K&L Wine Merchants hosts regular wine tastings in both of its Bay Area locations. At the San Francisco store wine tasting are held each Saturday from Noon to 3 p.m. and on Thursday evenings. In Redwood City tastings are held on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. Wine tastings provide a wonderful opportunity to discover a new wine region or variety, or rediscover some old favorites—without having to commit to the purchase of an entire bottle! No need to reserve a space, just come on in and pull up a glass! Tasting for Saturday, 22nd April, 2006 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. $20.00 2004 Grand Enlos du Cerons Blanc-$13.99 (55% Semillon, 40% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Sauvignon Gris) 2003 Haut Beausejour, St. Estephe-$19.99 (39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 54% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec) 2003 La Fleur, St. Emilion- $26.99 ( 90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc) 2003 Beausejour Duffau, St. Emilion- $49.99 ( 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon) 2003 Carbonnieux Rouge, Pessac-Leognan- $23.99 (60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot) 2003 Gloria, St. Julien- $29.99 ( 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot ) 2003 Fonbadet, Pauillac- $23.99 (60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot and Malbec) 2003 Clerc Milon, Pauillac- $49.95 (55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot) 1994 Pichon Lalande 1.5, Pauillac- $159.00 (45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, 8% Petit Verdot) 1994 D’Yquem, Sauternes- $99.00 (Sale! Was $160.00!) (80% Semillon, 20% Sauvignon Blanc )
We tasted up and down both banks for over a week and re-tasted many wines several times. Overall the vintage appears to be very good to great with some areas doing better than others. The Left Bank is fairly consistent, particularly Margaux and Paiillac. The exception is Graves and Pessac-Leognan where there is some inconsistency. On the Right Bank Pomeral seems solid. Saint-Emilion is all over the place depending on what the wine makers attempted to do in the cellar. The folks who "pushed" and tried to do too much extraction often made heavy, unbalanced wines. On the other hand, those that were "gentle" and let the vintage make the wine appear more successful. We were in Bordeaux and tasting the very young wines quite early this year and it would be wise to expect many of these wines to change profoundly by the time they are released to the public. What we got was a snapshot of where the wines are now, but in general there is a lot to like about the 2005 vintage in Bordeaux. Certainly the folks in Bordeaux are very confidant that they have a great vintage on their hands. Be advised that as I write this hype for the vintage is building and prices have yet to be released. Nothing we have heard make us think prices will be anything but high. I hope to see you in San Francisco this Saturday for my monthly Bordeaux tasting where we will be featuring the delicious and user friendly 2003 vintage. -Steve Bearden
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