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Ron0126

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Which would you chose from WineXpert Selection:

Chilean Carmenere or Italian Montepulciano (they're the same price at LP). Plan to order a grape skin pack from Juice Grape as well since neither include one.
 

Ron0126

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Five hours later, 51 views, no opinions?
I think I'll have a glass of lemon-lime Skeeter Pee whilst I wait for someone to chime in!
 

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I realize this isn't a direct answer to your question, but based on past experience I'd recommend going with the best kit you can, one that already comes with a grape pack.
 

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I didn't answer because I've never made those kits, nor do I think they're the best WE kits. I'd vote for Lodi Ranch II, or WallaWalla Cab/Merlot.
 

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I haven't made either of those, but I did make the CC Showcase Carmenere (came with skins), and when I bottled it in May at 5 months old, I already loved it. If the WE Selections with added skins can compare, and you like oaky merlots (how Total Wine describes Carmenere), then that one might be tasty.

I haven't tried a Montepulciano before, so I have no opinion on that.
 

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Me, I'd go with the Italian Montepulciano. Why? Because I'm now drinking the WE Chilian Carmenere (which I do like) and would like try a wine I haven't yet tasted.

BTW, both wines are written and video reviewed. The reviews can be accessed on the LP site.
 
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Ron0126

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Me, I'd go with the Italian Montepulciano. Why? Because I'm now drinking the WE Chilian Carmenere (which I do like) and would like try a wine I haven't yet tasted.

BTW, both wines are written and video reviewed. The reviews can be accessed on the LP site.
Yeah, I've seen those and will buy from LP.
I have the carboys so I may buy both ... :db
 

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I'd go for Lodi Ranch II, or the Napa Valley Stag's Leap Merlot. :ib
 

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I realize this isn't a direct answer to your question, but based on past experience I'd recommend going with the best kit you can, one that already comes with a grape pack.

I'm with Brian. Unless you're just looking for a base to tweak, always start with the highest quality kit you can afford.
 

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