October Purchases

I have a new strategy. Saw some interesting wines including a few from a particular vintage. Flagged these to a co-conspirator who duly took the bait. I proceeded to buy some different wines, but with only half the original planned spend. Result.
now to organise an offline where co conspirator supplies said wines. Wine win win
 
So far have managed to refrain from purchasing anything this month (helped by arranging to be away from the computer while the Bacchus auction was happening) - apart from a magnum of NV Bollinger Rosé I need for an offline....
 
Bought three different bottles of Zind Humbrect 2019s and a Rubicon 2017 and Lourens Howard John from L&W at the beginning of the month, but my bank account got hacked again, so my card was cancelled and I haven’t had the replacement yet. Maybe a good thing in a way!
 
Just a small purchase this month

3 bts Cordero di Montezemolo Barolo Monfalletto 2017
3 bts Jean-Claude Dagueneau Pouilly-Fumé Domaine Berthiers 2019
3 bts Weingut Heymann-Löwenstein Hatzenporter Stolzenberg GG 2019
3 bts Azienda Agricola Le Ragnaie Troncone Toscana IGT 2017
 
Assorted Oregon Chardonnays from Arterberry Maresh, Cameron, Crowley, Goodfellow and Morgen Long, plus a teensy bit of Pinot from Brick House and Hope Well.
Hi Bryan, I have been reading with interest emails re Oregon wines from A&B, but it is really a region I have little experience in. I am currently beginning what is probably going to be a very long and expensive journey into Burgundy, but wondered if any of these would be an interesting alternative.

If in the future I have some spare cash, which would recommend as a good starting point?
 
Hi Bryan, I have been reading with interest emails re Oregon wines from A&B, but it is really a region I have little experience in. I am currently beginning what is probably going to be a very long and expensive journey into Burgundy, but wondered if any of these would be an interesting alternative.

If in the future I have some spare cash, which would recommend as a good starting point?
Last year’s offer I asked for a mixed case across producers. The one that stuck out for me was Vincent, so I just ordered a mixed case of their 4 wines in the current offer. Suggest you get a mix of entry level wines and see which you like
 
Hi Bryan, I have been reading with interest emails re Oregon wines from A&B, but it is really a region I have little experience in. I am currently beginning what is probably going to be a very long and expensive journey into Burgundy, but wondered if any of these would be an interesting alternative.

If in the future I have some spare cash, which would recommend as a good starting point?
Hi Mark,

Are you thinking reds or whites? For reds, I wouldn't really want to say very much as my experience is fairly limited. The wines are generally tauter, less extracted/oaky/alcoholic, than many Californian producers, for example (although there are exceptions, as ever.) I've been quite taken by a couple of vintages of Brick House's Les Dijonnais which is a bit higher in alcohol than some (pushing towards 14%) but still quite fresh, nicely perfumed, and quite serious-tasting. It isn't Burgundy by any stretch of the imagination but it's not Sea Smoke either! I have a couple of vintages of John Thomas Pinot but haven't actually tried one yet; these have a reputation of being extremely classical but are not the easiest to get hold of.

For whites I'm particularly keen on Arterberry Maresh, Goodfellow and Morgen Long. Unfortunately for AM, the top "Maresh" vineyard wine is very much the one to go for - not in terms of being big/oaky etc which you might expect from a flagship wine, but just in terms of completeness and harmony. It's not cheap, coming it at around £50 all-in, but I like it enough that I've gone back for extras of some vintages. Goodfellow's Richard's Cuvée is less costly (under £40) and Morgen Long's basic Willamette is well under £30 all-in and both of these are similar to the AM in terms of pretty low alcohol, clean, restrained without being overly lean, and seeming to taste of a place rather than being manufactured. I had a 2015 Richard's a couple of nights ago that was absolutely singing; fresh as a daisy but with great length, not a hair out of place, not quite as obviously "serious" as the AM perhaps but just a tremendous wine.

The two other producers above, Crowley and Cameron, are two more that I haven't actually tried yet but have a reputation of being in a similar style. I've bought the Crowley Four Winds for the second year (blind!) and the Cameron Clos Electrique for the first time. I don't think I will be disappointed. There's quite a lot of fairly serious Oregon chat on the Wine Berserkers board which I try to keep up to date with (although I don't post on there.) Several of the winemakers themselves do, however, and generally they aren't "talking up their own book", so well worth a read.

