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With the James Bond movie Spectre being released today, no time could be better to drink Bollinger. The most suave spy in the world has been sipping on Bollinger since Moonraker in 1979. While we can’t all drive a fully loaded, customized machine gun having Aston Martin, we certainly can chill down a bottle of Bolli! The 2004 Bollinger "Grande Année" Brut Champagne ($109) is as good as Champagne gets; all barrel fermented and full of masculine, Pinot Noir power and high class elegance. We even have a few bottles of the limited 2009 Bollinger "James Bond 007" Brut Champagne ($195) in stock for the diehard fan of Bond & Champagne!

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The Mayor – Live From Tuscany: Part V

Ahh.....Montalcino. The legendary Tuscan city on the hill, surrounded by the castle walls of la fortezza—medieval era stones that surround the populace once known for its top quality leather goods and tanneries around the 13th century. In later years, as the leather trade went into an economic decline, Montalcino's importance stemmed from its location on the road between Rome and France, becoming an important stop along the way for merchants and travelers. It wasn't until the 1900s, however, that Montalcino would become a powerhouse in the wine trade, growing from a mere eleven producers in the 1960s to more than two hundred today. Instead of animal hides, today it's all about sangiovese vineyards—lush plantings of that fleshy, dark-fruited grape known primarily by Americans as Chianti, rather than the more rich and robust Brunello di Montalcino. Looking to secure more stocks from the 2010 vintage (being called the best harvest of this generation), Greg St. Clair was in town yesterday to check in on his municipality, while tasting the first samples from the 2015 harvest.

I know Greg was extremely excited to meet with Gaetano Salvioni and taste his Albatreti wines. A recent discovery, Greg recently referred to Salvioni's Brunellos as absolutely incredible. His email said, "The moment I put my nose in this wine I knew it was extraordinary, effortless, graceful, and classic, everything you’d want in a Brunello and more. I’ve been travelling to Montalcino for more than twenty years and have tasted a veritable ocean of Brunello, but until recently I'd never even heard of this producer. His first vintage was the 2009 and we hadn’t seen it in the market at all. I re-tasted another bottle just to make sure I didn’t get mis-poured, and the second time I was even more impressed."

Salvioni makes 5300 bottles of Brunello per year—not cases, but bottles. That's a paltry amount compared to most producers. He ages the wine for twelve months in barrels not bigger than five hectaliters, then switches over to two years in botte—a really big barrel that gives less wood influence. His vineyards are about thirty years old and just southwest of the town of Montalcino in a rocky outcrop in some of the highest elevations in Montalcino. Greg said, "The nose on this wine is scintillating, so pure it is hard to put into words to, yet it seems like waves of aromas of wild cherry, Tuscan brush, leather, rosemary and Middle Eastern spices. On the palate the wine is so graceful, respectful and calm it reminded me of Gaetano himself."

After leaving Albatreti, it was over to one of our most iconic and popular exclusive import properties—Poggiarellino. Ever since I started working at K&L I've been buying, drinking, and cellaring selections from Poggiarellino: the wines of Anna and Lodovico Ginotti that are so chewy, old school, and bursting with pure sangiovese flavor. And look who else happened to be in Montalcino this afternoon! Why, it's none other that Redwood City store manager Sarah Covey, taking some much deserved time off in Italy before the holiday retail rush begins to set it. It looks like vacation happened to correspond with a little work time in this case.

The Poggiarellino gang is one of those old school, old world Italian families that makes wine the old fashioned way, just as they were taught by previous generations. The wines are down-to-earth, simple, and humble, just like Ginotti family in charge of tending to the vineyards. I'm dying to get out there and visit the property myself.

After a long morning of serious wine tasting, you know what's in order, don't you? Tuscan ragu with a bottle of Baricci, baby. 

-David Driscoll


The Mayor – Live From Tuscany: Part IV

The tower of Galatrona, once part of an ancient Roman fiefdom, is now all that's left of the ancient ruins on the Petrolo estate located deep in the woods of Chianti—an area that's been farmed with vineyards and olives groves for as long as anyone can remember (or at least dating back to 1716 when Cosimo III de Medici, the Great Duke of Tuscany, declared it one of the best olive oil regions in the land). The estate was purchased by the Bazzocchi family in the 1940s and today it's run by Luca Sanjust, a third-generation winemaker who took over from his mother Lucia Bazzocchi Sanjust.

