Frontage Roads

Frontage Roads

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In order preference.

1. ‘01 Feraud Brunel Cairanne $18 A +2 ** 021606

2. ‘03 Dom L’Espigouette Plan de Dieu $14 A +2 *

3. ‘04 Pierre Sparr One $13 A +3 *

4. ‘03 Dom Perilliere CDR Villages $13 A- -3

5. ‘01 Silver Stone Cab Sauv $8 B- -2

6. ‘97 Abrazo Garnacha/Tempranillo RSV $10 F

February 13, 2006

Wine Auction Packages – Highland Fling 2006

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The following 2 Auction Packages raised funds for educational causes. What can you do? See what your donation could do! LIVE AUCTION PACKAGE ONE (2 Baskets & Consultation- Raised $700) 1. “Best of Breeds” Basket (Donor: Aimee & Greg Randle and Central Market Westgate) 2001 Rodano Chianti Classico (Italy)

This powerfully-built, dense, elegant, and moderately tannic Chianti reveals loads of fruit and is everything a Chianti is supposed to be. Forget the garbage that normally passes as Chianti inAustin. This is Chianti. (GTR) 95% Sangiovese/5% Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 Garaudet Pommard Noizons (France) Through all of the “Sideways” Pinot Noir craze, somehow we’ve ended up on the other side of the tracks, clapping our hands in honor of Pinot Noir ‘wannabes’ that don’t taste like Pinot Noir. Through the usual hit and miss of Burgundy (especially in 2003), this is a bulls-eye. From the homeland of Pinot Noir comes a Pinot Noir that can back up what is says. How refreshing to have a Pinot Noir that is humble and honest, but shines as a sophisticate. White Pepper. Black Pepper. Cinnamon. Fruit. Spice. Yum, Yum… (GTR) 100% Pinot Noir 2002 Susana Balbo Cabernet Sauvignon (Argentina) This medium to full-bodied wine reveals the truth about Cabernet Sauvignon. Cab is good food. Compared with most of the overpriced, one-dimensional, personality-less Cabernet Sauvignons from the U.S., this actually tastes like the varietal it represents. Its personality is tightly wound and its finish drives this ‘raw ungabunga’ with dry tannin. (GTR) 85% Cabernet Sauvignon/15% Malbec 2003 Brothers in Arms No. 6 (Australia) “The 2003 No. 6 exhibits a deep ruby/purple-tinged color along with a spicy, fragrant nose of ground pepper and Maryland’s Old Bay crab seasoning. The intriguing aromatics are followed by a fruity red with a good texture as well as supple tannin. This relatively new operation was formed by growers who got tired of seeing their grapes made into wines that fetched high prices and received top awards when made by other wineries.” (Parker) 70% Shiraz/30% Cabernet Sauvignon2003 Domaine L’Oratoire Cairanne Rsv de Seigneurs (France) “Syrah dominates the dark ruby/purple-colored 2003 Cotes du Rhone-Villages Cairanne Reserve des Seigneurs. Revealing sweet fruit in addition to a chunky, robust constitution with loads of blackberry and currant fruit, low acidity, and a ripe, fat finish.” (Parker) 75% Grenache/25% Syrah 2001 Allegrini Palazzo della Torre (Italy) The full-bodied Palazzo della Torre, , reveals a deep ruby/purple color along with chocolate, earth, smoke, melted asphalt, black currant, licorice, and new oak in the aromatics. It is a heady, intense, surprisingly powerful, substantial red to drink with grilled meats over the next 2-5 years. (Parker) 70% Corvina/25% Rondinella/5% Sangiovese

2. “Randle Collection” Basket (Donor: Aimee & Greg Randle)

