2009 Vintage Brown Bag tasting at WWWB featuring Dominus, Chateau D'Issan, Fontodi Flaccianello and more Friday June 15th 7:30pm

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"This is very old wine. I hope you will like it."

Count Dracula in Dracula (1931)

And we have been studying 20-year-old wines and 10 year old wines completing our study with the 2008 vintage Blind Tasting last Friday night with our WOTN from Charles Smith Wines the Royal City Syrah 2008 winning over our group but almost all of the wines on the table got a vote for first or second place. 

I figured we would follow up this with an event featuring the 2009 vintage with the impression of 2008 fresh on our palates.  So, I took a look through the inventory to find some of the 2009 vintage wines that I wanted to taste and these are the 10+ wines that we will be serving blind to our “Wine Drinking People” this Friday June 15th at the Wine Bar. 

The tasting will be conducted blind but I have given you the list of wines that we are showing so the only hard thing you have to do is pick out your two favorites before we unveil the wines.  If you want you can try to determine which wine the Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is versus the Bordeaux from Margaux, that is easy if you drink a lot of either one of these.  I think most will be able to pick out the Beaujolais and the Barolo but that’s why we conduct these tastings blind we what to make you think a bit about the wines that you are drinking before we let you know which wine is the most expensive.

Now that we have finished unpacking from the move we have hundreds of wines that we found in our stash that were not in inventory so it’s a great time to come by and see the new digs to find some of the hidden treasures that we have discovered.  The Wine Store is open 7 days a week from 10:30am- 7:30pm Monday through Saturday and 11-6 on Sunday.  The Wine Bar is only open Thursday- Saturday 6pm -11pm for dinner service.  The new address is 837 NE 3rd Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 just west of the Progresso Plaza where we called home for the last 35 years.

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2009 Vintage Brown Bag Tasting at Wine Watch Wine Bar
Friday, June 15th



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2009 Grongnet Special Club Brut Millesime Champagne

Price: $78.75    Your Price: $69.30               Quantity in Stock: 5

Cecile Grongnet is the fifth generation of the Grongnet family to run this operation and she does almost everything by herself. The Champagne house has been in the same location since 1885 when her great great grandfather started the business. They are located in the village of Etoges, which is in the middle of the Côte des Blancs region of Champagne. They are one of only 26 Champagne houses to be part of the “Special Club”, which is an exclusive club comprised of only the top Champagne houses elected by their peers. The cuvées that she produces all have a very low dosage and most undergo no malolatic fermentation.


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2009 Trenel Moulin a Vent

Price: $23.50    Your Price: $20.68               Quantity in Stock: 4

This should be one of the easiest wines to pick out in this line-up but Beaujolais from great producers like Trenel can age for 10+ years easily.

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2009 Cayuse Syrah Aramda Walla Walla Valley

(97 points) A much more voluptuous, concentrated and obviously great Syrah, the 2009 Syrah Armada Vineyard yields lots of plum sauce, spice, licorice and crushed rock aromas and flavors to go with a full-bodied, layered, pedal-to-the-metal style. This is a great wine that will have 20-25 years of longevity. 97+ (JD) (6/2015) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

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2009 Dominus Napa

Price: $244.50    Your Price: $215.16          Quantity in Stock: 13

(97 Points) The 2009 Dominus saw about 40% new oak compared to the 20% for Napanook. A seamless classic, it offers a symphony of red and black currants, Asian plum sauce, lavender, and underbrush. Sweet Christmas fruitcake characteristics emerge from this magnificent Dominus that finished at 14.5% natural alcohol (slightly higher than usual). The seamless integration of acidity, tannin, wood and alcohol, the brilliant length and overall compelling complexity and richness make it one of the great classics from this historic estate. It should drink well for 20-25 years.Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

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2009 Chateau D'Issan Margaux

Price: $145.00    Your Price: $127.60          Quantity in Stock: 12

(93 Points) A strong effort from proprietor Emmanuel Cruse, d’Issan’s 2009 was fashioned from minuscule yields of 18 hectoliters per hectare, and its 13.7% natural alcohol set a record at this estate. Composed of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Merlot, it exhibits a classic Margaux fragrance of acacia flowers/violets, blueberries, cassis, licorice and camphor. Opulent and full-bodied with silky tannins as well as a rich, dense style, it will be interesting to compare the 2009 with the brilliant 2000 and 2005 over the next two to three decades. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2035+.  Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

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2009 Fontodi Flaccianello Tuscany

