The 4 Wines of 2013

Look forward to these wines trending big time in the new year


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Now, you might not want to drink old California Cabernets, but I find them to be preferable to most of the younger versions. Lower alcohol, fresher fruit and all that, but I’m not here to knock your palate. What I did mean to do here was to alert the budding collectors out there to the deals of the day. The days of affordable Dujac, Conterno, and Lynch Bages, not to mention first growths, are gone. I’ve been around long enough to have participated in many of what were your greatest wine buying discussions to know that the older you are the better the deals. However, each era has bargains before them, but sometimes they’re just not easy to see.

While I freely admit that $40 for a bottle of wine may be difficult to characterize as a bargain, these four groups of wines are set to outperform the market in 2013. Of course there are outside influences, that fiscal cliff, the Eurozone crisis, and China’s pandora’s box of an economy that can easily usher all my brilliance right out the door, but today, at this moment I’m sticking to my guns. My dear friends, buy some of these fine wines this year, if you’re in the market for fine wines of course. I cannot imagine that these wines will ever be more affordable, and with the future we face, a couple of good bottles to drown our sorrows will be a requirement, not an option.

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  • Re: Riojas. I've had many crianzas and reserves in the past decade and don't think the reserves scale proportionately tastewise vs price. In fact, I think some of the $ 13-18 formers are better than their $ 35-40 latters.

    Jan 04, 2013 at 1:41 AM

  • Snooth User: Juancar
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    Well I know very well the Riojas,and some like the Monte Real from Bodegas Riojanas don't have price,are wines excepcionals in all their dimension,when you can drink a wine with 15 years and don't feel that years in your palate this is a fantastic experience from wines that everybody like.

    Mar 05, 2013 at 8:20 PM

  • Snooth User: mark holys
    1176343 36

    Some of the best wine perspective and plain journalistic truth that I have read in some time. Of course, agreement does cloud objectivity, but as a wine professional in the restaurtant industry where revenue driven employers demand meeting 'the bottom line', I too have been relegated to schmuck status in the discharge of my responsibility to my client community in quality and value in my recommendations. I am impressed with Mr. Dal Piag's acuity and the depth of his global view. I pride myself in same and invite discussion regarding this topical theme.
    Mark-Steven Holys.,...LinkedIn

    Mar 08, 2013 at 9:09 PM

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