2004 Kalinda Hattenheimer Riesling Dry ($9.99) Yup, that’s right, Kalinda Riesling from Germany. Why play in the box when you can play outside of the box, that’s our mentality here at the ’ol K&L. Im sure most of you are familiar with our Kalinda label by this time, but this is a first, and you should be a part of it. The village of Hattenheim is located in the heart of the Rheingau with notable vineyard sites such as The Steinberg, Mannberg, Hassel and The Pfaffenberg. Keeping with the Kalinda tradition, we can’t tell you exactly where this little beauty hails from, but it is something special. Hattenheim has a rich, deep history of wine production dating back to the mid 1100s and is known for wines that are perfumed, mineral driven, and that have a strong personality. This is a must have. I’m keeping at least three bottles in the fridge at all times for any occasion. Maybe I’m having people over or maybe it’s Tuesday; I’ll find a reason to crack one open. Since I still have you outside of the box, get a load of this one: 2004 Schlossgut Diel Rosé de Diel ($18.99). The wines from Schlossgut Diel continue to excite me. This is 100% pinot noir from the Nahe, which is not only pleasing to the eyes (it’s one of the prettiest wines that we have) but on the palate as well. Fermented partially in stainless steel and partially in old neutral barriques, this has a texture and vibrancy that is a fantastic addition to the summertime heat. This screams for an Asian spiced pork loin straight of the grill and a healthy mixture of summer veggies on the side, or maybe just a few good friends sitting on the porch talking about the good ’ol times. I’ll let you decide! —Eric Story
Now that the 2005 Bordeaux craze is probably slowing down a bit we can get back to basics: California Wines. The first growths of California (Caymus, Montelena, Silver Oak, Dominus, etc...) could almost be called bargains in comparison. My only hope is that the producers in California don’t get any ideas. The only wine I will mention this month is one I tasted a few days ago, the 2002 Mount Eden “Cuvee Saratoga” Santa Cruz Cabernet Sauvignon ($22.99). For the money, this wine can’t be beat! The wine is elegant, fresh and loaded with complex mineral flavors and aromas that are balanced by ripe cassis and currant fruit. This is a wine to enjoy with food and is a steal at this price! —Trey Beffa Introducing Deerfield Ranch: After PJ Rex gave her husband a wine-making kit some 30 years ago, Robert Rex quickly began to unleash his talent and passion on the world. And what a wonderful treat it was to discover this underappreciated, biodynamic, handmade, small-lot producer, Deerfield Ranch Winery. The 2002 Deerfield Syrah, Ladi’s Vineyard, Sonoma County ($34.99) sent me soaring into another galaxy. After one sip, within seconds there was global peace, no acne, no off-putting in-laws and no bad meals. Make all your dreams come true. Drink this wine and be forever full of ravishing bliss! Enjoy responsibly. The 2001 Deerfield Super T-Rex ($27.99) is a Meritage style wine that pays homage to Italian Super Tuscans. It’s a blend of 73% sangiovese from Sonoma county, 14% cabernet franc from Napa, 8% cabernet sauvignon from Sonoma and 5% dolcetto from Sonoma, all aged in French and American oak for one year. It shows gorgeous and graceful fruit with layered complexity, friendly tannins and a solid back bone. —Keelyn Healy
2004 Gramona Gessami ($11.99) 90 points Robert Parker: “A terrific buy... an intriguing blend of 60% muscat de alexandria, 30% sauvignon blanc and 10% muscat de fontignac that comes across like Spain’s version of a white Hermitage, although it is lighter-bodied. Exotic waxy notes intermixed with notions of rose water, acacia flowers, and minerals jump from the glass of this medium-bodied white. It possesses a fruity, dry, intense, pure, spicy personality.” 2005 Tres Ojos Rosado, Calatayud ($6.99) This rosé made from old-vine grenache is a fantastic wine for the dog days of summer. Packed with plenty of ripe berry fruit and spice, the Tres Ojos is very dry and substantial enough to go with grilled fish with a spicy rub! 2004 Yasa Garnacha, Calatayud ($7.99) This 100% old-vine grenache has loads of blackberry fruit and a long perppery finish. The wine is full on the palate and has plenty of acidity and backbone. I love this red with smoked pork shoulder or grilled chops! 2003 Bodegas Castano Solanera, Yecla ($11.99) 91 points Robert Parker: “... a beautiful blend of 75% Mourvedre and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache. A dense ruby/purple color is accompanied by a smoky, scorched earth-scented nose displaying notions of black cherry jam, licorice, and truffles. Ripe and medium to full-bodied, with wonderful sweetness... it possesses purity, suppleness, and balance. It is another example of why Spain is beating virtually every other viticultural area in the world when it comes to high quality wines that sell for a song. Enjoy it over the next 2-3 years.” 2001 Quinta de Roriz Reserva, Portugal ($16.99) 91 points Wine Spectator: “Full-bodied, deep-colored and rich with lip-smacking flavors of dark plum, blackberry jam, cocoa and a hint of French roast as well. Tannins build on the finish, but with an appealing silkiness and dark chocolate notes that go on and on.” Buen Provecho! —Anne Pickett, email@example.com
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