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With the James Bond movie Spectre being released today, no time could be better to drink Bollinger. The most suave spy in the world has been sipping on Bollinger since Moonraker in 1979. While we can’t all drive a fully loaded, customized machine gun having Aston Martin, we certainly can chill down a bottle of Bolli! The 2004 Bollinger "Grande Année" Brut Champagne ($109) is as good as Champagne gets; all barrel fermented and full of masculine, Pinot Noir power and high class elegance. We even have a few bottles of the limited 2009 Bollinger "James Bond 007" Brut Champagne ($195) in stock for the diehard fan of Bond & Champagne!

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Hail in Montalcino

On August 15th there was a dramatic hailstorm in Montalcino, accompanied by ferocious winds. The storm followed a path along the Orcia River valley from Sant’Angelo Scalo to Sant’Angelo in Colle through Castelnuovo dell’Abate. The storm hit on Italy’s summer vacation day Ferragosto, when most people head to the beach for a couple of weeks, including many winemakers who rushed back immediately to survey the damage and do the necessary work to clean up their vineyards. K&L direct imports five producers from Montalcino, including Ferrero. Owner Claudia Ferrero has told us that she dropped more than 50% of her crop due to damage. However, she has also reported that the weather is hot and dry so post-storm damage from mold will be at a minimum and the remaining grapes look very healthy. Ettore Spina the owner of Sesta di Sopra said that their Brunello vineyard “Magistra” suffered some damage. They are in the southern portion of Montalcino, but higher up than most along the south face. Their altitude seemed to ameliorate their situation. The storm hit about the time that they normally do a green harvest. They dropped all of the damaged fruit, which ended up reducing the crop by as much as the green harvest would have. The grapes are healthy, but with another month left in the growing season it is too early to give any quality report. The owners of Baricci and Poggiarellino, two other producers we import, both located north of the town of Montalcino, reported no problems at all. We are still awaiting notice from other producers. As I’m sure you’re all aware, hail is a uniquely local phenomenon and one parcel can be devastated and another, 50 meters away, survive with no problems. The initial reaction for many is to think that all of Montalcino is devastated, which is definitely not the case. Quality can’t really be assessed until the grapes are harvested and the wine is actually made. The one thing for sure is that there will be less quantity than in previous vintages for this region. Some of the more well known wineries in this area that have reported damage are Banfi, Col d’Orcia, Il Poggione, Ciacci Piccolomini. —Greg St. Clair

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