From atop the tower you can see out over the stunning Tuscan landscape: the rolling hills and rows of vineyards—thirty-one hectares for Petrolo in total. The estate is a beloved vacation spot for renowned guests such as British Prime Minister David Cameron and famed chef Jamie Oliver, and it's not hard to understand why.

What's interesting about Petrolo is that they make a special 100% merlot-based wine—aptly called the Galatrona—after Luca located a very specific three hectare location on the property; an excellent soil on the lower part of the hill that produced grapes of such flavor, Luca decided to hold them back from the rest of the estate's production and vinify the wine as its own cru. In 1994, the first vintage of Galatrona was released and it's been one of Petrolo's most coveted expressions ever since.

Greg happened to be at Petrolo just after harvest time and was able to taste the prized Galatrona fruit as it was finishing fermentation. He sent me an email, writing, "100 points? Absolutely superb!!" Apparently, 2015 is going to be an incredible vintage for Petrolo and the rest of Tuscany. 

After checking out the recent harvest at Petrolo, Greg headed over to Sette Ponti to meet further with Antonio Moretti. The Moretti's have owned the estate since the 1950s when they purchased the property from the princesses Margherita and Maria Cristina di Savoia Aosta, but the history of winemaking on site dates back hundreds of years. 

No serious negotiations or talk of business can occur in Italy without first dining at a beautiful outside area, attentively adorned with a classically-rustic charm. I'm pretty sure that's mandated by law, but I might be wrong.

Fresh mozerella from Naples ("Out of this world!!!" Greg told me in his correspondence), cured meats, tons of great wine. Sigh....

Moretti busted out the Fuedo Maccari Nero d'Avola from his Sicilian property, which Greg thought was an outstanding value. Antonio had a cigar, of course.

And at the end of a long day, Greg sent me this photo of the sunset with this message attached:

"I'm sitting outside under the sunset at Il Borro and I can smell the fermenting grapes from this morning's Merlot. 2015 is shaping up to be something special. Everyone is saying it's the best vintage ever, even better than 2010. I hope that's true!"

So do we, Greg!

-David Driscoll


The Mayor – Live From Tuscany: Part III

After last speaking with Greg, with him telling me ahout staying at the Ferragamo's Il Borro estate, I told him, "I need you to paint me a picture. Make me feel like I'm there with you." For the last decade Greg's thousands of Italian wine customers have been drooling over his tales from the road, wishing they could stow themselves away in his suitcase or be a fly on the wall at his tasting events. Stories of lush gardens, decadent dinners, and levels of wine consumption that reach legendary status. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, however, so I figured it was time we all saw for ourselves just how amazing Greg's journeys are. "Oh, and give some information about the wines, too!" I added.

The Il Borro estate was purchased by the Ferragamo family in 1993 and grows merlot, cabernet sauvignon, syrah, chardonnay, and petit verdot, along with the standard Italian sangiovese on forty-five hectares of land. Salvatore's goal was to take a historic corner of Tuscany—one previously abandoned and in need of care—and resurrect it; not just in terms of wine production, but also as a tourist destination. Today Il Borro is both a winery and a resort, offering a variety of services to travelers visiting the region. The soils have a variety of mineral content making the area the perfect place to grow a diverse variety of grapes for winemaking.

Part of the reason Greg went back to Italy for a third time this year was due to the strength of the 2010 Brunello vintage in the region. Critics are calling it the vintage of a lifetime, creating wines of such beauty and finesse that they're beyond the likes of anything tasted in recent memory. With our supplies of Brunello selling like hot cakes, Greg booked a ticket back across the Atlantic in an attempt to secure more supplies. However, with September being harvest time, he's already beginning to hear rumblings of an even more impressive 2015 growing season—perhaps even surpassing the glorious 2010. Wouldn't that be something?

Dinner last night was incredible, Greg wrote to me. Classic Tuscan meat and potatoes with plenty of great bottles spread across the table to pour from. It's the simplicity that always stuns us when we dine abroad, don't you think?

In the house for this particular meal was legendary Tenuta Sette Ponti owner Antonio Moretti, who you might recognize as part owner of Prada. Alongside an appreciation for fine leather goods and handmade shoes, Moretti's family has been making wine for generations. Antonio eventually took over the Tenuta Sette Ponti estate from his father, and in 1999 he purchased Poggio al Lupo in Maremma; followed by a Sicilian estate called Fuedo Maccari in 2000. The Tenuta Sette Ponta Super Tuscans are some of the most stylish, savory, and powerful wines made in the region, always garnering huge accolades from the press. Greg would be visiting the vineyards at Settie Ponti the following day. But first—cigars.

-David Driscoll

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