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- hotwine - 09-29-2004 03:48 PM

This little St Julien gem showed up at Costco today. Snagged a couple at $35.79 per; WS92, reportedly.


- wondersofwine - 09-29-2004 05:12 PM

Good snag from all I've heard.


- winoweenie - 09-29-2004 05:28 PM

A very reliable, solid producer of superior juice. WW


- Thomas - 09-30-2004 07:07 AM

Nice price, as prices for that one goes.


- Bucko - 09-30-2004 10:11 PM

Tanzer liked it. He is the only major critic that I pay attention to anymore:

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, May/Jun 04 $42-$49) Good medium ruby-red. Sweet, pure nose dominated by black cherry and spices. Juicy and fine-grained, with a lovely restrained sweetness and nicely integrated acidity. A hint of pepper lifts the wine's fruit without introducing intrusive greenness. Stylish, firm claret with good extract and a firm, lingering finish. 90 points


- hotwine - 10-01-2004 06:47 AM

Had to try one last night; grilled some beast (a NY strip and a ribeye, both from Costco), served with russets, yellow squash and baby peas. Tried my hand at a bernaise sauce for the beef, and it came out pretty good. Decanted the wine for two hours before dinner while burning down the oak coals, preparing the sauce and sides, etc.

Would agree with Tanzer except for the sweetness that he mentions twice.... thinks that's simply fruitiness, perhaps more than your average bear of a St Julien. Defintely feel it needs time in the cellar, but couldn't keep my hands off of it, and anyway, need to know if it's worth buying more while Costco still has a supply. It is, so I will. Two hours probably wasn't near long enough air time.....


- hotwine - 10-01-2004 11:47 AM

Sold out!


- Thomas - 10-01-2004 01:16 PM

He who hesitates hotwine--you're old enough to know...

Bucko, don't you salivate at Parker's scores like so many other people loaded with money???


- hotwine - 10-01-2004 05:45 PM

There were only 3 bottle on hand when I visited yesterday; bought 2 and left 1. Apparently that was all that remained of their stock.

Still concerned about heat damage at the warehouse stores, given the time of year. Prefer to sample before buying a case.


- Bucko - 10-01-2004 07:01 PM

A Parker lemming I'm not... I don't care for gobs of hedonistic fruit (read - had the $hit extracted out of it), sweetness (read - 15% alcohol), and new French oak (read - a beaver would gag on this).

I went to a Harlan vertical put on by a cult-chasing friend. The wines generated super high scores by Parker, including a couple of 100 pointers. The tactful answer is that I would be VERY pi$$ed if I had paid big bucks for these wines.

Parker's palate and mine are about 180 degrees out -- that's okay -- there is a wine out there sure to please someone at some point in time.