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    Username Post: Wines that blow you away?        (Topic#211869)
    macavada
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    12-14-02 15:59.34 - Post#211869    



    I've been getting into wines for the last three of four years. It seems to me that the $15 or cheaper wines are getting wimpier and wimpier. I've really been developing a palate for BIG BOLD REDS. Complex wines that leave you really feeling them. Maybe the youger the better. I haven't been finding any like that lately. Any good recommendations out there? I like Zin's, Cabernet's, Shiraz's, Syrah's, etc. But it seems like everything lately has been WIMPY. I'm not looking for strong, alcoholicy wines, just complex wines with tannins and other "stuff" to make them interesting.

    Any suggestions out there?
     


    Jerry Hossom
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    12-20-02 15:36.07 - Post#213168    


        In response to macavada

    Joseph Heitz, Martha's Vinyard, Cabernet. Everything you describe. Not cheap...
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    Kimberholic
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    12-28-02 18:18.35 - Post#214908    


        In response to macavada

    I would recommend you try some Australians. Penfold's has a very affordable/delicious big in fruit forwardness and complexity. It is the Thomas Hyland line. You should find these for under $15. Another Aussie that will blow out your socks is one from Rosemount called Hill of Gold. These will be a little more maybe 15-20 range but worth every penny. From Kalif, I like one called Healdsburg Reserve. It is a 2000 Alexander Valley cab sauv that will be delicious for years to come(still a little green on the latest vintage).
    I also think you would enjoy a couple of Italian Super Tuscans. One very affordable one is called Biagio from the Castellani brothers. It is a blend including cab and sangiovese that leaves a nice tannic finnish with a bit of that delicious perfumey fragrance on the palate. This one is about 12 dollars and it has a reserve for around 16.
    These are just a few of my favorites in the price range you mentioned. Hopefully they will be a good start for you. there is nothing like a good meal and a great bottle of wine. No matter what, it is fun trying all the new one's. One thing you should try if you are a fast drinker, let which ever one you choose, "open up" by opening it early and decanting it. The difference is like eating a cold piece of cheese or one that has reached room temperature. Completely different experience and well worth the extra wait.
     
    macavada
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    12-29-02 01:20.54 - Post#214953    


        In response to Kimberholic

    Excellent post! I'll definitely seek out some of those recommendations.
    Marco


     
    mod 12
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    01-05-03 15:11.26 - Post#217046    


        In response to macavada

    I had a nice 1996 Frog's Leap Merlot with a grilled loin of venison the other night. We grilled the loin in my buddies wood burning furnace and it worked quite well. The merlot was just perfect and he sauteed root veggies and wild mushrooms for the side. The back strap came off of a 11 point Iowa whitetail he shot in Dec.
    Big John aka mod 12


     
    Hammer5
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    02-12-03 14:04.15 - Post#229020    


        In response to macavada

    If you want an unknown excellent wine try Catina Malbec from Argentina. The Malbec grape is from France originally but thrives in Argentina and receives rave reviews. It has become one of my favorites. Give it a try.
     
    tw
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    07-07-03 14:28.33 - Post#277263    


        In response to macavada

    I was duly impressed by the value represented by the '98 Barnwood Cabernet. Nice California stuff but it's from a bit of a cooler region, and you can really tell. For the price, I haven't found a match for it since, and only wish I could source more. Smooth and full, very scant on the fruit, just like I like it. I'd second the Malbec recommendation with the caveat that some are SO dense and intense that you'll wish you had a steak ready right then and there. Some of the hefty Malbecs just scream to be eaten with a nice rare piece of meat!

    T.
     
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    08-13-03 12:01.32 - Post#289731    


        In response to macavada

    Turley Zins!!!!! If you like zin, this is it. Hard to find, fairly alcholic, big and meaty, great with food (meat, BBQ, Spicy foods) Best Zin around. I have been on the mailing list or ages. Try it if you get the chance, josh
     
    mod 12
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    10-06-03 16:07.53 - Post#303736    


        In response to macavada

    This fall the wife and I have been touring the wineries of Washington and we've been getting into some nice wine. Surprisingly, one of the cheaper lot wines has been a nightly favorite and now I have to drive back to Zillah to get some more. We've hit eight wineries the past few weeks and my goal is to hit all the wineries in the Yakima area, the top ones in Walla Walla, and then work my way north to B.C. and the Okanongan.

    Check out www.paradisosdelsol.com/
    Big John aka mod 12


     
    mailman
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    10-06-03 16:52.34 - Post#303745    


        In response to mod 12

    Mod 12 when you get down towards Walla Walla check out Three rivers winery. Their 2002 and 2003 Gewurztraminer is a winner. Dreve safe.
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