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Bruno Michel "Blanche" Brut Champagne $34.99One of our best non-vintage Champagnes, this organically grown blend of half each Chardonnay and Meunier comes entirely from Bruno Michel's estate. It has been aged for six years on the lees and shows wonderful natural toasty quality as well as incredible vibrance! This was the big hit of our most recent staff Champagne tasting and we think you will love it too.

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Winemaker Interview: Mike Benziger, Part II

Editor’s Note: Check out our video interview with Mike Benizger, as well as photos from the property and more. Then join Kathy Benziger at K&L San Francisco on November 4th to taste their current line-up.

Name: Mike Benziger

Winery: Benziger Family Winery

Number of years in business: 37

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Trey's Blog: 2007 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (DRC)

The 2007 DRC Line-Up...There is something quite nice about being handed a glass of Champagne at 8:30 in the morning. It really helps get the palate going and wakes up the senses (at least for a little while). That’s how I started my day on Monday (February 8th) at the Pennisula Hotel in Beverly Hills when Aubert de Villaine was in town to present the 2007 vintage of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. I have been to several of these tastings and I have to admit, for me it is a nice change of pace. Literally. Usually I run though wines quickly, trying to get as much as I can out of them in as little time as possible. At this tasting, the seven wines were tasted side-by-side, and slowly over the course of an hour, with Mr. Villaine discussing the characteristics of the vintage and each wine in detail. Rather than drinking to decide whether we would take our allocation—that is kind of a given—the tasting gave me an overall impression of these wines and of the vintage in Burgundy as a whole.

The 2007s showed exceptionally well. It is a forward, elegant vintage that should not be described as “classic;” that term seems to be used for harder, more rustic wines such as 1996. The wines will show well upon release and should develop nicely over the next 10-15 years. Picking began on September 1st—very early. Usually when a harvest begins this early the wines are very high in alcohol, as in 2003. Monsieur Villaine said he had never seen a vintage picked so early where the wines showed so much elegance. Alcohol levels all remain in the 12.5 -13% range. This is partially because the flowering started in the extremely warm month of April. The most successful wines in 2007 will be the wines where winemakers recognized the elegance of the vintage and did not try to over-extract.

2007 DRC “Echezeaux” – Seemed a bit disjointed; a bit closed; this is a very good wine, but it has yet to come together.

2007 DRC “Grands Echezeaux” – More together than the first wine; silky fruit in the mid-palate but a bit short on the finish. Wonderful aromas.

2007 DRC “Romanée St-Vivant” – Bright red fruits, spicy, very delicate and sweet. Straightforward and balanced. Lovely wine.

2007 DRC “Richebourg” – Exotic nose, fresh, bright, silky texture, tons of sweet red fruits, spice and a hint of sweet herbs on the finish, which should develop with bottle age. Always one of my favorites.

2007 DRC “La Tache” – The La Tache is always my favorite of the bunch. Much more powerful and darker then the rest, this wine shows hints of tobacco, spice, earthy undertones and exceptional concentration. If I was to buy one wine to drink within 10 years this would be it.

2007 DRC “Romanée-Conti” – A more difficult wine to understand young. Delicate, sweet and slightly green, this wine is the most complex of the bunch. It is elegant and understated. Mr. Villaine says that that green characteristic is usually present when young, but with age those flavors develop into the wine. He says that when the La Tache is at its best, this wine will just be beginning to show its potential.

2007 DRC “Montrachet” – Hard not to love this wine young! Layered, creamy and concentrated, it has wonderful acidity and focus. It will age very well. Very different from the 2003, which was a fatter, richer style.

Mr. Villaine did talk a bit about the upcoming Corton project from vines they have recently acquired. The first vintage will be 2009, though he is still not sure if the wines will fall into the Romanée-Conti label or not. Still too early to tell; the quality of the wine will determine that. As for the progress, he is very happy.

Trey Beffa


Staff Tasting: Domestic Wines


Some customers are amazed that we can remember the aromatic and flavor profiles of so many different bottles of wine. “How do you guys know so much about so many different wines?” they ask us. The short answer is: we taste...a lot. Every Tuesday is staff tasting day and we have a cyclical schedule that goes by region. We hit the tasting bar in shifts and take as many notes as we can in the allotted time given to us. We make an effort to remember what we like and we pass that information on to our customers. For those of you who are not able to visit us locally, or who prefer to shop online, you can find many of those notes on the Staff Review page. I also thought blogging about these tastings to help highlight some of the wines that we are currently excited about. I hope I will be able to convey the excitement that I usually exude in person.

