2004 Poliziano Rosso di Montepulciano ($11.95) This “second wine” for Poliziano has been in my article before (the 2002 and 2003), and this vintage is not to be missed. In 1989 Rosso di Montepulciano achieved the DOC classification, and I think it’s one of the best bargains to come from Tuscany. 80% sangiovese and 20% merlot. Fermentation is in stainless steal with 40% of this wine aged for 8 months in second-year American oak. Medium bodied with strawberries and blackberries mingling with a light mineral character. 2002 Antinori Chianti Classico “Peppoli” ($19.95) The Peppoli vineyards are mainly planted with sangiovese, as well as merlot, syrah and a small quantity of malvasia. This makes for a very user friendly Chianti, mature fruit with lots of vanilla, good structure with soft tannins and minerals on the finish. This is a great wine to bring as a host or hostess gift. Just make sure you are around when they open it! 2001 Castello di Fonterutoli Chianti Classico ($34.95) I love this estate and their wines. Here is a Chianti you are going to what to take some time with (either decanting or in the cellar). 85% sangiovese, 10% cabernet sauvignon and 5% merlot. This wine sees 16 months in small French barrels and is all hand harvested ( lots of care goes into the making of this baby). Beautifully balanced, with rich ripe fruit and a big tannin structure with toasty oak on the finish. Two or three hours decanting or drink on its 10th birthday. 1997 Castello di Monastero Vin Santo “Lunanuova” (500ml $49.99) A classic trebbiano blend, this Vin Santo is rich with viscosity. On the palate you will find, honey, orange marmalade and dried apricots, and an extremely long finish. DON’T dip the biscotti in this baby. You will what to savor this on its own, with only your best of friends. Salute! —Mike Parres
Saturday, April 22, 2006 Noon to 3 p.m. $20.00 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! 1-2004 Grand Enlos du Cerons Blanc-$13.99 (55% Semillon, 40% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Sauvignon Gris) 2-2003 La Fleur, St. Emilion- $26.99 ( 90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc) 3-2003 Beausejour Duffau, St. Emilion- $49.99 ( 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon) 4-2003 Haut Beausejour, St. Estephe-$19.99 (39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 54% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec) 5-2003 Carbonnieux Rouge, Pessac-Leognan- $23.99 (60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot) 6-2003 Gloria, St. Julien- $29.99 ( 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot ) 7-2003 Fonbadet, Pauillac- $23.99 (60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot and Malbec) 8-2003 Clerc Milon, Pauillac- $49.95 (55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot) 9-1994 Pichon Lalande 1.5, Pauillac- $159.00 (45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, 8% Petit Verdot) 10-1995 D’Yquem, Sauternes- $149.99 (Sale! Was $200.00!) (80% Semillon, 20% Sauvignon Blanc )
L’CHAIM, TO LIFE: Friday, Saturday and Sunday June 23, 24 and 25, 2006 A weekend celebrating the ancient roots and rich traditions of Judaism and wine with 30+ Napa Valley Jewish vintners and winemakers pouring for guests. The event benefits five Napa Valley Jewish organizations that serve the needs of the community and address culture, religion, history, community, hunger, and education for Jews and non-Jews alike. The weekend consists of events from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon at Diamond Creek Vineyards, Rudd Vineyards and Winery, Silver Oak Cellars, Hagafen Cellars and a private estate. Tickets for the weekend are $500 pp; For Saturday Tasting, Dinner and Auction only are $350 pp. Tickets are limited. For detailed information, see www.napavalleycjc.org or contact Ona Marks at 707/256-8888.
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