EP 901 High End Barbaresco, Malbec, and Cabernet Tasting

Gary Vaynerchuk tastes 3 premium reds from all around the world.

Wines tasted in this episode:

2006 Mendel Finca Remota Argentine Malbec
2001 Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco AsiliBarbaresco

2007 Philip Togni Spring Mt Cabernet SauvignonNapa Cabernet

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line of the day ‘If Mike Tyson collided into James Bond and became a person’

Phenomenal episode featuring (if I remember correctly) the highest rated wine in Wine Lib TV history?

Tags: barbaresco, cabernet, malbec, red, review, Video, wine, wines

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  • lisaupnorth

    You are never at a loss for adjectives and analogies- love it! We will have to drink these wines vicariously through you, as our budget won’t let us spend that much on wine right now. But another great episode. Keep spreading the good gospel of wine!

    QOTD: We hit a record today of 96 degrees and heat index of 104. A cold glass of Evolution white wine hit the spot tonight.

  • Geoalb

    Nice!! I love the honesty but hate the Burgundy glass being used to test these wines.

  • waynooo daaa wino

    Yo Dude, CHIIIIIIILLLLLL…. A glass is a glass is a glass…… ;o)

  • QOTD: a lot of beer… we went camping!

  • waynooo daaa wino

    qodd: Had a Shea Wine Cellars East Hill (Shea Vyd.) Pinot noir 2005, a Hahn Estate
    Meritage 2003 & a Kistler Durell Vyd. Chardonnay 2006, plus some molddy leftovers
    in daaa back of daaaa Fridge…….. :o)

  • Randall

    ’05 Shea PN, eh? I wish I had the kinda cabbage you have, waynooo. I’m too po’ to break out that kinda vino on “any given Sunday”. Was it as good as I’m thinking? And can I stop drooling now?

    p.s. I am rich enough to have the last thing you mentioned, though… 😉

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t know before why people call this the thunder show. Now I do. Great wines and great episodes this week.

  • Scott

    I’m thinking … Rusty Nail, Scotch and Drambouie…

    The color comparison reminds me of my discovery the DARK roasted coffee wasn’t a bigger flavor, just more burnt. Take a great bean and roast it to a lighter level and you get a HUGE mouthful of flavor. BTW SweetMarias.com might be of interest. Very high end green coffee beans (you have to roast them). They are very similar to you in the whole flavor profile etc. But with out the O’ so fun podcast. Coffee is like good wine, once you really taste the good stuff it’s very hard to swallow what gets passed off as quality.
    Good show. Health and success to you and yours.


    Scott Koue

  • Anonymous

    QOTD: I was in Cologne for the weekend and went out for dinner with my family. We had the 2005 Chateau de Gravières, Domaine La Préceptorie Terres Promises 2002 and the 2004 Les Paulliles Banyuls. Great stuff all in all. Although the Bordeaux was slightly hot at first though.

  • theverylastlurker

    Dear Gary, if you have some unsold upscale wines and can’t consume them alone, just gimme a call. 😉
    QOTD: This weekend I drank an affordable Sauvignon blanc matched with some sea creatures (but first sucked their eyeballs carefully out as you taught me :)).

  • waynooo daaa wino

    Yo Randall, that Shea was GOOOOOOOOOOOOOD, a Blueberry Explosion on
    the “pal”!!! Wish I coulda hit Ya wit somma dat…… :o)

  • Randall

    Yeah man!! Feel free to do dat anytime, waynooo…

  • Allan

    The 2008 Kloster Eberbach Marcobrunn Riesling & 2008 Schloss Vollrads Riesling Trocken brought THE THUNDER, great wines at good price-points. Clear & fresh.



  • Anonymous

    What’s does it for you?

  • Teach the controversy! Hell yes! That is the Vaynerchuk way! Love love love this show! The honesty panning the Malbec makes the honesty in elevating that Nebbiolo and Cab all the much greater. Great description of Nebbiolo too: Burgundy meets Bordeaux….boy, that about sums it all up perfectly.
    And I’ve now got to try a veggie/fruit salad. The Vaynerchu is going to make America eat healthy…one wine drinker at a time!

  • Anonymous

    This weekend drank gorgeous champagne from Henri Giraud. So so good!!!

    Great show GV and congrats on the 900 mark!

  • John__J

    Thanks for the recommendation, I’m gonna keep an I peeled for the Susana too

  • John__J

    I’ve had a few in the past but nothing that stands out to where I want to buy it again versus trying one I haven’t. What was the one you had last week that was really good?

  • Anonymous

    Excellent show. Too bad that the Malbec didn’t bring the Thunder, but the Giacosa and Togni were apparently ripping good.

    QOTD: (Past tense) – On Saturday, we shared a 2008 Tablas Creek Grenache Blanc and a 2003 Garretson Reliquary Red with friends at the Cleveland Orchestra Concert – both very good wines. On Sunday, we shared a 2009 Tablas Creek Rose and a 2008 Loring Wine Company Aubaine Vineyard Pinot Noir at another orchestra concert. All were as delightful a the music.

  • Phil G

    Wow, some serious thunder finishing up the week. The kind of stom where you need to ring out your t-shirt after walking in from you car – AND your pants are wet from the rain splashing off the sidewalk.

    QOTD – I drank the Chat. Haut-Brisson 2004 that was on the show a few years back and it was drinking really well. Nice balance and certainly a lighter body, but really nice, and I think the WL charged around $30. Brought it BYO to a restaurant and it likely killed everything that was on their winelist. $10 corkage was well worth it!

