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  • Huskee
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    Ahumadora Yes! A paid trip would be most productive, for science, R&D, you know! Actually do like malbecs. And I've had Argentinian wines, just don't remember which. I LOVE Argentinian and Chilean wines that I've had. I remember "earthy" and "minerally" came to mind at the time, whereas many US and some Italian wines I have experience with lean toward the fruity and/or dry.

  • Ahumadora
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    You need to visit Argentina. Tell Meathead you need a paid trip to Mendoza ARG for an article on Malbec's.

  • Huskee
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    Dry Creek may honestly be my all time favorite 'best buy' wine out there. At ~$20/bottle it is absolutely fantastic. I would liken it to the Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, or Elijah Craig (bourbons) of the wine world. There are $40 & $60 bottles that I don't think are as good. And it is NO QUESTION THE single best $20 bottle I've ever had.

    Outstanding in its price range, whether red zinfandel or Cabernet sauvignon... EDIT: or petite sirah.

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  • Huskee
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    2.5 years later I still have 1 bottle of this that I've been saving.

  • charlesSFG
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    Stags Leap Wine Cellars was the big winner that shocked the wine world in 1976 beating out the French at the Paris Wine Tasting of 1976 also known as the Judgment of Paris. It put Napa and California on the map as world class wines, but we already new that.

  • Yno
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    You can't go wrong with either.

    Last night we opened a 1994 Silver Oak Alexander Valley. We have been to Silver Oak, both the Napa Valley and Alexander Valley facilities, many times. One trip, must have been 1998 or 1999, we met Justin Meyer, and got a few signed bottles. This was the second to last that I still have. It was very good, just a hair past it's peak, but still a medium ruby red, not turning 'brickish' yet. I got blackberry, leather, and a hint of chocolate, and my wife said she was tasting cherries. I am going to host a small BBQ next weekend, and one of my guests is a Certified Sommelier, so I will pop open the last bottle. My next oldest are some 1999's.

    The 1986 Silver Oak was the wine that my soon to be wife and I shared on our first date, and it has always been special to us.

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  • Huskee
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    I'm not sure which it was, it was the one most likely to be in a restaurant! It was a 2013. I emailed the place to ask, as their wine list isn't on their website. I'll update when they reply.

  • Dewesq55
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    I have always liked Artemis and consider it a value Napa cab.

  • Yno
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    Stag's Leap is a designated viticultural area in the Napa Valley. There are two wineries there, Stag's Leap Winery and Stag's Leap Wine Cellars. I know more about the Stag's Leap Wine Cellars offerings, having been there quite a few times. Their Cask 23 is outstanding, at an outstanding price of $260 currently. I also like the SLV, but at $135 I don't get to try it very often. Their Artemis is actually very good, and at only (!) $60, I have had that a bit more often.

    Stag's Leap Winery also makes some fantastic wines, at up to $200 per bottle. I have not been to that tasting room, even though it is practically next to SLWC. I will have to plan a trip up there sometime. Maybe after I win the lottery.....

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  • EdF
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    Not such a bad place!

  • Huskee
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    This past week I was able to try a Stag's Leap cab (Napa), an Italian cab/sangiovese blend called Poggio al Tufo, and a Peidmont/Alba nebbiolo. There was another in there too that I can't remember. All 4 of these were accompanied by beef tenderloin with truffles and a wine reduction.

    Wow. The flavors on this planet are astounding.

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  • Juddlight
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    They actually had a good dry one called charity red...first dry wine i liked haha

  • DJBODA
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    As a retired wine distributor who sold small vineyard and small importer's wines, I found the numbers game fascinating. On more than one occasion one publication would score 200X Wine A at 93 points and another publication would score 200X Wine A at 78 points. I've seen wine critics working for a particular publication (although not at the same time) critique an identical wine with quite different scores. Although I'm not a numbers fan they have a place for someone new to wine who wants to be a serious student. The numbers are the writer's opinion period. Confusing? yes, but find a wine critic who you can agree with often and there's your start. I still advocate finding a good wine shop with knowledgeable staff and picking their brain. We all started with milk in some form of container and only learned about "adult beverages" later in life. Don't be timid and please DON'T BE INTIMIDATED; it's fun finding a wine you've never heard of from some obscure country that you can enjoy and share with friends.

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  • ecowper
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    I've got several hundred Red Solo cups in the garage, come on over

  • Potkettleblack
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    There's a good narrative about wine scoring in SOMM: Into the Bottle, the sequel to SOMM. If you're into wine in a big way, both very enjoyable watches.

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