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What are you buying right now?

Newly arrived '05? Pre-arrival '05? Scrounging for '04s or '02s or earlier?

Yes, I'm not being specific in terms of country, regions, etc; just curious as to what fellow wino fiends are spending their ducats on....

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  1. '05 Barossa/McLaren Vale Shiraz/GSM. A lot of Two Hands and Torbreck.
    '06 Mollydooker. Wondering what the fuss is about, and trying them for the first time. As a bonus, they have cute labels.
    '03 Silver Oak, Alexander Valley. Debating whether I should get split a case with someone at $50/bottle. Seems like a pretty good deal, but even my local wine merchants have admitted to being thoroughly unimpressed by their recent offerings since Meyer left. They are a little more enthusiastic about the '03.
    '96 Champagne. Discovered the sinful pleasures of vintage champagne recently. Working my way up, I have a feeling this is going to burn a hole, nay a blazing inferno, through my checking account by the time I'm done. I'm beginning to regret turning down a generous offer of a birthday gift of a half case of any wine I wanted in favor of a nice dinner. Salon anyone?
    And of course, Vitamin Water, Formula 50.

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    1. re: mengathon

      I think your comments about Silver Oak are right on the money. We just moved from SF after living there 8 years. Being a collector we spent lots of time in Napa and Sonoma. Years ago Silver Oak was a favorite, still have some '91 that is drinking fine. However, IMHO it did and has gone downhill since Justin sold it and has since passed away. I think there are any number of better cabs in Napa. for the same price or even less.

      1. re: rtmonty

        Upon Justin stepping aside, about the time of the sale, the Napa changed dramatically, as the new winemaker could not work a deal with the Milat brothers, who provided the eucalyptus elements to the Napa bottling. They have since opened their own winery at their vineyard, right at the Oakville Cut and Hwy. 29. I have only had a few of the AVs, since then, and they have been lacking in other elements, as well.


        1. re: Bill Hunt

          This is my recollection as well. At the last Cabernet Society tasting, I sampled
          both the 2004 and 2005 offerings from both Napa Valley and Alexander Valley.
          All four were disappointing, even more so in comparison to the other '04 and '05 wines being poured.

      2. re: mengathon

        Two Hands...just got hands on Ares '04, Lily's '06 and Angel's Share '06.
        Mollydooker...the entire line. Fuss is warranted should you like that style wine. If not, you'll be pretty disappointed and should stick with the $20 Lefty series.
        Lots more Aussie wines, probably too many. I've been laying off the mailing lists for the time being with the US Pinots and Syrahs. I have too many to work through!

        1. re: domaine547

          Re Mollydooker - I am not afraid of big wines and drink many, but despite repeated attempts found last years' Boxer pretty much undrinkable. Like a wine milkshake. Of course, I have never tried the "Mollydooker Shake," so maybe that's the problem!

          The cab/shiraz blend (Maitre'd?) I thought was somewhat better. I did like the white they made, a verdelho whose name now escapes me. I did also have one of the higher end Shiraz bottlings (Carnival of Love?) at a blind tasting and it was quite potent, but still a bit too far over the top for me (and I don't often find myself saying that). I assume the 06s are more of the same?

          1. re: Frodnesor

            mollydooker shake? so that's how you're supposed to drink it. milkshakes!

            1. re: Frodnesor

              Thanks for the warnings on Mollydooker. I think I'm buying a couple of bottles of within each of their series. The shake seems a little contrived but for $20, I'll give it a try. Or let my guests do it for $3 a pop.

            2. re: domaine547


              Probably a broad generalization, but you seem to like the Australian wines. Any opinions on Colonial Estate? I had some sticker price shock when I first saw their top offerings but I am curious about their less expensive bottlings.

              1. re: mengathon

                megathon, I've liked the Colonial Estate wines in the past but haven't had them in a while. I have enjoyed l'etranger and l'explorateur. Those must be among the less expensive since when I bought them, I was definitely not accustomed to forking over lots of dough for wine. Sorry, I'm not qualified to comment on the current releases!

