My wife & I had a great bottle of Alto Moncayo grenache that was heaven sent. The smell, the taste unbelievable. So we decided to order a case of it online. It was more than we typically pay for a case, but it was so good we could not help ourselves. The case arrived and we eagerly grabbed a bottle for dinner. The taste was just off. It was drinkable, but not the supreme pleasure experience we had with the first bottle. We just chalked it up to not being in the mood, wrong food, etc. Over the next few months we opened up one or two more bottles all with the same negative experience: drinkable, but just not great. So now we are thinking maybe the first bottle we had, was a fluke. So a month ago we went for dinner at Batali's tapas place Casa Mono in NYC. We asked for a wine recommendation. We told the waiter what we liked and really did not pay much attention to what he picked. Sure enough he shows up with the Alto granache and once again it was unbelievable. So now we have confirmation that our case of wine is not good. What can we do?
We live in NYC and it just so happens that the on-line place was in NJ. Although not close, we could make a trip to return it. Is this possible? Especially since now it had been several months to a year later. My concern is that it is not "bad" (vinegar) by the normal definition. It just does not taste as good as we know it should.
(Note: All wines are/were the same vintage. 2007 if you are curious)