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I'm buying a case and I can get these all for roughly the same price for a case. Please list the one you would buy and if you have tried any of them. I came up with this list from what has had decent reviews and is available in my area.

2003 Lan Rioja Bodegas Limitada
2004 Lan Rioja Bodegas Limitada
2006 Bella's Garden Shiraz
2005 Cliff Lede Cabernet
2005 Dead Arm Shiraz
2004 Don Melchor
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Originally posted by bogmancometh:
I'm buying a case and I can get these all for roughly the same price for a case. Please list the one you would buy and if you have tried any of them. I came up with this list from what has had decent reviews and is available in my area.

2003 Lan Rioja Bodegas Limitada
2004 Lan Rioja Bodegas Limitada
2006 Bella's Garden Shiraz
2005 Cliff Lede Cabernet
2005 Dead Arm Shiraz
2004 Don Melchor

Why not try one of each, and then get 6 more bottles of the one that you like, or 3 and 3, or...

I would call it risky (although I have taken the risk occasionally - on a back up the truck steal of a deal) to buy a case of something that you aren't sure that you'll love.

If you need to buy twelve to fill a case discount, why not just get two of each?
If I can't mix and match and I am limited to these wines, I would absolutely take one of the Lans. Without a second thought. Parker's new guy LOVES the 2004 vintage in Spain, although I haven't been blown away by it. I do love the 2003 vintage in Spain. I might be more tempted to go with that. Either way, though, I would deffintiely choose either of the Lans over any of the other wines you mention.
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Originally posted by tanglenet:
I've haven't had the 05, but I've had other vintages of the Cliff Lede. It's a great Napa cab.

Are you buying a case for a discount? If so, ask the retailer if you can mix and match and still get the discount. 12 bottles of any wine is too much IMO.


I agree with the "mix and match" suggestion; it'd be the ideal way to go, especially with such good choices available to you (I know I'd have a hard time making a decision). However, if only one of the six choices can be made, like tanglenet, I'd also lean ever-so-slightly towards the Lede... if the '05 is anything like the previous couple years - all of which are terrific - it'd be a good bet.

I had the opportunity to try the '06 Bella's Garden at the Two Hands winery when I was in Australia over the fall and I loved it (just as much as the '05). So if you're a fan of these wines that would also be a good choice. However, I'm guessing the '06 Bella's (as well as the '05 Dead Arm) will be a little easier to find than the '05 Lede so again, I'd lean towards the Lede.
Not having tried any of the wines listed, but to directly answer your question, I've heard very, very good things about the Cliff Lede in 2005, but only the Stag's Leap District bottling. I've heard lots of rave reviews about it and, coming from a perenially good performer in Cliff Lede, I'd give that some thought.
I've had multiple vintages of the last two and they are both great, but the Dead Arm needs 8-12 years to mature, while the 2004 Don Melchor can be drunk now.

I've had the 2005 Bella's Garden and that's what I'd pick, though I haven't tasted that vintage, based on that tasting, it was wonderful.

Haven't had the other three, as far as I can recall.

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