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in pursuit of the juiciest wine: day ninety-five (Codice 2007 vs Codice 2008: The Battle of the Tempranillos)

I’ve been wanting to do this match-up for weeks, and, now, tonight is the night of:

Codice 2007 vs Codice 2008

The Battle of the Tempranillos

I first found the Codice Viño de la Tierra de Castilla 2008 at Hannaford Farms in Rutland, VT. I opened a bottle one night at my girlfriend’s father’s and stepmother’s house. Everyone enjoyed the wine. Even those who rarely drink wine wanted more. That was a good night of wine drinking.

I then became curious as to what was in the wine. The bottle only says “Red Table Wine,” so I assumed that meant a blend. I did some research to find out it is 100% Tempranillo. No wonder I liked it so much.

Later I found out there was a 2007 that had received some good reviews. However, not much has been said of the 2008, so I’ll be one of the first.

And now it’s time to let the battle begin.

Codice 2007 vs Codice 2008

All right guys. Clink glasses and come out drinking.

They both come out fighting and showing their colors, which are very similar – dark cherry, but the 2007 is darker. The 2007 is about 98% opaque while the 2008 is about 93% opaque. And, yes, the opaqueness is accurately measured with the best equipment we have here at the The Line Break – my eyes.

The first round is a draw 10-10, though if pushed it would give it to the 2008. A Tempranillo shouldn’t be this dark, at least I don’t think so.

Round Two: The Nose

Round Nose

It’s time for the noses. The 2007 is dark and with odors of some place deep in a forest where it’s moist and muddy. I also get subtle hints of dark cherries, raisins, and vanilla. The girlfriend picks up chocolate and hints of raisins. The 2008 smells like a lighter version of the 2007, but instead, it’s a cedar forest. There is also more sweetness and fruitiness and definitely more plums. The girlfriend gets lots of alcohol on the nose along with some blackberries.

Ding ding.

The girlfriend scores the second round 7-6 in favor of 2007. I score it 8-7 in favor of the 2008.

This round is also a draw.

Round Three. The Tasting.

Round Drink

The 2007 is dry in the mouth. Dry and grainy. It tastes dark like dark cherries along a dusty dirt road. I also get some spiciness. The finish is also quite dry. Dry and chalky. The girlfriend gets a savory, weird flavor like the spicy batter on battered shrimp. She also picks up a hint of shrimp. She thinks the finish is bland with some tartness.

The 2008 is lighter and livelier. It has more fruit and is a bit more juicy. It finishes with alcohol, but not in a hot way. There are more cherries in this one. It’s also thinner on the finish than the 2007. My girlfriend got nothing. It is sour with no distinct flavors. It is kind of watery. She picks up no finish.

Ding ding.

The girlfriend scores it 7-4 in favor of the 2007. I score it 8-7 in favor of the 2007

Ding ding ding. And that’s the end of the battle. Who wins?

The girlfriend scores it 7-6 in favor of the 2007.

I score it 8-7 in favor of the 2008.

If I were to give them typical point totals, I’d give them both an 87.

The weird thing is that the 2008 was tremendous before, but now it kinda disappoints. I have noticed inconsistencies in the 2008. That is, I just purchased a case, and some of the bottles taste like what I just described, but some are much better.

In any event, the 2007 and 2008 are not at all similar, but they both rank equally as well. Both cost $10. You can definitely find better for $10. However, when the 2008 is on, it’s on!//


21.5 Bottles of Red Wine

Right now I have Twenty-one-and-a-half bottles of red wine plus a few bottles of port, a few bottles of whites, and a bottle of champagne. This isn’t alot but it’s a lot for me. I have no place to store much more than this or even this much, and the summer is too hot for proper storage. But what’s unique about this selection is that they are all good wines and many are real good. Here’s what I have in reds.

Twenty-One-and-a-Half Red Wines

Twenty-One-and-a-Half Red Wines (Click me to see zoom in.)

Chateau de Lascaux Coteaux du Languedoc 2008 (2x). This one is number 85 on The Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2010.