          2. Latest acquisitions:
            Brewer-Clifton Chard & PN
            Acacia Chard & PN
            Some mixed Turleys

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            1. re: Bill Hunt

              Which specific winess and vintages of the Brewer-Cliftons? I am on their mailing list, and just received the 2006 offerings. Any idea how they will compare to 2005?

            2. Bought the whole case of Thomas Coyne's Viognier (Livermore) in my local Whole Foods store. For around $15 a bottle I consider it a great purchase.
              Bought 2 cases of Dashe Cellars Big River Ranch 2003 Zinfandel Alexander Valley. Geat zin, sweet blackberries, clove, chocolate. $28 per bottle.
              Bought 2 bottles (at $55 a bottle they are a bit out of my price range) of SummerWood Diosa 2004. I had this wine before, it is a Syrah blend. In the current stage of my wine education this got to be the best wine I ever had in my mouth.

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              1. re: olasek

                This meant to be a reply to the OP, but the site is a little screwy right now, I post where I can:

                2005 Alain Corcia Chateauneuf-du-Pape Collection "Patricia" ($24.99).
                Chapeau! This got me back in the right track of good, reasonable values (the way they should be!) from the southern Rhône.

                2004 Girardin Montrachet ($299.00).
                A Montrachet by the book. Worth every single penny.

                2006 Vacheron Sancerre Blanc ($24.99)
                Superb biodynamic effort by cousins Jean-Dominique and Jean-Laurent Vacheron.

                2005 Bourgogne Passetoutgrains, L'Exception, Domaine Michel Lafarge (Pre-Arrival) @ $19.99
                No idea, haven't got it yet. But smells good on paper!

                2003 Abadía Retuerta Rívola Sardón de Duero ($13.29)
                Excellent PQR, with the special bonus that spousal unit loves it.

                1. re: olasek

                  It's good to see Summerwood get some love on this board. For a more reaosnably priced bottle, try their "Vin Rouge."

                2. Lots of 05 from a recent Sonoma trip plus 05 and 06 fall mailing list releases ->

                  Bella 05 zins
                  Porter Creek 05 pinot, syrah and zin
                  Preston 05 barbera, mourvedre, rhone blend, zin
                  Gary Farrell 05 Bien Nacido pinot and Cresta Ridge chard
                  Chateau Montelena 04 zin, 04 cab, 03 estate cab, 05 chard
                  Melville 05 pinots (Terraces, Carrie, High Density, Clone 115)
                  MacPhail 05 pinots (Toulouse, Sangiacamo, Pratt)
                  W.H. Smith 06 pinots (Maritime, Sonoma Coast)
                  Pax 06 syrahs (Alder Springs, Kobler) and roussanne
                  Penner Ash 05 pinots (Shea and willamette Valley0

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                  1. re: Frodnesor


                    We've been drinking the Melville's through out a trip to Santa Barbara and then one to New Orleans. for me, the Carrie's has been the standout, winning rave reviews over the SeaSmoke Ten and Southing on several tastings.

                    I was only able to pick up a few of these, and would love to go back and buy about four mixed cases (vineyards). A good reason to gas up the Landcruiser and take about 18 styro-shipper cases with me. If I go the max, of 19, wife has to fly back to PHX., and that only works, if she has a business meeting.

                    Good call,

                    1. re: Bill Hunt

                      Bill -
                      I'm waiting patiently till it cools off enough to ship to FL. Do you also do the "clonal series"? Those are still pre-release right now.

                      1. re: Frodnesor

                        I have not tried the Clonal Series. When we were in Santa Barbara, all that we were drinking was in restaurants. Next trip out, we hope to have the time to dedicate a few days and will try to secure appointments, where applicable.