As you can probably tell from the list of producers I have mentioned my source is the same as yours and probably everyone else's who buys Oregon wines: A&B. Drop John or Simon (or both!) an email and ask for some recommendations, based on the sort of thing you like from elsewhere. They are both really helpful and won't try to sell you something they don't think you'll like.

Cheers,

Bryan
 
We are in Epernay for a week. Visited Pierre Gimonnet this morning and picked up 2 x each of their latest 2014 and 2015 Special Club wines including the individual grand crus ones, as well as a mixed half case of Gastronomie 2016 and 2008. We then visited the 520 shop and picked up some Pierre Peters Chetillons & Montjolys 2013s and 2014s as well as some a few other bits and pieces. I have a feeling this is going to be an expensive week!
 
We are in Epernay for a week. Visited Pierre Gimonnet this morning and picked up 2 x each of their latest 2014 and 2015 Special Club wines including the individual grand crus ones, as well as a mixed half case of Gastronomie 2016 and 2008. We then visited the 520 shop and picked up some Pierre Peters Chetillons & Montjolys 2013s and 2014s as well as some a few other bits and pieces. I have a feeling this is going to be an expensive week!
I can’t say I’m surprised :)
PP Chetillons 2013 should be pretty stunning in a decade or so

ive also dipped into the AB Oregon offer, I enjoy the pinots and have not really tried many chardonnays, I took some from Hope Well, Trisaetum, Cameron and Arterberry Maresh
 
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Have been going mental for mencia this month:

Veronica Ortega ROC
Veronica Ortega VO Versión Original
Veronica Ortega Quite


Curious on what you bought (vintages) and if you have tried any of them? Prices are definitely on the up recently but still thinking of reloading. Typically I buy ROC, Cobrana and CAL (which is great if you haven't tried - Godello on pure limestone).
 
I'm trying to resist the 2017 Xavier Vignon Cuvee Vieilles Vignes Cotes-du-Rhone. The price here is £10.60 a bottle.

We get that range here, Mahmoud, on my admittedly low sample size of two I wasn't impressed at all.
Thanks Alex,

I took your advice and gave the Xavier Cotes-du-Rhone a miss. However, today after dropping a friend off at the airport, I stopped in at a bottle shop and came across a 2010 Cave de Rasteau 'La Domeliere', Rasteau. Of course there is the risk of shop "conditioning" at play but the temptation of a 10 year-old CdR was difficult to resist - especially as it was from a good Rhone vintage and only a shade over six pounds.

Mahmoud.
 
Curious on what you bought (vintages) and if you have tried any of them? Prices are definitely on the up recently but still thinking of reloading. Typically I buy ROC, Cobrana and CAL (which is great if you haven't tried - Godello on pure limestone).
I bought 6-packs of the '17 and '18 of the ROC and '17 of the VO. Not sure what vintage the others are as I only bought a pair of each to try.

I have worked my way through vintages 2011- 2015 of the ROC and found them to be consistently good so am reasonably confident the untried 17/18s will be solid enough. I am down to my last bottle of the 2011 ROC, my favourite vintage so far. It is thrilling stuff, too bloody thrilling in fact as, despite my best attempts at deferred gratification, I am down to last bottle already.

I really fancied the Cobrana but unfortunately they (Decantalo) were out of stock. Have also heard the CAL is great and will look out for it but unfortunately Veronica's wines seem quite difficult to source in the UK at time of writing.

Either way I'm hoping for an improvement on last night's 2018 La Senda El Aqueronte which was frankly a complete mess.
 
I've only been buying her wines for maybe 4-5 years now, but they are consistently excellent. Strangely, I have a large yet dwindling cache of the 2016 ROC, one you seem to have missed, but excellent IMNSHO. 2017 and 2018 can be quite ripe in Bierzo and I generally find them too alcoholic, especially 2018.

CAL has changed radically in style over the last few years, but I still think this is some of the best Godello made in Spain at the moment. 2017 was very taut and had acidity that would rip the enamel off your teeth, graduating to 2019 which is seems to be getting more malo in style and more barrel ageing. I like all of them but time will tell what will be better with age on them. Hard to find, even in Spain, but I pre-order many of them as insurance.

2019 is a vintage you want to buy I think, if you like them ripe with high acidity... same goes for most of Western Europe. I think you are going to be disappointed with most 2018 Spanish reds, with one area as an exception - Val de Salnes for Albarino... exquisite whites from Zarate (Balado) and Do Ferreiro (Cepas Vellas), one of the coolest sites.
 
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