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We have a little cult here at K&L of steak and claret on Friday nights. If you drop by the store near closing, you will no doubt over hear many of us discussing cuts of beef, potato preperations and the Bordeaux to pair with the beef. One of our favorites for current drinking is the 1999 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc ($49.99) which is drinking perfectly at 16 years old. The composition is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 8% Petite Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. This is a plummy wine from the high percentage of Merlot and I loved the minty focus on the back end. This is long finishing stuff, and has the good acid on the back cut the richness of a big steak. What a treat! 

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The 15th Page Man: Schloss Saarstein

Near the ancient city of Trier, once the northern capital of the Roman Empire, the Saar River empties its frigid waters into the swelling Mosel. In this most northerly of wine growing regions, growers are at the mercy of nature, and total ripeness is only achieved in three-four years out of ten. Often the bulk of the production is sold off to sparkling wine cellars as the high-acid base wine needed for making Sekt. Yet it is in this valley that legends are born, for if nature abides and the sun shines well into October and November, we are blessed with wines unparallel anywhere in Germany and the world. Wines of astonishing depth, with slate and honeyed fruit that seems to float on the air like music, yet with a taut backbone like cool steel that cuts and refreshes. As Hugh Johnson puts it: “This is not the country for everyday wine; it is either the successful result of a skillful struggle or it is nothing.” The early bud break and flowering in 2004 gave the riesling a “head start” in the Saar, and harvest was carried out in October of healthy grapes with a ripe acid structure. The estate in Serrig of Christian and Andrea Ebert, Schloss Saarstein, sits like a jewel atop the 24-acre monopole vineyard that is as imposing as it is beautiful. The 2004 Serriger Schloss Saarsteiner Kabinett ($18.99) sings with slate and wafts of flowers. Honey and pineapple jump from the glass. On the palate the steely grip of the cool Saar earth keeps the effusive fruit in check. An icy blade of pure riesling is wielded with exacting precision and focus providing an experience that lightens the heart and brings a smile to your face. The 2002 Serriger Schloss Saarsteiner Spätlese ($23.99) is as explosive as it is long, with more richness and depth, a commanding wine with a silent intensity that seethes beneath its surface of crystalline fruit. The longer hang time adds depth and polishes the already rapier-like acidity to a high sheen, which carries the citrus and juicy apricot flavors that bring this wine to a lilting mineral finish. For a full inventory of German wines check go to or call me at (650) 364-8544 ex 736. Live in the Light! —Jeff Vierra

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