First Friday: From The Oeno-Athenaeum, A Supplemental Grace-Note To The Evening’s Passing Chords

Today is Friday.

Thus, a week from today is First Friday.


Thus, a week from today is the first opportunity for members and their guests to enjoy a sampler of new spring releases in their “official” New Release raiment.


On parade in all the finery of their spring habiliment shall be our trio of new Estate Releases:

2011 Estate Chardonnay

2010 Estate Merlot

2010 Estate Cabernet

Add to this estimable muster the lagniappe of a new ATP release — in this case the greatly-anticipated 2009 Buchignani Ranch Zinfandel — and you have yourselves your April First Friday tasting.

But this is not all!

In celebration of all things Buchignani, we shall endeavor to conjure from the oeno-athenaeum a supplemental grace note to the evening’s passing chords, in the form of a Buchignani offering from a time when — here be clues! —the book of Faces took their launch; from a time when Edvard Munch’s immortal sound went mortal missing; from a time when the line of Miłosz was enjambed a final time …

And as you ponder on how to unriddle that riddle, consider again the new ’09 zin …

This wine comes from a small planting of old-vine zinfandel on the Buchignani Ranch on Dutcher Creek Road in the hills north of Dry Creek Valley. (Carignane planted on the rest of the ranch provides a separate ATP selection.) The zinfandel block, approximately five acres in size, was planted sixty to seventy years ago. The vines are on a rocky knoll overlooking the family home where Stan Buchignani, grandson of the ranch’s founder, Domenico Cerruti, lives today.

A member?

Come then, please join us! First Friday awaits with bated breath …

First Friday at Monte Bello
Date: 4/5/2013

April  5th ~ 4-7pm

Please join us on the first Friday of each month for an evening affair of delicious wines and small bites. While this is a Member Event, we are more than happy to host guests of our members as well!

Members with shipments available for pick up at this event:
(be sure to note that you are picking up on your RSVP)

Eventbrite - First Friday at Monte Bello - April 2013

Categories: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Events, Merlot, Monte Bello, Offerings, Tasting Events/Opportunities, Varietals & Blends, Wine Blogs, Zinfandel

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