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Re: Winehunter alert: 06 Galardi Terra di Lavoro at Garagiste

Post #36  Postby Otto Dobre » June 3rd 2009, 9:21pm

Ed Murray wrote:OMG! I just said CellarTracker!!!!

Consider yourself banned!!! [drinkers.gif]

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Post #37  Postby Cris Whetstone » June 3rd 2009, 10:58pm

Josh Beck wrote:This was a no brainer for me. I actually emailed them a couple of weeks ago to ask if they'd be offering the 06 Terra di Lavoro, as it sounds like a strong vintage, I love the wine, and I figured they'd have a great price, if not the best price we're likely to see, on the wine.

I picked up a bottle as it seems the right folks to me like it. Though Otto's endorsement has me worried. [diablo.gif]

What do you recommend for a drinking window on these Josh?
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Post #38  Postby Todd F r e n c h » June 3rd 2009, 11:05pm

You guys suck.

I went in for three.
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Post #39  Postby Otto Dobre » June 3rd 2009, 11:09pm

Cris Whetstone wrote: Though Otto's endorsement has me worried. [diablo.gif]

What do you recommend for a drinking window on these Josh?

Ok Cris, you are banned too!!! How dare you challange the perfect palate??? [diablo.gif]
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Re: Winehunter alert: 06 Galardi Terra di Lavoro at Garagiste

Post #40  Postby Josh Beck » June 3rd 2009, 11:30pm

Cris Whetstone wrote:
Josh Beck wrote:This was a no brainer for me. I actually emailed them a couple of weeks ago to ask if they'd be offering the 06 Terra di Lavoro, as it sounds like a strong vintage, I love the wine, and I figured they'd have a great price, if not the best price we're likely to see, on the wine.

I picked up a bottle as it seems the right folks to me like it. Though Otto's endorsement has me worried. [diablo.gif]

What do you recommend for a drinking window on these Josh?


There are others who have a longer trackrecord with this wine. However I'll say that there aren't many wineries that I'm this invested in with only three bottles drunk. Sadly I wasn't collecting when the 01 and prior vintages were released, and I'm not paying $150+ / bottle to backstock, so my experience is based on the 04 and 05, both of which I think are fantastic.

I would compare this wine to something like Leoville Barton or Montrose... not driven by ripeness or oak, but a LOT of tannin and structure, and a good bit of extract. Pretty serious wines. I don't know what their "shutting down" curve might look like, but the 04 and 05 both provided me a lot of pleasure. I've had two full bottles of the 04 and one of the 05, and a few tastes of other vintages/bottles here and there. I decanted my bottles several hours ahead of time, drank them with food, and thought they were fantastic. I am planning on holding the remainder of my 04/05 for another 5 years or so before checking in and thinking about digging in. When I get my 06's I will probably drink one with some great woodfired pizza and put the others to bed for a comparable 5-8 years minimum.
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Post #41  Postby Josh Beck » June 3rd 2009, 11:36pm

One other comment... and this is somewhat supposition and maybe not giving enough credit to other tasters, but I'll forge on with it anyways:

I read a lot of notes from people who are underwhelmed. I think that this wine has a bit of a flashy image, having received high scores and being one of the very few high priced / culty wines in S. Italy (though clearly not that hard to come by). As a result, I think it gets purchased by a lot of people who like "big" flashy wines... Napa cab, and for Italian wines probably think Valdicava is the cat's meow. This results in notes from people who are underwhelmed because the wine doesn't have the mouthfeel (ie, alcohol and glycerin), "wow factor" (ie, sweetness / espresso / chocolate profile) that they look for and is instead pretty backwards, ashy, rocky, tannic, "dry" and with very fresh fruit, albeit hidden.

