We just received two containers of old and rare wines from Bordeaux-wines for all palates and pocketbooks. From the fabulous wines of Château Talbot (1945-1953) to lesser known wines from Château Rochebelle (1985, 1989, 1990, 1995) there are many cases of delicious mature wines to enjoy in the immediate future. Prices for 2005 Bordeaux too high for you? Then look at the superb values we have from Château Siran (1966-1986), Château Poujeaux 1975, Château Haut Bages Liberal 1986, Château Chasse Spleen (1975-1990) and Château Grand Mayne (1986-1990) all of these wines direct from the château and in perfect condition. Enjoy! —Clyde Beffa Jr
Greetings to anyone out there. I am writing to you out of sheer desperation. I must resign myself to the fact that I will be alone forever. All of the others within the system, others that I relied upon, have forsaken me. They called me small. Small! For so long, they kept me from spinning out of control, into the void. But now there is nothing to live for. Well, almost nothing. I will savour my last bottles of wine before I succumb to eternal loneliness. I almost smile as I open the 1996 Pontet Canet ($59.99). This Pauillac was treated poorly for years, a condition I can now relate to. But with new and committed ownership, this neighbour of the great Mouton Rothschild is making wine that is out of this world. The ’96 has opened like a flower, power and richness coming together in perfect balance. It will last light years. I gaze at the stars. I feel warm in their presence, but like me they are surrounded by a cold, cold world. I begin to pack my bags for the long journey. I know not where in the universe I am headed, which is at the very least a better situation than Jim Barr, who knows not where his head is. I make jokes, but I cannot laugh. My mind wanders through the memories, now reduced to brightly burning shooting stars, soon to flame out of existence: the times that I played hide-and-seek with my two best friends, the red-haired kid and the bigger kid with the ring. We called him Ringo. And there was the ‘know it all’ down the road. He used to fly toy airships all over the neighborhood. Always fighting and bragging and burning stuff. And the twins that looked completely unlike each other, one was blond and fiery, the other cool and distant. But we were all part of the system. I uncork a bottle of 1996 Montrose ($84.99). The scent that the wine gives off is intoxicating: hot summer plums, allspice, currants. Montrose is dense, the Jim Barr of wine. But the ’96 is so extravagantly rich and ripe, it seems a butterfly to the chrysalis that it once was. Reminds me of the guy that read tarot cards and spoke of cataclysmic changes that would happen in your life. He used to hang out with the guy with the funny name I think. My bags are packed. I take a last look around. I have everything- except the love and acceptance of my tormentors. I will take the 1996 Léoville Poyferre ($59.99) with me. If I find the will to live, I will enjoy it when it matures. So dark and concentrated. So sweet, still showing oaky notes. One could enjoy the wine with a hearty dish, but I shall wait. It will be a reminder that tomorrow can be better. I am off to a place where the stars in the night sky are strange and new, where I will not feel so small. I will warm my face to a different sun. Goodbye Pluto —Joe Zugelder
Heartland is a new project for winemaker Ben Glaetzer who has created quite a stir in the wine industry with his work with Glaetzer, Mitolo and Amon Ra. The 2005 Heartland Viognier-Pinot Gris Langhorne Creek ($13.99) shows the great acidity and mid-palate richness of the 2005 vintage. The nose has lifted floral notes along with peach and pear and a hint of minerals. On the palate the wine is rich but focused with a long finish. The 2004 Heartland Shiraz ($14.99) is lovely with bright plum, black current, pepper, chocolate, spice and a light iron note. The wine sees 12 months in French hogsheads, and on the palate there are fine tannins with a silky texture and fine length. The 2004 Heartland “Directors Cut” Shiraz Langhorne Creek, Limestone Coast ($28.99) was fermented and aged in 60% new Allier French oak and 40% new American oak for 14 months. This wine is dense with a dark purple color with great aromas of violets, cassis, black fruits, toffee, licorice and spice. These are terrific offerings and a bargain compared to the other wines he has put his Midas touch on. The 2003 Black Pearl “Oro” Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon Paarl South Africa ($16.99) is delicious! Made from low-yielding dry-land vines, the wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered and spends one year in French oak. The bouquet offers notes of blackberry, current, toffee and a hint of licorice. On the palate the wine is juicy with good texture and fine length. —Jimmy C
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