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Kermit Lynch Wines at Grocery Outlet

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  • Jackie Avery Dec 5, 2001 04:01 PM
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I was just at the Grocery Outlet in Petaluma and found cases of Kermit Lynch imported wines. They are various red & white table wines: Catherine et Pierre Breton, L'Heritiere, Domaine d'Aupilhac, and others. Prices were in the 5.99- 8.99 range. I havn't tasted any yet, but the bottles have no obvious signs of funkyness. Has anyone else seen or tasted these?

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    Melanie Wong

    This is a great find! D'aupilhac is one of my favorite producers in the Languedoc (Southern France). Do you remember which vintages? Some of the 96s from the region may not have been selling well.

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      Jackie Avery

      The D'Aupilhac is a red 1998... and unfiltered.

      The Catherine et Pierre Breton (appellation Chinon controlee) is a red 1999.

      The L'Heritiere (appellation Cheverny controlee) is a white 1999.

      Fun fun fun.

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        Melanie Wong

        All good years for their appellations - go for it! These are not tired ol' vintages. Wonder if these were returned stock.

        1998 was the best vintage ever in the Languedoc. The d'Aupilhac reds are mostly Syrah with a spicy catalan twist. There are several different cuvees, and they're all worth whatever the retail price point might be.

        Breton is a good producer, making Cabernet Franc from the cool Loire Valley. 1999 was a ripe year so expect loads of juicy fruit.

        L'Heritiere I don't think I've had before. Cheverny is also in the Loire Valley and I believe the grape variety should be Sauvignon Blanc with perhaps some minor varieties blended in.

        At those prices, I hope you grab one of each, pop 'em open tonight, and let us know what you think!

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          Jackie Avery

          Crud.
          The D'Aupilhac was............well, fizzy. This wine is being liquidated for a reason.

          I'll post updates as I open the others, but for tonight, I opened a 1996 Paraiso Springs Pinot Noir from Monterey County. Very nice- fruity and kind of cheesey(in a good way), and also from the 'gross out' today for 2.99.

          Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge!

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            Melanie Wong

            Oh dear, I was hoping this was "clean" stock from the wine.com liquidation.

            Some of the Paraiso Springs wines can be nice, especially the whites. I've liked the Pinot in the past, and there was even a late harvest PN at one time. Can't beat that for $2.99.

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              christine dibona

              The guy at the Grocery Outlet up here said they'd bought the stock left over from Webvan...

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      Jackie Avery

      OK... Here's the update:
      They were all fizzy.
      Don't buy them.
      (insert cartoon-like 'wah wah wah' here)
      The Grocery Outlet is like Las Vegas for me. Always hoping to win big!

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        Melanie Wong

        Another loss at the big spin, damn it.

        Just so they're not a total waste, when you encounter a bottle like that, decanting it will dissipate the CO2 and potentially any of the off-aromas that may have developed during a second fermentation in the bottle.