It's hard to find some of my California favorites in New York. So I decided to stock up for the new year.
And thanks to a very generous 50% offer from my wine club there are 8 cases of wine in my office.
Choices for the new year include: (my prices - unbelievable!)
2004 Franciscan Oakville Estate Chardonnay - $9.00 Rich, ripe and exotic.
2003 Simi Chardonnay - $9.00
2003 Franciscan Oakville Estate Merlot - $11.00 This is a big Merlot - bucking the Sideways trend I'm enjoying Merlot more than ever! Rich ruby red with black cherry, spice and blackberry with just a hint of pepper.
2003 Simi Merlot - $11.00 Just enjoyed two bottles New Year's Eve from my office at Times Square to watch the ball drop. This is more typical Merlot that is fruit forward, but very pleasant.
2003 Franciscan Oakville Estate Magnificat - $30.00 One of the best Meritages for the price in the world. Composed from over 300 individual lots entirely by taste. This year's vintage offers blackberry, black cherry with hints of chocolate, chedar with a nice long finish.
2003 Mt Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon - $20.00 Great Napa Cab! Rich and supple that is complex - will be even better in 2-5years.
2003 Robert Mondavi Russian River Pinot Noir -what a steal - sold out already! and
a special case of 2000 Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon - which was a really special deal normally $125 a bottle - scored this case for only $40 a bottle and now after tasting one I should have ordered more...It's every thing you want from a big cabernet.
At these prices the company allowed us to offer a case of wine for Christmas for all our full-time employees - nice to put in a +60 case order - our staff should be happy for a while.
Now the tough part for me because I walk to from work...How do I get the 96 bottles home and into rotation...guess if I take a few bottles home every day the project should be completed by March...
I'll add more tasting notes as I enjoy the wines.