Saturday, April 5, 2008

My eclectic watch list...

My watch list is collected from various folks and places for potential wines I believe I would really enjoy, or potential best wine values. Comments/suggestions welcome:

BearBoat Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, 2005, $$

Mia's Playground Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, 2006, $$$

Viña Pedrosa Spanish Red, Ribera del Duero - 2001, 2004, 2005
Some comments on the 2003:
“For value, it is hard to beat the 2003 Viña Pedrosa, an exuberant, deep ruby/purple-tinged wine displaying loads of cedar wood, creme de cassis, licorice, and spice box characteristics. Fleshy and opulent, with crisp, zesty acidity, this young vine cuvee is a terrific effort to drink over the next 5-6 years.” —WA 90
“Bright ruby-red. Highly complex, inviting nose melds raw cherry, crushed raspberry, mocha, coffee and cedary oak. Then impressively rich and broad but not overly sweet in the mouth, with a silky texture and a flavor of kirsch. This has the mouth feel and weight of a big Burgundy. Finishes extremely long, with dusty, suave tannins. In previous vintages, this early release was labeled Cepa Gavilan.” —IWC 91

Rotllan Torra Reserva 2001 (Priorat - cab, grenache, carigan)

A sampling of Chinon (Loire Valley) reds

Robert Mondavi Private Selection Vinetta, 2005, $

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