Our last tasting was a test in endurance as our domestic buyers delivered a flight of nearly 50 different products. Here are some of the standouts:

2007 Cesar Toxqui Cellars North Coast Pinot Noir ($14.99) Rich aromas with hints of wood and earth. A smooth, medium-bodied palate with vanilla notes. Supple and silky. A very good deal for the price.

2007 Joseph Swan “Cuvee de Trois” Russian River Pinot Noir ($26.99) A smooth entry, far less gritty and rustic than Swan’s other pinots, with soft cherry fruit and very subtle earthy flavors. This should be a slam dunk favorite with just about everyone.

2007 Willowbrook Mendocino Pinot Noir ($16.99) Soft, juicy, cherried-wine with depth and complexity. It really opens up on the palate after some time. A real bargain that gives the under-$20 Pinot category another great bottle to offer.

2007 Morgan “Twelve Clones” Santa Lucia Pinot Noir ($26.99) Always a great wine and this vintage is no different. Cherry and strawberry aromas are followed by more red fruit on the palate that balances with perfect acidity, weight, and structure. One of the best California Pinots from the vintage I have yet tasted.

2006 Thorne “Rio Vista” Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir ($29.9930) My new favorite Pinot that we carry. It has a classic Burgundian nose with red berries, clove, baking spices and earth, with juicy cherry fruit on the palate. Firm acidity and a long, long finish. I can’t decide if I want to drink it all now or save some for later. What to do?

2007 Lang & Reed North Coast Cabernet Franc ($19.99) Bell pepper aromas let you know that this is real Cab Franc. Supple red berry fruit on the palate with black pepper notes and tannins that grip. More Loire-like in style but with riper fruit. Very nice.

2006 Tamarack Cellars Columbia Valley Merlot ($23.99) This is the bottle that will help to revive Merlot’s tarnished reputation. Toasty aromas, juicy fruit, a luscious full-bodied palate and a restrained use of oak. Structured, but showing beautifully. I can’t wait to tell everyone how good it is.

1999 Mayacamas Napa Merlot ($49.99) The most interesting bottle I’ve tasted in some time, and maybe the best older pure Merlot I’ve ever had. Tangy, earthy, but still showing some fruit. Perfectly balanced and wonderfully aged. This should impress the hell out of Old World drinkers.

2007 Waters “Interlude” Walla Walla Red Blend ($26.99) Washington is the source of practically every great red blend I have tasted recently. The Waters displays rich black fruit with that classic violet tinge on the palate. Structured, but still very smooth and graceful. This wine is outstanding and should please just about anyone who likes anything red.

2006 Ridge Santa Cruz Mountains Red ($34.99) I would buy this wine every year without tasting it because it has never failed me. The 2006 is more tightly wound, however, than the ’05 and should be decanted for a few hours or stored away for a few years. All the flavor is still there - the black currant, the earth and the chewy tannins. It just needs a little air to reveal itself.

2005 Mount Eden “Saratoga Cuvee” Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon ($24.99) Like the Ridge, I’ve found that this wine is 100% dependable, even though the vintages are very different from one another. This year’s offering is more earthy and mineral, but it tastes exactly like Mt. Eden made it. It’s that classic gravel and earth that I tasted in the 1995 Estate bottle I had last week. Delicious.

2002 Joseph Swan “Lone Redwood” Russian River Zinfandel ($15.99) Rustic, gritty and tangy with underlying earth. Just what you expect from Swan’s unfiltered Zins. Delicious. Always a deal.

2007 Mauritson Dry Creek Zinfandel ($22.99) Big, thick and tannic Zinfandel that’s still showing plenty of rich red fruit. I was expecting a big Port-like monster and instead I got really well-made wine. This is the most interesting Zin I’ve had in some time and I will make sure to point it out to everyone.

2008 Palmina Pinot Gris ($14.99) Solid wine with firm acidity and citrus fruit that is perfectly balanced. Crisp, clean and refreshing with depth and complexity. A very good domestic option for PG.

2007 Mount Eden “Wolff Vineyard” Chardonnay ($17.99) Once again, Mount Eden makes great wine. A wonderful balance of barrel aging, honeyed fruit, and crisp acidity makes for tasty Chardonnay that doesn’t overpower or bore. This is the California style that I want to show out-of-towners. Don’t miss out.

2008 Seven Hills Columbia Valley Riesling ($11.99) Bursting with apricot, this off-dry Riesling is fresh with crisp acidity and more cocktail fruit on the palate. Perfect for Asian dishes or other spicy foods. Load up. At this price it rivals its German counterparts.

David Driscoll


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