Nicholas Roberts News & Notes 08-30
by Peter J Troilo
Paul Jaboulet Aine Crozes Hermitage
This month, our wine club members were introduced to the Paul Jaboulet Aine Crozes Hermitage as part of their monthly selections. The wine was wildly popular. Why? Because it is a pure expression of syrah from one of the great regions of Northern Rhone. There’s another reason. We were in shock when we found the JL Chave for $30 per bottle. It’s rare to find anything under $35 per bottle from Crozes Hermitage. However, as a result of team work between some of the most talented people in the industry, we worked a deal to get the Paul Jaboulet Aine Crozes Hermitage down to $17 per bottle. As expected, club members gobbled up inventory rather quickly. But, I’ve got 5 more cases remaining. If you would like to take advantage of the pricing, I’ll make you an honorary club member. Tasting notes are below.
2010 Dominus Has Arrived
The first of our two shipments of 2010 Dominus has arrived. There is very little of the wine remaining. Consider that just 3000 cases were produced. The last time Dominus produced such a small amount of wine was 1983, their inaugural vintage. If you are riding the fence as to whether or not you want the wine in your collection, make the decision and call me. If you try to purchase the wine after September 15th, I don’t think you’ll have much luck. You can find more information by clicking 2010 Dominus. I’ll hold the pre-arrival price until the second drop lands on Tuesday. Once it does, the price goes up. You have 96 hours.
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Regular Price - $204 per bottle
Pre-Arrival Price - $169 per bottle
(large format bottles available upon request)
The Grand Finale
Last week I was almost burned in effigy after making the announcement that I was ending the Friday Night Wine Down program. Some people still haven’t forgiven me. Others found the words “bigger and better” very comforting. Whatever side you happen to camp with, you won’t want to miss this weekend’s 242nd and final edition of Friday Night Wine Down. I’ve been thinking about these wines for 3 weeks and promising to go out with a bang. If you had plans for tonight, I think you might want to make an adjustment. Here are the clues.
Opportunities to improve your palate and become a more educated wine consumer are becoming plentiful at Nicholas Roberts Fine Wines. Our first Wine Workshop tasting will be held on September 26th and will feature nine different syrahs from three different countries. It’s a wonderful opportunity to see what a difference soil and climate make. On September 20th, you can also discover the incredible values offered by Rhone’s phenomenal producer Domaine Dionysus. Use the term Friday Night Wine Down if you must. We have also booked a wine tasting at Darien Social for October 8th. Details will be released when ready. Our annual Grand Harvest Tasting to benefit Turning Wine Into Water has been scheduled for November 16th. Veterans of this event know to mark this on their calendar as it is not to be missed. And finally, we just added a benefit event at All Saints School in Norwalk for November 2nd. If you are thinking about requesting our services for a fall wine event, call us. Weekend dates are booking fast.
Crossing Our Fingers
Over the past year we have been gearing up to launch a new sales system in the store that will utilize iPads and iPhones. The new system will enable us to provide you with a detailed receipt of your purchase both on paper and straight to your email address. It will also enable us to answer that age old question, “What was that wine I purchased from you last week?”, with just a few touches on the screen. With our fingers crossed we plan to launch the new system on Sunday. We might be a little slow and clumsy for the first few days but bear with us, we’ll get the kinks worked out.
I hope everyone has a happy and safe holiday weekend that includes a bottle or two of great wine. Please note that we will be closed on Monday, September 2nd in observance of Labor Day. Will I see you in the store this weekend?
In good taste,