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elu st superyThis week, as I was inspecting the contents of the back of my little wine refrigerator to check on what I had in the Bordeaux Red Blends shelf, I found the last bottle of a stash of St. Supéry Elu Red Meritage 2000, Napa, CA.  
Needless to say, I opened it right away to see if it was still as good as I remembered it.
Without even letting breathe I poured myself a glass and immediately was amazed by the brilliant deep garnet/violet red color and by the aroma that pervaded the room.
As sensory memories tend to do and in typical Remembrance of Things Past style, the first sip took me back to St. Supéry in Napa where a few good years ago I had stopped to visit and have lunch with the then director-vintner Michaela Rodeno.
We had tasted the St. Supéry Elu line of wines, red and white, among them the Red Meritage 2000 (80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot – all estate grown), at a delightful luncheon after which we visited the art gallery from which came all the labels.
Today, in 2012, the wine was younger and more expressive with a wonderful harmony and intensity in the aromas of cherry-vanilla, rose petal and cassis. It was fresh and lively in the palate with juicy blackberry, red currant and black cherry notes mingled with subtle mint and spice, ripe and supple tannins well balanced with an elegant acidity. The wine was delicious and rich without being overpowering and the finish was long and lingering.  
Michaela is no longer at St. Supéry  — she is now at the Board of Marin Bank — and the 2000 vintage is sold out, but this outstanding wine with great balance which was so lovely when we first tasted it gives full meaning to the mention “will only improve over the next few years or should age nicely…”