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What's in yer Basket [February/March 2019]


#18

That Chardonnay is Excellent :yum:


#19

That Zind Humbrecht is also a Chardonnay! Looking forward to both!


#20

Now that I’ve finally recovered from the expenses of Christmas, I’m re-stocking the cabinet.

Just placed an order for the following old favourites (3 of each):

The Society’s Gavi
The Society’s White Burgundy
Susumaniello Salento Rosso, Vallone 2016
The Society’s Australian Shiraz 2016

Still got a few things in the wishlist to purchase before Easter!


#21

With the house move in full swing I’ve concentrated my purchases in EP rather than buying wine we’ll have to move. I recieved a very thoughtful and welcome Birthday gift from the cat today though

Pretty sure I appreciate it more than she does :slight_smile:


#22

This proverbial basket seems to always crave more wine, monstrous thing! :smiling_imp:

Got a couple of these lovelies from Majestic on the other half’s orders. He fell in love with it when it was still sold by TWS - not sure why it’s not on the list anymore. Such a charming, fruity and approachable Cab Franc! Majestic selling it as a WIGIG. Hope Marcel sticks it back on the list…

https://www.majestic.co.uk/wines/lorangeraie-cabernet-franc-9067


#23

My basket has the Kadarkas for this tasting. A 2015 Barbaresco that I got from the 2013 EP, which was recently available as kindly highlighted by someone here. Also a couple of halves to round up the order.

Half bottle of Riesling Cuvée Colette, Domaine Weinbach 2016 - More often than not, very interesting halves are available at TWS so worth keeping an eye out. I find a half bottle the perfect size. I might have got the last two bottles of this… sorry.
Half bottle of Château de Beauregard, Fleurie Poncié 2015 - A nod to the upcoming Bojo tasting… might remove this bottle.


#24

6 bottles of Ardanza, in the basket and now on their way to a friend for his birthday.
Fortunately i shall be visiting shortly after they arrive.

Do gifts qualify for the Golden bottle? :zipper_mouth_face:


#25

You might have to argue that one out with your friend should he happen to find an extra golden bottle in the box when it arrives. :smiley:


#26

Some things aren’t worth falling out over. We’ll just have to drink it, I’ll be sure to post some pics. :sunglasses:


#27

Anyone has any views on the La Rioja Alta viña arana reserva, rioja 2009. Tempted as offered in halves, but Rioja is a bit of uncharted territory to me…


#28

It’s delicious! Get some.


#29

(Arana)Its very nice.
Really benefits from a decant, as its still quite young, immediately on opening the oak is a little dominant.

If you enjoy the Arana but want a treat in bottle format then try the Ardanza, it’s in the same mould but a little more refined and complex.

For a more budget friendly choice the Finca Munoz (£8.50) is great value, admitted from a few hundred kilometres south of Rioja, but in the ballpark stylistically.


#30

What @Rowley_Birkin_II said. I love both of them. The Ardanza is a bit more expensive and a bit more special but the arana is still excellent itself.


#31

Not much difference between the Arana and Ardanza full bottle price on TWS. I slightly prefer the Arana, probably due to the higher tempranillo ratio. You’ll just have to try both :grinning:


#32

I’ve tried both and am with @tom on this, both real y good wines with a concentration of depth. Try them together :wink:.

This week my basket had 6 of this :slight_smile:


Unfortunately, when I opened my box yesterday I found 6 of these:

:scream::scream::scream:
Straight onto member services to get it rectified :relaxed:


#33

3 of each of the following, coming Friday, possibly with a misplaced golden one.


#34

Snap! I’ve got this Vacqueyras Blanc in my basket too - for the April order! It sounds just up my street! :+1:

Bar the two Beaujolais bottles for the tasting, also got these (all whites, because you can’t have enough whites!). Particularly curious about the Favorita (aka Vermentino):

Edit: just noticed that your Vacqueyras Blanc is the 2017, whereas minse is the 2016…


#35

I’m in Clefs d’Or club as well (2016 for me), and have also gone for some Rioja with a bottle of the Muga and the 2011 Exhibition Reserva. I haven’t had any Rioja for ages but there’s been so much chat about it on here lately I couldn’t resist! Aside from that it’s new vintages of trusted favourites (Lirac Blanc, Les Traverses, Koyle Costa Pinot) and a few new (to me) wines for the everyday rack.


#36

That Lirac Blanc is awesome! As is the Verdicchio (I think people usually go for the dei Castelli di Jesi, but I think ones from Matelica are just as good!) :ok_hand:


#37

I had that Verdicchio last week and it was fab! I’ve had previous vintages of the Lirac and always enjoyed it, but your enthusiastic post about it recently reminded what a great wine it is :wink: