To all Best Winers,
This is ridiculous. Usually we encounter one, maybe two superlatives in even the greatest write-up from the likes of Parker, Spectator and the like. The air, rife with the ubiquitous “notes of blah, blah, blah…” can often easily be pierced by the bold ‘enthralling’, ‘explosive’ and/or ‘holy cow!’. When that happens, people tend to take note, their ears perk up, and they listen. Most folks can sense when someone is genuinely jazzed about a bottle of wine.
So when Robert Parker unleashed this tasting note upon the unsuspecting wine world, what were we to do? We were just as taken aback by it as the round of folks that swept through our site, pillaging every bottle of this wines they could find.
For those of you that missed it the first time, good news. We recently received another tiny (relatively speaking) batch of the 2011 Domaine Lafage Bastide Miraflors Vieilles Vignes, a wine that is the proud owner of what may be Parker’s greatest tasting note…ever.
How great? Let’s break it down for you. Now granted, this is all in the same paragraph.
“The fact that wines such as this can be purchased is unbelievable.” Well, that’s’ pretty strong.
“It is almost incomprehensible that something of this quality, complexity and richness can be purchased for $25 to $50, much less $10 to $12.” Yup, that’s pretty silly strong as well.
“The 3,000 cases should be gobbled up as quickly as they hit retailers’ shelves.” A call to action!
“I am honored to share my excitement about this amazing wine with readers.” Honored? Wow.
And, of course, there’s that whole 93 point ‘nut’ on a wine that costs less than $13.
And if that’s not enough for you, we still have 10 cases left of a wine, also from importer Eric Solomon and Jean-Marc Lafage, that is probably in the running for Parker’s second best tasting note of the year, the also-93 points Lafage 2011 Tessellae Old Vines. We’re still reeling from his classic quote, “It made me write in my tasting notes that it was a “$12 Cote Rotie of the south…” Seen as the cheapest Cote Rotie on the market is around $50 a bottle that should give you some idea of what kind of value this wine actually is.
The Tessellae will set you back a whopping $12 a bottle. Seriously, it’s easier than ever to find a great bottle of wine at a reasonable price. We’ve got two cases in point right there…
Kyle Meyer and Tristen Beamon, Proprietors, BestWinesOnline.com