Surely there's no need to be reminded that Summer is essentially here, nor to be reminded that sooner rather than later is the time to stock up on wines particularly suited to Summer; after all, "get it while it's hot" isn't something one wants to say about wine, which wants to remain cool, as don't we all.
This isn't rocket science, and we propose an appropriately common-sense response: three such wines perfectly suited to Summer, of course along with our other current offerings:
1. The 2014 Fifi. An airhead only in the sense that Judy Holliday, possibly the most intelligent actress in Hollywood, was a dumb blond, Fifi is of course sold as a rosé, and her time is thus right now, before Summer heats up. But Fifi is richer in both flavor and aromatics than nearly any other rosé, and more intense in color. In fact, she probably comes as close as possible to the classic "red" wines of France - more pink than red - as they were before the advent of bottling; so she could be sold as a classic vin clairet, if only anyone out there would have a clue what we were talking about. In the meanwhile, she's inarguably a rosé of great style and distinction. $24./bottle, $288./case
2. La Pleïade II. Another obvious offering for Summer, with all the crispness and purity of the first release, and perhaps even more subtly voluptuous aromatics and complex flavors. A perfect warm-weather wine, with of course no oak to weigh it down; & as the equally distinctive white-wine companion to the Pleiades, it is rapidly acquiring an equally devoted clientele.$24./bottle, $288./case
3. And, needless to say, Pleiades XXIV. No need for fancy talk; this is easily as good as any Pleiades we've ever produced, and is already flying out the door. $24./bottle, $288./case
And then, of course, the 2013 Orion, $90./bottle, $180./magnum, or $1080./case. No need for fancy talk here, either, since it was the subject of the last offering anyway. But for those who may have missed that offering, suffice it to say that I've simply never made a better wine, and that's that. It is also true that it has been selling for years at a mere fraction of the price of any wine that (even just barely might) compare with it in quality; thus the price will rise significantly this year, at some point after this initial offering period is over; so it is certainly in your interest to stock up sooner rather than later. For those of you who may have missed Stephen Tanzer's notes on our epic tasting of all the Orions back to 1986, the link is here:
Stephen in media res; hard work tasting through 26 vintages of Orion, but someone has to do it(photo credit: Sean Thackrey).
Do please note the list of other current releases below; & be assured that ordering procedure is unchanged. Please simply reply to this e-mail indicating your interest, or contact Leslie directly at email@example.com, or call her directly at 831.704.7282.
And do also note that in honor of this tasting, verticals of several years of Orion are available in obviously highly limited numbers to our beloved Winelist; please contact Leslie for details. For those able to afford it, we could even do another complete vertical of all Orions since 1986; please contact Sean directly (firstname.lastname@example.org).
I do think that conditions for a critical and professional tasting differ from those optimum for personal enjoyment, so I've written a brief note about that, which is accessible here.
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