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Dec 3, 2008 07:50 PM

What's on your holiday wish list?

OK, so I've been looking at the budget, planning the holidays with my dear wife, and I've been to some damned fine wine tastings in the past month or so. I get paid once a month, being a public school teacher, and that day is FRIDAY! Although this paycheck has to last until Jan. 5 (we do Christmas AND Hanukkah AND New Years!), I've got my priorities straight, and will be heading to my trusty local wine store this weekend. Here's my list:

1. NV R.H. Coutier Grand Cru Brut Champagne
2. 2002 Marcel Moineaux Grand Cru Brut Champagne
3. 2005 Albert Mann Pinot Gris Grand Cru Hengst Alsace
4. 2005 Houth-Kerpen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese Mosel (a gift for sister in law)
5. 2006 Phillipe Verzier Saint Joseph Rhone
6. 2007 Hervé Azo Chablis Premier Cru Vau de Vey Burgundy

Of course, I haven't exactly been on a wine buying hiatus lately. But, that's another post!

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  1. Oh boy. You are saying wish list, which is quite different than a shopping list. Maybe a semi-realistic wish list?

    In alphabetical order:

    '00 Antinori Guado al Tasso
    NV Billecart-Salmon Brut BdB
    '04 Brovia Barolo, Garblet Sue
    '01 Ceretto Barbaresco, Bricco Asili
    '95 Charles Heidsieck Brut BdB, Blanc des Millénaires
    NV Dom Ruinart Brut BdB
    '06 Domaine Serene Pinot Noir, Evenstad
    '05 Donnhoff Riesling Auslese, Schlossbockenheimer Felsenberg
    '05 Edmunds St. John Rocks and Gravel
    '06 Felton Road Pinot Noir
    '04 Hanzell Chardonnay
    '06 Jermann Vintage Tunina
    '96 Krug Brut
    '05 La Millière CdP, VV
    '06 Lemelson Pinot Noir, Thea's Selection
    '04 Masciarelli Montepuliciano d'Abruzzo, Marina Cvetic
    '04 Massa Vecchia Maremma IGT (per Carswell)
    '05 Ornellaia
    '04 Paolo Scavino Barolo, Carobric
    '04 Produttori dei Barbaresco
    '96 Salon Brut BdB, Le Mesnil
    '05 Sassicaia
    '05 Selle e Mosca Cannonau di Sardegna
    '04 Vall Llach Priorat, Embruix
    '05 Vieux Télégraphe CdP, La Crau

    Of course, I haven't a clue how I'm going to pay for all this. Maybe by Christmas '09. As you can tell, I haven't got any priorities...

    5 Replies
    1. re: mengathon

      Oh, yeah, I see what you mean. Mine is actually a shopping list, as opposed to a wish list. Let me second your list. I've had one of two of the wines on your list, and read about most of the others. One can dream!

      1. re: mengathon

        Nice list. I just put in an order for a mixed case of Edmunds St. John wines (gamay and syrah). Steve's rocks and gravel never disappoints.

        '96 Krug and Salon are on my list as well. I'm going to have to do some saving for those.

        Felton Road pinot is really yummy. Haven't had '06 though.

        1. re: BillB656

          WARNING: The '96 Salon may one day be a spectacular wine. But it isn't today. Nor will it be in the next 4 years. The '95 is vastly superior, and less expensive. I'm just saying, as a fellow Salon lover, the '96 is... weirdly sweet and monolithic.

          1. re: whiner

            I hear you. I'm just starting to drink '88 Salon.

            1. re: whiner

              Great. Might as well as the '95 Salon to the list and do a side by side comparison. And thanks. I mean, my future kids can pay for their own way through school....

        2. 'WISH' list?! 1990 DRC La Tache

          Seriously, though? 2001, 2004 Sandrone Cannubi Boschis; 2004 Tomasso Bussola Amarone TB Vigneto Alto, 1999 Guigal Cote Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis... at least one of those is sure to come true...

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          1. re: whiner

            I haven't had a whole lot of "upscale" wine yet, but I would love to see any
            of these $40 and under bottles under my tree:
            2005 Souverain Syrah Port (lovely alone but excellent with 72% chocolate)
            2006 Navarro Brut (Sparkling Gewurztraminer!)
            2007 Navarro Late Harvest Riesling
            2007 Abbazia di Novacella Kerner Alto Adige
            2007 Vietti Arneis
            (not sure of the year) Charles Baur Riesling Gran Cru Eichberg
            (had it at a K&L tasting)
            2007 Bernhard Ott Gruner Veltliner Am Berg
            2006 Le Rocher des Violettes Montloius Sec Cuvee La Touche Mitane
            2006 Gerald Boulay Sancerre Chavignol Rouge (great Pinot Noir)
            2006 Gerald Boulay Sancerre Chavignol Monts Damnes
            2007 Domaine La Bastide Viognier
            2005 Navarro Musct Blanc
            2003 or 2006 Cesconi Traminer
            2006 Chateau Ste. Michelle & Dr. Loosen Eroica Riesling
            2007 Navarro Edelwicker
            2006 Cantina Valle Isarco "Aristo" Kerner
            2007 Navarro Gewuztraminer: Estate Botlled: Dry

            1. re: BigWoodenSpoon

              Very good call on the Cesconi Traminer -- I'm a huge fan, especially at the very reasonable price.

            2. re: whiner

              How does the Bussola Alto compare to the regular '04 bottling, and in general?

              1. re: mengathon

                I dunno. Galloni, whose palate I do like very much, rated it a 97, the TB a 93, and the bg a 91.

                I've never had the Vigneto Alto, but I have had the TB many times from different vintages and find it is generally nearly on par with Quintarelli (though its fruit profile is a little darker). In fact, I would say the best Amarone I've ever had may be the '95 or '93 Quintarelli, but the '98 Bussola TB is better than the '97 or '98 Quintarelli and the '01 Bussola TB is just as good. (Quintarelli is THE standard bearer in the Veneto, even though Dal Forno gets hype because it is so chocolate-y and over-the-top.)

                Galloni's rating of 97 for the '04 Vigneto Alto mirrors his rating for the '97 Quintarelli Alzero (one of my all-time favorite wines) and the $600 '95 Quintarelli Amarone Riserva that was just released. His rating of 93 for the '04 Bussola TB is the same as his rating for the '98 Quintarelli Amarone, and one less than the 94 points he awarded the '97.

                SOOOO, with all that in mind, I figure, if I'm going to go broke on Veneto, the '04 TB Vigneto Alto is the way to do it. I'm pretty certain I'll be able to provideyou with a TN by the New Year! ;-)

                Meanwhile, word on the street is that Bussola is working on his own version of Alzero. Several years ago Guiseppe Quintarelli commented that Tomasso Bussola was his heir apparent in terms of being the reference point winery for the region. It deffinitely seems that way to me.

            3. So do all of you know people who would purchase any of these for you? If so, wow are you lucky.

              Long ago, I convinced friends and family to stop buying wine for me. But in a nice way. I suppose if I actually told them the exact bottle to buy, but that doesn't really sit well with me. What made me ask them to stop is that they would give me a bottle because I "like wine." Usually the bottle would be selected by going to a retailer and asking for a bottle under $_____ for my friend/relative who's "into wine."

              But for anyone wishing to send something me way (wink), I'd be happy with any grower (NM) Champagne.

              3 Replies
              1. re: Brad Ballinger

                Er... to all of Brad's friends on chow thinking of sending him champagne, I believe he means RM.

                1. re: Brad Ballinger

                  No one that I'm actually related to would buy any of these wines for me. What I'm looking at is, what I will buy to share with my family, who, by and large, don't care to learn about wine, but are more than happy to help me drink it!

                2. Now, I have looked down the various lists on this thread. Since Christmas is a time for "giving," I had expected to see some gift wines for Bill Hunt on these lists. Guess what, it was only lists of what people wanted Santa to bring THEM. Hey, where is the "giving spirit? I could use some fine wines too!

                  While I hope that Santa gifts some, or all, of these to the various people, I feel hurt that no one has listed me as a recipient of any! Bogus, bogus, bogus.

                  Still, I wish you all good fortune and my your tree (whatever flavor) have most of these beneath it on Christmas Day.