2004 Tezza Amarone – Or Wine Buying In Pennsylvania

A few weeks ago, one of my business trips took me to Pittsburgh, PA where I experienced something quite weird. In Pittsburgh there seemed to be no wine shops. Instead one of my clientsI went with me “wine shopping” after work at the a store of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. (PLCB) Now I think that no state should regulate the selection of wine because this reminds me of Soviet communism. I believe the state should never regulate the availability of certain goods. Anyways, so we went to this PLCB store because the next day I was invited to a party where I was supposed to bring a (good) bottle of wine. and I have to say that the selection was quite disappointing. I’m so happy that I don’t have to buy wine in Pennsylvania everyday!

The problem I had was that the wines where either really crappy or completely overpriced. At the end I went with a 2004 Tezza Amarone del Valpolicella. I used my phone to do a quick winery check because I was not familiar with Tezza and I wanted to know a little about the wine I was going to take to the party – the store employees weren’t very competent..

Tezza 2004 Amarone retails at PLCB for $49.99 + tax. An okay price compared to most other wines the store carried.

The next day I brought the Amarone to the party where we uncorked it right away. We gave the wine 90 minutes of breathing. The Tezza Amarone has an intense ruby red color. The wine has very strong oak aromas – caramel, cocoa, tobacco – but also red fruits. On the palate, very dry with pleasing tannins. Medium-bodied and easy-to-drink. Wine still tastes quite young with fruit notes. Strong acidity and even stronger alcohol notes. Long finish.

I don’t think i will buy this wine again – at least not for $50 but the wine did it’s job. It was alright for the occasion but next time I’m invited to a party I make sure that I don’t buy the wine in Pennsylvania.

Have you had similar wine buying experiences?


10 thoughts on “2004 Tezza Amarone – Or Wine Buying In Pennsylvania

  1. Thank God I don’t have to deal with state regulated wine stores!
    I feel so sorry for you! But hey at least it was just a one-time experience 😉

  2. I remember this concept from a trip to Stockholm. In Sweden you can buy alcohol only in state-ran stores.
    The Amarone from Tezza is alright but nothing more. I don’t really like their wines a whole lot. But they have been around for so many years..

  3. We just have to wait for thedrunkencyclist to comment here – he laments and deals with PLCB all the time… The state control goes back to prohibition days and it is unfortunately very difficult to change as there are lots of money involved… Luckily, I live in CT and we don’t have too many strictures on the wine buying, so buying online is always an option – of course not when you are visiting and supposed to gets bottle for the party….

    • Well luckily I don’t have to deal with PLCB everyday and I think if one lives in a state that does not regulate alcohol then they don’t think about something like that until they experience it themselves.
      I hope Pennsylvania will change these laws just incase I have to buy alcohol there in the future 😛

  4. The thing that gets me the most is that there are actually some people in the state who love wine and do not mind the PLCB. I just can’t figure it out. From top to bottom. I have never experienced any organization that both had utter disdain for their customers and were completely and thoroughly incompetent.

    [Fist shaking in anger]

    • I hear you. The employees at the store were so incompetent! They couldn’t help me at all. What do you think about their selection? Is it in Philadelphia as bad as it was in Pittsburgh?

  5. The selection in the good part of the state is no better. There is the occasional ‘good’ deal, but that is about once a quarter (at best). The rest of the time we experience a selection that many Stalin-era Russians would recognize….

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