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Arlequin wine merchant, 384 Hayes

moto | Feb 12, 2006 03:14 PM

With the new year's parade going on we went into the City early to hear Joshua Bell, and took a stroll down Hayes to pass the time. My wife wanted a snack, and as she visited the fancy take out next to Absinthe I popped into the wine shop. I received very good assistance finding small producer southern Italian reds from Neil, and saw some interesting bottles on the dessert flight being poured (6 for $5 with chocolate truffles), of which I tasted three. The two I bought both had taste qualities I'd term savoury/toasty,something different for the palate besides the sweet fruit one expects, and subsequent reading revealed that the Pietri Geraud Banyuls '98 is from a tiny Colliure property run by a young woman (with her mother still active, the land in the family five generations)with old vine grenache and carignan, and the Bellum El Remate dulce 2003 is a late harvest old vine monastrell/mourvedre R.Parker rated 93 (he called the estate one of his greatest finds in all his tastings). The shop is old world/NYC style with maximum selection in minimum space, I received 10% discount on the dessert wines (also found a Dow 1992 colheita), and saw very competitive prices on the bottles I recognized ($25 for Margerum M5 s.barbara rhone-style blend by an esteemed winemaker, and $59 for the Fonseca 2000 port that was written up in a recent chownews--the much bigger shop chownews noted is sold out at $49 and 80 is probably about the average). If I lived or worked in that part of town, I'd be pleased to have such a small,personable neighborhood wine shop. cheers

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