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Well, I can't say I buy any wine in EVERY vintage, because I always take vintage into account. Also, just because I am consistent in certain areas, doesn't mean those are my favorite types of wine or where most of my buying occurs. However, unless there is a very poor vintage, I always buy:

Seghesio Sonoma Zin
Martinelli G&L and Jackass Zin
Turley Moore-Earthquake Zin
Neyers Pato & Tofanelli (when I can find it) Zin

Peter Michael Le Moulin Rouge PN
Martinelli Reserve PN
Saintsbury Carneros PN
Ken Wright Shea PN
Etude PN

Estancia Meritage
Hendry Block 8 Cab
Chappellet Signature Cab
Karl Lawrence Cab (I've only bought the '99 and '01, but I have every intention to keep on buying)
Etude Cabernet (I make a point of buying this in every good year, but it is too expensive to buy in years like '98 and '00 just to see what it is like)


Zenato Ripassa
Zenato Amarone
Bussola BG Amarone

Clerico Barbera Trevigne
Sandrone Barbera
Icardi Nebbiolo

Tua Rita Giusto di Notri
San Giusto a Retananno Percarlo
San Giusto a Retananno Chianti Riserva

Morgante Nero d'Avola
Morgante Don Antonio

Vieux Donjon CdP
Domaine du Marcoux CdP

JJ Christoffel Urtzegur Wurtzgarten Kabinett

Kumeu River Chardonnay

Isabel SB

Dr. Konstantin Frank Dry Riesling


I'm sure I'm forgetting something. And, of course, there are wines I wish were on this list but that I can't always find or afford (eg. Quinterelli Amarone -- on both accounts); and producers whose wines I always buy, but whose bottlings I switch up on (eg. La Spinetta), and producer's whose wines I have just come to appreciate and will be on this list once another vintage passes (eg. Neal).

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"What contemptible scoundrel stole the cork from my lunch?" -- W.C. Fields
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As I stated in the prior thread, I don't buy any verticals, year in and year out. Why should I buy inferior wine?

If I were an investor/collector or if I were on mailing lists that I didn't want to drop, I'd buy verticals. But if a winery has an off-year, I don't want to automatically buy the wine. Maybe there is an argument that you'll appreciate the better years if you taste the off-years, but if it's a choice between buying an 88 point Ch. First Growth or a 95 point wine from some other vineyard, why would I allocate my wine-buying monies to the 88 pointer?

And forget the argument about "loyalty" to the vineyard.
A.P. Vin Garys' Pinot Noir
August West Rosella's Pinot Noir
Brewer-Clifton Clos Pepe Pinot Noir
Brewer-Clifton Melville Pinot Noir
Brewer-Clifton Rozak Pinot Noir
Calera Jensen Pinot Noir
Calera Reed Pinot Noir
Calera Selleck Pinot Noir
Clos Pepe Estate Clos Pepe Pinot Noir
Domaine Alfred Califa Pinot Noir
DuMOL Finn Pinot Noir
Kosta Browne Cohn Pinot Noir
Kosta Browne Kanzler Pinot Noir
Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Kosta Browne Russian River Pinot Noir
Longoria Fe Ciega Pinot Noir
Melville Carrie's Pinot Noir
Melville Inox Chardonnay
Merry Edwards Windsor Gardens Pinot Noir
Merry Edwards Klopp Ranch Pinot Noir
Merry Edwards Russian River Pinot Noir
Miner Family Garys' Pinot Noir
Pisoni Estate Pisoni Pinot Noir
Pisoni Estate Lucia Garys' Pinot Noir
Radio-Coteau Marsh Pinot Noir
Roar Garys' Pinot Noir
Roar Rosella's Pinot Noir
Roar Pisoni Pinot Noir
Roar Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
Sanford La Rinconada Pinot Noir
Sea Smoke Botella Pinot Noir
Sea Smoke Southing Pinot Noir
Sea Smoke "10" Pinot Noir
Siduri Cargasacchi Pinot Noir
Siduri Clos Pepe Pinot Noir
Siduri Pisoni Pinot Noir
Siduri Garys' Pinot Noir
Siduri Rosella's Pinot Noir
Siduri Keefer Ranch Pinot Noir
Siduri Hirsch Pinot Noir
Tandem Keefer Ranch Pinot Noir
Testarossa Pisoni Pinot Noir
Testarossa Garys' Pinot Noir
Testarossa Cuvee Niclaire Pinot Noir
Testarossa Sleepy Hollow Pinot Noir

Loring Wine Company
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Originally posted by Brian Loring:
A.P. Vin Garys' Pinot Noir
August West Rosella's Pinot Noir
Brewer-Clifton Clos Pepe Pinot Noir
Brewer-Clifton Melville Pinot Noir
Brewer-Clifton Rozak Pinot Noir
Calera Jensen Pinot Noir
Calera Reed Pinot Noir
Calera Selleck Pinot Noir
Clos Pepe Estate Clos Pepe Pinot Noir
Domaine Alfred Califa Pinot Noir
DuMOL Finn Pinot Noir
Kosta Browne Cohn Pinot Noir
Kosta Browne Kanzler Pinot Noir
Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Kosta Browne Russian River Pinot Noir
Longoria Fe Ciega Pinot Noir
Melville Carrie's Pinot Noir
Melville Inox Chardonnay
Merry Edwards Windsor Gardens Pinot Noir
Merry Edwards Klopp Ranch Pinot Noir
Merry Edwards Russian River Pinot Noir
Miner Family Garys' Pinot Noir
Pisoni Estate Pisoni Pinot Noir
Pisoni Estate Lucia Garys' Pinot Noir
Radio-Coteau Marsh Pinot Noir
Roar Garys' Pinot Noir
Roar Rosella's Pinot Noir
Roar Pisoni Pinot Noir
Roar Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
Sanford La Rinconada Pinot Noir
Sea Smoke Botella Pinot Noir
Sea Smoke Southing Pinot Noir
Sea Smoke "10" Pinot Noir
Siduri Cargasacchi Pinot Noir
Siduri Clos Pepe Pinot Noir
Siduri Pisoni Pinot Noir
Siduri Garys' Pinot Noir
Siduri Rosella's Pinot Noir
Siduri Keefer Ranch Pinot Noir
Siduri Hirsch Pinot Noir
Tandem Keefer Ranch Pinot Noir
Testarossa Pisoni Pinot Noir
Testarossa Garys' Pinot Noir
Testarossa Cuvee Niclaire Pinot Noir
Testarossa Sleepy Hollow Pinot Noir

Loring Wine Company


Brian,
I'm not sure how long it will take you to drink all that, I'm just impressed with how long it must have taken you to remember and type all of that in.
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I don't mind trying wines every vintage, but I don't believe in "stocking up" and "buying" wines every vintage.

I'd prefer to take the good with the good, rather than the good with the bad. There's TOO MUCH good wine out there, with a "vintage of the century" on one of the four corners of the world each year that you don't need to collect less than stellar wines from off vintages just because (exceptions would be for vertical collectors).

I'm also not saying that good wines aren't produced in less than stellar years. My favorite Merus so far is the '98, and I loaded up on '00 Staglin and '00 Montelena (both for good prices).

Just my $.02...

-DRAB

So much wine.....so little time!!!
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There was a recent post on this. There are quite a few that I buy nearly every year, but only one every single year.

Since their first vintage in 1994 to the currently available 2001, Casa Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandra Merlot. I will continue to buy every year regardless of the vintage characteristics. These folks are doing an outstanding job for themselves, their country, and the industry. I was fortunate to find out at the beginning, and will continue to support their efforts, even if it's only one $17 bottle in an off year.

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