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August 1, 2015

This month we are fortunate to have obtained most of the 2007 Reserve Caparzo Brunello and 2010 Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino.

The wine is very highly rated:  the Reserva is given a 96 by the Wine Spectator, while the 2010 is rated 93 by the same publication.

This month the Gold Level Connoisseur Member will receive a bottle of Reserva and Regular Brunello.
Silver members will receive the regular Brunello and the Bronze members will receive a bottle of Caparzo Rosso di Montalcino.

There may be a few bottles of each designation for additional purchases.  These wines, especially the Reserva, are keepers.

Over-the-Coals Bistecca Fiorentina
March 1, 2013

Over-the-Coals Bistecca Fiorentina

First, open the Tignanello or the Brunello and pour a glass for yourself.


***    1 (2-pound) Porterhouse or T-bone steak, 2 inches thick
    Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
    1 teaspoon dried thyme
    2 1/2 cups arugula leaves
    1 clove garlic, minced
    2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for drizzling (optional)
    Juice of 1 lemon
    Coarse sea salt or smoked or citrus salt for garnish
    Shavings of Parmesan cheese

  Prepare a hot fire in a campfire or wood-fired grill, then let the coals burn down to hot chunks of embers (a 6- to 7-second fire).

Place the steak directly on the hot coals and sear. Turn the steak and season generously with salt and pepper. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes, until the steak is charred on one side and can easily be removed from the coals. Turn and season with more salt, pepper, and the thyme. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes on the second side for medium-rare. If using a grill, the time needed for cooking will be 5 minutes more or so per side since the meat is above the coals rather than in the coals. Remove from the heat and let rest for 5 minutes.

Toss the arugula with the garlic, the 2 tablespoons olive oil, the lemon juice, and salt to taste.

Carve the steak into 1/4-inch-thick diagonal slices. Serve immediately, topped with the arugula salad, coarse sea salt or smoked salt, and shavings of Parmesan cheese. Drizzle with more olive oil if desired.

Wine of the Day

This wine is a blend of 30% Mourvedre, 30% Grenache , 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise, 5% Cinsault and the rest a blend of Vaccarese, Terret Noir, Muscardin, Picpoul, Picardan, Bourboulenc, and Roussanne. There is lovely brambly fruit on the nose tilting towards blue fruit flavors. In the mouth there are lots of up-front softness (not flabby) before a seductive, racy quality (Licorice/Kirsch perhaps) comes out which persists all the way through the long aftertaste. There are dark ripe flavors in the middle with lovely tannins and a stellar aftertaste. I imagine this will drink earlier than the 2010. A beautiful and very good wine. Very approachable right now this is hard to resist drinking but should be amazing once mature. My splurge/collector’s choice from the release. This is world class wine, one that you can easily set aside for at least a decade. Given what “world-class” typically means in buying wine, the price is more than reasonable. Beaucastel is noted for an unusually high proportion of Mourvedre in its Grenache/Syrah blend, which gives it longevity. Right now the wine shows an underlying earthiness, with opulent black fruit and a touch of black olives, mixed Asian spices, and a whiff of pencil lead in the background. The 2009 Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape is reminiscent of their brilliant 1985. It will be one of the rare Beaucastels that is drinkable upon release. Made from this estate’s classic blend, it possesses soft tannins as well as a silky, open-knit seductiveness, a dense plum/purple color and a beautiful perfume of smoky Provencal herbs intermixed with grilled steak juices, garrigue, kirsch and blue as well as black fruits. The wine is full-bodied, unctuously textured, and silky smooth (the latter characteristic being somewhat atypical for a young Beaucastel). If it performs like the 1985, it will drink well young and continue to do so for 25 or more years. Wine Advocate, Note : 94/100, 2011-11-01

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