                      2. re: Bill Hunt

                        That reminded me that my Melville pinot noir supply is getting thinned out. I was down to 15 bottles. I just ordered a mixed case of 5 Carrie's, 5 Terraces, and 2 Viognier. They've also been holding a case of 05 Estate Santa Rita Hills pinot noir hostage since April. I still have a bottle each of Clone 115 and High Density I never tried.

                        From their newsletter, their pre-release of 06 Santa Rita Hills pinot noir shipping mid-November has gone up $4 to $32.

                        Anybody doing a wine junket in that part of the world would be well-served to head up to Chef Rick's in Santa Maria. It's a well-executed California / Southwest / New Orleans fusion in an unobtrusive strip mall storefront.

                      3. re: Frodnesor

                        Frod, any of those pinots Burgundian? close?

                        1. re: The Chowfather AKA sobe

                          So far (other than what I tasted at winery) I've had the Gary Farrell (which was actually '04 Starr Ridge), the MacPhail '05 Toulouse Vineyard, the W.H. Smith '06 Sonoma Coast, the Melville '05 Terraces, and the Penner Ash '05 Willamette Valley. I'd be hard pressed to describe any of these as Burgundian, though I thought the MacPhail and Penner Ash were both excellent and the WH Smith very good too in a nice medium-weight style. All have more layers and subtlety than the "fruit bomb" or "pinot as syrah" style of some PNs, though the Melville and Penner Ash in particular tend toward that direction.

                          Here's the ones I have notes on.

                          MacPahil '05 Toulouse Vineyard (Anderson Valley) ->
                          "Wow! Slightly translucent brownish-red color, with a potent bouquet of spice, bay leaf, a hint of truffle. Started with a bit of pinot funk which blew off over time. In the mouth it's delightfully silky and smooth, with soft fruit, lots of spice with a touch of dusty earth, and a slightly creamy oaky finish that goes on for 20-30 seconds."

                          Melville '05 Terraces (Santa Rita Hills) ->
                          "Bright clear ruby color. Upon first opening this seemed really closed so I let it sit for a couple hours and came back to it. Nose is rather earthy and a touch stemmy rather than fruity, with hints of smoked meat coming out over time. Fairly soft entry on the palate, with creamy blueberry followed by chewier cherry and more earth and mineral notes. Feels like it needs some time to come together."

                          Penner Ash '05 Willamette Valley ->
                          "No formal notes taken, but this had bright ripe cherry and berry fruits, some flowery notes to the nose, lovely velvety texture, and nice acidity on the finish. "

                          W.H. Smith '06 Sonoma Coast ->
                          "Translucent garnet color. Classic pinot nose with just a tiny hint of funk which quickly blew off. Light-medium weight, with cherry and other red fruits and some minerally, wet stone notes toward the back end."

                          1. re: RicRios

                            I've had the unit ten years and had to have it repaired once.

                        1. See www.chowhound.com/topics/433675 for a partial list.

                          Some 2003 Tempier Cuvée Classique
                          Voge's 2005 Côtes du Rhône "Les Peyrousses"
                          Dönnhoff's 2005 Schlossböckelheimer Felsenberg Riesling Spätlese
                          Heinrich's 2004 Blaufränkisch

                          Have my eye on that 2006 Vacheron Sancerre that RicRios is raving about. And maybe some of the same producer's gorgeous 2005 Sancerre rouge "Belle Dame".

                          And I'm gearing up for the SAQ's September 13th and 27th Cellier releases, which include far too many interesting bottles, mainly 2004s, 2005s and 2006s mainly from southern France, including some Corsican wines we see only rarely if at all.

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                          1. re: carswell

                            As much Quintarelli as I can get my hands on. (He recently put up '95 Riserva)

                          2. Well, it is Pinot Noir/Syrah mailer season and I'm trying to decide what and how much to buy from
                            AP Vin
                            Kosta Browne

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                            1. re: dinwiddie

                              at some of those prices you should also be buying up some '05 burgundies. clearly you're a pinot fan and these are wines you should have (though unlike the Cali wines they will not be at their prime so early). Also, get on the Pax mailing list. Best Syrahs stateside!

