Joseph Phelps, Red Wine - Insignia, Napa Valley 2007
-- 98 Points Robert Parker!
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Wine Advocate # 192
Drink: 2010 - 2030
The 2007 Insignia (a
blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot) looks to
be one of the greatest wines yet produced at this historic winery.
Beautiful aromas of creme de cassis and flowers jump from the glass of
this dense purple-colored effort. Sweet oak is present, but it is pushed
to the background by the wine's extravagant wealth of fruit and
full-bodied power. This is finesse and flavor authority put into a
classic Napa Valley Cabernet with a seamless integration of all its
component parts. Already complex and approachable, it should evolve for
three decades or more, but who can resist it now? It is a staggering,
complex expression of Napa viticulture. Anticipated maturity: now-2030.
Another great success for Phelps, the 2007 and 2008 Insignias may be
the best back-to-back vintages they have produced since 1995 and 1994.
The 2008 has some tannins to resolve whereas the 2007 has already
Joseph Phelps' flagship wine, which they have
been making for 36 years, is the Insignia, which boasts a remarkable
track record. Phelps, always a visionary, was the first to recognize
that a blend of grapes could be better than a single varietal cuvee.
Phelps produces a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Backus Vineyard
situated on the eastern slopes of the Oakville Corridor overlooking
Screaming Eagle and Rudd Estate.
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Other products in the category All Wines:
Basel Cellars, Ode to Merriment - Columbia Valley Red Wine 2004 -- "Bright ruby-red. Plum, redcurrant, smoked meat and sweet,
nutty oak on the nose. Dense, sweet, ripe and primary, with sound
acidity giving shape to the almost liqueur-like black raspberry flavor.
Boasts very good texture and sweetness and finishes with serious,
building tannins."88 pointsBy Stephen Tanzer, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Nov/Dec 07"The 2004 "Ode to Merriment" is a tribute
to our Merriment, our Walla Walla Valley Proprietary Blend. Due to the
freeze, our Estate Vineyard Pheasant Run Vineyards did not produce in
2004. Our goal was to find the very best fruit possible. This wine was
aged for 20 months, 65% new french oak, 35% two year old barrels. It is
aromatic and ripe with a rich and dense mouthfeel. Scents and flavors
of cherries, plums, cedar and espresso. It finishes with long, silky
tannins. This is a wine that will reward you for the next 8 to 10 years."Winery Notes
Beringer, Cabernet Sauvignon - Private Reserve, Napa Valley 1994 -- 94 points - mature, Robert Parker"Beringer's Private Reserve has always been one of my favorite
California Cabernets, particularly since the late seventies. They can
be drunk young, but age exceptionally well, giving every indication of
holding their fruit and evolving nicely for two decades. The terrific
1994 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve offers an opaque purple color,
a gorgeous nose of toasty oak, and a silky, concentrated texture with
unobtrusive acidity or tannin. The wine possesses layered richness,
remarkable balance, sweet, pure fruit, and a finish that lasts for
nearly 30 seconds. These wines are aged in 100% new oak, and tend to
possesses at least 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, with the balance Cabernet
Franc. Amazingly, the oak is not a pronounced component in the final
wine, a testament to excellent winemaking and the concentration these
wines possess. Like so many top 1994s from Napa and Sonoma, this wine
will be accessible when released in early 1998, but will age well for
two decades." - Robert Parker
Beringer, Cabernet Sauvignon - Private Reserve, Napa Valley 2001 -- "When all of these cuvees are blended together, the result is the finest
Cabernet Sauvignon yet made by Ed Sbragia, the 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon
Private Reserve (11,000 cases of truly divine Cabernet nectar)...As I reported last year, the 2001 is an extraordinary effort.
