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December 22, 2014

Ch. Saint-Roch Cotes du Roussillon Villages, Kerbuccio, 2011

Ch Saint-Roch Cotes du Roussillon Villages Kerbuccio

From the cellar: Last summer, summer 2013, we came back from a weekend in the US with our wine allotment of four bottles of Maury Sec.  Not that I would know Maury Sec from Maury Povich.  A “villages” wine to boot.  Laid them down.  Being the holiday, the time to pop the cork on special bottles, we pulled one out of the “cellar.”  Crap my pants.  To think I was in the Cambie BCL store on the weekend, with pundits too rich for their britches checking out $150 bottles of Barolo on their smart phones, and we picked up this gem, this stunner, this absolutely unbelievable bottle, for a mere $20 US.  And back when the Canadian dollar had some value.

 

If you spend some time on Google you will discover that the region used to bottle fortified wines, dry wines in the area came from Corbieres.  Now they have the “right” to bottle dry wines.  Google away.  But if you can, try and score some of this magnificent red blend, primarily Syrah, that has a ferocious intensity, deeply flavored with cherry, blackberry, black currant, and an uncanny char that is like toast.  Superb.  And then some.

 

Price: $20 USD in July 2013.

 

Market Liquidity: You can’t get much more impressed or impressive at this price point.

December 22, 2014

Laguna Russian River Chardonnay, 2012

We bought half a case on spec.

 

Bottle 1: My notes were uniformly unimpressed. At the start, on the palate, predictable. California Chardonnay. I’ll take my oak IV today. Yawn.

 

Bottle 2: Hey, with a little air, with a little rise in temperature, some small sips with neutral nibbles, this white really popped. It had the proverbial levels you expect in top CA bottlings but without the price.

 

Bottle 3: Had to use a Burgundy Reidel glass as it was the only clean one left. Wowza. Gorgeous body. Oak, but balance, lovely floral notes. It reminded us of Asian pears, crisp and forward and juicy. Not the softer richer notes you get in Burgundy, but forward without being brusque. Wonderful. Lively caramel notes and a smooth finish.  Laguna Russian River Chardonnay 2012Consummately new world.

 

No regrets I have three left!

 

Price: $20 USD in Seattle.

 

Market Liquidity: Some things grow on you.