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Jul 12, 2007 11:18 AM

Oenophile-in-law. . .need help!

Looking for a unique bottle for a birthday gift. Criteria and notes on taster below:

1) Needs to be found at a Manhattan wine store, prefer downtown.
2) Taster loves Spanish reds, especially from Toro and Priorat also a Brunello DM drinker.
3) A fan of Spanish Brandy and Calvados too.

Any ideas come to mind given above criteria?

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    1. re: RicRios

      under $100 preferable but willing to go over for something special.

      1. re: chowcito

        Given your Brunello mention, you might want to go to Italian Wine Merchants - off Union Square.

        1. re: MMRuth

          Places link didn't work the first time - trying again:

          Italian Wine Merchants
          108 E 16th St, New York, NY 10003

    2. For spanish wines, try Tinto Fino in the East Village. 85 First Avenue, New York, NY 10003 T: 212.254.0850

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      1. re: oolah

        Thanks for that reminder - we keep meaning to check it out.

        Tinto Fino
        85 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

        1. re: MMRuth

          thank you both have been meaning to try both IWM and TF!

      2. Suggestions from Priorat would be Finca Dofi (Alvaro Palacios), Clos Mogador, Clos Erasmus and Clos Martinet...

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        1. re: vinosnob

          Oooh yes, very much second the Palacios Finca Dofi. Also, 2004 was a good recent vintage for Priorat.

          1. re: oolah

            Thanks for the suggestions. Would you hold or drink the 2004 Priorats?

            1. re: chowcito

              Well, I drank mine (and it was good!), but a few years in the cellar wouldn't hurt it. It's a very big wine with a good structure and a lot of fruit and flowers (blackberries and violets mostly) so it could stand up to some aging.

              ETA: Just to be super clear, this won't apply to ALL 2004 Priorats, but it's true of the the Palacios Finca Dofi.

              1. re: oolah

                Don't you just hate, when that happens? If we all only had 20K btl. cellars, and the $ to stock them well. How many times have I longed for a long gone wine - drank mine - and wished that I had put down 2 cases of it!

                Also, I go along with the Palacios Finca Dofi. Great wine, and one could enjoy it now, or cellar it.


        2. 2001 Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino @ Italian Wine Merchants for $72.86

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          1. 3a) Sanchez Romate Cardinel Mendoza Brandy de Jerez.
            3b) Famile Dupont Calvados -- anything by them is superb!