8 Buyers, 1 Store, 8000 Wines

Monday, February 13, 2012

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Spent some time yesterday afternoon with friends Kim O'Rourke and Eric McCall. They served beautiful charcuterie; salami, ham, prosciutto, and several cheeses. They topped it off with some incredibly flavorful veal meatballs.

Eric is a sommalier at Masa, the Japanese restaurant in the Time Warner Center. When we arrived, there was already a Rioja in the decanter, and more outstanding wines came after.

The Rioja was a 2005 from importer Eric Solomon. Solomon's imports are nothing if not reliable. Seeing his name on the back of  bottle is a strong cue to finding a nice bottle. This one was very fresh with nice fruit and a light, dusty tannin on the finish.

That was followed by a 2005 Brunello. The Brunello was a terrific expression of Sangiovese, with dry black cherry fruit, good acidity, a woodsy, forest floor backnote, and excellent structure. While nice now, this wine almost certainly could have used another few years in the bottle.

Next up was a wine we had given them for Christmas, the 2009 Domaine La Milliere Chateauneuf du Pape. Far more complex than when tasted last summer. It now shows medium weight black and red fruit, with a gorgeous garrigue on the nose and repeated on the palate. Added weight as I got deeper into the glass. Showing beautifully now; if you have more than one, it would be a good time to try it. This will continue to gain weight with more time in bottle, so I wouldn't drink my last bottle now. Fortunately, it is still available. If you try one and like it now, you can still come back for more.

We finished up with one from my cellar, the 2004 Domaine Belle Crozes Hermitage Les Pierrelles, imported by Bobby Kacher. This one scored 90pts from Wine Spectator, but if you listen to them, you would have thought it a year or two past its prime. Nothing would have been further from the truth. Mature, yes; old, no. Another middle weight, it had black fruit that still tasted fresh, but it vied for prominence with tar, mint, smoke and herbs. I was very pleased with the way this one turned out.



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