Large-scaled yet elegant, it boasts classic notes of creme de cassis,
chocolate, and smoky oak. With extraordinary voluptuousness, great
concentration, tremendous intensity, and a finish that lasts nearly 60
seconds, this saturated purple-colored, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon
is one of the greatest wines ever made at Beringer. It is a tribute to
the brilliant Ed Sbragia. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2023."96 pointsRobert Parker, Wine Advocate # 157, Feb 2005
ruby. Complex, very ripe aromas of cassis, minerals, lead pencil and
currant leaf. Large-scaled and sweet, with flavors of roasted currant,
blackberry and dark chocolate. This is almost too big for the mouth. A
California cabernet with superb density and length. Finishes with
building tannins and subtle notes of chocolate, mocha and underbrush.
This wine is virtually always accessible early, but also has an
excellent track record for aging."94 pointsBy Stephen Tanzer, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, May/Jun 05
Broadley, Pinot Noir - Estate 2005 -- "Dark red. Enters lush and velvety but firms up in the middle,
showing tangy red and dark berry flavors and a touch of brisk acidity
on the back. An interesting push-pull of sweet and zesty tones defines
the persistent finish."
By Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, May/Jun 07
"Broadley Vineyards Estate Pinot noir (known in previous vintages as our Reserve wine) represents the character of our grapes, soil, and climate-these are the wines that reflect the unique terroir of our vineyard as a whole. Only our own estate grapes go into the final Estate blend. We destem this fruit and ferment it in open top stainless steel fermenters. The wines are aged for 12 months in 30% new oak barrels and 70% one and two yeard old barrels. Like all our wines, the Estate Pinot noir is bottled unfined and unfiltered." - Winery Notes
Broadley, Pinot Noir - Marcile Lorraine 2005 -- Marcile Lorraine offers great fruit, more toast and more wonderful spice.
"The Marcile Lorraine wines are named after Craig's mother. They always come from 2 acres located at the top of our estate vineyard, above our Claudia's Choice blocks at around 600-ft. A blend of older Pommard and Wadensvil clones planted in 1983 on a lyre trellis. Usually harvested last, the Marcile Lorraine grapes are partially destemmed and then fermented in 600 gallon open top French oak fermenters. These wines are aged in tight grained new French oak for 12 months, and are bottled unfined and unfiltered." - Winery Notes
Bunell, vif - Columbia Valley -- "This proprietary blend includes both red and white Rhone varietals. Bright, chocolatey and fresh, with a blast of spicy black pepper. It lives up to its name and then some." 89 PointsWine Enthusiast Oct. 2006
Chateau Palmer 1989 -- "Palmer's 1989 is one of the vintage's great successes. The wine
exhibits a dark ruby/purple color, a sweet, jammy nose of black fruits,
intermingled with floral scents, licorice, and a touch of truffles.
Full-bodied and supple, with low acidity, copious quantities of ripe
fruit and glycerin, and a medium to full-bodied, concentrated,
harmonious, seamless texture, this is a gorgeous Palmer. It may turn
out similar to this estate's brilliant 1962 and 1953. Although
approachable, it will improve for another decade, and last for 20-25
years."95 pointsRobert Parker, ©Wine Advocate # 109, Feb 1997"Deep
ruby color at the center, with a red edge. Shows lovely floral, berry
and plum aromas and hints of earth. Full-bodied and chewy, with masses
of tannins and a long, sweet and ripe berry aftertaste. Just peeking
through the curtain. Great potential. Muscular-style Palmer.--1989
Bordeaux horizontal. Best after 2000."
©The Wine Spectator, May 31st, 1999
Chateau Suduiraut, Sauternes 2001 -- "A prodigious effort, possibly the finest Suduiraut since 1959, the
medium gold-colored 2001 offers notes of creme brulee, caramelized
citrus, Grand Marnier, honeysuckle, and other exotic fruits as well as
a pleasant touch of oak. With terrific acidity, a voluptuous/unctuous
palate, and sweet, powerful flavors buttressed by crisp acidity, it is
a phenomenal Sauternes. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2040."98 pointsRobert Parker, ©Wine Advocate # 153, Jun 2004"Gorgeous
aromas of honey, passion fruit, mango and candied lemon rind.