                              1. re: domaine547

                                Any speficic recs? I'm in the same boat i.e. buying from williams-selyem, wesmar, anthill, brogan, porter creek, radio-coteau, etc.

                                Also, anybody have bargain burgundy recs for the '05s? The crus are out of my budget for the most part, but any recs on villages level from noted appelations (GevCham) would be helpful.

                            2. IMO, the most abundantly available superb recent vintages are:

                              2001 and 2003 Sauternes (especially non-trophy names)
                              2004 and especially 2005 Germans
                              2001 Riojas

                              These are the best reasonably priced proven vintages out there right now, IMO.... if you don't have them you should be picking them up :)

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                              1. re: Chicago Mike

                                What coincidence!! I am doing exactly the same! However, instead of the 2004 Germans, I have picked up quite a few 2003 for earlier drinking.

                              2. '05 beaujolais, '06 austrian rieslings, '01 germans (yes they are out there!)

                                grower champagne half-bottles for breakfasts and midnight snacks

                                trying to keep up with the tons of new lambruscos coming into the market

                                1. 1999/2000 Barolos
                                  2001 Brunellos
                                  2004 Douros (Portugal)
                                  2001 Super Tuscans

                                  1. 12 bottles of Lanson Black Label Champagne, reduced to half price. Would get more if I had the storage space.

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                                    1. re: Gussie Finknottle

                                      2005 Turley's (from Napa only!)
                                      2004 Barrel Monkey Shiraz (mmmmmmm!)

                                      But curse the Turleys for their big shoulders that don't fit in standard racking. Running outta room in my cooler, dagburnit!

                                      1. re: Steve2 in LA

                                        So true, I HATE over-sized bottles...

                                    2. '06 Mollydooker, The Boxer.
                                      '05 Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay
                                      '04 Chateau DeCru-Beaucaillou
                                      3 - '04 Turley Pesenti Vineyard

                                      And if my SubZero doesn't straighten out, a new one.

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                                      1. re: Cookiefiend

                                        Do you like the Turley Pesenti? I had a half a case of the stuff just before Turley took it over and jacked the price from $12 dollars a bottle to $35. I found it overly sweet and uninspired. Has it improved? I unilaterally skip any of the "Turley" offerings from Paso Robles. Not that some of the wines from there aren't excellent. I just think Turley's money-grubbing by slapping their label on an inferior wine. Of course, that's just me. Hmmm, this may not be appropriate to this string but have it me.

                                        1. re: Steve2 in LA

                                          I haven't tried it yet. A friend of mine raves ("killer killer killer") about the Turley zins and on his suggestion I bought the 3 bottles.

                                          Based on what I've been reading on another post regarding the Turleys and what you've said, I'll be opening one very soon. I'll let you know what I find. I'm hoping for good news.

                                          1. re: Cookiefiend

                                            Well I opened it tonight and it's just fine.
                                            Maybe not killer killer killer, but I'm glad I still have 2 more.


                                      2. So, you're just asking what VINTAGES people are buying? <shrug>

                                        I dunno, I'm confused. The vintage depends upon the country, region, etc.

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                                        1. re: zin1953

                                          This isn't a brain-teaser; simply curious as to what people are buying in general. I suggested some vintages assuming people are either buying current releases or still in search of coveted, older vintages.

                                          The countries, regions would be evident in the responses.

                                          C'mon Zin, just play along ;)

                                          1. re: vinosnob

                                            Well, it's the same thing I'm always buying:

                                            reds: from Burgundy, Rhône, Provence, Languedoc, some from the Loire, as well as from the Douro, and various regions of Spain -- mostly from 2005, but some 2004s and 2003s as well, depending upon the estate/producer.

