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An Alto Adige Adventure (With a Side of 99 Point Bond/Harlan Napa Cab on Saturday) – Free Weekend Tastings

When we planned this week, we expected to focus our weekend tastings exclusively on the fine white and red wines of Alto Adige’s leading co-op, Kellerei Kaltern.  And we will do that, showing four delicious wines both Friday and Saturday that deliver big flavors and lots of complexity.  Join us on Friday from 3-7pmm and Saturday from noon-4 and taste them all for yourself!

But, if you love America’s most luxurious, highly rated, and rarely available Cabernet Sauvignons, then you might want to make Saturday your tasting day.  Because we’re uncovered a small stash of wines from Napa legend Bill Harlan and you get to try one for yourself!  So, on Saturday only, join us to sample the Wine Advocate 99 point, normally $700 per bottle, Bond St. Eden Proprietary Red 2013!

So, on Friday, the tasting line-up will be:

Kellerei Kaltern Pinot Grigio Söll 2015 - The "luxury" version of our best-selling Pinot Grigio ever amps up the richness and depth substantially with no loss of refreshment or crispness.  As Wine Advocate says in their 90 point review, it's "a zesty and refreshing white wine that delivers a pristine and bright drinking experience. There is a touch of sassy spice on the close that follows fruity tones of peach, melon and citrus. The wine offers good dimension and depth.”

Kellerei Kaltern Castel Giovanelli Sauvignon Blanc 2014 - When I tasted this at the winery, my note was simple:  "Zowie - that's freaking delicious!"  While the US press has missed this stunning, small production, barrel fermented Sauvignon so far, Decanter rated it 90 points, Falstaff (Austria) 91 points, and Italy's Gambero Rosso gave it "Two Glasses."  You'll want at least two glasses of this luxuriously textured, ripe and complex Sauvignon, too!

Kellerei Kaltern Pinot Noir Saltner 2015 - Words like “beautiful” and “lovely” keep coming to mind here.  The wine’s a stunning transparent garnet color in the glass and the aromas are redolent of just picked strawberry, right-off-the-tree red cherry, and mountain flowers with just a hint of wood spice and smoke.  The texture is silky and luscious, delivering mouthfilling flavors of strawberry pie and sweet cherry with accents of berry blossom, spice and smoke.  With a light chill, this is the perfect summer red for salmon, salami, fried chicken (hot or cold!), or just toasting the sunset.

Kellerei Kaltern Solos Lagrein Riserva 2012 - One of Italy's most under-rated red grapes, Lagrein is often made into fun and friendly quaffing wine, perfect for parties and pizza.  But with a little love, Lagrein's fun-loving personality can take on remarkable profundity. French oak gives the wine a dose of spice and there's a touch of earthy licorice root down somewhere deep, giving the blackberry pie and black raspberry fruit flavors a savory, sophisticated, flair.  Rare and exciting!

Then, on Saturday, you’ll find all four of those wines plus:

Bond St. Eden Proprietary Red 2013 – Bill Harlan’s winery built to explore Napa Cabernet terrior has been crushing it for years, and never more than in 2013 when yet another Bond wine (the Pluribus from Spring Mountain) pulled down a perfect 100 point rating.  Rather than rip up our mouths with Spring Mountain tannin, we’ll sample the 2013 St. Eden Cab from Oakville.  Parker called it “absolutely mind-blowing” and rated it 99 points.  Come see what you think!

IMPORTANT:  We’ll only be opening one bottle of the Bond St. Eden and will sharing it at noon sharp on Saturday (sorry – no early tastes).  While the Saturday tasting runs until 4pm, there’s no guarantee the Bond will last that long.  Coming early is strongly recommended!

Last, if you’re interested in the 100 point Harlan Estate 2013 or any of the other Bond wines – including the Parker 100 point Pluribus – and didn’t get our Wednesday Collectors offer, just let us know.  We’ll be happy to share pricing and availability on all of them  See you this weekend!

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