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
The Domaine des Nembrets is what Denis Barraud calls his estate on the slope of the Roche de Vergisson. The Roche is a giant Basalt outcropping in the Macon. This is what makes the site an exceptional place for Chardonnay. The “Roche” are soils of highly folded and well-drained Limestone, and depending on the specific soils, the wines of Pouilly Fuisse, Saint Veran, or Macon Vergisson all call this home. This vintage has already been praised in the press, and after trying these wines you’ll see why. They have the poise and definition of the 2004s while possessing richer, riper fruit and more concentration. Denis does not like to chapitalize, and in this vintage there was no need to. These wines have become some of the best values we have from Burgundy, and we proudly support this artisanal wine maker. 2005 Domaine des Nembrets Saint Veran ($14.99) A mixture of stainless steel and a small percentage of oak; only the oldest vines that are capable of handling the oak go into barrel. The wine exhibits good weight and length. More open than in previous vintages, with aromatics and flavors that range from bright citrus, soft floral, to soft pear. The fruit is framed with good acidity, and a soft minerality plays out on the surprisingly long finsh. 2005 Domaine des Nembrets Pouilly Fuisse “Les Chataignieres” ($19.99) This is what Pouilly Fuisse should be! It sees more oak, battonage and longer aging than the previous wine. The fruit is dominantly citrus, with hints of vanilla and spice. On the palate the wine sparkles with a richer texture, crisp acidity and intense minerality. 2005 Pouilly Fuisse “Les Folles” Vieilles Vignes ($21.99) Not as rich as the La Roche but just as structured, this wine has more drive and focus. Its juicy fruit balances the mouth-watering acidity, yet it has plenty of concentration so it is not tart nor lean just Chardonnay grown over Limestone! 2005 Pouilly Fuisse “La Roche,” Vieilles Vignes ($24.99) From the rockiest parcels of the estate, this is serious white Burgundy! It begs comparisons to more expensive wines from the Cote d’Or! It is rich, focused and elegant, with every facet—oak, fruit, leesiness and minerality enhancing the next. Seriously good wine! —Kirk Walker
Bid on this...we're pleased to be conducting fine wine auctions in addition to our retail selection of thousands of the world's best wines.
Bid, buy, sell, and browse the hundreds of auction lots live on K&L Auctions.
Back in the 1970's we went by the name "K&L Liquors" and our dedication to bringing you the finest spirits remains the same.
View our Spirits Journal to find out what our buyers are getting into next...