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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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Thinking on Drinking: Collecting

At last count, which was just a couple of weeks ago, I'd lived in 26 different houses/apartments in seven states (some duplicates) over the past 11 years, not including places where I'd been for just a couple of months. My lifestyle wasn't exactly an ideal pairing for collecting wine, but for half that time I toted around a bottle of 1997 Limerick Lane Zinfandel given to me by a fellow wine-loving friend when I graduated from Sonoma State University. I was supposed to drink the wine when I published my first book of poetry. After a few years and a few states I downgraded that requirement to the publication of my first book, period. I finally opened the bottle in 2006 when I published my first big article in the San Francisco Chronicle; it was on pomegranate cocktails. The wine, a bit rusted at the edges, was just starting to decline, but it had lovely (and appropos) pomegrante fruit notes, plus earthy tones and hints of violet and lavender that were buried beneath the bold fruit upon release. 

"Do you have a wine you're saving for a particular occasion?"

Leave a comment below and tell us what you're saving and what for!

Leah Greenstein


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A 2006 Monks Gate Willamette Valley Pinot Noir hand signed by owner/winemaker Ron Moore. The bottle was a gift to me and my wonderful wife, Chris on our wedding day. I was planning to open it on March 8, 2011, to celebrate three years of blissful marriage, but alas will have to wait until 2012 since I just found out we are expecting- and it would be rude to drink it alone!
February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMark Tippery
Congrats on the baby-to-be, Mark! And I'm sure you're wife will appreciate your waiting for your fourth wedding anniversary to drink it. :)
February 28, 2011 | Registered CommenterUncorked Blog Administrator
I have a 1982 Mouton Rothschild that I picked up when our twins were born. As the years go by, the temptation to open it gradually increases. At this rate, however, I'm not sure if we can wait until they reach 21... :-)
-Robert / Half Moon Bay
February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Fish
I've been saving a few bottles of great Rioja that I smuggled back from a trip to Madrid in '06 - opened one on Valentine's Day, and it was smashing. Also have a great petit syrah that I've had for a little longer...
February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer Dowling
@Robert--I'm assuming that means your twins weren't born in 1982 and it's birth year wine, huh? Fortunately, with that wine, the wine will hold as long as your patience does. @Jennifer I heard about the Rioja. Drink some of that Rioja on your wedding day (and don't forget to share).
February 28, 2011 | Registered CommenterUncorked Blog Administrator
A 2004 Louis M Martini Monte Rosso Cabernet Sauvignon. Was given by a colleague at LMM for working on a special project. Have been saving for years for the right "wine by the fireplace" moment - the bottle has logged more air miles (in a well protected carrier) than some people!
February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJody T
2005 Leoville Las Cases given to me for Christmas by my wife. This one will have to hang around for a while, maybe an anniversary or something like that, 10 years from now?
February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDan

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