We have just received some really hip wines guaranteed to create quite the stir at your next gathering. Whenever I have the need to serve some tasty wine I often reach for romorantin. This honeyed bundle of pleasure is all you need to put smiles on your friends’ and families’ faces and forever seal the fact that you are a certifiable wine geek. I say go for it my friends, embrace the distinctive, rejoice in the weird, be the only person on your block with cases of wine from this long-forgotten grape in your cellar. Romorantin is the name of the most noble ancient grape grown in Cour-Cheverny at the center of the Sologne viticulture region in the Loire Valley. These vines are thought to have been grown here since the time of Francois I (a long time ago), and the wines have historically been highly regarded by the Noble Folk that used to live in all those big châteaux. This appellation is tiny (46ha) compared to say the Cotes du Rhone (42,000ha), and the production that leaves the region is miniscule. We are lucky to have established a relationship with one of the top growers in the region, Philippe Tessier, and are pleased to offer you two new wines. Tessier has just converted the domaine to totally organic viticulture, too! 2004 Tessier Cour Cheverny “La Porte Doree” ($13.99) From very old vines, 60-85 years of age, all from the romorantin grape. The wine is fermented in three- to five-year old Burgundy barrels and undergoes partial malo-lactic fermentation, which lends a rich, almost viscous mouthfeel to an otherwise extremely mineral wine. You may put this wine in the cellar for many years of rewarding drinking. Now till 2020+. Did I mention Mr. Tessier also makes red wine? The 2005 Tessier Cheverny Rouge ($12.99) is a luscious blend of gamay and pinot noir. This medium-bodied beauty is supple and elegant, a portrait of restraint and purity and just about one of the happiest wines we have in the store. Enjoy its cherry scented nose and spicy licorice-tinged palate and ample sweet fruit just above cellar temperature and over the next 5-8 years. Live in the Light! —Jeff Vierra
2004 Kalinda Hattenheimer Riesling Dry ($9.99) Yup, that’s right, Kalinda Riesling from Germany. Why play in the box when you can play outside of the box, that’s our mentality here at the ’ol K&L. Im sure most of you are familiar with our Kalinda label by this time, but this is a first, and you should be a part of it. The village of Hattenheim is located in the heart of the Rheingau with notable vineyard sites such as The Steinberg, Mannberg, Hassel and The Pfaffenberg. Keeping with the Kalinda tradition, we can’t tell you exactly where this little beauty hails from, but it is something special. Hattenheim has a rich, deep history of wine production dating back to the mid 1100s and is known for wines that are perfumed, mineral driven, and that have a strong personality. This is a must have. I’m keeping at least three bottles in the fridge at all times for any occasion. Maybe I’m having people over or maybe it’s Tuesday; I’ll find a reason to crack one open. Since I still have you outside of the box, get a load of this one: 2004 Schlossgut Diel Rosé de Diel ($18.99). The wines from Schlossgut Diel continue to excite me. This is 100% pinot noir from the Nahe, which is not only pleasing to the eyes (it’s one of the prettiest wines that we have) but on the palate as well. Fermented partially in stainless steel and partially in old neutral barriques, this has a texture and vibrancy that is a fantastic addition to the summertime heat. This screams for an Asian spiced pork loin straight of the grill and a healthy mixture of summer veggies on the side, or maybe just a few good friends sitting on the porch talking about the good ’ol times. I’ll let you decide! —Eric Story
Now that the 2005 Bordeaux craze is probably slowing down a bit we can get back to basics: California Wines. The first growths of California (Caymus, Montelena, Silver Oak, Dominus, etc...) could almost be called bargains in comparison. My only hope is that the producers in California don’t get any ideas. The only wine I will mention this month is one I tasted a few days ago, the 2002 Mount Eden “Cuvee Saratoga” Santa Cruz Cabernet Sauvignon ($22.99). For the money, this wine can’t be beat! The wine is elegant, fresh and loaded with complex mineral flavors and aromas that are balanced by ripe cassis and currant fruit. This is a wine to enjoy with food and is a steal at this price! —Trey Beffa Introducing Deerfield Ranch: After PJ Rex gave her husband a wine-making kit some 30 years ago, Robert Rex quickly began to unleash his talent and passion on the world. And what a wonderful treat it was to discover this underappreciated, biodynamic, handmade, small-lot producer, Deerfield Ranch Winery. The 2002 Deerfield Syrah, Ladi’s Vineyard, Sonoma County ($34.99) sent me soaring into another galaxy. After one sip, within seconds there was global peace, no acne, no off-putting in-laws and no bad meals. Make all your dreams come true. Drink this wine and be forever full of ravishing bliss! Enjoy responsibly. The 2001 Deerfield Super T-Rex ($27.99) is a Meritage style wine that pays homage to Italian Super Tuscans. It’s a blend of 73% sangiovese from Sonoma county, 14% cabernet franc from Napa, 8% cabernet sauvignon from Sonoma and 5% dolcetto from Sonoma, all aged in French and American oak for one year. It shows gorgeous and graceful fruit with layered complexity, friendly tannins and a solid back bone. —Keelyn Healy
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