Price: $150.00    Your Price: $132.00          Quantity in Stock: 6

(94 Points) The 2009 Flaccianello della Pieve is a bit of a shock to the palate after 20 older vintages. Still, it is impossible to miss the wine’s striking purity and finesse. Today the 2009 is a bit of a brute, but it should mellow out over the next 5-7 years as the tannins start to soften. Firm tannins frame layers of ripe, juicy fruit in this young, extroverted Flaccianello. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2029. I was in Panzano in mid-August 2009, just as a huge heat wave began to take hold of Northern Italy. Growers were tempted to pick early, but Sangiovese is a late-ripening variety that needs the extra hang time to develop its full range of aromas and flavors. Proprietor Giovanni Manetti waited until late September to start harvesting, and it paid off. His Sangiovese based wines in particular are fabulous in 2009. Wine Advocate #201, Jun 2012

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2009 Preisinger Zweigelt

Price: $23.00    Your Price: $20.24               Quantity in Stock: 19

Winemakers Notes: The grapes for this Zweigelt grow in the same top sites in the Pannobile Area like the ones that I use for the Pannobile. Hand picked in the first weeks of September, first selection in the vineyard, second selection in the winery, natural fermentation in stainless steel tanks, matured for 10 months in small barrels on the yeast. Juicy, full bodied and at the same time soft, this wine can be served right now and also ages pretty well. A wine about pleasure and joyful drinking.

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2009 Prunotto Barolo Bussia

Price: $90.00    Your Price: $79.20               Quantity in Stock: 10

The first to select single vineyards in 1961, SW exposition and easy to get ripe, this wine has a beautiful rich fruit black cherry, truffle, tar earthy notes and dark spices, a very well endowed bouquet of aromas. This wine is still quite large in size with a host of dark berry fruit, thick tannins and a firm hand of acidity with layers of black truffle, fresh earthy notes and dried flowers, very long and complex finish this wine needs time. Finish 50+ Most Excellent

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2009 Reynvaan Syrah The Contender

(93 points) Given its 11% Marsanne, one has to consider Reynvaan’s 2009 Syrah The Contender -- like several other of their recent Syrahs -- a blend (without meaning thereby to imply that there is no co-fermentation going on at high percentage levels of white berries). Confitured and distilled plum and cherry seem to be set-off against a background of wet stone in this texturally silken, infectiously juicy wine. Clean red meat savor lends saliva-inducement and tactile impingement of brown spices invigoration. Baron points out that he was very sparing with stems in the Reynvaan 2009 fermentations given that even where the wood was ripe, that vintage’s musts were already high in pH. That certainly doesn’t translate into any dearth of primary juiciness or vivacity in the present instance. A hint of honey -- seemingly a gift of the Marsanne -- adds to the succulent allure of the long, dynamically interactive finish. This ought to merit close to a decade’s attention. (DS) (12/2012) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

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2009 Vietti Rocche Barolo

(96 Points) The 2009 Barolo Rocche is a solid, unwavering expression that brings the intensity meter even higher. Sweet red fruit, licorice, leather and moist pipe tobacco are some of the many layers that peel back from the bouquet. The balance, structure and persistence of the wine are all superb. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2036.

If forced to inhabit a desert island that only served the wines of a single producer, I would want Luca Currado to be that supplier. He excels at everything he does from his castle perch at the heart of Castiglione Falletto. Despite the difficult 2009 season, his wines remain extraordinary. In fact, they are among the best I tasted from the vintage.  Wine Advocate #207 Jun 2013 reviewer: Monica Larner

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2009 Volpaia Prelius Indue Two Together

Price: $33.75    Your Price: $29.70               Quantity in Stock: 11

This is a 50/50 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese all the wines are made at the estate in Tuscany, this wine has the power of the Cabernet from the Maremma and the elegance of the Sangiovese of the Chianti region, dark cherry and red cherry fruit with flowers fresh earth and herbs. The wines are brought up separately then blended together and aged in bottle.



Selection of Cheese and Charcuterie

Duck and Smoked Mozzarella Ravioli with sundried tomato brown butter with fresh basil and Parmesan Reggiano

Colorado Rack of Lamb with Jalapeno Mint Jam and Fluffy Beemster potatoes


The fee for this tasting is $150 + tax and this includes dinner!  There is only room for 14 tasters at this event for reservations call 954-523-9463 or e-mail andy@winewatch.com


I would have included all the 2009 vintage wines in the store but there are literally a hundred or more.  You can check out everything we have from this vintage on www.winewatch.com by typing 2009 in the search window, we have live real time inventory on our web page!




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