1996 Ch St. Jean Cinq Cepages

The dark ruby/purple-colored 1996 Cinq Cepages exhibits a moderately intense nose of black cherries, chocolate, smoke, dried herbs, and toasty oak. As reported last year, it appears to be California’s version of a big, rich St.-Emilion. Offering elegance and finesse along with copious quantities of fruit, glycerin, and flavor, this medium to full-bodied wine has evolved nicely over the last year, and can be drunk now as well as over the next 12-15 years. Wine Spectator #1 on Top 100 List… (Parker) (75% Cabernet Sauvignon…and Cabernet Franc/Merlot/Malbec/Petit Verdot) 1997 Joseph Phelps Insignia Joseph Phelps’ flagship wine is their fabulous Insignia, a wine with a tremendous track record back to the debut vintage of 1974. It is produced in significant quantities (18,000-20,000 cases) for a wine of such quality. The prodigious 1997 Insignia lives up to its pre-bottling promise. Tasted on three separate occasions, every bottle has hit the bull’s eye. The color is a saturated thick-looking blue/purple. The nose offers up explosive aromas of jammy black fruits, licorice, Asian spices, vanillin, and cedar. Full-bodied as well as exceptionally pure and impressively endowed, this blockbuster yet surprisingly elegant wine cuts a brilliant swath across the palate. A seamless effort with beautifully integrated acidity, sweet tannin, and alcohol, it is still an infant, but can be drunk with considerable pleasure. Anticipated maturity: now-2025. Wine Spectator #5 on Top 100 List… (Parker) (83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, and 3% Petit-Verdot)

1998 Silver Oak Napa

The attractive dark ruby/purple color is accompanied by sweet aromas of cassis, smoked herbs, oak, and earth. Gritty tannin is noticeable in the finish. Drink this Cabernet during its first 10-12 years of life. (Parker) (93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot)

3. Two-Hour Wine Consultation with Greg Randle (Donor: Greg Randle) You will also receive a consultation to help select wines for your cellar, organize your cellar, or to help you orchestrate a wine tasting. An unbelievable chance for you to have a personal, custom-wine consultant at your fingertips! SILENT AUCTION PACKAGE ONE (Raised $115) “World of Syrah” Basket (Donor: Aimee & Greg Randle and Central Market Westgate) 2002
Qupe
Syrah
Central
Coast (USA-California) “I actually preferred the 2002

Syrah
Central
Coast.
California’s answer to Crozes-Hermitage, it offers up notes of black currants and cherries, considerable herbaceousness, and a peppery, crisp, elegant, medium-bodied style. Drink this attractive Syrah over the next several years.” (Parker)
2004 Cimicky Shiraz Trumps (Australia) “A great value, the outstanding 2004 Shiraz Trumps is a 100%
Shiraz aged in old wood. It exhibits a dark ruby/purple hue along with a forceful, flamboyant nose of road tar, blackberry and cassis fruit, licorice, and pepper. This opulent, savory, expansive cuvee will provide thrilling drinking over the next 2-3 years. For some reason, this high quality winery never receives the press it merits.” (Parker)
2002 Salentein Syrah (
Argentina) ”This Syrah is full bodied, intensely flavored, and complex and fleshy; a well-structured Syrah, with tastes of black licorice, plum, toasted oak, and beef. Similar in style to many Napa Syrahs. A long, long finish. “ (Wiegand)
2003 Montes Alpha Syrah (
Chile) ”Suave, stylish wine, with aromatic black cherry, blackberry, vanilla, violet and mineral notes. Shows darkly roasted coffee bean and tar notes on the finish, but relies on guile and finesse overall. With the 2003, cutting-edge Chilean winemaker Aurelio Montes has made a Syrah that is more stylish and fruit-driven than in previous vintages. The grapes are harvested from a low-yielding hillside vineyard in the

Apalta
Valley. Aged in French oak for a year. #62 on Spectator’s Top 100 List. Drink now through 2007.” (Spectator) 90% Syrah/10% Cab Sauv
2003 Durand Syrah (France) Way down in the appellation of Corbieres (in southwest
France) Guilhem Durand produces one of the world’s best-value Syrahs. Nuances of ripe black plum make this generous red immediately inviting. Hints of tobacco, dark chocolate and roasted herbs and black pepper provide extra complexity and character. And although rich and accesible on its own, this over-achieving red has enough acidity and grip to pair with just about all things Provencal! (KL)

