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2000 Labégorce, Margaux $39.99

A great value in Bordeaux! This bottle is mature enough to drink now, but has time in hand if you want to keep it in the cellar for the future. We love it for its laid back elegance and classic balance. A must try for your next nice steak dinner.

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Friday
May242013

Champagne Friday: Previewing 2004 Dom Perignon Brut Champagne

2004 Dom Perignon Brut ChampagneBy: Gary Westby | K&L Champagne Buyer

I was lucky enough to get a pre-release bottle of 2004 Dom Perignon to taste this week, even though the wine will not be available for sale until late this fall. I have been very happy with this vintage in Champagne (which has run almost completely under the radar in the press) ever since tasting it as vin clair (the still wine that is destined to become Champagne before it is bottled) in the spring of 2005. This cool, even vintage produced a healthy yield, three times that of the short 2003 and had more than normal sun shine despite a very wet August. The harvest was late in September, and great weather in the final three weeks produced nice quality.

When Champagne lovers ask me about what vintage they should think about collecting, I always bring up 2004 first. While many other vintages such as 2002, 2006 and 2007 have produced fabulous wines, they have all been crazy in one way or another. Because of climate change, the only two harvests that could be counted as typical, “classic” Champagne vintages in the last 25 years are 1988 and 2004. Of course, many vintages in the past 25 years have been great; 1989, 1990, 1996, 2002 and almost certainly 2008 and 2012. All of these vintages have a story, and all of them are odd. Even vintages with plenty of water and slow ripening, which over the last 200 years would be considered typical and classic, are an endangered species.

The character of the 2004’s is very transparent, revealing of terroir (especially in single vineyard wines), long and light on its feet. The wines do not have the weight and authority of the 2002’s or the crazy concentration of the 1996’s. What they have is deft, elegant balance and I believe that they will, like the 1988’s, prove to be great. The Dom is a great indicator and example of the strength of this vintage. I can’t remember liking a vintage of Dom when it was first released as much as this since the 1990, or finding one of such good potential since the 1996.

I wanted to make the most out of this chance to drink the 2004 as a preview and decided to prepare a special dinner for Cinnamon and I. I picked up an ounce of Osetra and we started out enjoying the bottle with blini and creme fraiche. For the main course I cooked some local wild king salmon on an alder plank on the grill after giving it a light brine. I topped it with some fleur de sel, pepper and paddlefish roe.

The 2004 is certainly the driest non-Oenotheque release I have ever tasted from DP and the white gold color has a real flash of green to it. On the nose, the signature Dom Perignon yeastiness is front and center framed by some delicate Chardonnay fruit. The Osetra blini brought out the nuttiness of the Pinot Noir very nicely on the palate. It was too bad that there was only one ounce! One of the things that I learned from the DP seminar that I wrote about in April was that the wine is always close to 50% Pinot Noir and 50% Chardonnay, and this 2004 certainly tasted that way. When we had the salmon, which was very rich, the Dom showed more of its cutting, mineral driven Chardonnay side.

This elegant bottle of Champagne went down very easily, and showed the strength of Moet’s massive vineyard resources and incredible store of knowledge. These wines age very well, and the 2004 has the balance to go the distance. I was very impressed! It should be on the shelf sometime late this fall.

-Gary Westby

Thursday
May232013

K&L Electronic Newsletter 2nd Edition: Spain!

K&L Wine News: May 20, 2013: Spain. Click to read!  

K&L Wine News

Electronic Newsletter Second Edition!

May 20 2013: Spain

This edition features one of our favorite regions for value: Spain! Our buyers and experts give you recommendations that span the spectrum from traditional modern. From old-school Rioja to new-school Garnacha, there's something in here to please all palates. Saludos!

Thursday
May232013

Spanish & Portuguese Wine News: K&L'sFirst Spain-Focused Electronic Newsletter!

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Spanish & Portuguese Wine Buyer

Greetings all,

For anyone who missed our first Spain focused online newsletter emailed earlier this week, here is the link:

http://www.klwines.com/staff/3005pdf/May13-Spain.pdf 

It's Memorial Day weekend, and while beer is the customary cookout tipple for many, there of course must be wine! Here are some quick picks chosen for optimal refreshment.

2011 Vega de Ribes Sauvignon Blanc Penedes - $14.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1114664

Tired of SB's tendencies towards the tropical, grassy, one could even say obnoxious if you're a real SB hater...try this. Fully ripe but delicious sauvignon blanc from around the Garraf near Sitges (about half hour drive south of Barcelona) that refreshes and will wow for its fullness of flavor, intensity and overall balance.  Both fans and critics of Sauvignon Blanc should agree on this one. Organically farmed and very low total sulphur as well, I'm thirsty just thinking about this wine.

2011 Morgadio Albariño Rias Baixas - $19.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1127503

If you're looking for the real thing, something beyond the juicy fruit and hint of CO2 sparkle of a more basic, starter Albariño, Morgadio is the way to go. It cuts a wide, bright, tangy citric and yellow stone fruited swath across the palate, with acidity that is not at all shy but remains balanced with the fruit and granite minerality. Good vine material, native yeast fermentation and patient ageing on the lees in tank separate this from a host of its competitors in the region.

2012 Xavier Clua "El Sola d'en Pol" Rosado Terra Alta - $10.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1130012

Syrah and Grenache rosado that is not shy with the red berry and watermelon fruit, but does not go to a nearly bubblegummy rosé place; it finishes clean, mineral and dry. Xavier Clua makes very good, affordable wines in his southern Catalan locale. The staff is starting to buy this up and drink it down - usually a good sign.

2010 Viña Zorzal Graciano Navarra (previously $14.99) - $12.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1088241

A juicy, fruit forward and satisfying rendition of what is more often a blending grape in Rioja, an oddball red variety in Rota near the Sherry triangle, and even a popular grape variety on the island of Gran Canaria. To further entice you to try for yourself, we've knocked a few dollars off the price.

Saludos and happy holiday weekend everyone,

Joe

 

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Joe Manekin

Spanish, Portuguese, Latin American Wine Buyer

K&L Wine Merchants

Ph: 877.559.4637 ext. 2748

joemanekin@klwines.com