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Mar 24, 2011 06:55 PM

**$15.99 Luigi Einaudi Rosso delle Langhe & Wine Warehouse Close-outs @ Grocery Outlet**

Yesterday I got an email alert from Grocery Outlet that it had received some close-out wines from distributor Wine Warehouse. I stopped by the Salinas, CA store this afternoon to check out the delivery. Neither the Brunello nor Montrachet mentioned in the email were anywhere to be seen. But I did purchase some other wines, all priced at $15.99.

2005 Qupe’ Bien Nacido X Block “The Good Nacido” Syrah MAGNUM, $150 value
Oldest block of Syrah at Bien Nacido vineyard, 12 barrels produced

2005 DARE (part of Viader) Napa Valley Tempranillo, $40 value

2005 Patz & Hall “Dutton Ranch” Russian River Valley Chardonnay, $38 value
93 points WA
91 points WS

2003 Bouchard Pere 1er cru Beaune Greves “Vigne de l’Enfant Jesus” (Red Burgundy), $50 value

2006 Eugenio Collavini “BROY” Collio Bianco (Friuli), $50 value
Bottle signed by winemaker on 5 July 2010 with retailers tag of $52.99
3 bicchieri Gambero Rosso

2005 Luigi Einaudi Rosso delle Langhe (14% abv), $50-70 value
2 bicchieri Gambero Rosso

I took the only two magnums of the Qupe’ syrah on the shelf, but I left plenty behind of the others. And there are many other wines that could be worthwhile. Inventory will vary from store to store.

Some of the labels were ripped and I noticed that some of the corks on the Luigi Einaudi were pushed. I’m opening one tonight to check condition.

The annual 20% off all wine sale starts next week. But I didn’t want to wait till then and chance some of these disappearing.

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  1. The cork (extra long) was loose on the 2005 Luigi Einaudi Rosso delle Langhe. Made it hard to pull because it kept spinning when I was trying to insert the cork screw. But the wine hadn't leaked and there's no damage to the condition of the wine.

    The wine has been in my glass for 3+ hours now and has gone through some dramatic changes. Color is dark and opaque. Initial nose was vanilla of new french oak, licorice spice, black fruits, and olives with the Cabernet Sauvignon dominating the aroma/flavor and the Merlot adding roundness to the mouthfeel. Coming back to the glass an hour later, the monolithic Cabernet has stepped back and the oak is more integrated and in a supporting role. Less like an international wine and more Piemontese in personality now, the Nebbiolo and Barbera influence has come forward with a chalky etch of tannin, bright acidic notes, much more generous and interesting aromatics, and very long finish with a slightly bitter end. The wine feels less mouth-coating and dense with aeration but far from soft. The heat of the alcohol in the initial impression has faded away. Much more character has been revealed with time in the glass, and one would expect with time in the cellar.

    This is a screaming buy at $15.99 and should probably drink well and develop for at least another 5 years.

    1. Holy crap, that Qupe price is unreal.

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      1. re: Larry Stein

        The Qupe magnum buys made this a pretty special deal. Coming to a party near you this summer probably. :-)

        Saturday i popped open one of the Bouchard "“Vigne de l’Enfant Jesus” and am happy to have scored a few of them as well. Red-fruited and very fragrant, it's a lovely Beaune Greves even from this difficult year. I was pleased that it shows no raisining or overripe character, the only telltale signs that it is 2003 would be a chalky etch of not quite ripe tannin in the finish and a rather foursquare personality. We didn't finish the bottle, so just recorked it and left it on the counter. Tasted again Monday night, the nose was far more elegant, deep and nuanced though the wine tasted too oxidized to enjoy, and this will benefit from a couple more years in the cellar. P.S. My dinner companions agreed with me that the swaddled Baby Jesus depicted on the label looks Chinese.

      2. I've whined in the Grocery Outlet threads on the SF board about the lack of quality food at the Grocery Outlets here. Same thing about the wine. I checked out the Sparks store yesterday and only two wines caught my eye. There was a 2006 Kunde Sonoma Coast syrah. There was also some vintage 1995 Port from a producer I'd never heard of. I checked both on CellarTracker! using my smartphone and I passed on both.
        The rest was stuff like pinot noir from Paso Robles and industrial stuff.
        A friend has had better luck with the Reno store. Somehow he found some Alsace Grand Cru Riesling he picked up for a song. before the sale. There were some Italians that looked interesting.Maybe the same ones you're finding. I haven't been there yet. But it's discouraging.
        I guess the store owners have say over what wine they get.

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        1. re: SteveTimko

          The stores are individually owned so make their own selections from what corporate finds.

          The 1995 vintage port is Tukes Holdsworth, a fine producer ignored in the US. A good buy at $25 for what I'd rate about 86-88 points, especially to be ahead of the aging curve. About 12 hrs after decanting, started to show some glory.

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            Can't edit my post, correct spelling is Tuke Holdsworth and here's my December post.

        2. So Wednesday morning I go into the Berkeley store to check out the beginning of 20% off. The wine guy tells me check out this white burgundy. 2004 Laboure-Roi Clos des Bouches Cheres, Meursault Premier Cru. With the discount it is $13 a bottle. I buy one. The guy listening to us buys all the rest, 13 cases.
          I'm not finding much else I like right now.

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          1. re: seedboy

            That's a good story! Hope your bottle's not afflicted with premox.

            Courtesy of Ruth Lafler who was in the Oakland store on Sunday (the last day of the 20% off wine sale), I got 2004 and 2005 2000 Côtes du Rhône-Villages Seguret Domaine de Cabasse "Cuvee Garnacho" for $7.20 per bottle.

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              Melanie, they've had those CduR for a while and will have them a lot longer (they bought a mess of it). It is pleasant, best I can say for it. I have not even tried the burg.