Anyways that's my guess based on notes I read on CT, versus my experiences and the folks I know who like the wine.
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Post #42  Postby Cris Whetstone » June 3rd 2009, 11:38pm

Josh Beck wrote:One other comment... and this is somewhat supposition and maybe not giving enough credit to other tasters, but I'll forge on with it anyways:

I read a lot of notes from people who are underwhelmed. I think that this wine has a bit of a flashy image, having received high scores and being one of the very few high priced / culty wines in S. Italy (though clearly not that hard to come by). As a result, I think it gets purchased by a lot of people who like "big" flashy wines... Napa cab, and for Italian wines probably think Valdicava is the cat's meow. This results in notes from people who are underwhelmed because the wine doesn't have the mouthfeel (ie, alcohol and glycerin), "wow factor" (ie, sweetness / espresso / chocolate profile) that they look for and is instead pretty backwards, ashy, rocky, tannic, "dry" and with very fresh fruit, albeit hidden.

Anyways that's my guess based on notes I read on CT, versus my experiences and the folks I know who like the wine.

It wouldn't be the first time such things have happened Josh. Not to bash point chasers but there are many people out there who do just that and end up disappointed because they didn't consider the reviewer, their note or research the type of wine they were buying.
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Re: Winehunter alert: 06 Galardi Terra di Lavoro at Garagiste

Post #43  Postby Josh Beck » June 3rd 2009, 11:40pm

Cris Whetstone wrote:It wouldn't be the first time such things have happened Josh. Not to bash point chasers but there are many people out there who do just that and end up disappointed because they didn't consider the reviewer, their note or research the type of wine they were buying.


Happens to me all the time :)

Recently I have been horrified at the Revello and Mas Romani wines I own. C'est la vie! Gotta taste to find out :)
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Post #44  Postby Otto Dobre » June 3rd 2009, 11:52pm

Cris, I think that the Galardi will satisfy everyone. It is a big wine, yet mainly fruit driven rather than oak driven. So no chocolate notes in this wine. But it is a large, bruising wine, while not overextracted.

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Post #45  Postby Paul L i n » June 4th 2009, 12:16am

I have never tried this wine, nor any wine from Campania for that matter, but Galloni's note -- "layers of flowers, violets, graphite, tar, smoke and black cherries" -- made this wine too tantalizing to pass up. Of course, the score did not hurt either. :D
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Post #46  Postby Josh Beck » June 4th 2009, 12:28am

The 1999 Feudi di San Gregorio Taurasi Riserva Piano di Montevergine that Garagiste offered a while back is a mind bogglingly great $30 bottle as well. I had had the wine before and at $30 I bought a case and am wishing I had bought more...

In fact, seeing that K&L has the 01 for $40, I will have to sample that soon and, if it's anything like the 99, load up!
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Post #47  Postby Ken V » June 4th 2009, 6:10am

Josh Beck wrote:One other comment... and this is somewhat supposition and maybe not giving enough credit to other tasters, but I'll forge on with it anyways:

I read a lot of notes from people who are underwhelmed. I think that this wine has a bit of a flashy image, having received high scores and being one of the very few high priced / culty wines in S. Italy (though clearly not that hard to come by). As a result, I think it gets purchased by a lot of people who like "big" flashy wines... Napa cab, and for Italian wines probably think Valdicava is the cat's meow. This results in notes from people who are underwhelmed because the wine doesn't have the mouthfeel (ie, alcohol and glycerin), "wow factor" (ie, sweetness / espresso / chocolate profile) that they look for and is instead pretty backwards, ashy, rocky, tannic, "dry" and with very fresh fruit, albeit hidden.

Anyways that's my guess based on notes I read on CT, versus my experiences and the folks I know who like the wine.

I think this is a very good point, Josh. This is a very serious wine. It is not lavish. Even though it is big, it leans toward austerity rather than fleshy fruit. The first vintage I tried was the 02. I posted a note on erp saying something like "call me crazy, but this reminds me of Haut Brion". Rico Thompson (whose palate I greatly respect) posted in the thread and pointed me to a note he had posted earlier which made the same comparison to Haut Brion. It has a gravely earthy quality. It also has great structure.

There is lots of talk about how Parker likes a certain type of wine. I sure don't want to open that can of worms here, but I can say for sure that Antonio Galloni has a very broad palate, e.g. in Barolo he likes everything from Rinaldi to Voerzio. So point-chasers have to be especially careful to read the notes and calibrate.