Nine Stones Shiraz 2008 (Barossa). I love this wine. Everyone should try this wine, especially for $11. It also won The Battle of Barossa Shiraz.

Codice Vino de la Tierra de Castilla 2008 (2x). Another wine everyone should try. I opened it one night with someone who really doesn’t like, but she couldn’t stop drinking it. Yes, and only for $9 or $10.

Ergo Tempranillo 2008 (Rioja). I’m just assuming this one is good, but I can’t remember what led me to think that. I’ll try it in a few days and let you know.

Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 (D. O. Colchagua Valley, Chile). I’ve had previous Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignons, and they were wonderful.

Cycle Buff Beauty A Date with M. Fitts 2008 (Malbec-Shiraz blend). Actually, I don’t know if this will be good, especially since it’s 80% Malbec, and I don’t really like Malbec. But it has an awesome retro label. It’s like a 1950 B-movie poster.

Two Hands Angels’ Share Shiraz 2008. I had another Two Hands Shiraz, the one that is number two on The Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2010. I’m assuming this one will be good, too. Plus it’s got Angel’s Share in the title. Angels’ Share is “The wine in oak barrels that disappears due to evaporation.” That’s from the epigraph of Joseph Mills’ poem “Some Questions about the Drinking Habits of Angels,” which appears in the wonderful book of wine poems Angels, Thieves, and Winemakers.

What if the angels don't drink
their shares at all,
but instead save them,
so that later,
when we check in,
or perhaps at judgement day,
we'll find samples
of all the wines and all
the days, all the lost
friendships, everything
we thought had evaporated away,
lined up and displayed,
not as an appreciation
or a rebuke,
but simple a testament,
to what we tried to make
with our lives.

Perrin & Fils La Gille 2007 (Gigondas). This one is number 78 on The Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2010. Plus, it’s from Gigondas. (Gigondas is pronounced gee gohn dahs. Where the first two syllables are said rather quick so that the n is almost not pronounced and slips into the das, which is a longer syllable. This guy gets close to the pronunciation: hear it pronounced.)

Signargues Cotes du Rhones Villages Granacha 2007. A Grancha from the Rhone, yea boy.

Borsao Garnacha 2009 (2.5x). Borsao tends to make delicious wines, and this one is no different, plus it’s only $8. Go get some . . . now.

Monte Antico Toscana 2007. I raved about this one before. Plus, it won The Battle of Toscanas.

Columbia Crest Grand Estates 2007 (Columbia Valley). This is a good everyday wine. It’s a solid 88-point wine, and I say it’s 89. Plus, it’s only $8 or $9.

Jade Mountain La Provencale 1999 (St. Helen, CA). I don’t remember why I picked this one up, but I have had it for a while. It’s the dusty bottle on the left. I know it’s good. I wonder if I should save it. You know, what if I have a kid. This might be his or her only way to experience the previous millennium. I actually did this for my friends with their first baby. I picked up a bottle of a 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon. I wanted their child to experience the millennium in which their parents met.

Domain Les Grands Bois Côtes Du Rhone Cuvee Les Trois Sœurs 2009. I had this before. It pushes 90 points.

Ryan Vineyard Calera Thirtieth Anniversary Vintage Pinot Noir 2005. I remember this being a real good Pinot Noir. It’s normally $50, but I got it for $25.

Castell del Remei Gotim Bru Costers del Segre 2006. I read something good about this somewhere, plus it looks like something I’ve never tried before.

Lan Rioja Reserva 2005. This isn’t on The Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2010, but the Bodegas LAN Rioja Crianza 2006 is at spot 90. I’ve heard the 2005 Reserva is even better or just as good as the Crianza 2006.

Altamura Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 (Napa Valley). This one is number five on The Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2010. When I heard Mahan’s Liquor and Wines was getting some, I got in on the order because I thought it was Altamira, where all the cave paintings are. This would have been a special joy because I’m studying and writing about Paleolithic cave art. When I got it, I saw that it was spelled different and was from California. Sigh. But, hey, it’s number five, plus I have the Lascaux which is number 85, so yay.

I’ve got some good times ahead. Stay tuned. I’ll share them with you.//

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