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Pomerol, here they come

By Jessica Yadegaran
Wednesday, February 14th, 2007 at 3:14 pm in Uncategorized.

I just got this email from my friend Shirley, and I’m drooling. Just had to share:

“Last weekend, my boyfriend got his green card and promptly celebrated by walking straight to the wine shop in our ‘hood, Arlequin Wine Merchants (Hayes Valley).

He ended up buying a bottle of 1999 Chateau L’Evangile Bordeaux, a small part of LaFite Rothschild kingdom with grapes grown across a dirt road from Petrus in Pomerol. Ka-ching!

At first I kind of harbored regrets about drinking it right away. (I recently read a quote from a French sommelier who said, “You don’t drink Bordeaux. You store it.”) But since we don’t have a cellar or one of those humidity controlled storage units, we popped the cork (after dinner at CAV, of course! More on that later.)

The wine was pretty insane. Even at such a young age the complexity was so stunning, and so antithetical to New World or California wines as I think the general public knows them (insert comment on overly jammy zin here). It was at turns smoky, smooth, but backed by a distinct mineral flavor, which I would of course more plainly describe as “dirt.”

We drank the wine slowly over two days, and never with food (though it had quite enough tannins to cut through any rich dish). The truth is, we didn’t want to dilute the flavor of the wine. I know some might find that ridiculous, but frankly, I’m not sure when I’ll have a bottle like
that again, considering it probably cost 20 bucks a tablespoon.

We did share a tiny smidge of it with one of my best friends and her husband. She hates red wine, but she took a small swig from a port glass just for kicks.

She said if all red wine tasted that way, she’d drink it all the time. I think that pretty much sums it up.

PS: So the dinner at CAV: right now on the menu is this amazing seafood sampler that includes delicate smoked sturgeon, tender squid with chopped onion and home-cured lox served with cucumber salad and dill cream. We followed with a raclette-based fondue that was passable, but not our favorite. But throw in some vinho verde and Pouilly-Fume and you
have yourself a good time.

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