Let’s take a step back from the 2003 and 2005 Bordeaux wines and look at a few of my favorites for more current enjoyment. 2000 Château Greysac, Médoc ($16.99) One of our old favorites has modernized a bit and the resulting wine is outstanding with a sweet and lush texture. Plenty of richness and flavor and 89 points from the Wine Spectator. Can’t go wrong. Decant one hour. 1999 Château Lalande Borie, St-Julien ($17.99) 65% cabernet, 25% merlot and 10% cabernet franc. Elegant, perfect drinking right now. Plenty of flavor and pleasure for not too much money. 2000 Château Phelan Segur, St-Estèphe ($26.99) Here is a great bargain from a very fine vintage and one of our favorite properties. And you can enjoy this wine in the next few years. Tons of ripe fruit flavors and lingering finish. Great barbecue wine. 1996 Les Pagodes de Cos d’Estournel, St-Estèphe ($29.99) This is a great value visa a vis the latest price for their 2005. Remember that 1996 Cos was one of the best wines of the vintage and we sold 200 cases at $139.00 per bottle. This wine has the structure and depth to cellar well and can be enjoyed now with 2 hr decanting. 1998 Château Malescot-St-Exupery, Margaux ($39.99) I have always loved the wines from this property, but rarely carried them because they had an exclusive arrangement with a large distributor. The property has wonderful terroir and have always been fairly priced. This 1998, while needing some cellar time, shows tons of ripe fruit and a seductive aroma of toasted oak and cassis.
Make your reservations now for Saturday September 9, and join co-owner James Sichel and K&L for a great dinner featuring the wines of Château d’Angludet, one of our favorite châteaux. Wines from 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2003 will be poured as well as a couple of older vintages. This dinner will be held at the outstanding Spago Restaurant in Palo Alto. Reception at 6:30 and dinner at 7:15. Only sixty seats available. Casual elegance is the dress code.
I am truly lucky to continually have the opportunity to, not only meet, but talk and share ideas with people that inspire and change the way I view the world. Some people truly have a passion for the good that they are, and have no idea that they are “that person.” They understand and embrace what and who they are without question and will always continue to build upon what they have and what they’ve done. You know, the person that you talk to and think to yourself, WOW, that’s good peeps, but then, one day further down the road it hits you: I should be like that! The Hiedler Estate was founded in the late 1800s by grandfather Joseph Hiedler, a pioneer of the Langenlois wine region. It has been family run ever since. Not family run in the sense that it has just been passed down from generation to generation, maintaining operation, A true and undying passion for everything that is Hiedler has also been passed down! From a winery that was one of the first to put their wines into bottles, to an internationally acclaimed estate that is on top of the game and yet, humbly admits, that there is so much simple promise out there to be shared with all. They have, from day one, been in love with the land and all that surrounds it! And now, Ludwig and Maria Angeles continue the tradition of taking responsibility for all that is good, not only in life but in nature and wine. This month I choose not to talk about the vineyard sites, although very important, the pruning philosophy or the work that goes on in the cellar. Instead, I choose to highlight the soul that is the wine of Hiedler. Ludwig and Maria Angeles, along with the inspiration of the three children, have become a fixture in, not only the wine business but also in wine culture. They have somehow figured out how to be in a great, beautiful balance of a pure, thought out, affirmative, understanding, focused, and determined force that makes me sit back and say to myself WOW... Can I be that? I guess, as they say on the street, they’re keepin’ it real!!!! —Eric Story
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