Have you ever discovered a new, old favorite hanging out in the closeout rack of your local wine shop?
Just last week I noticed a few 'last call' bottles of Chateau Montelena's Potter Valley Riesling (2000, $20). I'm always game for Riesling from lesser known appellations, so I took it home. I must say, this wine was one of the most character-full American Rieslings I've ever sampled. It was deep, thick gold in color. I was immediately reminded of a German Spätlese. Montelena's Riesling offered up an intriguing scent combination of honeyed pear and seriously mature earthiness. As I prepared to take a sip, my taste buds braced themselves for rich, thick late harvest-like wine. The wine was indeed thick and viscous. Yet it was dry, albeit with slightly low acidity. Still, I found this to be a very unique expression of Riesling. I wanted more. Yet, that is all there was.
I say, "was," because this wine is no longer offered (at least not in a retail shop). Damn.
And this isn't the first time I've happened upon a tasty wine, which, after I've enjoyed it and want more, I come to find out that it has been discontinued. For example, a while back, I found Chappellet's Sangiovese to be a comely red wine. "More please." I said. However, the Chappellet's said, "Sorry, we no longer produce a single-varietal Sangiovese." Double damn.
The question of the day is this: What wine have you fallen in love with; only to find out that it is no longer produced?