The sparkling selection is perhaps the weakest of the bunch with many good choices but nothing that jumps off the page. Then again, there’s no Cristal or DP so it has that going for it. The Rosés on the other hand offer a wonderful selection. Yes, Tempier is $90, but the selection includes the $48 Margerum, the $52 JK Carriere and the $36 Muga. I could be happy just drinking Rosé here, but I might have to make some different menu choices.
The Fresh & Bright White (their ampersand use, not mine) is much like the Bubbly selection, well priced but a little uninspiring. So, I move on to the bigger whites, but not before making a mental note to learn more about Colorado’s Infinite Monkey Theorem wines!
The Medium to Big whites might as well be called the Chardonnay section; you could easily move the lone Aligote to the Light & Bright after all. As a Chardonnay section it is quite strong, with well-priced bottles of ’08 Jordan ($69), ’05 Varner Bee Block ($90) and ’06 Domaine Parigot Chassagne-Montrachet ($88). There’s also the Infinite Monkey Theorem ’09 for $40.
Monkeys pounding away on key boards. Hmmm. Another mental note.
How about those Flex Reds. Not sure what that means, but it seems very green, apropos for Denver I would imagine. This could be the Pinot Noir companion to the Chardonnay section, or at least the first page could be. Plenty of Pinot with some very interesting choices like the ’08 La Follette Sonoma Coast ($52) or the ’06 Littorai Anderson Valley ($79). But the most interesting, if risky, selection would be the very fairly priced ’01 Hofstatter Barthenau Pinot from the Alto Adige. Usually a real standout from the region, the 2001 was a little long in the tooth last time I tried it. Still, it is a nice surprise to find on a list.
Page two of the Flex Reds could also be called the Rhone-style red page, and it is a well thought out selection. This section includes a pair of Margerum wines, the ’06 Uber Syrah ($99) and the ’07 M5 GSM++ ($60), as well as the Infinite Monkey Theorem Petite Sirah for ($55) which, like most if not all wines made by keyboard pounding monkeys, is produced in a Quonset hut off Santa Fe Blvd in urban Denver.