Rounding out the white wine selctions was a well thought out domestic Chardonnay list, which offered the 2009 Jordan ($90) and the 2009 Lange Vineyards “Three Hills Cuvée” ($85) as enticing selctions. But the next great find on the list, and one that I would be excited to pair with the menu, was the 2009 De Morgenzon Chenin Blanc ($75) from Stellenbosch, South Africa.
Interestingly, Daniel’s list transitions from whites to dessert wines, so let’s just roll out the props here for the monumental dessert wine list. It includes an exceptionally extensive d’Yquem list! With the 1995 at $550 not being a terrible buy!
I wouldn’t pretend to be a large enough fan of dessert wines to even consider ordering an entire bottle in a restaurant, so after a cursory glance, it was time to move on to the meat of the list. The reds.
The selection of red wines starts off with pages and pages of red Burgundy. The selection and prices are enough to make your head spin, including the impressive selection of DRC. In fact, the whole Burgundy list, while filled with exceptional wines, is pretty exceptionally priced. In rides 2009 Beaujolais to the rescue! Any of their current offerings make for a brilliant accompaniment to their menu.
Domaine Jean Paul Brun “Terres Dorées” Côte de Brouilly $60
Domaine Marcel Lapierre Morgon “Cuvée Marcel” $95
Domaine du Vissoux Fleurie “Poncie” $70
After a brief burst of modesty, the list returns to lofty heights with premium selections from the Rhone, lots of LaLas, and of course Bordeaux. If you’re interested in a Bordeaux-styled wine with dinner, you’re best bet is actually a fine Cabernet blend from Trentino. The 2001 San Leonardo at $115 a bottle is a lovely and discerning choice for the list.
While the Italian red wine list is not quite as brief as its white wine options, it’s a little light on great values, though two of the best deals on the list are a pair of simple, fresh Italians. The 2008 Vietti Tre Vigne Barbera d’Asti ($45) might be very familiar to people, while the 2008 Grosjean Cornalin ($65) is more of a mystery. And it’s a delicious, light and elegant mystery that harks back to Beaujolais, with a little more Burgundy thrown in for good measure.
That’s the end of the true finds amongst all the trophy red wines. There were several other appealing wines, such as the 2001 CVNE “Viña Real” Gran Reserva ($100) and a trio of excellent Oregon Pinot Noir: 2009 Bergström “Cumberland Reserve” ($90), 2007 Cristom Louise Vineyard ($120), 2009 Evening Land Vineyards “Seven Springs Estate” ($110), but I identified the whites and reds I would be most likely to try.
So as it turns out, on a list that is decidedly crafted to appeal to the high rollers of the world, there were plenty of lovely, affordable and well chosen wines that would keep any wine lover happy. In fact, to fully appreciate the breadth of these values, one might have to schedule several visits to the restaurant. I think I’ll start with one!
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