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Today is my lucky day. Wine Spectator named the 2016 Chateau Leoville Barton St. Julien its Wine of the Year, meaning it is its #1 pick among its Top 100 for the year. I picked up a bottle of it about two months ago, having bought it as a future nearly two years ago for the price of $85. The same retailer I bought it from is now selling it for $140. Now that it is Wine Spectator's Wine of the Year, they may raise the price if they haven't already done so.
 
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Today is my lucky day. Wine Spectator named the 2016 Chateau Leoville Barton St. Julien its Wine of the Year, meaning it is its #1 pick among its Top 100 for the year. I picked up a bottle of it about two months ago, having bought it as a future nearly two years ago for the price of $85. The same retailer I bought it from is now selling it for $140. Now that it is Wine Spectator's Wine of the Year, they may raise the price if they haven't already done so.
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If I remember the timing correctly, the retailers that received at least their first batch of this wine received it before tariffs went into effect.
I am convinced that wine pricing is done by a cabal of demented, out-of-work stand up comics. I finally tried the Rioja suggested by a friend as an affordable quality wine. It is the 2016 Montebuena Rioja. "List" price seems to be $13-15. Local store has it on sale for $8.99 so well worth a try. I found it to be quite good. (As I have noted elsewhere I am not particularly knowledgeable about wines so my descriptions may be a bit odd.) My comparison wine is the Marques de Riscal Rioja (it sells for $15-18 locally). I found the Monetbuena to be sort of medium-bodied, a little more tannic than other riojas I have tried and with what I can only describe as a "quick finish". I am partial to wines that offer a little "fruit" flavor in the finish and the Montebuena had hints of tart cherry. The Marques de Riscal is a bit "lighter" in initial flavor and finish. It also has that quick finish if that is even a thing with wine aficionados. At nearly the same price as the Marques de Riscal I would not buy the Montebuena. At the current sale price, I may get a few bottles and see how it ages.
 
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My very simple, probably biased, view of the relationship between price and wine quality. Green circle is where the best cost:quality ratios are. YMMV
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I am convinced that wine pricing is done by a cabal of demented, out-of-work stand up comics. I finally tried the Rioja suggested by a friend as an affordable quality wine. It is the 2016 Montebuena Rioja. "List" price seems to be $13-15. Local store has it on sale for $8.99 so well worth a try. I found it to be quite good. (As I have noted elsewhere I am not particularly knowledgeable about wines so my descriptions may be a bit odd.) My comparison wine is the Marques de Riscal Rioja (it sells for $15-18 locally). I found the Monetbuena to be sort of medium-bodied, a little more tannic than other riojas I have tried and with what I can only describe as a "quick finish". I am partial to wines that offer a little "fruit" flavor in the finish and the Montebuena had hints of tart cherry. The Marques de Riscal is a bit "lighter" in initial flavor and finish. It also has that quick finish if that is even a thing with wine aficionados. At nearly the same price as the Marques de Riscal I would not buy the Montebuena. At the current sale price, I may get a few bottles and see how it ages.
Far better description than I could ever write because I rarely taste the individual flavors.

I don't understand whether you like or dislike the quick finish. Most wine buffs highly value the longest possible finish so long as it tastes good.
 

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