                                            whites: Alsace, Loire, Mâconnais, some from Rhônes and Languedoc (i.e.: Picpoul); as well as wines from Austria and New Zealand -- mostly 2005s and 2006s.

                                            rosés: Rhônes, Provence.

                                            Porto, Sherry, Madeira, and Champagne . . . .

                                        2. For my third anniversary last week, I bought my husband a bottle of 03 Margaux Pavillion Blanc. It was VERY good. I bought an 05 Nicolas Potel Volnay that I tasted in New Orleans this week. I also bought Nicholas Feulliate Brut rose (not dry enough for me).

                                          1. I decided to take this afternoon off to escape the mass exodus out of Manhattan on the Friday before Labor Day. I decided to visit a wine shop someone had recommended called Crush. I wander around, find the place to be overpriced like most fancy Manhattan wine stores. I pick up a bottle of '05 Chave Crôzes and a bottle of '03 Schramsberg blanc de blancs, as I want to try the Chave and the Schramsberg usually runs about $30 in NYC.

                                            The very attractive saleslady takes my address and email, promising to send me notification of their future sales. She notes that they deliver to the outer boroughs for free. Really? That's good. With your own trucks? Yes. She then smiles and says, I love these wines, even better bargains on sale. Um what? Yeah, all our reds, rosés and sparkling under $55 are 20% off ending today. It's our summer clearance. Um (keeping my fingers crossed), does the sparklers include champagne? Sure. Good god! Might as well stock up!

                                            A mixed case of:
                                            Nicolas Feuillatte Rosé $28 (3)
                                            Paul Goerg Blanc de Blancs $23
                                            '03 Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs $20
                                            '06 Domaines Ott $26
                                            '05 Chave Crôzes-Hermitage $20
                                            '04 Paumanok Cab Franc $19
                                            '96 Cappellano Nebbiolo d'Alba $16 (2)
                                            '02 Olga Raffault Chinon "Les Picasses" $18
                                            '03 Muga Rioja Reserva $25

                                            I don't even have any more room to store these wines....

                                            Crush Wine & Spirits
                                            153 E 57th St, New York, NY 10022

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                                              1. re: RicRios

                                                I thought about it, but then thought better of it when my GF started looking bored. It didn't occur to me at the time that I should have gotten it for a fellow CH... sorry...

                                              2. re: mengathon

                                                We've got wine overflowing our cellar as well. :(

                                                1. re: Luthien

                                                  True, but that's never stopped me before . . .


                                                  1. re: Luthien

                                                    If ours isn't overflowing Mr CF starts shopping. Can you say "OCD"?


                                                    1. re: Cookiefiend

                                                      It's seriously like a disease. Is there a Winebuyers Anonymous?

                                                2. Since all the allocation mailers are arriving, I'm having to decide which I won't buy this time around. As usual, a lot of California PNs and Syrahs.

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                                                  1. re: dinwiddie

                                                    Let us know what you decide to buy, and why.

                                                    1. re: pjaym17

                                                      I decided to but some single vineyard designates from Loring, AP Vin, Dain, and WesMar. I am also buying one bottle of each offering from Radio-Coteau just to remain on the list and to be able to compare different years of the same wine. When Karl Lawrence, Neal, and Kosta Browne come around, I will definitely be buying from them, probably my entire allocation. I dropped Martinelli although I wish I could still get the Blue Slide without having to buy a bunch of other stuff. I can buy Siduri in the local wine store so I don't need to buy from the allocation letters (although I might if something really interests me.)

                                                    1. Working my way through some mixed cases of reds to try to find some stuff to buy, since I have a dozen or so cases of whites and roses but was down to less than a case of reds for everyday drinking.

                                                      First to make the cut: Dom. Allimant-Laugner Vin d'Alsace pinot noir 2005. On the light side even for an Alsatian pinot, but nice.