February 10, 2006

Fino Noir – Austin Playful and Unique

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A drive to

34th Street

Cafe gave way to a FINO detour. Hostess issues. Emmett to the rescue (and saved very nicely)… Waiter. Perfect timing and attention to detail (unusual for
Austin)…
Side-Sip Complement. 2004 Hirsch Gruner Veltliner ($12 A- -2 *). Perfect with everything we ordered. Winelist is creative, hip, tasty, and complements the menu very well. First Bites. Fried Goat Cheese with Onion Jam and Honey. 3rd Time to have. Yum. Yum. Yum. Seafood Risotto Cakes (Special). Waiter-recommended. Points awarded. Dinner menu has personality and is addictive. On a sidenote, bread and crackers are some of the best in town! Second Round. Platter of Roasted Eggplant Dip, Hummus, Tatziki of Yogurt & Cucumber with Grilled Pita. Not the normal, local bla. More points. Cream of Finnel and Potato Soup (Special). Hit the spot. Third Round. Romaine Salad with Romesco Dressing Shaved Manchego Cheese, Fried Croutons & Imported Anchovy. Playful and unique for
Austin. Spinach & Baby Green Beans Salad with Medjool Dates Cabrales Cheese Dressing. One of
Austin’s best bleu cheese salads.
Final Round. (outside on the patio) Espresso Pear ‘Tiramisu’ Oven Roasted Pear with Espresso Syrup, Tiramisu Blanc with Vanilla Spongecake, Mascarpone Cream & White Chocolate. Pistachio Baklava with Pistachio IceCream. Apricot Sauce. This alone is worth the journey. And of course, sherry… Both desserts were perfect with the Alvear Pedro Ximénez . FINO

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Random Offshoots

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In order preference. 1. ‘03 Aia Vecchia Lagone $16 A +6 ** 020906 2. ‘04 Hirsch Gruner Veltliner $12 A- -2 * 3. ‘00 Terra Rosa Brunello di Montalcino $60 A- -15 4. ‘03 Pierre Sparr Gewurz $17 A- -2 5. ‘03 Renwood Zin Sierra $12 B -5 6. ‘04 Luis Felipe Cab Sauv $7 B = 7. ‘03 Eyzaguirre Cab Sauv $14 C+ -8 8. ‘nv Louis Perdrier $10 C+ -4

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Bogle

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In order preference. 1. ‘04 Zin Old Vines $12 A- -1 2. ‘04 Petite Sirah $11 A- -1 3. ‘04 Merlot $10 B+ -1 4. ‘03 Cab Sauv $10 B+ = 5. ‘04 Chard $10 B+ -1

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Silo in Ambiente

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In order preference. 1. ‘03 Tres Ojos Garnacha $9 A- -1 * 020806 2. ‘02 Finca Sobreno Toro tl9 B+ 3. ‘03 Nino Jesus Figaro $8 B+ = 4. ‘04 Dom Salette Gascone $9 A- -2 5. ‘03 Laurent Miguel Cab/Syrah $12 B+ -4 6. ‘01 Pedro Pergolas Crianza $10 B+ -4

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Viu Manent & Other D

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In order preference. 1. ‘03 Viu Manent Merlot $10 A +2 * 020806 2. ‘03 Viu Manent Malbec $10 A- = * 3. ‘03 Viu Manent Carmenere $10 A- +1 * 4. ‘nv Pierre Sparr Cremant d’Alsace Brut $9 B+ +2 5. ‘05 Viu Manent Sauv Blanc $10 B+ -1 6. ‘04 Viu Manent Chard $10 B -1

020706

Barolo Best Now Surrender

In order preference.

1. ’95 Poderi Aldo Conterno $100 A+ -25 ** 020706

2. ’94 Gaja Sperrs (mag) $380 A -180

3. ’96 Poderi Aldo Conterno Colonnello $110 A -40

4. ’95 Ciabot Berton Roggeri $53 A +7 **

5. ’93 Poderi Aldo Conterno Romirasco $100 A -50

6. ’93 Poderi Aldo Conterno Colonnello $95 A -35

7. ’90 G Rinaldi $100 A -40

8. ’95
E. Cogno $55 A -20

9. ’95 G Rinaldi Brunate Caste $90 A -35

10. ’97 Cascina Morellino Barbaresco Ovello $45 A +5 *

11. ’97 Poderi Colla Roncaglia Barbaresco $57 A- -17

Make the Dirt Stick.

In order preference.

1. ’99 Pascal Jamet Saint Joseph $22 A +4 ** 020706

2. ’01 Dom Coste Chaude L’Argentiere Visan $9 A +7 ****

3. ’00 Cabutto Dolcetto D’Alba
Volta $10 A- +3

TexaCali Wine Co. at Gibson Guitars

In order preference.

