocktosten posted:

With smoked brisket last night:

2013 Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Maestro Collection Limited Release followed by

NV Sandeman Founder's Reserve - this had been given to us as a house warming present 5 years ago and I dug it out - a fairly inexpensive Ruby Port.  Nothing special but reasonably tasty and certainly enjoyable.

 

Was that BV a Garagiste Mystery Wine by any chance? What did you think? If it’s the one I think it is, my first bottle was pretty flat.

eltoro posted:
jcocktosten posted:

With smoked brisket last night:

2013 Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Maestro Collection Limited Release followed by

NV Sandeman Founder's Reserve - this had been given to us as a house warming present 5 years ago and I dug it out - a fairly inexpensive Ruby Port.  Nothing special but reasonably tasty and certainly enjoyable.

 

Was that BV a Garagiste Mystery Wine by any chance? What did you think? If it’s the one I think it is, my first bottle was pretty flat.

Yes, it was.  Was big and oaky and a good companion for the smoked brisket we had it with.  Was nothing special, but nothing wrong with it eithe

1990 Schloss Schönborn Riesling Spätlese  with Indian food the other night

 

futronic posted:
otw posted:

Up at the cottage for a seafood weekend.  Night 1:  Gigas and Raspberry Point oysters, Littleneck clams (both raw & steamed), salmon and scallop ceviche, King crab legs washed down with:

2013 & 2015 Raventos i Blanc  Cava Gran Reserva de la Finca

2007 & 2008 Recaredo Finca Serral Del Vell Brut de Brut

2012 Liquid Farm Chardonnay White Hill

2007 Montelena Chardonnay

2013 Rivers-Marie Occidental Ridge Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

2008 Evening Land Pinot Noir la Source Seven Springs Vineyard

2004 Thomas Pinot Noir Dundee Hills

All the wines were good.  For me, it was a toss-up between the Thomas and Evening Land.

 

How was the 2008 Recaredo Serral del Vell, and how did it compare to the 2007? 2008 was an outstanding vintage in Sant Sadurni, but everything Recaredo rocks. I haven't opened any of my 2008s yet.

They were both really good.  The 2007 Recaredo might have been a little more minerally while the 2008 seemed a little more bready/yeasty.  Both excellent with more evolved flavours compared to the two Raventos..

Night 2 of our seafood weekend:  more Gigas and Raspberry Point oysters; white anchovies with olive oil, vinegar, garlic and parsley; ceviche with salmon, sea bass and wild-caught shrimp; pan-seared tuna; beef bourguignon (needed some meat!)... all washed down with:

Codorniu Seleccion Raventos Brut

NV  Larmandier-Bernier Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne Longitude

2008 Gimonnet Oenophile Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut

2015 CVNE  Monopole Clásico

2001 Domaine Beaurenard CdP Boisrenard

2005 Domaine Grand Veneur CdP Les Origines

2005 Domaine Charbonnière CdP  Cuvée Mourre des Perdrix

2014 Antidoto La Hormiga

 

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.

Totally agree. It’s often overlooked by snobs.

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