Specialty Club – December 2007

2003 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. We have been fortunate to include the 2000 and 2001 vintages of this wine in our clubs, and this vintage is just as fine, despite the heat that plagued Piedmont in 2003. 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 third 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 in the next few years with meat, game, or fowl. It was $49.75, and there is still a fair amount available.

2005 Markus Molitor, Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese**
In 1984, then 20-year-old Markus Molitor assumed responsibility for his family’s extensive vineyards in the Mosel valley. Although the Molitors had made wine for eight generations, they had done so without much distinction. With precise work in vineyard and cellar, careful attention to the terroir of each vineyard, and an uncompromising biodynamic approach, Markus has spent the last 20 years raising the Molitor wines to the highest levels of German winemaking. The vines for this Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Auslese are well over 100 years old and on steep slopes which need to be tended and harvested by hand. Everything is done to transmit the flavor of the blue slate soils in the vineyard to the wines, including using only yeasts that occur naturally on the skins of the grapes. The result is a rich, fragrant wine, with lively acidity, a silky texture, and great complexity. While it shone at the Collector’s Club tasting, this world-class Riesling will continue to develop for another 20-25 years. It costs $49.75 and, although it scored incredibly well in the wine press, we have an extra case available.