Full-bodied and ultraconcentrated, yet balanced and refined. It lasts
for minutes on the palate. This has just about everything in the right
place. Stunning. Best after 2009. 6,665 cases made."
#9 of the Top 100 Wines of 2004The Wine Spectator, September 15th, 2004
yellow-gold. Flamboyantly ripe, complex nose combines pineapple,
apricot, toffee, clove and vanilla. Hugely sweet and rich, with deep,
powerful flavors of honey, marzipan and toffee. A major mouthful of
wine, with great lingering sweetness. Today, this makes the Rieussec
seem almost polite by comparison."95 pointsBy Stephen Tanzer, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Jul/Aug 04
Chehalem, Oregon Pinot Noir Reserve 2004 -- Lithe and spicy, with distinctive cinnamon and floral overtones to the vibrant raspberry and red cherry flavors that echo on the persistent finish. A graceful wine with miles to go. Best from 2007 through 2014. 362 cases made.
92 points - Wine Spectator
Fashioned from a blend of 90% Ridgecrest and 10% Stoller Vineyards, the 2004 Pinot Noir Reserve is excellent. Its waxy black cherry, floral aromatics are followed by a medium to full-bodied core of silky black fruits. This expansive, expressive wine is suave, plump, and generous. Drink it over the next 4-5 years.
89 points - Steven Parker
Chehalem, Pinot Noir - Stoller, Dundee Hills 2005 -- "The 2005 Pinot Noir "Stoller Vineyard" comes from another estate
vineyard owned by partners in the winery. It is more structured with
plenty of material and outstanding flavors. It will develop for 3-5
years and drink well through 2025."
90 pointsJay Miller, The Wine Advocate / eRobertParker.com # 173, Oct 2007The Wine
This single-vineyard designate is
predominantly from the densest plantings of Pinot Noir at Chehalem's Stoller
Vineyards and provides great concentration of fruit, with good acid
backbone. There typically is an earthy, sweet cherry fruit core, soft
and broad, with occasional threads of herb.
Stoller Vineyards is the newest, and therefore most viticulturally
advanced, of their three estate vineyards. A south-sloping, 115-acre
vineyard on a 350-acre parcel, Stoller Vineyards commands a dominating
view of the southern end of the Red Hills of Dundee, giving it regular
comparison to Burgundy's Corton Hill. Stoller Vineyards is planted on
Jory soil, with a touch of Nekia, both deep, red volcanic soil types.
In tightly spaced plantings, utilizing varied rootstocks, and drip
irrigation, vines have every advantage on this site. Formerly a turkey
farm, the vineyard is owned by winery partners Bill and Cathy Stoller.
Christopher Bridge, Pinot Noir - Dona Nobis Pacem 2006 -- "Only 200 Cases made at Andrew Will Winery. Clear and vibrant with a refreshing perfume of raspberries, pie cherries and dried currants preparing the way to more complex dark fruit and balanced earth and spice flavors."
Christopher Bridge, Pinot Noir - Satori Springs 2006 -- 520 cases made . 100% Estate grown"A richly ruby colored and inviting raspberry entry on subtle oak accents unfolds to opulent waves of black cherries, blueberries, rhubarb and pomegranate fruit and a hint of sweet herbs. Velvety, beautifully balanced and supported by the finely grained oak tannins, this wine shines with complexity and elegance.
Pair with grilled wild salmon, steak or enjoy solo."
Dobbes, Pinot Noir - Cuvee Noir - Willamette Valley 2004 -- This exclusive, limited bottling of Pinot Noir was blended from four different Willamette Valley vineyard lots (Johnson, Three Angels, Amity Hills and Windemere Vineyards, Oregon) and select barrels to showcase the finest attributes of each.