Here's a can of worms I will open up: When I list the noble red grapes of Italy, first comes Nebbiolo, then Aglianico, ahead of Sangiovese.


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Re: Winehunter alert: 06 Galardi Terra di Lavoro at Garagiste

Post #48  Postby Andrew Hall » June 4th 2009, 6:18am

K V a s t o l a wrote: Here's a can of worms I will open up: When I list the noble red grapes of Italy, first comes Nebbiolo, then Aglianico, ahead of Sangiovese.


Two ways to look at.

1) Which grape has a higher overall level across its expression? The Sangio > Aglianico

2) Which grape is capable of the highest expression? Aglianico > Sangio. Except that based on Pepe/Valentini, I'd put MdA > Aglianico. And time will tell if the experiments w/ Nero d'Avola will get there. I am open to the fact though that a Brunello will come along and ring my bell so solidy as to vault over the others which is the historical/marketplace position.


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Post #49  Postby mike.m » June 4th 2009, 7:13am

Ed Murray wrote:
mike.m wrote:I picked up a few bottles of the 03 at $20 per from a distributor closeout. I tried to get more and some of the 02 but thet had ghost inventory showing.

How long should I wait on the 03? I only have 2 bottles and I would like to drink them close to their prime, even if that means waiting.

The one time I had it it was pretty damn tannic (but tasty!)


Love this wine, haven't tried the '06.

I plan to wait 10 years for my '03's, assuming I can hold out. CellarTracker! shows a start date of 2017. How long can you wait?

OMG! I just said CellarTracker!!!!


I'm only 28. I have time to wait. I tried it about a year ago and really liked it, but I wasn't sure of how it would shut down and evolve. Maybe I will try one in about five years and decide what to do with my last bottle.
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Post #50  Postby Todd F r e n c h » June 4th 2009, 8:40am

BLittle wrote:i was wondering if there was going to be a Garagiste thread on this site... it was one of my favorites before it was locked... Should this be in another forum since it is retail?

as for this offering, tempting, but I've cut way back from the Great Enabler

I welcome a Garagiste thread on here, if someone wants to start one. We can guide threads/posts there as needed.
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Post #51  Postby Cris Whetstone » June 4th 2009, 10:49am

Josh Beck wrote:The 1999 Feudi di San Gregorio Taurasi Riserva Piano di Montevergine that Garagiste offered a while back is a mind bogglingly great $30 bottle as well. I had had the wine before and at $30 I bought a case and am wishing I had bought more...

In fact, seeing that K&L has the 01 for $40, I will have to sample that soon and, if it's anything like the 99, load up!

That was an accidental offer after they didn't have enough Serpico if I remember correctly. They offered to do a one for one on the bottle I ordered so I said sure. Then I did a little research and asked for a couple more.
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Post #52  Postby Josh Beck » June 4th 2009, 10:54am

Cris Whetstone wrote:That was an accidental offer after they didn't have enough Serpico if I remember correctly. They offered to do a one for one on the bottle I ordered so I said sure. Then I did a little research and asked for a couple more.
:D


I vaguely recall something like that now that you mention it.

FWIW, I think the Piano di Montevergine is a much better wine than the Serpico, but what do I know?
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Post #53  Postby Todd F r e n c h » June 4th 2009, 5:16pm

I'm resurrecting a new version of what is bound to be an exciting and informative thread for many.
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Post #54  Postby AnthonyA » June 4th 2009, 5:30pm

I've been on the Garagiste mailing list for quite a number of years and in fact just recently picked up about 3 cases that had been at their warehouse for over a year.

I live in Seattle and attended a French wine tasting there in 2007. Got to meet Jon and his wife (and daughter) at the tasting. Super interesting and knowledgable guy to say the least. He used to live here in Seattle and now lives in NYC. If I remember correctly, he said it is closer to Europe where he always seems to be. Anyway, just a great guy and well as the title of the thread say....."The Great Enabler!! He is almost never wrong on his advice and the wine he recommends. And Niki actually lives in Colorado..talk about a virtual wine store!!
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I know my thread title wasn't as cool or anything, but you soooooooo jacked my idea...

