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1990 Aldo Conterno Barolo Granbussia

My Cellartracker note at the time:

Excellent fill, no seepage, clean, solid cork. But the wine was spoiled. The colour and opacity of muddy liquid brown sugar. The nose and palate of shoe polish. A massive disappointment. Purchased at auction from Spectrum. When the bottle arrived I noted that it also had an Acker Merrill auction sticker. And who knows where else it had travelled and how it had been stored. A costly reminder that provenance is everything.

I made the mistake of checking cellartracker....

1988 Ducru Beacaillou

1990 Monsanto Il Poggio

1988 Canalicchio di Sopra Le Gode de Montosoli

2001 Jean-Luc Colombo Les Terres Brulees

2003 Eric Texier Cote Rotie VV

1995 Manzone le Gramolere

1997 Rampolla Sammarco

1998 Fuligni

2000 Lisini

1980 Mastroberadino Taurasi Riserva

1996 Chapoutier les granits blanc

1989 Chapoutier Chante-Alouette blanc

the list keeps going.....  too many tears on my keyboard to continue.  Even though most of these are auction bottles above, there are a few that i bought direct from winery or on release that were corked like an '01 Alion.  As Sunny notes, and has been echoed for years, provenance is everything.

@vinoevelo posted:

I made the mistake of checking cellartracker....

1988 Ducru Beacaillou

1990 Monsanto Il Poggio

1988 Canalicchio di Sopra Le Gode de Montosoli

2001 Jean-Luc Colombo Les Terres Brulees

2003 Eric Texier Cote Rotie VV

1995 Manzone le Gramolere

1997 Rampolla Sammarco

1998 Fuligni

2000 Lisini

1980 Mastroberadino Taurasi Riserva

1996 Chapoutier les granits blanc

1989 Chapoutier Chante-Alouette blanc

the list keeps going.....  too many tears on my keyboard to continue.  Even though most of these are auction bottles above, there are a few that i bought direct from winery or on release that were corked like an '01 Alion.  As Sunny notes, and has been echoed for years, provenance is everything.

Wow!  Lucky though that none of your California or vintage port bottles were off!

@sunnylea57 posted:

... Purchased at auction from Spectrum. When the bottle arrived I noted that it also had an Acker Merrill auction sticker...

One can't help but wonder whether the previous owners of the bottle knew it was bad and chose to sell it to another victim.  May the fleas of a thousand camels infest their armpits.

My costliest bottle of drain cleaner was a 1967 Lafite Rothschild, also an auction purchase.

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