Forgot about this one. Look for a cab labeled "CC:" (Carbon Copy). It's rumored to be a Harlan second-press, priced extremely well and pretty damn good. I can't find a local distributor for it but there's one restaurant near me that used to pour it. Don't even bother with Specs.
Last edited by Gravy Train; 06-13-2012 at 03:10 PM.
cc is harlan's 4th press. a nice wine but probably overpriced at 25 dollars.
It's a crapshoot in terms of inventory but Lot 18's site is doing another one of their no shipping costs/fees for the next 60 minutes. An easy way to save many dollars if you act fast. lot18.com
If you're in Texas the distributor for CC: is Pioneer Wine Company. They also carry the Orin Swift wine (Prisoner, Saldo, etc.).
Another 'secret' wine they carry is Banshee. It's just like CC: where you don't know what's in the bottle but it's damn good. ~$25 bottle
Also, the Silver Oak Tower Tour rolls through Austin on Friday afternoon. Ed Hardy will apparently not be in attendance.
so tell me about this lot18 site, I'm curious.
also, I think Silver Oak is on a Texas tour. They are doing a wine dinner in Houston on Thursday, I think.
it's an invitation based deal but members can invite anyone so if anyone on here wants an invite, just pm me your email address and i will invite you. they have some minimal incentives in there too like free 10 bucks to start to invitees and 25 bucks to inviters.
And also, be careful on red shipments from lot18.com this time of year.
Why spend bucks on someone who won't appreciate a great bottle? I would rather get her something in the $15-18 range that is MUCH better than $#@!ing Cupcake. Stretch her palate a little. She has the disposable cash, so I think it's just an education/exposure issue. If I can get her on an inexpensive, easy-to-find, decent to good Chard, I feel like I have improved her WQOL (wine quality of life). I would consider that a success.
Ruff, try South Africa or New Zealand for chardonnay values.
I agree on the La Crema pinot, sidis. I agreed more when it was $15 instead of $23, but oh well. creasy, good call. I said La Crema because she can find that $#@! anywhere--a must as she will slip back into drinking Cavit pino grig if she has to go too far to shop. :)
Downed a bottle of this tonight. It passed.
I'm glad you passed the bottle. But how did your ass take that length? ;)
Costco has great prices on wines and a good selection - but I have had a run of bad luck with defective corks from a variety of different wines in the $16-$24 range.
Has anyone else noticed this? I'm starting to think their good deals have to do with buying up large quantities of off-spec stuff.
I refuse to let this thread die too (like bularry said earlier)
I'm late on the chard question but I've been enjoying Bernardus (monterey 2009 if you can find) for a year. Good stuff. Also chehalem inox (unoaked). Both about $20 at specs and very good for the money.
Thanks! Keep the white recs coming. I refuse to believe I can't find one I like.
In other news, RP just re-rated one of my favorite wines of all time, giving it 95 points. If you ever get a chance to try Twomey's 2002 Merlot, do it. Yes, it's a merlot. Stop being a loser and just try it.
2002 Twomey Napa Valley Merlot
94 points Robert Parker: "Even better than the 2001 is the 2002 Merlot, a blend of 99.4% Merlot and .6% Cabernet Franc. The good news is that there are 10,845 cases of this sex pot of a Merlot. An exotic perfume of pepper, herbs, black cherries, plums, and raspberries is accompanied by an exciting texture, a plush, fleshy palate, and a concentrated, long heady, moderately tannic finish. This wine should improve over the next 2-3 years and last for 10-14. Very impressive! This is a top-flight single-vineyard wine aged completely in French oak, which is in total contrast to the wines made at Silver Oak." (02/05)
drove right by Twomey a couple of times when in Sonoma Co. a couple weeks ago. gotta admit, never heard of it till then. owned by Silver Oak, I believe?
edit: I love a good Merlot, personally
Yes, Twomey is an affiliate of Silver Oak (overpriced wine for people who want to look cool but don't know better), but don't let that scare you. The merlot is the jewel in their crown imo. 2005 and 2006 are good too, but 2002 is crazy good right now. Pro tip: pass on their pinots, so you done good driving by the Sonoma location.
I love Twomey merlot. We haven't stopped in there the past few years, will have to put it on the list for our next trip.
i have the '05 twomey merlot sitting on the rack. i've had it before and it wasn't bad, but not special either. been digging spanish wines far far more.
so far on the spanish reds i've enjoyed are the '07 banda azul crianza and the corijo tinto rioja. i have a couple garnachas i've yet to try.
i think someone mentioned the riojas in my texas wine thread which is what prompted me to try them.
gooby plz, I'm the secret heart of shaggy/b/.
On the other hand, if you've been storing a 2005 bottle "on the rack" I might pass. Say it aint so, joe.
Anyone that says they hate Merlot does not have much experience and/or subscribes to "the Movie".
In other news, please don't listen to the ratings. I know it just backed up your experience with the wine you had and liked already but I hate the ratings game. Try a bunch of wine, figure out what you like, repeat. That is what this hobby is about...
How's that for wine douchery?
Oh forgot, just hours ago on the way home i bought a L'Ecole Merlot No. 41 along with some other stuff. Timely Merlot talk,
Has anyone here ever tried "Abstract" from Orin Swift? It was highly recommended to me by a "foodie" that I really like and respect.
I'm going to try it on Sunday while I watch True Blood.
It's available at Total Wine for $24.99:
^^^Who the $#@! posted that giant bottle of J Lohr?
Can Blau Montsant, carinena/garnacha/syrah ~$15 or less
Vall Lach Embruix Priorat, carinena/garnacha/cab/syrah/merlot, ~$25
Some Spanish wine trivia: the Montsant region surrounds the Priorat region on 3 sides /csb
Got my hands on a bottle of 2005 Darioush cab last night as a gift...went down fantastic with dinner.
Same wine maker, very different prices. Both noms
Last edited by Ruffian; 06-24-2012 at 04:15 PM.
I think I have a regular Vall Llach in storage somewhere.
I had a spanish kick about 2 years ago. Good stuff and great value to be had, think i will buy some Tres Picos soon.
I am not a fan of Orin Swift wines, at least not the few I've tried.
you can get a J Lohr Silver Label North Coast chard for around $17 and it is a pretty good drinker. good cali flavor profile without the over-oakiness that plagues so many. we tasted it at the local store a couple of weeks ago.
I was told this weekend that if I'm going to try one, try "The Prisoner". The "Abstract" didn't blow me away either.
My wife has yet to find a Chard that's either too oaky or too buttery. That's why she loves the J Lohr, Estancia, Franciscan, Sonoma Cutrer and La Crema. All under $20/bottle and some of them <$10/bottle. If I'm going to drink a Chard, it's only for a glass or two, paired with the right food and it needs to be a Rombauer, Cakebread, Jordan or the like. I can't even imagine drinking an entire bottle of Chard. I just got heart burn thinking about it.
I hear you, numbers. I don't even get heartburn, but I think a bottle of chard would give it to me.
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