EP 123 Toro and Tuscany a Battle of Value Wine.

Wines tasted in this episode:

Today Gary tastes two wines that he recently had and really enjoyed. Watch as these two wines go head to head in a value driven showdown. Plus a new question of the day.

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Have not tried either of these wines. QOTD-had a Columbia Crest Grand Estates, solid at $10 bones. http://www.winelx.com

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  • JBelleJinx

    Hey….who says I’m not a man??? I’m the only kind of man that counts…a WO-MAN. :) yowza! Great epidsode for the price range Gary!

  • Andre

    Definately the Domaine “La Garrigue” Cuvee Romaine. Great restrained fruit, terroir (WHAT!), and spice (yeah baby!). 9.99. Oh sorry Miguelo…don’t have one in the $10-13 price range. One that’s a little above, well in NYC at least…Bodegas Vizcarra “Roble” $14-15(in NYC) great restrained fruit (again, but a little more than the La Garrigue), nice chocolate notes as well. Amazing nose! Floral, fruity, and a hint of vanilla. My go-to gift wine. WL ought to carry it.

  • Andre

    Definately the Domaine “La Garrigue” Cuvee Romaine. Great restrained fruit, terroir (WHAT!), and spice (yeah baby!). 9.99. Oh sorry Miguelo…don’t have one in the $10-13 price range. One that’s a little above, well in NYC at least…Bodegas Vizcarra “Roble” $14-15(in NYC) great restrained fruit (again, but a little more than the La Garrigue), nice chocolate notes as well. Amazing nose! Floral, fruity, and a hint of vanilla. My go-to gift wine. WL ought to carry it.

  • Jason R.

    Miguelo – Yes, I am sad to say it is true. In the $10-$13 range I would have to go with my standby BV NAPA CAB. Of course I prefer the Rutherford Cab (typically both deliver as much as the Georges De Latour as I think that recent vintages of this have been lack luster). The BV NAPA CAB would only get an 85 from me when drank young, but the late 90’s that I am drinking now have really come around and I have been giving 88-89 on… Just love the dusty fruit!!!

    Now if the QOD was $20-25 the game changes and I am stuck in Bordeaux for the next $30 bucks – $20-$50!!!

  • Jason R.

    Miguelo – Yes, I am sad to say it is true. In the $10-$13 range I would have to go with my standby BV NAPA CAB. Of course I prefer the Rutherford Cab (typically both deliver as much as the Georges De Latour as I think that recent vintages of this have been lack luster). The BV NAPA CAB would only get an 85 from me when drank young, but the late 90’s that I am drinking now have really come around and I have been giving 88-89 on… Just love the dusty fruit!!!

    Now if the QOD was $20-25 the game changes and I am stuck in Bordeaux for the next $30 bucks – $20-$50!!!

  • http://www.myspace.com/chateaumiller Brandon M

    JBelleJinx … I just figured :-)

  • http://www.myspace.com/chateaumiller Brandon M

    JBelleJinx … I just figured :-)

  • Michael P

    The Trittico is an outstanding wine. Have had 3 bottles & will def buy more.

    QOD: The Lunada Cab/Merlot (out of stock..PLEASE get more :)) & Hawks Crest Cab

  • Michael P

    The Trittico is an outstanding wine. Have had 3 bottles & will def buy more.

    QOD: The Lunada Cab/Merlot (out of stock..PLEASE get more :)) & Hawks Crest Cab

  • Joe Po

    The Seghesio Sonoma Zin ’02 for $12 from WL of course. Always good prices with great flavor from this vineyard. Avoir et bon chance Gary.

  • Joe Po

    The Seghesio Sonoma Zin ’02 for $12 from WL of course. Always good prices with great flavor from this vineyard. Avoir et bon chance Gary.

  • Paul B

    QOD:
    Oreana “?” Chardonnay – $9.99, and
    Oreana “?” Red Blend – $9.99.

    Bought a case of each last year direct from the winery. $6 shipping – coast to coast. Very solid cheap, everyday wine.

  • Paul B

    QOD:
    Oreana “?” Chardonnay – $9.99, and
    Oreana “?” Red Blend – $9.99.

    Bought a case of each last year direct from the winery. $6 shipping – coast to coast. Very solid cheap, everyday wine.

  • 97Brunello

    QOD: Sierra Cantabria Crianza-$12 Spanish. Can’t go wrong. (won’t find good California wines in that price range).

    Even better, the Meerendal Shiraz for 8 bucks that Gary reviewed on WLTV earlier this year. Problem is, it is nowhere to be found! Get some more Gary!

  • 97Brunello

    QOD: Sierra Cantabria Crianza-$12 Spanish. Can’t go wrong. (won’t find good California wines in that price range).

    Even better, the Meerendal Shiraz for 8 bucks that Gary reviewed on WLTV earlier this year. Problem is, it is nowhere to be found! Get some more Gary!

  • 97Brunello

    Rick the Model?! Sounds like you’ve got a not-so-secret admirer Gary!

  • 97Brunello

    Rick the Model?! Sounds like you’ve got a not-so-secret admirer Gary!

  • http://www.myspace.com/soriano7 AnthonyS

    Michael P, I agree. The Lunada Cab/Merlot was a great value wine. I went through mine in no time this summer. I think I had 6 or 8 bottles.

  • http://www.myspace.com/soriano7 AnthonyS

    Michael P, I agree. The Lunada Cab/Merlot was a great value wine. I went through mine in no time this summer. I think I had 6 or 8 bottles.

