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Cheapest 'perfect' wine on earth or in the Universe??!!

Charles Yu Nov 4, 2011 04:50 PM

I was checking the ratings, reviews and pricing of a few wines on 90pluswine.com when I came across a 100/100 wine at an unbelievable price of only US$7.90!! Its the 2003 de Loach Chardonnay Russian River Valley! Is this a joke or what??! If this is the case, why bother spending thousands on a Montrachet?!!! Ha!!

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  1. PolarBear RE: Charles Yu Nov 4, 2011 06:07 PM

    Charles, after spending 5-10 min on this site and realizing the posts were not that recent (i.e. I couldn't find any link that came close to what you've described) I came to the conclusion that the dominant features (Armenian food) were coming from some Yahoo in the LA basin, and I'm a native of the central valley where those folk are lovingly known as Fresno Indians, well .... not much credibility. Really appreciate your posts on the Wine board and would love to see this list.

    BTW, haven't had too much of what De Loach offers, but have liked their zins in the past, don't recall any under $10 however.



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    1. re: PolarBear
      Charles Yu RE: PolarBear Nov 4, 2011 06:25 PM

      Hello Dave,
      Here's the site:

    2. invinotheresverde RE: Charles Yu Nov 5, 2011 07:46 AM

      Anybody can score a wine whatever they want. I wouldn't put too much stock in a site that gives Wolf Blass Merlot a 95. Ratings are meaningless.

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        Charles Yu RE: invinotheresverde Nov 5, 2011 07:56 AM

        Still!! Its funny to see something like this!! Ha!

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          invinotheresverde RE: Charles Yu Nov 5, 2011 08:36 AM


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            Charles Yu RE: invinotheresverde Nov 5, 2011 04:04 PM

            Noticed another 'interesting' rating on that site!!
            They gave the 1975 d'Yquem only 89/100!!! Looked into the rating break down more closely and saw Jancis Robinson giving it 8/20!!! An obvious mistake!
            A novice depending on the site to make purchase decision will miss out on a great wine!!

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              Veggo RE: Charles Yu Nov 5, 2011 04:23 PM

              All in the eye of the beholden.

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                Charles Yu RE: Veggo Nov 5, 2011 05:29 PM

                Yes! But not when the 1975 vintage is universally accepted by wine enthusiasts and experts as one of the 'greatest' d'Yquem ever?! Actually in another publication JC did give the wine 18/20!

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                  Veggo RE: Charles Yu Nov 5, 2011 06:04 PM

                  And I enjoyed a '75, in '86, on a rainy Sunday afternoon in Austin with a game of Scrabble at her house, my new love. I brought it in a wine bucket and the label peeled off in the melt, and we had cheese and bread. I never told her it was something special, but she seemed to notice on her own. I scavanged it from my merchant's cellar, complete with cob webs, and he laughed at the price tag then, $105, and said it would cost him twice that price to replace it. In '86.

                  EDIT: this wanders more toward perfect than cheap, and the '94 portos I suppose will peak after I descend...

      2. Ima Wurdibitsch RE: Charles Yu Nov 5, 2011 06:33 PM

        "Perfect" is in the eye of the beholder. Reasonably priced might be a better discriminator. I like the Martin Codax Albarino at around $14/bottle for my favorite white (although the Rex Goliath Giant 47-Pound Rooster Pinot Grigio -usually under $8- is a decent sippin' on the back porch after a hard day's work). Reds tend to be a bit pricier. I think it's called "Big House Red" - black text on a white label. Not bad at all.

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          zin1953 RE: Charles Yu Nov 6, 2011 10:07 AM

          "Perfect" is the synergy of the wine, the food, and the people I'm sharing it all with at the time . . . .

          I've had perfect wines that cost $3.50 and perfect wines that cost $350.

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