The winemaker's "true love", this Cuvée Noir is a big and full-bodied wine. Not over the top, but skirting the line beautifully, this wine flirts with power, depth, richness and elegance simultaneously. This harmonious cuvée opens with expansive warm aromas of spices, graham, and black fruits with a hint of floral notes. The mouth mirrors the aromas with full flavors of black cherries, blackberries and red currents wrapped within fine and sweet tannins. Perfect for immediate gratification, the Cuvée Noir also exhibits excellent aging potential to 2011.
Domaine Ste. Michelle, Extra Dry - Columbia Valley Sparkling Wine -- "Fresh,
aromatic and modestly sweet sparkler, offering pretty quince and pear
aromas and flavors, finishing with hints of earth and spice. Pleasing
and affordable. Drink now. 51,000 cases made."
The Wine Spectator, December 30th, 2002"Rich, sweet and creamy this sparkling wine exhibits deep apple flavors with a toasty finish." Winery Notes
E. Guigal, Cote-Rotie - La Turque 2002 -- "The 2002 Cote Rotie La Turque, which includes 7% Viognier, reveals a
deeper ruby/purple color along with a sweet bouquet of graphite, acacia
flowers, black currants, and notions of meat and truffle. Fruity, soft,
round, and substantial, it can be drunk over the next 10-12 years."91-93 pointsRobert Parker, ©Wine Advocate # 163, Feb 2006"Tight,
with a well-integrated structure holding the mineral, vanilla,
sandalwood, plum and cherry notes at bay for now. Yet it's finely
assembled, with great length for the vintage, and should age easily.
Best from 2007 through 2021. 300 cases made."
©The Wine Spectator, October 15th, 2006
Expressive and seductively lush aromas of pure blackberry, creme de
cassis and candied plum. Suave, silky and incredibly sweet, showing
deep, sappy dark berry flavors that verge on liqueur-like. No way I'd
guess this was a 2002. The broad, velvety, sweet finish shows very good
weight and extremely supple tannins."91 points
By Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Jan/Feb 07
Fielding Hills, Merlot - Wahluke Slope 2004 -- "Ripe
and focused, with gorgeous blackberry and currant flavors on a silky
frame, lingering with hints of tobacco as the finish sails on nicely.
Drink now through 2011. 106 cases made."
©The Wine Spectator, February 8th, 2007
Frederic Magnien, Charmes-Chambertin - Grand Cru 2005 -- "Good
deep red. Complex, musky nose combines black cherry, plum, smoky
underbrush, chocolate and spices. Sweet, broad and deep, with
expressive flavors of dark plum, redcurrant, strawberry and earth. At
once fat and fresh, finishing with sweet tannins and impressive length.
Very rich, shapely wine, one of the suavest grand crus I've tasted to
date under Magnien's negociant label."93 pointsBy Stephen Tanzer, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Mar/Apr 08
Harris Bridge Vineyard, Ten Roses - Dessert Wine 2005 375ml --
75% Pinot Noir, 25% Pinot Gris.
Most of this vineyard's wines have these funny little pieces of paper wrapped around the tops of the bottle, insisting that one wonder "What could possibly be written on this funny little piece of paper?" Well... One of them might have an homage to farming, another a brief history of the vineyard, and yet another may be a story of hope or desire for inspiration... All will bring a smile and insight into Harris Bridge Vineyard and the people involved.
J & J Ostrozovic - Tokaj, 3 Puttony - Slovak Tokay Wine 375ml 1999 -- Tokaj 3 Puttony Select Wine - ranks among the
high quality Tokaj Select Wines. Its sugar content is comprised entirely of
natural sugar that results from the addition of 3 puttonies of hand picked
cibéb grapes per 136 liters of dry Tokaj wine (a puttony is a historic tub
for grape picking). After a complex production process, the wine matures in
wooden barrels in classic Tokaj wine cellars for three to six years.
J & J Ostrozovic - Tokaj, Samorodny Sweet - Slovak Tokay Wine 375ml 1999 -- Tokaj Samorodné Sweet Wine - is made from classic
Tokaj grapes that are partially treated with the Botrytris cinerea mold. The
wine is produced without removal of the cibébs, which impart an amber hue to
the wine, a very specific flavor and a higher natural sugar content. The wine
matures in wooden barrels in classic Tokaj wine cellars prior to bottling.