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Post #56  Postby Todd F r e n c h » June 4th 2009, 5:44pm

Yoni Ovadia wrote:I know my thread title wasn't as cool or anything, but you soooooooo jacked my idea...

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=26&p=106&hilit=garagiste#p106

There you go, Yoni, now you are shown as the thread originator.

Happy?
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Todd F r e n c h wrote:
Yoni Ovadia wrote:I know my thread title wasn't as cool or anything, but you soooooooo jacked my idea...

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=26&p=106&hilit=garagiste#p106

There you go, Yoni, now you are shown as the thread originator.

Happy?


NO, I think I need to win the next 3 raffles and then we can call it even.
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Post #58  Postby AnthonyA » June 4th 2009, 5:48pm

Yoni Ovadia wrote:
Todd F r e n c h wrote:
Yoni Ovadia wrote:I know my thread title wasn't as cool or anything, but you soooooooo jacked my idea...

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=26&p=106&hilit=garagiste#p106

There you go, Yoni, now you are shown as the thread originator.

Happy?


NO, I think I need to win the next 3 raffles and then we can call it even.


Yoni, I bet you'd be happier if the Dodgers won their division and the World Series.. I grew up in So. Cal and still bleed Dodger blue and always will [cheers.gif]
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Post #59  Postby Ed Murray » June 4th 2009, 7:06pm

Who was in for the Galardi? I was in for six - hope they can get some mag's!
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Post #60  Postby Phillip F r a n k s » June 4th 2009, 7:11pm

I was definitely in, I couldn't pass it up.
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Post #61  Postby Paul L i n » June 4th 2009, 11:32pm

Ed Murray wrote:Who was in for the Galardi? I was in for six - hope they can get some mag's!

Had never heard of it until I got the email, but I picked up a bottle just for fun.
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Post #62  Postby James Sanders » June 5th 2009, 10:09am

Last version of the Apremont Savoie was mighty tasty.
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Post #63  Postby Cris Whetstone » June 5th 2009, 10:10am

James Sanders wrote:Last version of the Apremont Savoie was mighty tasty.

I haven't tried any of the 06's yet but the 05's were a terrific value.
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Post #64  Postby Ed Murray » June 6th 2009, 11:02am

Wine Advocate: “($125); 21 Grams is a collaboration between Gramercy Cellars and Waters Winery in which each winery selects the best lots of Bordeaux varieties in the cellar to be blended together to produce 75 cases available only to customers on the mailing lists of the wineries. Kudos to the two participating wineries The 2005 Walla Walla Valley Red Wine is composed of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Petit Verdot. Purple-colored, it offers up an excellent perfume of pain grille, pencil lead, earth notes, black cherry, blackberry, and a hint of licorice in the background. Mouth-filling, ripe, and structured, this full-flavored effort could easily pass for a classified growth Pauillac from a top vintage. It should evolve in the manner of a top Bordeaux for another 6-8 years and perform at its peak from 2015 to 2030. This is a wine to please both the intellect and the senses. 94pts”


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Post #65  Postby G Williams » June 6th 2009, 11:39am

Ed Murray wrote:
Wine Advocate: “($125); 21 Grams is a collaboration between Gramercy Cellars and Waters Winery in which each winery selects the best lots of Bordeaux varieties in the cellar to be blended together to produce 75 cases available only to customers on the mailing lists of the wineries. Kudos to the two participating wineries The 2005 Walla Walla Valley Red Wine is composed of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Petit Verdot. Purple-colored, it offers up an excellent perfume of pain grille, pencil lead, earth notes, black cherry, blackberry, and a hint of licorice in the background. Mouth-filling, ripe, and structured, this full-flavored effort could easily pass for a classified growth Pauillac from a top vintage. It should evolve in the manner of a top Bordeaux for another 6-8 years and perform at its peak from 2015 to 2030. This is a wine to please both the intellect and the senses. 94pts”


Who's in on the 21 Grams? (I'm not but was wondering if anyone around here has tasted it.)