  • This is one of the best shows in a while. This really puts a stake in the ground that WLTV is going back to the way the show used to be. Exciting stuff.

    QOTD: Had some homebrew, a Marsanne, and a Riesling.

  • Anonymous

    GV – Great thunder! I love the rant toward the end! Bringin’ it baby…bringin’ it!

    QOTD: I drank some Tuckerman’s Pale Ale (what up NH brew) and the 2007 Vietti Barbara D’Asti Tre Vignes!

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  • Anonymous

    BV used to make that right? Maybe Louis Martini.

  • Anonymous

    With a lot of bourbon!

  • Good show. I’ll have to check out the Giacosa. Only have had Togni in 1995 and 2003 vintages. They definitely age well: the 95 was still a tad too young for my liking for the style of wine.

    QOTD: Over the weekend throughout various parties and a tasting we went through: 2007 Domaine Serene Coeur Blanc, 2007 Paul Hobbs Lindsay Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2008 Cakebread Chardonnay (surprisingly not as Oaky as I thought it’d be), 2002 Cristal, 1994 BV George Latour, 1974 BV George Latour (surprising how well these older BVs hold up, have had 85s and a 69 this year too), 2005 Hanzell Chardonnay, 2003 La Mondotte, 2007 Antigal Uno Malbec, tasted through the following current releases from Tenuta Bosco Albano in Friuli: Friulano, Pinot Grigio (one of the few grigios I like), Chardonnay, Pinot Nero, Merlot, Refosco del Peduncolo, 2007 Robert Craig Affinity, 2007 Lail Blueprint, 2008 Alban Patrina, 1998 Numanthia, 2006 Dariush Merlot, 2008 Failla Sonoma Pinot Noir, 1997 Dunn Napa Cabernet, 2002 Heitz Martha’s Vineyard, 2000 Turley Estate Vineyard Petite Sirah.

  • RobinC

    We just had a wine tasting with 2003 Chateau La Conseillante, 2004 Cosentino Cab, 2003 Castello del Terriccio Lupicaia, Penfolds Bin 389 Cab Shiraz 2005, 2004 Taltarni Cab, 2004 Silverado Vineyards Stags Leap SOLO Cab, and Stolps Vineyard Angeli. Silverado and La Conseillante were particularly good.

  • NY Pete

    so where’s the Monday thunder?

  • waynooo daaa wino


  • LOL….”A little rusty nail.”

    You need to do another show like the old school tasting show with all the foods, but bring in some new stuff….rusty nails, girls action figures…..

  • Allan

    Bring it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! please…..

  • Allan

    YEEEEEHAAAAAWWWWWWWWW!!!! let’s have some White Lightning?

  • waynooo daaa wino


  • waynooo daaa wino


  • Anonymous


  • sethsethy

    i had a 2008 Colome Torrontes. i got it at whole foods and i think it was around $15.

  • $100 Malbec!!! Crazy on the price.

  • hollisd

    hello everybody and welcome to…the balance show.

  • Drank a bunch of sonoma wines.

    Odd you’d have an 06 Malbec (blending grapes) vs. and 01 Barbaresco (one of the great Italian vintages) vs. 07 Napa Cab. (best vintage of the decade…maybe?)

  • Anonymous


    QOTD: I’m posting late (Monday night) so, of course, I know what I drank: went out to a Mexican bar for a friend’s birthday, so Stallion Tequila, Pacifico, Negro Modelo, and Patron were all in order.

  • Anonymous

    Went to a tasting of Italian, French and Spanish wines. 2 Burgundies were outstanding and good values. This episode was great. 2 world class wines with terrific reviews. great stuff.

  • Geoalb

    Are you kidding me? Riedel’s PROVE that the proper shape affects the taste of the wine.

  • waynooo daaa wino

    Allot of People, including Me, will tell You thats pretty much a Marketing gimmick
    to sell more glasses. I use a Burgundy-type Glass as my all-purpose Glass
    for All the Vinos, that works for me. But if You think You can detect the
    different Flavors of a Wine by means of the Different Shaped Glasses, that’s
    Coool!!! This Ol’ Buck is Happy wit His Burgundy Glass !!! ;o)

  • Anonymous

    Had a Mag of Togni ’99 two months ago and it rocked. I am a huge fan. Ages gracefully. I also got veggies on the ’99.

  • Ah ha! Honestly I don’t know if I could watch your show if you didn’t love Nebbiolo. Thank God you do! Also awesome that you gave it the highest score today! I was lucky to be able to visit Bruno Giacosa last December and I found their wines to express a certain distinct refinement that set them apart from the rest, in a way how I see Paradigm, as compared to other Napa Cab and Merlot producers. Anyway, LOVEd the Mike Tyson&James Bond analogy. Perfetto!

  • Aaronjames23

    Rusty Nail:

    2 oz. Scotch
    1/2 oz. Drambuie


  • b-727

    No! Rusty Nail must be 50-50 mix scotch and drambuie.

  • QOTD: We’re going big tonight. Marchesi di Barolo Barbaresco 2007 and Fess Parker’s the Big Easy

  • No, no, no. Way too sweet if you do that.

  • Anonymous

    QOTD: We popped a Bottle of Beringer White Merlot. I Love this wine! I never tried this before as I’m not much on Merlot.


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