March Wine Focus - Wine Values ($20 and under)

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March Wine Focus - Wine Values ($20 and under)

Postby JC (NC) » Wed Feb 26, 2014 8:25 pm

Less expensive wines? (say under $20 or the equivalent in other currencies)
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Re: Time to be thinking of next month's focus

Postby David M. Bueker » Wed Feb 26, 2014 10:18 pm

I could support that.
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Re: Time to be thinking of next month's focus

Postby Bob Parsons Alberta » Thu Feb 27, 2014 2:58 am

Plus 1. Some good prices for Espana!
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Re: Time to be thinking of next month's focus

Postby Tim York » Thu Feb 27, 2014 3:20 am

If we call that €159, there are hosts of delicious wines available here under that level but all French.
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Re: Time to be thinking of next month's focus

Postby Bob Parsons Alberta » Thu Feb 27, 2014 6:30 am

All French Tim?? What a pain :mrgreen:.
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Re: Time to be thinking of next month's focus

Postby David M. Bueker » Thu Feb 27, 2014 9:00 am

Tim York wrote:If we call that €159, there are hosts of delicious wines available here under that level but all French.


I hope you mean €15.90, as I don't think the Euro has collapsed...yet.
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Re: Time to be thinking of next month's focus

Postby Tim York » Thu Feb 27, 2014 12:02 pm

David M. Bueker wrote:
Tim York wrote:If we call that €159, there are hosts of delicious wines available here under that level but all French.


I hope you mean €15.90, as I don't think the Euro has collapsed...yet.


Finger trouble! I meant 15€.
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Re: Time to be thinking of next month's focus

Postby Robin Garr » Thu Feb 27, 2014 3:05 pm

Great idea! One small nuance: I'm sure this is so obvious that you didn't see a need to mention it, but I'd like to emphasize with clarity that we're looking for QPR, wines of exceptional value for their price, not just "Good enough to get a cheap buzz on." :mrgreen:

I agree that the range of US$20 or 15€ is a good cutoff point.
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Re: Time to be thinking of next month's focus

Postby David M. Bueker » Thu Feb 27, 2014 3:15 pm

We're not looking for a cheap buzz?
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Re: Time to be thinking of next month's focus

Postby Robin Garr » Thu Feb 27, 2014 3:38 pm

David M. Bueker wrote:We're not looking for a cheap buzz?

Now we're talking about separating the sheep from the goats. :mrgreen:
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Re: Time to be thinking of next month's focus

Postby David M. Bueker » Thu Feb 27, 2014 3:56 pm

Robin Garr wrote:Now we're talking about separating the sheep from the goats. :mrgreen:


They both make a nice stew!
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WTN: 2005 Dönnhoff Riesling

Postby David M. Bueker » Sun Mar 02, 2014 3:38 pm

This one cost $17.99 on release. I can still get current vintages for $20 or less.

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Re: March Wine Focus - Wine Values ($20 and under)

Postby Joy Lindholm » Sun Mar 02, 2014 9:58 pm

2012 Cavallotto Dolcetto d'Alba Vigna Scot

This was my winter house red. Bought a case on wholesale DI back in November from the restaurant I was at; retail should be $18-19 locally. Finishing the last glass of the last bottle as I speak... Such a lovely companion to so many cold nights' warming dishes (spicy chili tonight and -2 degrees F currently). This is one of the few wines that I can truly enjoy with or without food. Enough fruit to stand alone, and rustic enough to pair with so many things food wise. Lots of lush blackberry and dark wild berry fruit, with an herbal and loamy earthy finish. Wonderfully balanced - I can see why Dolcetto is such a popular table wine for the Piedmontese. I can also see why Dolcetto should be drunk so young - it is just too delicious now to let sit and age! I must admit, in the past, not being a big Dolcetto fan due to having tasted poor examples, but this, along with the Dolcetto d'Alba from Vajra have won me over. Wish I'd ordered two cases....
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Re: March Wine Focus - Wine Values ($20 and under)

Postby David M. Bueker » Sun Mar 02, 2014 10:09 pm

Dolcetto does not get the publicity it deserves. Food friendly, fresh and lively, it's a wine for all seasons.
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Re: March Wine Focus - Wine Values ($20 and under)

Postby Jenise » Mon Mar 03, 2014 11:13 am

On Friday night we opened a bottle of the Trader Joe's Pasqua (one of their house brands) 2010 Ripasso to show a friend as a possibility for a good, reasonable red to serve at her wedding in a few weeks. I had bought an extra bottle a few weeks back to re-taste myself. On Friday night it was again surprisingly nice, and Linda (I think) was convinced that this was a smart choice. But we only tasted at it, so Bob and I poured the half bottle remaining for ourselves yesterday afternoon, and I have to share about just how surprised I was at the fact that it not only didn't fall apart overnight or turn to vinegar, it improved. The raspberry-cranberry-cherry fruit had picked up a wonderful lively pepperiness not evident the night before. It's not just good for $9.99, it's good period.
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Re: March Wine Focus - Wine Values ($20 and under)

Postby Tim York » Mon Mar 03, 2014 12:33 pm

Whilst my main collection remains mostly inaccessible in movers' boxes, nearly all my consumption at present is of wines purchased locally at under €15. Some have been very nice including a Marcillac at about 9€, a Huet Vouvray-like Savennières 2010 from Ch.de Varennes at <€10 whilst a Savennières 2005 Cuvée de l'Avant - Chamboureau, Soulez at <€6 was rich but so evolved that it was on the verge of tumbling into oxidisation. This was last night's bottle.

