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  • By Jon Rimmerman
    5/21/2010, (See more on Garagiste...)

    (Ca Nova BARBARESCO) Friday

    Dear Friends,

    We've had some long-winded offers of late so today will be about one thing - price/value.

    If you are looking to buy low and drink high, all of the items below would be an excellent addition to your cellar and they are priced at a fraction of what they should be.

    All are set to arrive shortly (I believe in a week or so).

    Have a good weekend everyone -

    - Jon Rimmerman

    2004 La Ca'Nova Barbaresco (GR2)

    If you've lost your way in Barbaresco and wish to taste the elegance and feminine grace of Nebbiolo again , here you a very reasonable price. Don't expect fireworks or a bruising presence, that's not what this is about - this is about delicate rosewater and varietal character that begs the taster to sniff and taste its virtues over and over. It's also delightful with food. The Volnay Mitans of Barbaresco? ONE SHIPMENT ONLY at this price - we will have a second shipment at more next month.

    2007 Kurt Angerer Gruner Veltliner "Eichenstaude"

    This is a big wine for what it is and should cellar very well. For $18+ you will be quite happy to revisit it in 6-8 years...

    2007 Josef Schmid Riesling "Pfaffenberg" (Kremstal)

    Another big effort from Schmid, both creamy and spicy with a big future ahead of it. $18+ for this is a steal and it's all due to David S tasting this at the wrong time (it had just been bottled and was still full of sulfur and reduction - not anymore)

    Last but not least, two food items that we've been trying to re-acquire for the past year but had to be patient for the 2009 harvest in Italy and subsequent cooking/jarring. Some things are worth the wait and you haven't tasted a panini until you've had a few slices of the grilled fennel draped over your bread (or the Tuscan white beans which seem to be featured at every restaurant in Seattle right now) - both are from the summer/fall harvest and have just arrived (exp date well into 2012).

    On another note, if you have food items here, please remember they do not age like wine! You need to come down and pick up your food/mustard/oil, etc - to schedule a pick up, please let Sarah know:

    White Beans (13 oz jar)
    This is the real deal - Tuscan Cannellini beans, hand-picked/pressed extra virgin olive oil, fresh sage allowed to dry and concentrate and sea salt. The amalgam produces a classic antipasti served from the coast to the hills of Chianti Classico. Fancy Food Show top prize winner (I said it was good). EXTREMELY LIMITED

    Grilled Fennel (9.5oz jar)
    I've already stoked the taste bud flames above (with my panini comment) and this combination of char-grilled fennel, extra virgin olive oil (also hand-picked/pressed), sea salt, wine, vinegar, grilled garlic and parsley is addictive to say the least. Another chef's secret weapon when things are getting just a bit too predictable. Can be used as antipasti, on the above mentioned panini, in pasta sauce or quickly broiled with a dusting of Reggiano (or even Fontina). Now I'm hungry...

    Thank you,

    Jon Rimmerman
    Seattle, WA


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