Municiapl Winemakers vertical with a little horizontal thrown in.
A couple of recent bottles: 2009 Zotovich Chardonnay from Santa Rita Hills and Ethan and Luke Lindquist’s debut bottling of No Limit Syrah. Both great. The Chardonnay bolder and the syrah more restrained than I would have thought.
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Wednesday wine shopping
2010 Saint Cosme Saint-Joseph 35.
2010 Domaine de Bila-Haut “Les Vignes de Bila Haut” Côtes-du-Roussillon Villages 12.
2010 Château Fortia “Cuvée Baron” Châteauneuf-du-Pape 39.
The de Bila-Haut actually has braille on the label. I assume it says, “This is the only bottle of wine you own with braille on the label.” Or maybe there’s some great story behind it - blind monks or something - that I didn’t bother to look up before posting a snotty caption.
Charles Merlot, Central Coast, 2000
A joint bottling between Au Bon Climat’s Jim Cledenen and someone from a big wine store (the details escape me). I tasted this at ABC’s open house on the bargain table where it was far and away the cheapest bottle in the room at 5 bucks. I thought it was great. Old, huge, black, dense… I bought several, and then a couple more at the following open house six months later. I think this was the last one. Every cork I pulled was covered in sediment, and the style couldn’t be more removed from ABC’s pinots. I don’t know that anyone else liked this, but I did.
Municipal Winemakers, Dark Red, Santa Barbara, 2008.
Blend of Syrah, Cabernet and 5% Petit Verdot. Seriously good deep, big nose, but smooth, mellow tannins. This came up as everyone’s favorite of the four wines we had. Wish I had a case of this, but that was it. According to the bottle, they only made about 125 cases. I have more MW wines, but this was the only 08.
Domaine les Grands Bois, Côtes du Rhône, Cuvée les Trois Soeurs
Nice nose and flavors. Wish I had more of this. I don’t.
Whitcraft, Stolpman Vineyard Grenache, 2009
Santa Ynez Valley
2011 Charles Joguet Chinon Rosé
Not bad, a little subtle for me.