  • Dan C.

    Gary- #123 was a perfect, quick episode with two very different wines. Thanks.

    QOD: $10-$13 wine is the 2002 Lyeth Meritage Red. Classy for the price ($11), silky finish, and the cool bottle makes a nice party gift.

  • Dan C.

    Gary- #123 was a perfect, quick episode with two very different wines. Thanks.

    QOD: $10-$13 wine is the 2002 Lyeth Meritage Red. Classy for the price ($11), silky finish, and the cool bottle makes a nice party gift.

  • Lawrence Leichtman

    Ditto here on the Arrocal Duero at Gary’s recommendation though I like many Beujolais that fall in the sam price point. Celebrated big victories last night with 1989 Dunn Howell Mountain. Still a huge wine but so nice.

  • Lawrence Leichtman

    Ditto here on the Arrocal Duero at Gary’s recommendation though I like many Beujolais that fall in the sam price point. Celebrated big victories last night with 1989 Dunn Howell Mountain. Still a huge wine but so nice.

  • Andy E

    I am a long time lurker, first time poster! My favorite has to be Bodegas Arrocal. I ordered 6 bottles from WL and only have 1 left! No more to be found anywhere.

  • Andy E

    I am a long time lurker, first time poster! My favorite has to be Bodegas Arrocal. I ordered 6 bottles from WL and only have 1 left! No more to be found anywhere.

  • http://www.myspace.com/soriano7 AnthonyS

    Dan C., I have had the Lyeth Meritage and feel that it was better after being open for a while. I definitely enjoyed it more the day after opening it.

  • http://www.myspace.com/soriano7 AnthonyS

    Dan C., I have had the Lyeth Meritage and feel that it was better after being open for a while. I definitely enjoyed it more the day after opening it.

  • Dan C.

    AnthonyS- I agree with you. It is a young wine that benefits from air. As Gary might say (if he is paying any attention to these comments) it has a lot of “structure”. I think it will drink well for several more years. Pretty exceptional for the price.

    Just bustin’ your chops while you’re gone Gary, enjoy Paris.

  • Dan C.

    AnthonyS- I agree with you. It is a young wine that benefits from air. As Gary might say (if he is paying any attention to these comments) it has a lot of “structure”. I think it will drink well for several more years. Pretty exceptional for the price.

    Just bustin’ your chops while you’re gone Gary, enjoy Paris.

  • Wino4Life

    Ambra Carmignano 04 (Tuscany)
    Jim Barry “Lodge Hill” Shiraz 2003 or Riesling 2004 (Clare valley?, Auatralia)
    Firriato ‘Chiaramonte’ Nero d’Avola 2004 (Sicily)

    all right around $15

  • Wino4Life

    Ambra Carmignano 04 (Tuscany)
    Jim Barry “Lodge Hill” Shiraz 2003 or Riesling 2004 (Clare valley?, Auatralia)
    Firriato ‘Chiaramonte’ Nero d’Avola 2004 (Sicily)

    all right around $15

  • JayZee

    QOD: The 2002 Castano Hecula and the 2004 Bodegas Arrocal. Perhaps there is something about Spain…

  • JayZee

    QOD: The 2002 Castano Hecula and the 2004 Bodegas Arrocal. Perhaps there is something about Spain…

  • Seth – MacGeek

    Hess select Cabernet! under $15.. Please taste it! :-D

  • Seth – MacGeek

    Hess select Cabernet! under $15.. Please taste it! :-D

  • hd16141b

    Big Yellow Cab $ 9.99 and Gnarly Head Red Zin $8.99 on sale

  • hd16141b

    Big Yellow Cab $ 9.99 and Gnarly Head Red Zin $8.99 on sale

  • http://blog.bubblebrothers.com/ Julian

    The Toro from Rejadorada is another one that Bubble Brothers have recently tasted and decided to bring in to Ireland. A popular style all right; for something a bit different we’re also importing Otero’s 2004 Prieto Picudo crianza.

  • http://blog.bubblebrothers.com Julian

    The Toro from Rejadorada is another one that Bubble Brothers have recently tasted and decided to bring in to Ireland. A popular style all right; for something a bit different we’re also importing Otero’s 2004 Prieto Picudo crianza.

  • VinOrecul

    Looking back..This is classic Vay-Ner-Chuk. He is putting down the future shows all right here.

  • VinOrecul

    Looking back..This is classic Vay-Ner-Chuk. He is putting down the future shows all right here.

  • John__J

    qotd: fav between $10-13? not an easy question. Best I can remember would be Marquis de Fonseguille Vacqueyras 2006. I remember being really happy with it for the price I paid.
    I’d also be really happy Gary if you tackled a vin jaune episode. One on tasting different charbono’s would be awesome too.

  • John J.

    qotd: fav between $10-13? not an easy question. Best I can remember would be Marquis de Fonseguille Vacqueyras 2006. I remember being really happy with it for the price I paid.
    I’d also be really happy Gary if you tackled a vin jaune episode. One on tasting different charbono’s would be awesome too.

  • Jim Vandegriff

    Hey, top ten! Jim

  • http://twitter.com/jasonburr Jason Burr

    My Fave $10-15 right now is the Jam Cellars Cab. Kinda hard to find, but a treasure.

  • corkscrew

    Have not tried either of these wines. QOTD-had a Columbia Crest Grand Estates, solid at $10 bones. http://www.winelx.com

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