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the plcb gets some taste!

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t says: I’m not a huge fan of the PLCB – the selection is very often limited and the people who work in the stores are of no help.  That said, even the blind squirrel finds an acorn … or five …  While these are some of the pricier wines that the PLCB offers at its 19th and Chestnut store, I have to say that I was impressed to see them there.  It’s not that I’ve had any of them (as a matter of fact, I’ve had none of them), but it’s the first time in a while that I’ve actually been excited to see something in a state store!  No, I didn’t buy any of them (I’m not made of money!), but I’m hoping that in seeing these, it’s a sign that some more-better wines are in the pipeline …

bordeau

So you need Bordeaux, but you’re stuck in a state store?  Go for an ’09 or ’10.  Supposedly fabulous vintages in Bordeaux, the saying goes, “If you couldn’t make a good Bordeaux in ’09 or ’10 … you shouldn’t be making Bordeaux.”  I spied a bottle or two hanging out with some recognizable names.  It’d be worth a shot …

Sughere

Tucked away behind all those distracting chianti was this bottle.  You see, the 2009 Sughere di Frassinello was a phenomenal wine at ~$17.  Well … this is that wine’s older, more sophisticated brother who went to Ivy League school, is a tennis phenom, and drives a Porsche.  What does it taste like?  I have no idea.  But this is the first time I’ve ever seen it on a shelf, so I’m VERY intrigued.  Am I $40 intrigued.  Oh-so-very-close …

Dunham Riesling.  One of a's favorite, this bottle is a gamble - it could be wonderful

Dunham Riesling. One of a’s favorite American Rieslings, this is a great bottle to try to see if you’re down with Riesling (beware, it is going to be off-dry).  I’m actually wondering if, upon reading this, a will “stop by” tomorrow on the way home and pick up a bottle or two …

2011 Ayoub Memoirs.  This is the more plebian version of the estate bottle above.  The man makes good wines, so I'd venture this one (and at $35-ish, it's)

2011 Ayoub Memoirs. This is the more plebian version of the estate bottle below.  Ayoub makes some fine Oregon pinot, and a previous version of this that I’ve had was pretty darned tasty.  For $34, it’s not exactly a “steal”, but I’m glad to know it’s there in case I need something for a “nicer” weekend BYO dinner.

Ayoub 2011.  I haven't had it yet, but I have had other Ayoubs that have all been very classy.  2011 was a rough year in Oregon, but if I needed to find a $50 bottle of pinot in a hurry, this is what I'd get (P.S. never have I EVER had to find a $50 bottle of ANYTHING in a hurry ...)

Ayoub 2011. It has a big-ass bottle with a stupidly ostentatious waxed cap.  But I love it.  Or at least, I haven’t had this one yet, but I have had other Ayoub (2008 and 2009) that have all been beautiful very elegant pinots.   Now, I know that 2011 was a rough year in Oregon (which is probably why the PLCB had a shot at attaining ANY of these Ayoub wines at all), but if I needed to find a $50 bottle of pinot in a hurry at a state store, this is what I’d get (P.S. never have I EVER had to find a $50 bottle of ANYTHING in a hurry …)

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12 May 2013 at 12:05am

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