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      03-12-2023, 11:32 AM   #881
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Had this last night. Much fruitier than I remember.
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It must be working. I needed a double bypass (100% blockage in my left main artery and DR said there was no medical reason I hadn't assumed room temperature) and the surgeon said my heart was just fine, it was just the plumbing that was problematic. Five years later on the 25th and I'm going strong.




Honestly, it wasn't any better than the Bogle I've been drinking, and at about half the cost.
Sorry you didnít like it.
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does anyone like meiomi wines? i think the red blend and pinot are quite solid for the price
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No worries. Thanks for the suggestion.
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I’m ashamed to admit I am clueless when it comes to Italian wines especially since my last name ends in a vowel. I mostly drink CA Cabernets with a select few Merlot. I like heavy, flavorful reds. Long ago, I drank Ruffino Chianti Classico Reserva Ducale and the Gold label. Although the gold was smoother, the other had more flavor. I then discovered CA which is my go to. Wanting to broaden my horizons, I recently tried a bottle of Amarone and Brunello Di Montalcino (will update with pics tomorrow) but they didn’t do it for me. They were smooth but too light and not as flavorful.

Are there any Italian reds that are comparable to CA Cabernets? I tried the Chianti again but I’m not loving it. Too light.

Thanks for any suggestions.

Edit. As a reference point, my current go to is Austin Hope. My fav is Caymus with a Stags Leap Artemis here and there. The Merlot I enjoy is Emmolo.
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Iím ashamed to admit I am clueless when it comes to Italian wines especially since my last name ends in a vowel. I mostly drink CA Cabernets with a select few Merlot. I like heavy, flavorful reds. Long ago, I drank Ruffino Chianti Classico Reserva Ducale and the Gold label. Although the gold was smoother, the other had more flavor. I then discovered CA which is my go to. Wanting to broaden my horizons, I recently tried a bottle of Amarone and Brunello Di Montalcino (will update with pics tomorrow) but they didnít do it for me. They were smooth but too light and not as flavorful.

Are there any Italian reds that are comparable to CA Cabernets? I tried the Chianti again but Iím not loving it. Too light.

Thanks for any suggestions.

Edit. As a reference point, my current go to is Austin Hope. My fav is Caymus with a Stags Leap Artemis here and there. The Merlot I enjoy is Emmolo.
Which Brunello did you try?

I like Brunello and Tignanello but my wife always prefers Cabernet. So I usually only drink the Italians when we are out with a group and I bring a bottle of Italian and a bottle of Cabernet.

I have some Sassicaia that I havenít opened yet but expect it to be spectacular when it ages.
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Which Brunello did you try?

I like Brunello and Tignanello but my wife always prefers Cabernet. So I usually only drink the Italians when we are out with a group and I bring a bottle of Italian and a bottle of Cabernet.

I have some Sassicaia that I havenít opened yet but expect it to be spectacular when it ages.
2014 Altismo? Altizmo?
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2014 Altismo? Altizmo?
Maybe Altesino? I havenít tried it but believe it is a good wine. I donít think 2014 was a great year for Brunello though. 2010, 2015 and (I think) 2016 are very good years. If you can find a 2010 Casanova di Neri Tenuta Nuova or 2010 Valdicava Brunello Iíd recommend trying again. There are a lot of good Brunelloís. I will say the last 2 bottles I had of 2010 Valdicava went bad, which was very disappointing. They were stored in a wine fridge so I had to buy them that way.

Chianti Classico is good with pasta / red sauce but youíre right, itís pretty light.

Iím not a fan of Barbera but itís all personal taste.
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There are a lot of good Brunello’s.
There certainly are, although they're not made in the style that cmyx6go finds most enjoyable.

Brunello is one of my favorite Italian wines. I find pairing Osso Buco with an equally rich and flavorful Brunello to be an especially enjoyable match of food and wine.

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Re: Matching Italian Wines with Food

One combination I've always enjoyed is a Fiano di Avellino matched with Chicken or Veal Piccata. Both the wine and the food have an acidity that complement each other very well.

Of course, as you say, enjoying wine (and the food you might have with it) is a matter of personal taste.
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Maybe Altesino? I havenít tried it but believe it is a good wine. I donít think 2014 was a great year for Brunello though. .
The Brunello and the Amarone I tried.

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Opened this last night. Spectacular, just as great as I remembered.
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Figured weíd better give the Tierra Roja a shot after the Beckstoffer To Kalon. At the winery, this was my wifeís favorite. Nothing changed last night. One pic of decant, and one of the soldiers from the last 2 nights.
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Received my wine club shipment for Stagsí Leap yesterday. Woot woot!
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Man, those are some great bottles! Bolgheri and Realm are on my to do listÖ
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Man, those are some great bottles! Bolgheri and Realm are on my to do listÖ
The Bard is a really good wine and not too crazy ($100-$125 range). But it is hard to find, unless you join their mailing list. Then it takes about a year of being in the mailing list to get a modest allocation.

Realm has the best shipping of any winery or retailer I have had ship to me. They use cold packs and packaging so when the wine arrives, it feels like it was just pulled out of a wine cellar (at least with overnight shipping), even in FL where it was low-80 degree range on delivery day. Iíve seen some others use cold packs, but Realm has a really nice packing setup.
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RickFLM4 Thatís great feedback about Realm, thank you.

Catching up on the last couple. Having the Rutherford as I type. The Stagsí Winemakers Muse Tannat was very good. It left an almost sour patch kids taste on the back of mouth that made you want more. I have looked, but unfortunately it appears to be sold out. If anybody comes across a source, please let me know.:
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This evening I'm going with a sort-of Southern Rhone-style wine from Force Majeure in the Walla Walla Valley of Oregon up against the Washington State line. The "sort-of" is that the 2017 vintage I found has no Grenache in it, and the dominant characteristic is of a Syrah (86% of the blend) that enjoyed a very warm summer.

It's certainly well-made, while being denser and higher in alcohol (14.9%) than I generally expect to find from an Oregon or Washington State producer. No complaints, though; most new wines I try are to discover just what they're like and if I'd like to buy more of them, that being a great deal of my interest in trying them out.

This is a producer whose wines I'll see if I can buy more of them locally.



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Way to go for bring this up.. I have taken a few pics but not posted..
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