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Buying ready to drink 1er cru Burgundy is not easy. For a couple of years I did the Old and Rare wine buying here at K&L and found it easy to find California Cabernet and even Bordeaux from collectors. But Burgundy… Forget it. They had to die, get a divorce or have doctors orders to part with the king of all Pinot Noir! This bottle of 2007 Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret Nuits St-Georges 1er cru Les Boudots ($99) comes direct from the property from our friends at Atherton, and like most of the 2007’s, drinks fabulously right now. This wine showed excellent sweet beet fruit, savory depth, and incredible finesse and length. The tannins are completely resolved, and went perfectly with duck crepinettes from the fatted calf in San Francisco. This is the kind of Burgundy that gets people hooked- you have been warned!!!! –Gary Westby

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Aug282008

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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