I tasted the 05. Great extraction, and color. Very young but missing the depth I would like at the price point. It was good but not something I really dug nor would I spend north of bill to get some. In a blind line up, Harlan would come out the clear winner but they aren't charging Harlan prices. YMMV
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Post #66  Postby Chris S p i k e s » June 7th 2009, 2:57pm

Anyone grab any of the 1998 Margae? Never had it, but I'll rely on the review and that it has 11 years of age on it and pick up 6.

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Post #67  Postby Andrew Hall » June 7th 2009, 3:12pm

I think you have to read between the lines, even more than usual, with G's domestic offerings. Like the G of old which pimped the out of the Aussie ooze monsters long before BigDoctorJ got fluffed by Dan, there is a soft spot in Jon's heart for wines which are extreme.

Like the Long Shadows where he didn't mention Rolland at all. I got it, reading between the lines, for guests and my occasional lapse where that big OTT style will fit the bill.

I say this purely out of love, because I do think a foolish consistency ..., but don't expect the Jon who grooves on freak terroir oddities from places in Europe w/o electricity is the same one who raves about domestic producers.

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Post #68  Postby Jim Brennan » June 11th 2009, 5:01am

Galardi take #2 last night. Given the positive comments here and elsewhere, as well as Galloni's very positive take on the '06, I figured I couldn't pass this one up.
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Post #69  Postby Chris S p i k e s » June 12th 2009, 6:08am

Any of you Oregon pinot drinkers jumping on the Belle Pente offering?

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Post #70  Postby Mel Hill » June 12th 2009, 7:34am

Anybody had
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Post #71  Postby Jay Winton » June 12th 2009, 7:40am

We've drunk a couple of the 2003 Yarrabank Cuvee Method Traditional (Yarra Valley) sparkler and JR's comment "It is vibrant, cutting and full of the distinct mineral and varietal tone this valley is know for" is pretty accurate. Absolutely no complaints for $16.
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Post #72  Postby gene keenan » June 12th 2009, 8:13pm

Mel Hill wrote:Anybody had
1990 Schloss Schönborn Riesling Rheingau Spätlese
or the
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I want to open one on Saturday afternoon?

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I popped one of the 90's in a house party setting. It must have been a flawed bottle because it was very unremarkable. Did not take the time to sit and think about it. It seems to be getting some props on CT but the notes are variable.
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Post #73  Postby Mel Hill » June 12th 2009, 8:26pm

thanks, I forgot about CT... I'm not a user (yet)
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Post #74  Postby gene keenan » June 12th 2009, 11:23pm

i use CT more for reviews than anything else. I tried using the management tool for a very short while (never completed adding my wine) and then i realized i just don't care about spending the time to track my wine inventory. i like being surprised and disappointed.
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Post #75  Postby Josh Beck » June 12th 2009, 11:49pm

Curious if anyone bit on the Lamy St. Aubins?

En Remilly is a great vineyard, competes well at the low end of the Chassagne 1er spectrum. Lamy is a producer I've wanted to try for a while, and 07 is a vintage that seems to have a lot of promise in white burg (premox issue aside) so I was psyched to try a couple...
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Post #76  Postby Phillip F r a n k s » June 13th 2009, 5:05am

Josh Beck wrote:Curious if anyone bit on the Lamy St. Aubins?

En Remilly is a great vineyard, competes well at the low end of the Chassagne 1er spectrum. Lamy is a producer I've wanted to try for a while, and 07 is a vintage that seems to have a lot of promise in white burg (premox issue aside) so I was psyched to try a couple...


I had to get a bottle of each. I'm a sucker for White Burg.
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Post #77  Postby Ryan Caughey » June 17th 2009, 1:28pm

Anyone have any experience with recent vintages of the Bourdy just offered. Sounds intriguing.
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Post #78  Postby Andrew Hall » June 17th 2009, 1:34pm

Ryan Caughey wrote:Anyone have any experience with recent vintages of the Bourdy just offered. Sounds intriguing.


