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November 16, 2009

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So glad to see a positive review of Lenz as we really enjoyed our visit there this past summer (http://www.ericandleandra.com/wp/2009/07/09/long-island-wine-on-4th-of-july/).

Their latest wine club offering includes two bottles of the '02 Estate Merlot, so we are very much looking forward to making it back there at Christmas.

I think it is real important for people to understand that "aging" wine doesn't mean you have to wait 20 years for it. My cellar has about 250 wines in it and yet many of them won't sit longer than 3-5 years down there. Why? I think too many wines, even the simple ones, are released several years too early and too many consumers never get to taste what the winemaker intended. Adding just 3-5 years to a red wine can really make a difference.

Just last weekend we drank a bottle of Lenz's 2000 Merlot that we'd bought in '05. Beautiful wine that went perfectly with the farmer's market leg of lamb we had for dinner.

Leandra, I'm hoping to get my hands on a couple more bottles for the holidays.

Dave, an excellent point, but obviously not true across the board. There ARE wines that are never gonna taste better than when they are released.

Paul, I THINK I have a bottle of that same wine in my cellar (might be the 2000 cab actually). Glad to hear it was good.

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