Collector’s Club – February 2007

2001 Poderi Elia, Barbaresco Serracapelli – This stunningly elegant wine is yet another in a continuing series directly imported by our friends at Small Vineyards Imports here in West Seattle. The grand opening of our new shop last December featured the 2000 vintage of this wine, and the 2001 is just as impressive. The Poderi Elia family has been making wine in the commune of Neive in the heart of the Barbaresco area since 1890, but this is only the second vintage they have exported outside of Italy. With a fine bouquet of red currant and cherry, this 100% Nebbiolo is full bodied, rich and beautifully balanced. Enjoy it now with that special Italian dinner, or you could see how it will develop over the next twenty years. It was $49.75, and, due to the acclaim given the 2001 Barbarescos, is completely gone.

2005 Domaine de la Quilla, Muscadet Sevre et Maine – Crisp as an ocean breeze, with a tasty gin & tonic fruitiness, this wine comes from the Muscadet region at the mouth of the Loire River. Zesty and refreshing, it is made from the Melon de Bourgogne grape and is the classic wine to have with shellfish. The Vinet family releases their wines a few months later than most Muscadets, and so this will also pair well with country-style chicken dishes. It’s $11.00 and still in good supply.

2004 Excelsior Estate, Paddock Shiraz – It has been a while since we’ve found a nice earthy South African Shiraz to put it in this club, so we were delighted when our friends at A&B Imports brought this wine to us. Excelsior Estate, once one of the leading horse farms in South Africa, has some of the oldest vineyards in South Africa. A great match for spicy and peppery dishes, this Shiraz is only $8.00 and we can get quite a bit more.

2004 Domaine La Hitaire, Hors Saison – This blend of Sauvignon Blanc (85%) and Semillon (15%) is from Gascogne in the southwest of France. It has the great crispness and food-friendly acidity we have come to expect from the region, but it also has beautiful tropical fruit flavors that will please fans of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. It’s $9.75, and there is a reasonable amount left.

2004 Osborne, Solaz – This blend of 80% Tempranillo and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon comes from an obscure region of Spain, the Tierra de Castillo region near Toledo. Yes, the family was originally English, and they specialize in producing affordable, balanced wines. This light, spicy, and versatile wine, the first to carry the image of the bull sculpture oft seen on Spanish highways, would go well with everything from pasta to hamburger to smoked oysters. It’s only $8.00, and there is a good supply left.

2004 Montpezat, Les Enclos Prestige Merlot – Young winemaker Christophe Blanc plants his 10 acres of Merlot on the gravelly hillsides behind the village of Pezenas, the warmest microclimate in Languedoc. Dark, rich, and unfiltered, it goes well with flank steak and will age for a few more years. We cleaned the distributor out and have a small amount left at $15.00.