Specialty Club – March 2008

1990 Schloss Schönborn, Hattenheimer Nussbrunnen, Auslese
This Riesling hails from the Rheingau, historically the source of most of Germany’s finest Rieslings. Last March we featured the Schloss Schönborn 1989 Auslese in the club. It was ready to drink (have you enjoyed it yet?) and demonstrated some of the wonderful secondary flavors that aged Rieslings develop. While 1989 was a very good vintage, 1990 is considered a great vintage for German Rieslings, producing wines capable of cellaring for 20 years or more. This Auslese (from the same vineyard, Nussbrunnen, in the village of Hattenheim) is just beginning to drink well, and would reward another five to ten years in the cellar. Then savor it on its own, with Asian food, or even as a dessert wine. It was $57.00 and only a bit came into the market. It is now gone, gone, gone.

2003 Eugenio Bocchino, Suo di Giacomo
Here is another wonderful discovery from our friends at Small Vineyards, who continue to bring us fabulous wines from small, but highly talented producers in Italy. This blend of 60% Nebbiolo and 40% Barbera, from the Langhe in northern Italy, aims to unite the best qualities of these two grapes: the tannic strength of the Nebbiolo, with the freshness and fruit of Barbera. This wine is bold and luscious; muscular, yet elegant. It starts out with the medium-bodied crispness of the Barbera, then evolves and deepens as the dark fruit of the Nebbiolo takes over. This is a great food wine and would go best with lamb, elk or ribeye steak or a hearty risotto. Only 541 cases were produced and we may have a tiny bit left after we fill the Club. It is $39.75.