Vintages May 14th

Originally posted by WEc:
It's been over 4 months since I've been even remotely excited over a release. What's going on?

Am still working on researching the wine list but some suggestions can be viewed at For me, the #1 selection is the Dandelion Lionheart Shiraz at $18.95, #2 is the Dehesa Gago Tempranillo at $14.95; #3 Santa Carolina Dry Farming Carignan; #4 Chapel Hill Cabernet; #5 Norton Privada; #6 2004 Ondarre Reserva at $19.95; #7 Fontiple Vacqueyras at $18.95; #8 Innisfree Cabernet; #9 Perrin La Gille Gigondas; and #10 Mustiguillo Mestis at $15.95 --- and if I had to pick a +$100 bottle, then I would take 2 of the Ridge Monte Bello rather than 1 Opus One and still have $40 in my pocket.

Some nice value wines on May 14 for me....

We've gone through a bit of a dry spell with Vintages lately and we are about to enter the summer wasteland season soon, so it's nice to see a release with some interest value. Here's what I'm thinking of picking up:

Fillaboa Albariño 2009, Do Rías Baixas
Chateau de Vaudiu CdP Blanc 2009
Domaine De Beaurenard CdP Blanc 2009

Ondarre Reserva 2004, Rioja
Ridge Monte Bello 2008
Burrowing Owl Merlot 2008

Six Grapes Port (I'll buy the 375's which give me great QPR in a snack pack)
Originally posted by on the wine:
Ondarre Reserva 2004, Rioja

Is it just me or is anyone else miffed that you can get this easily for $12 in the US?

I'll be getting a case of Muga Rose, some half bottles of the Aqueria Rose, The Delhommeau Muscadet (had this last year and it is v good) and smattering of the 2009 Rhones. Summer QPRs are going to be screamingly good this release.

PDF now up.
Originally posted by tannic bastard:
Originally posted by on the wine:
Ondarre Reserva 2004, Rioja

Is it just me or is anyone else miffed that you can get this easily for $12 in the US?]

You (and I) need to make our feelings known to the smarmy man at election time next October.
Tried a few from the rhone off this release. TNs:

Mas Des Bressades Cabernet/Syrah 2008 - Rustic wine. Tobacco leaf, leather, and graphite. Ripe dark fruit. Palate is slightly sweet and moderately tannic, will improve over the next year or two and should be consumed within the next 5 years. 91 Pts

Perrins & Fils Gigondas 'La Gille' 2009 - When initially opened was fairly closed. Tried again day two; pretty big red liquorice (almost candied), seasoned oak verging on cumin aromas. Balanced mouthfeel, but nothing exciting and finish is pretty short. To me isn't much more exciting than an entry level CdR. Unless this is in a tight phase I don't see the parker score. 87Pts

Ogier Gigondas Marquis de Valclair - Nice, but very youthful. Not giving much up on the nose, at least at this stage; mild plum, cherry pie filling, and earth. Fairly tannic and a touch alcoholic. 88Pts
Tried the following 2009 CdRs today:

Croze Granier CdR Village
Somewhat reticent upon opening. As it opened up, very savoury, lots of black olive and herbes de Provence. Great structure for lasting 3-5 years. Atypical for the 2009 CdRs I've tried to date but I quite like it.

Domaine Martin Cairannne CdR Villages
Great aromatics, lots of licorice and lavender. Very fruit forward without being overly sweet on the finish though. Good grip. Drink now.

I found both of these wines to over deliver given the low price tags. For $14 the Croze-Granier is a steal.

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