Collector’s Club – September 2007

2006 Owen Roe, Abbot’s Table – For the third year in a row, this outstanding wine finds its way into the club. Every year, winemaker David O’Reilly crafts a spectacularly rich, dark, and fun wine that is always worth far more than its $23.00. It is a blend of nine different varietals from some of his top vineyard sources, dominated this year by lush Zinfandel grapes that are usually used for a separate Owen Roe Zin. We have a reasonable amount left—but don’t wait! It’s ready to drink, and it will shine with a wide range of dishes, everything from roast beef to lamb to zesty Italian fare.

2003 Chateau Bonnet, Chenas – We were stunned when we learned that we could offer you this extremely limited, carefully crafted old vine Beaujolais for just $9.75, since it was originally priced at $18.00. We immediately bought all that was left in stock of this vintage, but it won’t last very long! It’s aged 8 months in oak, adding coffee, vanilla and licorice notes to the bouquet of cherry and red fruits. Rich and spicy yet still light on the palate, it’s great on its own or with something like backyard-grilled baby back ribs.

2004 Tre Donne, Donna Bruna Barbera – The 3 Lequio sisters from Neive in Piedmont need no introduction to our club members. This Small Vineyards selection is their popular reserve Barbera, named after their mother. Its wild cherry nose and spicy tannins make it a great pairing with meat, poultry, spicy soups, and aromatic cheeses. At $18.00, it will be in good supply into the holiday season.

2006 Domaine Ott, Les Domaniers de Puits Mouret Cotes de Provence Rose – This intriguing Rose comes from an estate in Provence founded in 1912 by Marcel Ott, an Alsatian engineer, and still managed by his grand daughter Marion. It’s a gorgeous salmon color, very tart and refreshing, a blend of earthy Cinsault, bright Grenache, and fruity Syrah, with peach and apricot on the nose. Save it for the first nice day of spring next year, with some grilled chicken or cold cuts. Alas, it was extremely limited, and we obtained just enough to put in the club. It was $19.75, and is gone for this year.

2006 Sanguinetti, Vincero! – We were honored to have “Maestro” Antonio Sanguinetti visit us for a tasting back in May, and he promised us an affordable Tuscan white blend for summer sipping. Like any good impresario, the Maestro kept his promise – this zesty blend of Vermentino, Malvasia, and Chardonnay is a great porch wine for lovely late summer days. We have a good supply available at $9.75.

2005 Domaine de l’Ecu, Expression de Gneiss Muscadet Sevre et Maine – Winemaker Guy Bossard, like all biodynamic French farmers, is very aware of the soil under his vineyards, so aware that he names all his wines after their particular soil – gneiss, ortho-gneiss, and even granite. Gneiss is a coarse rock with a layered structure, which gives the vines easy drainage and deep roots. The result is a classic Muscadet, with full white fruit, snappy citrus flavors and chalky minerality. It might gain more complexity with a year or three, but it’s already fine, not just with oysters and shellfish but also with chicken and ham. We have some left at $17.25.