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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.
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.
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.