1. ’02 BenMarco VMS $32 A +12 *** 020706

2. ’02 Luca Malbec $35 A +15 ***

3. ’04
Tikal Patriota $25 A +7 **

4. ’03 Hoffman Cab Sauv Block 16 $55 A +5 ***

5. ’03 Balbo Malbec $29 A +3 **

6. ’01 Luca Beso de Dante $50 A -14

7. ’03 La Posta Bonarda Armando $16 A +5 **

8. ’04 BenMarco Malbec $20 A +6 **

9. ’02 Encierra Viny Rsv $23 A -1 **

10. ’02

Fort
Ross Pinot Noir Viny $42 A -12

11. ’04 Crios de Balbo Syrah/Bonarda $15 A- +1 *

12. ’04 La Posta Malbec Paulucci $16 A +1 *

13. ’04 Nandu Malbec
San Rafael $11 A +3 **

14. ’05 Crios de Balbo Torrontes $15 A- -2 *

15. ’03 Crios de Balbo Cab Sauv $15 A- +4 *

16. ’03 BenMarco Cab Sauv $20 A- -3

17. ’02
Fort
Ross Chard

Fort
Ross Viny $34 A -4 **

18. ’02
Fort
Ross Chard

Fort
Ross Viny Rsv $43 A -8

19. ’00 Storrs BXR
Bordeaux Blend $40 A- -8

20. ’03
Fort
Ross Pinot Noir

Fort
Ross Viny Rsv $52 A -26

21. ’03 Handley Pinot Noir Anderson $24 A -5 *

22. ’01 Mapema Primera Zona Red $30 A- -17

23. ’04 Pellegrini Carignane O.V. Redwood A- -2

24. ’04

Pellegrini
Sauv
Blanc
Lake Cty $13 A- = *

25. ’04 Storrs Chard
Santa Cruz Mtns $17 A- -3

26. ’03 Mapema Malbec $20 A- -4

27. ’05 Crios de Balbo Malbec Rose $11 A- -2


28. ’03 Pellegrini Chard Olivet Lane

RR $20 A- = *


29. ’04 Pellegrini Pinot Noir Olivet Lane

RR $25 A- -4

30. ’04 Mapema Tempranillo $16 B+ -4

31. ’02 Lewelling Cab Sauv $?? B+ tl21

32. ’02 Pellegrini Cab Sauv Cloverdale Alex $26 A -7

33. ’02 Pellegrini Merlot Cloverdale Alex $22 A -5

34. ’04 Luca Chard $33 A- -7

35. ’03 Handley Sauv Blanc Handley Dry Crk $15 A- -3

36. ’02 Fort Ross Pinot Noir Symposium $30 A- -10

37. ’03 Handley Chard Est Anderson $20 A- -4

38. ’02
Fort
Ross Pinotage

Fort
Ross Viny $35 A- -16

Drop off

39. ’01
Storrs Merlot San Ysidro $20 B+ -4

40. ’04
Storrs Chard Christie $23 A- -7

41. ’04 Loica Sauv Blanc Maule $10 A- -1

42. ’04 Pellegrini Zin RR $25 A- -8

43. ’05 Budini Chard $10 B+ -1

44. ’04 Hoffman Sauv Blanc Eloise $14 B -8

45. ’03 Budini Malbec $10 B -3

46. ’04
Storrs Gewurz Viento $16 B -8

February 7, 2006

Red Mud of Australia

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In order preference. 1. ‘04
Shiraz $15 A- -3 * 020606 2. ‘04 Cab Sauv $15 A- -2 3. ‘05 Chard (unoaked) $15 A- -5

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Sidenote of Lunes

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In order preference. 1. ‘01 Paret Saint-Joseph Les Larmes du Pere $27 A- -6 * 020606 2. ‘04 Loica Carmenere $10 A- +1 * 3. ‘03 Dom de La Florane CDR $12 B+ -4 4. ‘nv Dom Castel de Vidalon
Cotes Gascone $9 B- -3

February 6, 2006

Nibbles & Sipples.

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In order preference. 1. ‘00 Ch Gigault Viva $30 A- -15 020506 2. ‘00 Cabutto Dolcetto d’Alba
Volta $10 B+ = 3. ‘nv Black Chook $17 A- = * 4. ‘03
Columbia Winery Pinot Gris $9 B -1

February 4, 2006

A Spaniard in Italia.

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In order preference. 1. ‘03 Sipranillo Tempranillo $10 A +4 ** 020406 2. ‘04 Baroli Langhe $13 A- +4 * 3. ‘04 Gagliardo Dolcetto $15 B+ -4 4. ‘01 Romana Carlo Dolcetto $16 B+ -4 5. ‘03 Fontanafredda Eremo $15 B+ -3 6. ‘03 Portinale Roero $18 B -9

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