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Wine Club Selections: February 2004

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Each month we'll pair two recent jazz CDs with the latest releases from the AAJ Wine Club . This month we're pairing Zenaida Cellars' Estate Merlot with Jim Ridl's Door In A Field and Clos LaChance's Chardonnay with Abbey Lincoln's It's Me.

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Zenaida Cellars
Estate Merlot
2000

Varietal: 100% Merlot
Appellation: Paso Robles, CA
Alcohol: 13.9%
Aging: 100% oak aged with 30-50 new oak

Tasting Notes: Intensely flavored merlot bursting with berries, cassis and chocolate. Extremely smooth mouth-feel satisfies immediately as raspberry and smoke linger on the finish.

Goes with this CD: Jim Ridl's Door In A Field


Clos LaChance
Chardonnay
2001

Varietal: 100% Chardonnay Appellation: Santa Cruz Mountains
pH: 3.36
TA: .63 g/100 ml
Alcohol Content: 13.7%
Time in Oak: 9 months in 34% new barrels (22% French, 12% American)

Tasting Notes: The terroir of Santa Cruz is imprinted on this wine. A mineral note is surrounded by tropical, fruits and peach. Hints of flower blossom, vanilla, toast, and honey round out this complex wine.

Goes with this CD: Abbey Lincoln's It's Me


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