Another Monday morning has come to MP3 High
School. The tribal hierarchy is already in full effect. In the parking
lot we find the Zunes, hanging out talking football by their expensive
cars. They're big, they're burly, and they come from money. What these
golden boys lack in finesse and subtlety, they make up for in sheer
Meanwhile, the iPods are primping in the girl's
bathroom. They're always dressed in the coolest clothes and they go to
all the best parties. Everybody wants them, but they have exclusive and
expensive tastes. One put-down from them is enough to ruin your social
standing for at least a semester. And they wouldn't be caught dead
hanging out with a Sansa.
Ah yes, the unglamorous little
Sansas. They may not look like much. They may not show up on the cover
of the yearbook or get elected to homecoming court. But get to know
them, and you'll find that they play MP3s and videos and photo
slideshows just like everybody else at this school. Their 2GB storage
space can be augmented by a microSD card (not included). And if their
1.8" color LCDs aren't spectacular, at least they're more approachable
and unpretentious and easier to get along with than the stuck-up iPods.
Best of all, they don't get pushy and demand a lot of room like the
bulky Zunes. If you've got a pocket, chances are a Sansa will be happy
to fit into it.
Years from now, when the Zunes are hobbled
with knee problems and working in their fathers-in-law's car
dealerships, and the iPods have lost their good looks and gained Paxil
addictions, the compact Sansas will still be doing what they do:
playing your choice of media without making a big fuss about it. Not
bad for a little guy.
Warranty: 90 days
Sleek, thin design with large 1.8" TFT color screen for easy viewing
Strong alloy metal casing provides excellent durability and scratch resistance
Simple to use, back-lit controls for fast device interface navigation
User replaceable and rechargeable Lithium Ion battery for up to 20 hours of battery life
Features microSD expansion slot for additional memory capacity
Supports SanDisk TrustedFlash and Gruvi content cards
Digital FM tuner, on-the-fly FM recording, and voice recording
(1) Calistoga Cellars 2004 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
(1) Calistoga Cellars 2005 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
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As much as we dig throwing the occasional curveball around here,
with cheeses and Sous�os and Poizins, sometimes we just feel drawn back
to the roots of our love for wine. When we crave the grapestuff at its
purest and best, when we want to remind ourselves why we got into this
in the first place, we turn to Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley.
Wait - you've never had a Napa Valley Cab?
Or you don't have any on hand right now, which is almost as bad?
Loving wine without experiencing a Napa Valley Cab is like loving
Indian food without ever tasting curry. It's like loving the Green Bay
Packers and never visiting Lambeau Field. It's like going to Memphis
without visiting Graceland. Like the movie lover who fell asleep an
hour into Casablanca, you're missing half the picture.
don't worry. We won't tell anybody, as long as you take steps to remedy
this deplorable situation immediately. And it just so happens we can
point you to the ideal first step. Calistoga Cellars hails a pair of
Cabs that remind us why we got into- oh, wait, we already said that.
now, the Calistoga Cellars 2004 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - Louer
Family Vineyard has only been available through Calistoga's wine club
and at their tasting room. We persuaded them to open up their stash to
the Wine.Woot audience. You're welcome. Rich and complex, deep and
pure, full-bodied and smooth, this '04 delivers classic cab flavors of
plum fruit with sparks of chocolate, tobacco, and oak. Calistoga's
masterful winemaker Barry Gnekow took the utmost care in crafting this
elegant Cab, and you can taste the meticulousness or meticulosity or
whatever in every sip.
As the younger sister of the pair,
the Calistoga Cellars 2005 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon tries harder.
Well, half-sister, anyway: some of its fruit was sourced from the Louer
Family Vineyard just like the '04, but the rest came from Calistoga's
estate ranch, Blossom Creek. That must account for the '05's more
prominent cherry notes and its more concentrated flavors. But like the
Bradys, this family cares more about love than biology. They're both
Calistoga Cabs, and that's enough.
And the similarities
don't end there. They're both ideal companions to hearty cuisine, from
steak to lamb to grilled meats. They'll both retain their youthful
appeal for the next 5-10 years. And they're both museum-quality
examples of the timeless Napa Valley Cab. It's fun to play around with
different styles, different varietals, maybe even sneak a sip of sake
or mead here and there. But like us, you'll keep coming back to the
classics. You'll keep coming back to Calistoga Cellars Napa Valley
Calistoga Cellars 2004 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - Louer Family Vineyard
Composition: 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Merlot, 1% Petite Sirah
Appellation: Napa Valley, Louer Family Vineyard, St Helena
Aging: 24 months in French oak barrels
Calistoga Cellars 2005 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon