1975-07 July Classic Newsletter
July 1975 Selection of California Wine
WHITE ZINFANDEL MONTEVIAN 1974
Our first impression of this bottle was probably a little like yours, "This must be mislabeled, there's no such thing as a white Zinfandel! We stood corrected.
Montevian is located in the Shenandoah Valley in Amador County. This wine is made from 100% Zinfandel grapes grown solely in their vineyard at an elevation of 1700 feet.
The objective in extracting the juice from the grape before fermentation is to attain a full-bodied, dry and light-colored wine capable of improving with age. It is very pale with a slight reddish tinge. The winemaker classifies it as "The red wine drinkers white wine." It has a big slightly woody flavor with excellent aging qualities. Serve with robust fish or fowl dishes.
July 1975 Selection of Imported Wine
CHATEAU DES GRAVIERES 1970
In our attempt to bring you the lesser known but excellent wines available, this months red selection is truly a find.
As an appelation Graves Controlee, this Chateau Des Grav¬ieres was grown, harvested and bottled in the Bordeaux regions of Graves.
The word Graves in French simply means gravel or gravelly soil. It is a specifically defined area on the left bank of the Garonne River, barely west and south of the city of Bordeaux. Although only about 40% of the Graves 2 million gallons of Graves wine is red, it is regarded as better than the white in most cases. Witness the fate that the only classified first growth from 1855 that is not a Medoc is Chateau Haut Brion a Graves! Our Chateau Des Gravieres exhibits a rich dark color, and a fruity but slightly closed nose because of its youth. Even now, it boasts a big robust flavor with excellent tanin and balance assuring good aging potential.
Best news yet is the price. This wine normally sold for $5.55 but now is being offered by us exclusively at only $4.35.
A tremendous buy, as you'll see. Serve with robust foods.
Notice anything different?
We've changed our name to Palos Verdes Wines and Spirits. Because of our growing interest in fine table wines we've adopted our new name to reflect this attitude. Please let us know what you think.
Now available to our customers
"The Diplomat's Wine List." This is a listing of the wines, mostly California of course, recommended by our State Department for service at dinners hon-oring foreign dignitaries at our embassies overseas. We're sure you'll find very amusing what our government thinks is the best of what this country has to offer in the area of fine table wines. Stop by and pick your copy.
Recent arrivals of special note:
Paarl Late Vintage 1972 - An auslese-type, riesling style, wine made from the Steen grape, a new hybrid developed in South Africa. Very fruity with pleasant sweetness. $2.79/fifth
Paarl Selected Pinotage 1971 - A burgundy-type robust red wine with good flavor from South Africa. $3.19/fifth
Mayacamas Chardonnay 1972 - A crowning achievement from one of the truly great California wineries. $9.50/fifth, $5.50/tenth, $20.00/magnum
Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon is now available in tenths. In case you did not try it last month. $3.25/tenth
Melini Chianti Classico Riserva 1969. An outstanding ex¬ample of this type of wine, and at an unbelievable price of $4.25/fifth. It rated best of ten Italian wines offered at a recent trade tasting.
Also from Italy, Travaglini Gattinara. A red specialty not often see on shelves. Dry, smooth, and good body. $5.49/fifth
St. Emilion of 1966 vintage are not around much anymore. We have some Chateau Hautes Graves d' Arthus at $6.69/fifth. Can be laid down for outstanding development. Big wine with nine years behind it already.