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                                                      1. re: Robert Lauriston

                                                        Thinking about a case of Chateau Musar "Cuvee Rouge" 2003 (cab, carignan, cinsaut). Maybe I'll try another bottle first.

                                                        1. re: Robert Lauriston

                                                          Last that I had was the '01 with lamb in London, and it was great. I would anticipate that the '03 was top-notch, as well.


                                                      2. A half case of mixed Gruet. Looking forward to trying the blanc de noirs.

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                                                        1. re: mengathon

                                                          Ordered my allocations from WesMar, Williams-Selyem, Brogan, Radio-Coteau and my first order from Loring (Williamette Valley release only).

                                                          Also, some '05 burgs from Domaine des Croix and the '01 Carbonaione from Poggio Scalette. Syrahs from Lillian winery and Shane wine cellars due to arrive in the fall and my most recent Palmina shipment just arrived.

                                                          Read good things about Oregon's '06s so that might be next on the agenda...

                                                        2. Well, I'll interpret "now" to mean in the next week -- a case or two of Walla Walla wines since we'll soon be there tasting!

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                                                          1. re: huruta

                                                            Bodegas Castano 2005 Monastrell Yecla - Mourvedre/Monastrell WA 90 Pts.

                                                            And $5.99 right now from wine junction.

                                                          2. '05 Hudelot-Noellat Bourgogne & Vosne Romanee

                                                            Also, I'm slightly worried about wine shipments that should be arriving this week considering LA is in the midst of another hot (80s) spell. However, my Brogan Cellars shipment arrived yesterday and the bottles were cool to the touch.

                                                            1. Newly arrived for me..
                                                              2005 Alban Vineyards Syrah Reva 4, Viognier 2
                                                              2006 Box Car Pinot 4, Syrah 4
                                                              2005 Turley- a mix of zins 11, and the petite syrah
                                                              2005 Andrew Murray syrah south slope and zee clones and the 2001 oaks savannah cab
                                                              and should be receiving my Cayuse order tomorrow.

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                                                              1. re: Sir William

                                                                How's the 2005 Andrew Murray Zee Clones Syrah? I just received an e-mail from them that they're offering it by the case for 50% off -- (so $17/bottle plus tax and shipping). Trying to decide if its worth a case. Thoughts?

                                                              2. six btls of 1997 Equinox Brut Blanc de Blancs Sparkling wine, Santa Cruz Mtns. AVA.

                                                                six bottles n.v. Pierre Peters Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne

                                                                1. Thomas pinot (OR); Alban Reva; Francois Jobard (en la barre, etc.)

                                                                  1. first priority: backfilling southern rhones, as well as current releases, as much as i can afford.

                                                                    newest money sink: though i grew up a stones throw away from Edna Valley, i'm only recently buying CA wines (having spent the past 15 years drinking QPR spanish and french). I'm on the lists for Copain, Radio-Coteau, Eric Kent and want to try some of the highly regarded cali rhones (alban, saxum, tablas creek, l'aventure. oh, and SQN of course, of course).

                                                                    extra duckets: 2001/2004 spanish/italians

                                                                    wishing i had money for: champagne, port, madeira

                                                                    oh - and i have a serious garagiste problem, only recently getting under control...


                                                                    1. just ordered some "Tyrus Evans" through Martines. it's kind of a second label for Ken Wright that does not involve pinots. was very pleased with my first purchase a year or so ago.

