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Buying ready to drink 1er cru Burgundy is not easy. For a couple of years I did the Old and Rare wine buying here at K&L and found it easy to find California Cabernet and even Bordeaux from collectors. But Burgundy… Forget it. They had to die, get a divorce or have doctors orders to part with the king of all Pinot Noir! This bottle of 2007 Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret Nuits St-Georges 1er cru Les Boudots ($99) comes direct from the property from our friends at Atherton, and like most of the 2007’s, drinks fabulously right now. This wine showed excellent sweet beet fruit, savory depth, and incredible finesse and length. The tannins are completely resolved, and went perfectly with duck crepinettes from the fatted calf in San Francisco. This is the kind of Burgundy that gets people hooked- you have been warned!!!! –Gary Westby

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Meeting With Nick Mills from Rippon Winery


Scheduling a stop at K&L while in California, New Zealand winemaker Nick Mills brought his line up of red and white wines to the Redwood City store today for a quick tasting with the staff.  Nick is passionate about making serious pinot noir and his affinity for his family's Central Otago vineyards is clear.  The Mills family is the fourth generation of winemakers to work the land where the Rippon grapes are grown, dating back to when Nick's great-grandfather purchased the area in 1912.  The vines were planted in 1975 when Rolfe Mills began experimenting with vitis vinifera, which have now grown into one of the most beautiful vineyards in the world.  The schist-based soils beneath them help to foster wines of a supreme character and the entire property is run bio-dynamically - no fertilizer, herbicide, pesticide, or fungicide is used.  From 1998 to 2002, Nick lived in Burgundy and worked for some of the region's most celebrated estates, such as Domaine de la Romanee-Conti and Maison Nicolas Potel.  The influence is clear when tasting through the pinot noir expressions from Rippon, as the structure and acidity levels are built for the long haul.  These are wines that will pair with food and drink well now after some decanting, but the potential for complex flavors of depth is clear.  Tasting a 2003 bottle that Nick brought along with him, it was obvious how good these wines would become.  Here's Nick explaining to the staff the history behind the vines:

2008 Rippon "Mature Vines" Pinot Noir Central Otago New Zealand (Biodynamic) $49.99 - Lovely hints of dark raspberries and strawberry notes, before turning over foresty notes of baking spice and earth.  Firm acidity and fine tannins on the finish.  A wine that could easily be enjoyed now or stored away for a few years.  Somewhere in between a Premier Cru level Burgundy and a fine Oregon pinot noir. 

2010 Rippon Osteiner Central Otago New Zealand $18.99 - The grape variety is the little known Osteiner, which tastes a bit like Riesling, but then not so much, Impossible to describe in words, at this price do your self a favor get to know this fantastic "lunch" white!  Citrus notes, tangy, clean and fresh!

-David Driscoll

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