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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    November/December 2004, IWC Issue #117, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Cantine Fratelli Oddero Barolo Vigna Rionda Serralunga) Subscribe to see review text.


  • By Jon Rimmerman
    9/12/2008, (See more on Garagiste...)

    (Oddero Barolo VIGNA RIONDA) By and By

    Dear Friends,

    We've had a lot of requests for the 2003 Bollinger since we first offered it (probably from the new WS review that backed up Parker's assessment) but the new wholesale is closer to $100 - they were not very happy about offering the same price as the first round (pre-review) but I was able to squeeze a small additional amount at the same tarriff which looks like a bargain at this point.

    Here's the original offer from earlier in the summer with the new WS review:
    Friday Focus (Redux): Bollinger

    "This wine has received a great deal of chatter recently after Parker's 95pt assessment on his Asian foray (documented on his web site). I believe this was one of the highest rated bottles of Champagne on his entire trip (and he tasted top bottles left and right, every night). Called a "white burgundy with bubbles" this Champagne is idiosyncratic, eccentric and one of a kind - that's why they named it as such ("by Bollinger" instead of just another Grande Annee). Controversial? Maybe but there is a huge contingent out there that could drink this every night. Batard mixed with a ripe Clos du Mesnil? If you close your eyes, it's possible. This is not the Grande Annee - "by Bollinger" is the winery's top cuvee in 2003."

    2003 Bollinger "by Bollinger" (750ml) (RP95) STRICT LIMIT 12/person

    In addition to the Bollinger, a few other wines of note...along with the requisite cut and paste fodder. I believe all of these have arrived and will be available for local pick up in 2-3 weeks. All prices should be darn low - the Vigna Rionda is as cheap as I've ever seen:

    2004 Finca Allende Calvario STRICT LIMIT 12/person

    2005 L'Oustal Blanc Minervois EXTREMELY LIMITED

    2005 L'Oustal Blanc Minervois "Maestoso" EXTREMELY LIMITED

    2006 Domaine Collotte Chambolle-Musigny STRICT LIMIT 12/person

    This is a delicious wine that will drink well in the mid-term - better than many 2005's and one of the only 2006 wines we've carried.

    2000 Oddero Barolo "Vigna Rionda" (GR3) STRICT LIMIT 3/person at this price

    Thank you,

    Jon Rimmerman
    Seattle, WA


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