Where’s The Rosé?
I’ve been warning of the impending end to 2012 rosé for weeks. Yesterday, it finally happened – the disappointed face of a customer whose favorite rosé is no longer available. Today, we took our final drop. Will these wines last the weekend? I’m not sure. My advice? If you want to drink rosé through September, you better buy it now. Below is what we have left. Luckily, they are our favorites. Click on a wine’s name to place an email order.

2012 Nigl Zweigelt - $20 per bottle
For the first time in three vintages, we have a new favorite. The 2012 Nigl Zweigelt shows refreshing dried strawberry fruit with impressive length and acidity that keeps it fresh and alive on the palate.
6 cases left

2012 Gobelsburg “Gobelsburger” Cicstern Rosé - $17 per bottle
The Gobelsburg was knocked off its throne by the Nigl this year, but not because it lacks quality. It’s still just as bright and clean as we like it with soft dried cherry and a touch of minerality. A soft savory tone on the finish adds depth and complexity.
1 case left

2012 Coeur Esterelle Cote de Provence - $15 per bottle
Classically Provence with its savory tone of sage and thyme. There’s a faint hint of dried strawberry and cherry and finishes with bright minerality.
3 cases left.
Farewell Tour
About six weeks ago, Brian walked into the store on a Sunday. I knew immediately something was up. It was the best I’d seen him dressed in months. Nervous and with palms sweating, he announced that August 16th would be his last day. He was moving to L.A. Who better to understand the need to pack up and head west than someone who did it almost 20 years earlier? Today, Juan and I are going to get everything we can out of Brian. Then, he takes his final turn at the barrel. Stop by to say farewell. Here are the clues to what’s on the barrel.

California Dreaming
On Monday, I received an email regarding the 2010 Dominus. I can’t remember the last time I refused a vintage from this iconic Napa Estate run by Christian Moueix of Bordeaux. 2010 appears to be an absolute classic. It garnered 96+ points from the Wine Advocate but what really caught my eye was this, “The 2010 Dominus is a model of class and elegance. I find it utterly compelling.” Hook, line and sinker – until I saw the price. At fair and standard margins, I would retail the wine for $204 per bottle. It’s really quite a price tag and I thought I may actually pass for the first time in 20 vintages. But I can’t do that. This is, after all, Dominus. I’m dropping the price to match what I see across the region and country. Here are the details.

You Have Plans on August 30th
Friday, August 30th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm you have plans. Mark it on your calendar as “busy” because you’re going to be at Nicholas Roberts Fine Wines for an unprecedented tasting opportunity. To my knowledge, nothing like this has ever been done. We’ll release the full details next week.

One last thing, this coming Sunday we need to take the day off. My son Lucas turned 1 year old yesterday and I promised him a party. We'll be back to regular hours on Monday.

I hope to see you all tonight in the store to bid farewell to Brian Coupe. We’re going to miss him around here but wish him the very best in his L.A. adventure. Have a great weekend!
In good taste,