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  • Yno
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    Some of the wineries are so outrageously fancy that 75% of the wine's cost has to be going for the building. I have seen some major price increases in some of the wines I like when they upgraded the tasting facilities. The wine didn't get two or three times as good, but the price skyrocketed. As far as reviews go, I read reviews on wines, restaurants, hotels, etc. and I have learned to take them with a grain of salt. I remember a review of a Michelin starred restaurant that I like, and the complaint was that they didn't serve a full eight ounce glass of wine with each of the five courses on a pairing menu. If they had, though, the reviewer probably wouldn't be capable of writing!

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  • Potkettleblack
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    Like I said, many Napa wineries are seemingly owned by James Bond villains.

  • Atalanta
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    There's a scoring system?

    I go by what appeals to me. I like some Chile, Australia, CA, WA, whatever. If the label appeals to me, or the price, or something that gets my attention. PA wines, IMO, are best if you go for the sweeter wines, when they try to go dry they're often off. I love touring wineries and tasting. I've been to CA twice, once to Sonoma and once to Napa. In Napa there was this persian palace (darioush) that was serious eye candy and as we walked up people coming up kept telling us to not even bother.

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  • Huskee
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    50 bottles in a month? A man who loves his wine Welcome to The Pit! We'd love to get an intro from you over in the Introduce Yourself channel when you get a minute. https://pitmaster.amazingribs.com/fo...troductions-aa

  • MBMorgan
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    Hey ... plastic works! (been there, done that)

  • l'inferno
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    Word!

  • l'inferno
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    I used the scoring system on myself today professionally and psychologically. I gave myself a 79. Tasting notes were "The disappointment of the initial fat and flabbiness is only matched by a mediocre mid pallette. No need for cellaring as development with aging is highly unlikely."

    But I'm having wine now and I may reevaluate. Hoping for an 80 qualified with "Good intentions."

    Have a good night. The comments on this post are rock-on. I'd drink wine with you dudes any day. And out of paper cups. -

    *(well... might need to be plastic) (jest)

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  • Potkettleblack
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    Sure. Also, how consistent is anyone's palette from day to day. What I rated as an 87 today might rate as a 92 tomorrow or next week. Even the top rating guys drift day to day.

  • Huskee
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    Potkettleblack (Too long for a Comment, so posting here) Usually the wines, at least from retailers I shop at, will say "best now and the next ten years" or "drinkable now, but better in 5 and best in 15 years" and I only buy the 'best now to 5 years' ones and have had this happen. It's hard for someone else to tell you if you should like this wine or not. I view it as rating someone's attractiveness. Different for everyone, we look for different things.

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  • Huskee
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    Awww man, just yesterday I was picking up some reds and I seen 19 Crimes and thought it sounded familiar but I skipped past it. Dernnit. I forgot about this post.

  • Huskee
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    I can picture Julia Child saying that.

  • (T Cap)
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    agree!!!

  • (T Cap)
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    Have this same empty, dated 1996, drank about 2006 or so. Great wine!

  • Potkettleblack
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    Many scoring systems are more about how long to hold than flavor in the present. Consumers do not understand numbering systems, and then have the 87 is better than 92 experience.

  • (T Cap)
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    Red wine, Cab, Malbec, and "on special", Northern Italy is my favorite but can't really afford these. We can't seem to keep a wine long enough to age though I have a friend which does age her wines, working specifically with one shop which suggests the prime aging time.

    My basement closet will stock around fifty bottles...month supply.

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