1977-03 March Classic Newsletter
March 1977 Selection of American Wine
TUALATIN WHITE RIESLING 1976
From Oregon, 30 miles west of Portland, comes this remarkable new wine. Nestled in the green foothills overlooking Wilamette Valley, this winery was started in 1972 and bottled its first wine in spring of 1976. We tasted and we were surprised. We immediately approved the White Riesling for our Wine of the Month Program. The Tualatin name comes from a local Indian word meaning "gentle or easy flowing" referring to a small nearby river.
Bill Malkmus, a San Francisco businessman, and Bill Fuller, enologist, started Tualatin Vineyards. (Bill Fullers background includes nine years as chief chemist and in charge of wine production at Louis M. Martini in Napa Valley.) They were looking for a new viticulture region, a relatively cool region, where premium grapes would ripen, but with some struggle, to produce wine with all the varietal character and complexity that the fruit can provide.
The wine is a soft, balanced, medium dry, with a pleasant varietal character that will linger in your mouth. Charming wine as an aperitif or to accompany lunches, seafood salads, or creamed seafood dishes.
March 1977 Selection of Imported Wine
CHATEAU DE LA CHAIZE 1975 (BROUILLY)
From one of the nine villages of Beaujolais distinguished enough to have their own Crus "Appellation" comes this outstanding example. Brouilly red wines are fresher and fruitier than other Beaujolais with an especially pleasant and flowery bouquet.
Clifton Fadiman and Sam Aaron, in their book "Joys of Wine" declare their favorite Brouilly comes from La Chaize. A 17th century Chateau built by the nephew of Louis XIV Confessor, still stands beautifully preserved on the vineyards. Last year it celebrated its Tricentennial, and saluted the U.S.A. by a special bottling for our Bicentennial.
Deep red color, with a full varietal nose; the taste is fruity and complex, because of the one year of bottle ageing. It has a lingering taste. Drink now and enjoy through the summer as a picnic wine.
Here are this months finds. Every wine offered is personally tasted and evaluated by our wine managers for value versus quality. Don't let the burgundy get away from you! REG. SALE
GEVREY - CHAMBERTIN
Clos Des Varoilles
1er Cru. 1969 Tenth $4.39 $3.39
Magnum $16.69 $12.29
Green Seal Qualitatswein 1972
Fifth $5.19 $3.89
Tenth $2.49 $1.49
Armand Roux 1971
Tenth $2.75 $1.89
Bouchard Freres 1970
Fifth $5.95 $3.49
(Beaujolais -Red)Sichel 1970
Fifth $5.59 $3.89
Fifth $5.29 $3.35
(Spanish-Red) Paternina 1968
Fifth $4.29 $3.15
CEPAGE SEMILLON BLANC
Les Amis Du Vin selection 1973
Magnum $6.19 $5.09
WINE LOCKERS - THE UPSTAIRS CELLAR
Wine lockers, temperature controlled between 53 -60 F. are now available for our customers, for rent on an annual basis. Each locker holds at least 10 cases of wine. The cost is 36¢ per case per month, which extends out to $43.20 rental per year for our 10 case module of lockers.
Three shelves are in each vertical module, and ten standard wine case cartons fit perfectly in each locker. Each locker has its own hardware for securing it with a padlock which the customer must furnish and hold the key exclusively.
Access to the lockers is available daily from:
2:30 pm to 8:30 pm weekdays
9:30 am to 8:30 pm Saturday
10:30 am to 7:30 pm sunday
Please call 375-5116 if you are interested in this additional "Cellarmaster" Service
PRICHARD HILL CHENIN BLANC 1975
A truly fine Chenin Blanc in the tradition of Prichard Hill wine. Only $2.75/fifth
CHAPPELET JOHANNISBERG RIESLING 1974 A remarkable Johannisberg Riesling grown overlooking the Napa Valley. An outstanding wine at $4.50/fifth
ANGELO PAPAGNI MUSCAT ALEXANDRIA n.v. Not what you would think! A surprisingly dry Muscat with a whisp of sweetness. Exciting at $2.50/fifth
FRANCISCAN CHABLIS 1974 In the tradition and footstep of the very popular Burgundy comes this modest priced Chablis ... $2.30/fifth
FRANCISCAN NAPA VALLEY BURGUNDY
Cask 315. Gold medal winner at L.A.) County Fair. $2.30/fifth
PETITE SIRAH TASTING NOTES
While the old Petite Sirahs stole the show for most of the 80 Les Amis du Vin members and guests at the January Seminar, the '74's showed great promise to match the smoothness of their predecessors.
The highest score was for the Concannon '65 in magnum, a wine that shows the real capability of P.S. The Parducci '72 (that won our Sip and Screen) rated high. Watch for the Freemark Abbey York Creek '74, scheduled for release in the fall. All of these are highly recommended for cellaring.
Mark your calendar for the upcoming Cabernet Sauvignon seminar tastings. All will be held at the Plush Horse on Friday evenings at 8:00 p.m.
18 Mar Cabernet I ($6/btl)
22 Apr Cabernet II ($6-$7/btl)
20 May CabernetIII ($8/btl)
Included in these Cabernet tastings will be the top six from the successful three cabernet tastings of 1976.
17 June German Wines