And now, for something completely different for your Thanksgiving holidays. On March 1 Greg and I were in the Emilia Romagna, looking to find a Lambrusco producer to bring in for K&L. We found one, and this winery ROCKS! Ca Berti Grasparossa di Castelvetro “Tipico” Dry ($8.99) 85% lambrusco grasparossa and 15% fortana. On the palate you will find cherry cola and wild berries and plums. Dry and light on the alcohol, good acid and low tannins. Buy two bottles as it will go fast. Ca Berti Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro “Classico” semi-dry ($8.99) This wine starts off a little sweeter. Fragrant and fruity, richer and fuller on the palate, which brings you blackberries and maraschino cherries, wonderful effervescent with a long and dry finish. Trust me, cheese tortellini and this go so well together! Ca Berti Grasparossa di Castelvetro “Robusco” semi-dry ($10.99) Jim Barr gave this 8 tail wags! The purple froth on this is really amazing to watch rise in your glass. A little more intense perfume on the nose, and the palate has more spice. Black cherries, red currants and a hint of dustiness add to its complexity. Prefect with the antipasti!! Ca Berti Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro “Amabile” sweet ($8.99) Last but not least, I give this three stars! Cherry vanilla cola, blackberries and a touch of cassis. This is not a cloyingly sweet, but is wonderfully dolce. Try this wine as an alterative to port or sauternes with dessert. Salute! —Mike Parres
The official menu is in! Reception: Passed Hors d’- Franck Bonville Cuvee Belles Voyes Champagne First Course: Agnolotti with Pecorino Toscano and Sage 1999 Almaviva Second Course: Seared Sonoma Duck Breast with Cumin Scented Carrots and Pomegranate Glaze (1) 2000 Almaviva (2) 2001 Almaviva Third Course: Grilled Cote de Beouf with Braised Celery Root and Sauce “Bordelaise” (3) 1996 Chateau Mouton Rothschild (4) 1986 Chateau Mouton Rothschild Fourth Course: Roblechon and Comte (5) 2004 Almaviva Fifth Course: Glazed Fuji Apple Tart with Caramel-Vanilla Swirled Ice Cream 1990 Chateau Coutet, Sauternes
Over the last year I have conducted or attended a dozen or so tastings of 2003 Bordeaux, and from where I stand there is no question that this is an outstanding and user-friendly vintage. As these wines evolve and become more complete they exhibit added complexity and nuance to complement their lush fruity personalities. 2003 Nenin, Pomerol ($36.99) The wine making team from Léoville-Las-Cases produced one of the stars of Pomerol in 2003. This is crisp and structured for the vintage with black cherry and dark berries. Silky, ripe and elegant with beautiful length. 2003 La Couspaude, St-Emilion ($39.99) This full bodied, flashy wine is finally settling down, absorbing its lavish oak treatment and showing tons of personality. The cherry and strawberry aromas are flowery and surprisingly delicate for such a rich body. Earthy, dense and fleshy, this is super fruity, charming and very easy to drink. 2003 Clos Marsalette, Pesac-Léognan ($418.99) Only 1200 cases of Stephan Von Neipperg’s newest endeavor were produced. This is a soft, approachable bargain showing tobacco, spice notes and gobs of plush, dark fruit. Value priced and ready to drink! Hauts de Pontet, Pauillac ($21.99) Located across the street from Mouton-Rothschild, Pontet Canet has been on a roll, and their 2nd wine is always one of the great bargains in Bordeaux. Lots of classic Pauillac character here with hints of iron, mineral and dark currants. The deep, fruity mid-palate leads to a long, firm finish showing very fine tannin. 90 points from the Wine Spectator and a fantastic value. 2003 Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac ($45.99) This very consistent château seems to fly under the radar even while they produce great wines vintage after vintage. Lovers of Lynch Bages will love this big, muscular classic for its firm structure, sweet black fruit and hints of licorice, pencil lead and its long, complex finish. This is anything but your typical 2003 fruit bomb! 92 points from the Wine Spectator. —Steve Bearden
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