Saxon+Parole Wine List Review

Champagne

 

 

 

 

NV Brut Gruet (Rio Grande, New Mexico) 55- Don’t be afraid to order a sparkling wine from New Mexico. . A really good value.

 

Blanc De Blancs Schramsberg (North Coast, California) 95-

 

Brut Gosset ‘Excellence’ (Champagne, France) 110-

 

 

 

Whites

 

 

Under $100.00

 

Vermentino Ryme Cellars ‘Hers’ (Carneros, California) 50

 

Paul Prieur and Fils (Sancerre, France) 70-  A great value pick.

 

Gruner Veltliner Tatomer ‘Meeresboden’ (Santa Barbra, California) 72- 

 

Jean Claude Bessin (Chablis, France) 55

 

Sandhi (Santa Barbara, California) 70- This is a beautiful California Chardonnay, with notes of honey and toasted bread. A great Chardonnay pick at this price

 

Trebbiano d’Abruzzo Valentini (Abruzzo, Italy) 125- This Italian white “gem” is actually cheaper to taste in this restaurant than to buy at retail. Crazy? The 2007 offered here, has received almost a perfect rating by several wine critics. This wine has bottle age, which allows the fruit to become more complex. Valentini is a master winemaker working with the Trebbiano grape. Pick this unique wine tasting experience.

 

Dagueneau ‘Silex’ (Pouilly-Fume, France) 180impressed.

 

Domaine Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet (Beaune, France) 140

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rose

 

2010 Montepulciano Valentini Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo (Abruzzo, Italy) 113-

 

 

 

 

 

Reds

 

 

Under $100.00

 

 

Cinsault Turley ‘Bechthold’ Vineyard’ (Lodi, California) 55

 

Crozes-Hermitage Domain du Colombier ‘Cuvee Gaby’ (Rhone, France) 70.  

 

Clendenen Family Vineyards ‘The Pip’ (Santa Maria, California) 65-

 

 

2008 Tempranillo La Rioja Alta ‘Viña Ardanza’ Reserva (Rioja, Spain) 75-

 

Cabernet Franc Château de Villeneuve (Saumur-Champigny, France) 68- This is a Somm Selection for a very good reason. Cabernet Franc is an earthy and herbaceous wine that pairs well with rich food. The Somms here have tagged this beautiful Cabernet Franc. 

 

Turley ‘Buck Cobb Vineyard’ (Sierra Foothills, California) 77- Here is another Turley wine. Zinfandel is in her “sweet spot”. I have tasted many Cuvees of her Zinfandel and have always found them to be lean with complex fruit flavors. 

 

Syrah Pax ‘The Hermit’ (North Coast, California) 98- r a good reason. 

 

2010 Brunello di Montalcino Mocali (Tuscany, Italy) 95-

 

 

 

 

 

Over $100.00

 

 

 

Pride Mountain (Napa Valley, California) 160-Do you like BIG California Cabernet?  Pride’s wines are made in the “California” style of “super extraction” of fruit. This produces Cabernets of mammoth proportions.

 

Magnum-2011 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domain Roger Perrin (Rhône Valley, France)1.5L 180- This wine is a steal! If you are a table of 5 or more people, a second bottle of wine will be necessary [one bottle = 6 glasses]. Pick this Magnum [2 bottles] of Chateauneuf du Papes from the really good 2011 vintage. This is a CDP from the Beaucastel family. Nothing says celebration, like a big bottle being poured at the table.

Magnum-2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Jordan (Alexander Valley, California) 1.5L 380-I think California Cabernets need bottle age to soften the tannins and allow the beautiful fruit flavors to evolve and become more complex. Here you have the necessary bottle age from a "old school" California Cabernet producer.

david klein