                                                                      1. '98 Champagne Pierre Peters, Brut Blanc de Blancs, Millésime
                                                                        '05 Domaine des Baumard, Coteaux du Layon, Clos Ste. Catherine

                                                                        1. Shipments from my August Sonoma trip are now coming in, plus 05 CDP, plus some other odds & ends:

                                                                          - Bella 05 zins
                                                                          - Chasseur 05 pinots
                                                                          - Gary Farrell 04 pinot and chard
                                                                          - Preston 05 zin, barbera, mourvedre
                                                                          - Porter Creek 05 zin, pinot, 03 syrah
                                                                          - Montelena 04 zin, cab, chard
                                                                          - MacPhail 05 pinot (Sangiacamo and Pratt)
                                                                          - WH Smith 06 pinot
                                                                          - Janasse, Barroche, Milliere 05 CDP, and a couple Clos des Papes 05
                                                                          - Penner Ash 05 pinot (Willamette and Shea)
                                                                          - Numanthia 05
                                                                          - Pax 05 syrahs and roussane
                                                                          - Melville 05 pinots

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                                                                          1. re: Frodnesor

                                                                            Frod, which Melville do you like? I recently bought a couple of the 05 Estate's but have not opened one yet.

                                                                            1. re: Sobe

                                                                              I've only tasted the Estate PN and the Terraces and am still waiting for my 05s to come in. I ordered the Terraces, Carrie, High Density, and Clone 115. Here's my TN on the Terraces from about 3 months ago:

                                                                              Bright clear ruby color. Upon first opening this seemed really closed so I let it sit for a couple hours and came back to it. Nose is rather earthy and a touch stemmy rather than fruity, with hints of smoked meat coming out over time. Fairly soft entry on the palate, with creamy blueberry followed by chewier cherry and more earth and mineral notes. Feels like it needs some time to come together.

                                                                              Seemed pretty closed and I will probably give these some time before popping another.

                                                                          2. Marcoux CDP; more Charbonniere Vacqueyras and probably some of their CDP as well; '05 Keever Cab

                                                                            1. Strangely enough, while shopping for dinner at Ralph's last night, I came across a clearance bin of wine and spotted three bottles of Ridge. Two '02 Geyservilles and one '05 Three Valleys.

                                                                              Each bottle was marked down to $15 so I grabbed them all. Popped one of the Geyservilles last night and it was delicious.

                                                                              Right place, right time...

                                                                              1. Just got a call from my Oregon Pinot Noir source, they have 28 bottles of 2006 Ken Wright for me, from six various vineyards. Called my wino buddy, he wants a case and I am getting the rest of them. Life is so good!!!!

                                                                                1. I am enjoying the great wines from Italy. With the new vintage of Brunello coming out very soon to the U.S. I am very excited.
                                                                                  I think the biggest mistake that Italian restaurants make here in the U.S is that they have 25% of the wine list is Italian and the rest is French, California, Spanish and so on. How are people supposed to know about how great Italian wine is is to serve it with the food from Italy.
                                                                                  Most restaurant owners are too lazy to train there staff and the wine companies are also lazy and do not want to spend there time on this matter.
                                                                                  If the restaurants would have more Italian wines on there lists and taste there staff on the wines more people would appreciate Italian wines instead of being afraid of them. People do not know the difference between Barolo and Barbaresco and Chianti and Barbera.
                                                                                  I just wish people would give these wines a chance instead of drinking Merlot with there Ravioli.
                                                                                  People do not know what they are missing.

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                                                                                  1. re: horvath42

                                                                                    Right now I must be on a Portuguese wine kick because I just ordered three bottles - 2006 Famega Vinho Verde, 2003 Esporao Trincadeira and
                                                                                    2003 So Touriga Nacional. Rea, Companhia Velha, SA

                                                                                  2. Just sold last years allocation of Screagle. CHA CHING!!!!!!!! PT Barnum was right.

                                                                                    1. awaiting my Dehlinger delivery; purchased some Hamilton Russell pinot noir (So. Africa) and some San Vicente Rioja last week.

                                                                                      1. '04 & '05 CdeP
                                                                                        Same vintages Gigondas
                                                                                        '06 Macon-Solutre white Burgundy
                                                                                        Inexpensive bottles from:
                                                                                        Jumilla, Spain
                                                                                        Rhone, Burgundy,
                                                                                        looking for tasty bargains, mainly everyday drinking, $10-$20