Fronton Cuvée Don Quichotte 2008 - Domaine le Roc - Alc.13% -(€13), made from Négrette 60% and Syrah 40%.

This was much more refined than any previous Fronton in my experience and I don't think that it was just reading about the Syrah on the back label that made me think of Northern Rhône with its notes of steely cherry on medium full body with lively non-astringent acidity. The slightly gummy and tarry tang and rustic streak which I associate with previous Fronton and like was, however, missing. It reminded me a little of a country lad who has learnt to speak posh. Good wine though and I'll probably buy it again along with its entry level stable mate which i may like more.
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Re: March Wine Focus - Wine Values ($20 and under)

Postby David M. Bueker » Mon Mar 03, 2014 1:57 pm

I really enjoy a good Marcillac. I wish I could get one without paying $4/bottle in shipping. Kind of kills the value.
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Re: March Wine Focus - Wine Values ($20 and under)

Postby Bob Parsons Alberta » Mon Mar 03, 2014 2:11 pm

David M. Bueker wrote:I really enjoy a good Marcillac. I wish I could get one without paying $4/bottle in shipping. Kind of kills the value.


Usually buy when in London but now we have Tim to ship over here :lol: .
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Re: March Wine Focus - Wine Values ($20 and under)

Postby Joy Lindholm » Mon Mar 03, 2014 2:56 pm

If any of the wine shops near you bring anything in from Charles Neal, he imports a lovely Marcillac from Domaine des Costes Rouge.
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Re: March Wine Focus - Wine Values ($20 and under)

Postby Mark Lipton » Mon Mar 03, 2014 6:23 pm

David M. Bueker wrote:I really enjoy a good Marcillac. I wish I could get one without paying $4/bottle in shipping. Kind of kills the value.


I have gone on record as finding Fer Servadou swoonworthy. The best examples run about $20 (late, lamented Causse Marines version and Dom. du Cros's) so I'll happily pay shipping on them, but YMMV.

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Re: March Wine Focus - Wine Values ($20 and under)

Postby Paul Winalski » Mon Mar 03, 2014 8:27 pm

In the sparkling wine department: Gruet NV Brut, Blanc de Noirs, and Rose.

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Re: March Wine Focus - Wine Values ($20 and under)

Postby Carl Eppig » Mon Mar 03, 2014 8:33 pm

Well the Dishwasher beat me to the Pasqua Ripasso. So tonight we had the 2011 Tommolo Montepulciano d'Abruzzo ($7.97 at Trader Joe's; Alcohol level: 13%). This is absolutely the fruitiest Monte we've ever enjoyed; and it held up with enough body to match with lamb shanks and spaghetti.

So, somebody tell me how do the grow organic grapes on the West Coast of Italy, make it into a 13% delicious wine with a natural cork, ship it do someplace on the East Coast of the U.S., get it into Trader Joes system, and shipped to Portsmouth, NH and sell for that price? This has to be the best value in the U.S.
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Re: March Wine Focus - Wine Values ($20 and under)

Postby Victorwine » Tue Mar 04, 2014 12:07 am

2006 Corvina Veronese “Maiorano” Rosso IGT 13.5% ABV (on sale for $9.99 USD reg price $13.99 -still worth it!)

The appearance of this wine is clear and brilliant with a deep ruby red color. The nose is fairly intense and fruity. With hints of bright red fruit, red currant, some coffee beans and chocolate. On the palate the wine is medium bodied with a soft, smooth, and rich texture. The finish is long and pleasant with just a hint of earth and spicy notes.

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Re: March Wine Focus - Wine Values ($20 and under)

Postby Sam Platt » Tue Mar 04, 2014 11:11 am

Jaffelin Cremant de Bourgogne Grand Cuvee Speciale Blanc de Blanc Brut

Méthode traditionnelle from 100% Chardonnay

Color: Pale yellow with rapid fire tiny bubbles.

Nose: White flowers and peaches.

Taste: Crisp, clean minerality with apricot and a bit of buttered toast on the finish.

Pairing: Goes wonderfully well with all manner of shellfish, but it is great with pan seared scallops.

I hadn't tried much Cremant de Bourgogne until it started showing up on WTSO. At $9.99 this stuff is hard to beat as a regular drinking apartif or shellfish pairing. I did purchase another CdB from a different supplier that was not blanc de blanc and not nearly as good. Perhaps quality is highly variable among these wines.

PS: Does "blanc de blanc" imply "méthode traditionnelle?"
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