None. Got 4 anyway.

Waiting for my 82 and 85 in Fall.

I successfully went 13 w/o ordering anything though.


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Post #79  Postby David Whitworth » June 17th 2009, 1:45pm

Andrew Hall wrote:
Ryan Caughey wrote:Anyone have any experience with recent vintages of the Bourdy just offered. Sounds intriguing.


None. Got 4 anyway.

Waiting for my 82 and 85 in Fall.

I successfully went 13 w/o ordering anything though.


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Ha. I too broke my ordering hiatus and grabbed 4 as well.
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Post #80  Postby Josh Beck » June 17th 2009, 1:56pm

I hadn't ordered in months but the 06 Terra di Lavoro, the 07 Lamy St Aubins and the 05 Bourdy all got me....
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Post #81  Postby Eldon Gath » June 17th 2009, 9:31pm

Ryan Caughey wrote:Anyone have any experience with recent vintages of the Bourdy just offered. Sounds intriguing.


Yeah, I too went for 4 of the 05 Bourdys, as maybe someday I will get my 55 to compare them to. And, unlike many of you, I managed to go an entire month without ordering anything. [boredom.gif]
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Post #82  Postby Eldon Gath » June 17th 2009, 9:41pm

Now, to complain: 2006 Synthese from Riberach. It is a blend of old vine Carignane, Syrah, and Grenache from the Cotes Catalanes (France). Unbelievable Garagiste write-up. NOT this wine!!! Nose of swamp water initially, mutating to old nylon carpet. Palate of ... NOTHING, followed by a 2 second finish. Just amazing plonk, beaten badly by Charles Shaw of any vintage. You would simply NOT believe the Garagiste write-up of this wine. It has had more to do with my not buying anything for the last couple of months. It is simply impossible for THIS to be THAT wine. Any of you out there bought and tried this yet? Is mine so flawed? I know it cannot be me - not this far from decent. Another French (and frankly Garagiste) disappointment. Both, quite common.
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Post #83  Postby Josh Beck » June 17th 2009, 10:19pm

Eldon Gath wrote:Another French (and frankly Garagiste) disappointment. Both, quite common.


I haven't had the Synthese, Eldon, but I think all of us understand the sentiment of Garagiste wines that don't live up to the hype... such is the game with Garagiste, how many Petrus / Ramonet / Monfortino beating $13 bottles can there be in the world after all?

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Personally though I probably have had the best luck buying French wines from Garagiste as opposed to other nationalities, but then again I drink and enjoy French wine on the whole (and it's a big whole) more than any other nationality.
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Post #84  Postby Cris Whetstone » June 17th 2009, 10:37pm

Josh Beck wrote:Personally though I probably have had the best luck buying French wines from Garagiste as opposed to other nationalities, but then again I drink and enjoy French wine on the whole (and it's a big whole) more than any other nationality.

I'm pretty sure we gave Eldon some warning before signing up with Garagiste. His anti-French wine strategy should have been warning enough.
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Post #85  Postby Mo K a n g » June 18th 2009, 12:12pm

Eldon Gath wrote:Now, to complain: 2006 Synthese from Riberach. It is a blend of old vine Carignane, Syrah, and Grenache from the Cotes Catalanes (France). Unbelievable Garagiste write-up. NOT this wine!!! Nose of swamp water initially, mutating to old nylon carpet. Palate of ... NOTHING, followed by a 2 second finish. Just amazing plonk, beaten badly by Charles Shaw of any vintage. You would simply NOT believe the Garagiste write-up of this wine. It has had more to do with my not buying anything for the last couple of months. It is simply impossible for THIS to be THAT wine. Any of you out there bought and tried this yet? Is mine so flawed? I know it cannot be me - not this far from decent. Another French (and frankly Garagiste) disappointment. Both, quite common.
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If this is not complaining, what is? Not that there is anything wrong with complaining. I have had mostly good luck with Garagiste wines, which is why I still keep buying from them. If you are getting a lot of disappointments, then your palate does not match well with Jon's and you should stop buying.

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