Posts From November 2007
November 28, 2007
Holidays and Magnums
Another year has passed, another harvest. One more vintage is in the barrel. So, now we celebrate. It’s the holiday season again and at Quixote that means it’s time to offer you something special to complete the seasonal picture – our large format bottles.
The truth is we bottle very little of our wine in large formats. That’s why you don’t see the big bottles listed on our website order page or offered at winery visits. But when the holiday season arrives, when the air is crisp and the vines are golden, we are inspired to open our library and share the wealth.
What does this mean to you?
It means you have one final shot at special wines like the 2001 Quixote Petite Syrah, a dynamic vintage only now beginning to reveal its true character, even though it is still a young 6 years old. We have five cases, or 30 of the 2001 magnums available for purchase.
We have some 2002s and some 2003s, both the Panza blended versions and the Quixote 100-percent varietal versions. And for those of you who only discovered us since our grand opening in February we have a couple cases of magnums from our initial two vintages, the 1999 petite syrah and the 2000 petite syrah and cabernet sauvignon.
They are available now first come, first served.
We also have a limited supply of our popular Grenache-Mourvedre blend in the 750 ml format, an excellent pairing partner with that requisite turkey.
Although these wines are all still young, they should behave well in the company of that cassoulet or those braised ribs. Think about it.
November 13, 2007
Quixotic We Are. Twisted We're Not.
By Lew Price, Quixote Winery
We specialize in petite syrah in the heart of cabernet country and yes, we bottle our entire production under twist-off caps.
Now, it turns out our belief that the screw-cap is the best closure for our fine wine is not at all twisted. We have company, a growing legion who have discovered as we did that a twist-off closure is the finest seal for quality wines.
Maison Jean-Claude Boisset, one of Burgundy’s largest wine merchants, bottled half its 2005 Chambertin with twist-off caps. That’s a $200 grand cru now cork free. Boisset decided to make the move after comparing 30-year-old wines sealed with corks against the same wines sealed under twist-off caps and deciding the capped wines offered more consistent quality and better fruit and freshness retention. “The future of great wines is with screw caps,’’ Boisset winemaker Gregory Patriat told Wine Spectator.
And that’s not all. Wine Spectator columnist, Matt Kramer, wrote in the magazine’s Oct. 31 issue of the results of a study conducted at a Bordeaux university that again confirmed that wines bottled under a twist-off cap generally emerge fresher and fruitier with more precise flavor definition. The study also suggested that the argument that screw-caps retard the aging process may lack merit, proving that there is oxygen ingress with the metal cap. “Screw caps sealed in more oxygen during bottling than did other closures because oxygen remained underneath the screw cap when it was attached to the bottle,” Kramer wrote. “Researchers found that when in place, screw caps allowed the ingress of consistent low amounts of oxygen.’’
More support followed Nov.6 when Wine Spectator’s Jim Laube, in an online blog, revealed that tasters at the magazine tasted 3,600 wines in 2007 and found 325 bottles flawed by bad corks, a failure rate of about 9 percent.
“I know cork producers insist they are cleaning up their acts,”Laube wrote. “But our results, all from blind tastings, suggest the problem is as serious as ever and maybe worse. At 9 percent, you’re close to having one bad bottle per 12-bottle case spoiled and that’s absurd. If you add in the 193 wines we tasted out of twist-offs, it raises the percentage of bad bottles even higher, to 9.5 percent.
“I blame wine producers as much as cork makers for this problem, since they are the ones that choose what to seal their wines and the failure rate of corks is pathetic. We keep hearing the same old refrain about corks that progress is being made. But if a 9-percent failure rate is considered progress, I wonder what percentage cork makers would consider a disaster?”
The bottom line, the evidence says, is that wines under screw cap age exceptionally.
But those are researchers speaking. Don’t take their word for it. Form your own opinion. Compare our 2002 Quixote Petite Syrah, of which there remain only a few dozen cases, against the newly released 2004 and see for yourself.
To order both wines. click here: www.quixotewinery.com or call us at 707-944-2659.
November 7, 2007
Artists, Architects & Innovators Visit Quixote
Winemaking art collectors Norman and Norah Stone lit up the international art scene when they unveiled Stonescape on Calistoga’s Diamond Mountain in the Napa Valley.
Soaking up Friedensreich Hundertwasser’s colorful architecture at Quixote pictured here (left to right) are:
Gilles de Chambure, MS, Meadowood’s Director of Wine Education; Howard Karawan, COO of Fontainebleau Resorts, and Jo Karawan, of Fort Lauderdale; architect Abigail Turin and Jonathan Gans, of San Francisco; host Pamela Hunter; art collector Peter Norton, founder of Peter Norton Publishing and the Peter Norton Family Foundation, and Gwen Norton, of New York City; fashion writer Jennifer Magdalene Raiser; Helen Hilton Raiser of SFMOMA; sculptor Michele Oka Doner and art advisor Ethan Wagner of New York City.
Stonescape Cabernet Sauvignon is made for the Stones at Quixote Winery.