What’s New?

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  1. BargainWhine Post author

    Yesterday, three new wines arrived from North Berkeley Imports: a 2011 Cote de Nuits Villages (red Burgundy, i.e,. Pinot Noir) for $20, a 2013(?) Dolcetto D’Alba for $6, and a 2010 sparkling rose made from 100% Aglianico grapes (see here) for $7.

      1. seedboy

        Frederic Magnien Côte De Nuits-Villages Croix-Viollette 2011 is the wine. Oakland has 6 cases. At that price it will move slowly.

        1. JoelA

          The wine was imported by North Berkeley Wine; comes from a village between Gevrey-Chambertin and Fixin. Not a great deal but about half the retail price (which like many French wines is probably too high). I will try a bottle sometime soon

        2. Darrell

          The last price posting of a bottle of 2005 was $31 through Cellar Tracker Where to Buy and I think 2005 was a better vintage than 2011.

            1. seedboy

              I did buy a bottle and drank a glass or so last night. It is a genuine red Burgundy, modest red fruit, good earthiness, balanced with sufficient acid and some tannin. If you have a California Pinot Noir palate you might find this wine a bit austere. I will report back on the second half of the bottle.

            2. seedboy

              2d day report: the only deterioration is that some of the fruit has dropped out. The rest of the wine holds up nicely, structure still firmly in place. This would make a good every day drinker over the next couple of years although the price is going to deter many. Too bad the sale is nowhere near.

  2. Sebastian

    Just opened a bottle of the Brainstorm California Vermentino and was pretty pleased. It has a nice acidity and the musky floralness that I associate with the Italian versions of the varietal, although maybe a little less crisp. The winemaker’s website did not have any information about this particular wine. I think it was $3.99 at the Oakland store, so a good value if you are looking to try a not-so-common white.


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