Cambridge Formaggio Wine
I bought four bottles of wine recently (12/28) from Formaggio in Cambridge:
- 2005 Pierre Frick Gewurztraminer
- 2008 Bucci Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi
- 2009 Chavignol Sancerre
- 2009 Riva Moretta Prosecco
Opened the first two tonight, and both were cooked. (Stewed with no fruit and harsh alcohol, not corked) Has anyone else had this sort of problem buying wines from there before?
I was just about to email you. Storage shouldn't have been an issue. The Bucci should have been fine - you may have gotten an off bottle. The Frick is definitely an annomolous bottling - I had another bottle brought back. It's earthy and funky at this stage (it has some bottle age and it was a vintage with some rot - giving way to an increased gamut of flavors. I found elderflower, spice and lychee with notes of mushroom...This wine is biodynamic and definitely not characteristic of many gewurz on the market.)
I'll see to it that we send you a gift card (that can be used online because I understand you don't live in the area) as a refund. Sorry about this.
244 Huron Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
I occasionally buy wines at South End Formaggio (in a pinch -- their markup is pretty steep), but I suspect the turnover is brisk enough to account for the fact that I've never run into spoilage issues. I agree: bring 'em back. Their distributor usually eats the cost, anyway.
South End Formaggio
268 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118
I regularly buy wine from them and have never had a problem. Can't say I have ever bought those bottles, though.
A lot of their wines are rather austere and mineral heavy, particularly compared to the New World offerings available everywhere else, but cooked or oxidized wine is something I have not experienced from FK.