Opus One, Napa Valley Red Wine 1991 -- 92 points - Robert Parker"Opus One's 1991 is a gorgeously rich, opaque ruby/purple-colored wine
with a knock-out nose of smoke, cassis, vanilla, and a whiff of herbs
and licorice. Full-bodied, with surprisingly supple, concentrated,
chocolatey, cassis, and blackcurrant flavors that ooze across the
palate, this voluptuously-textured example of Opus One is atypical in a
vintage that produced so many backward wines. There is no question the
wine possesses plenty of tannin, but it is admirably concealed by the
copious quantities of concentrated fruit. This Opus can be drunk now as
well as over the next 15+ years." Robert Parker 2/95
Phelps Creek, Pinot Noir - Judith's Reserve, Columbia Gorge 2006 -- "Our estate Pinot is forward in the nose with lusciously ripe blackberry and black cherry notes complemented with spice and toast of French oak. This full-bodied wine shows ripe berry flavors with complexity from oak aging and a long, full finish. This intense earthy wine pairs well with wild game, roasted duck, wild mushrooms."Winery Notes Best of Show, Northwest Food and Wine Festival, November 2007
Philip Togni Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2003 -- "Not surprisingly, Togni's 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate has put on
weight, and is performing even better out of bottle than it did from
cask. Its inky/purple color is accompanied by classic aromas and
flavors of creme de cassis, black currants, blackberries, dried herbs,
smoke, barbecue spice, licorice, and tapenade. The wine is full-bodied,
pure, and concentrated, with firmly structured tannin. While our
culture prizes immediate gratification, these beauties require bottle
age, and I rarely touch a Togni Cabernet Sauvignon before age 8 or 10.
The 2003 requires another 7-8 years of cellaring, and should last for
three decades or more. As a postscript, I want to acknowledge
a wine Philip Togni produced early in his career at Chappellet, the
1969 Cabernet Sauvignon. Recently, one of my dearest friends, Dr. Jay
Miller, was feting his 60th birthday, and brought a bottle of this wine
along with a collection of profound museum pieces. Togni's '69 may be
one of the greatest California Cabernet Sauvignons I have ever tasted.
Every bottle I have had seems to get better and better. This
36-year-old wine tastes like a 14- or 15-year-old adolescent except for
the extraordinary soaring aromatics of creme de cassis, spice box,
incense, and cedar. In the mouth, it's gorgeously fresh, full-bodied,
super-concentrated, and revealing no signs of age. It is both a
monument to California Cabernet Sauvignon and an homage to a feisty
British-born winemaker who continues to turn out some of the world's
most interesting wines."95 pointsThe Wine Advocate, #162, December 2005
Pirouette, 2005 -- "The 2005 Pirouette features winemakers Agustin Huneeus and Philippe
Melka. It is composed of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 14% Syrah,
5% Malbec, and 4% Cabernet Franc aged for 22 months in 75% new French
oak. Saturated purple in color, it offers aromas of wood smoke, earth
notes, spice box, plum, black currant, and blueberry. The wine is
seamless upon entry but a bit short in the finish. Perhaps a few years
of bottle aging will fill it out. Long Shadows is the
brainchild of Alan Shoup, longtime CEO of Chateau Ste-Michelle. It is a
consortium of seven different labels, each with its own star winemaker
who has a 25% share in the brand. The concept is that each "is
dedicated to producing a single Columbia Valley wine representing a
'best of type' that reflects the winemaker's signature style." For the
second straight year, every wine in this portfolio has achieved an
outstanding rating. For this, the credit goes to Alan Shoup who put it
all together."91 pointsJay Miller, Wine Advocate # 177, Jun 2008"Philippe Melka and Agustin Huneeus, Sr. teamed to combine the lore of old world
winemaking, the advancements of new world technology, and small lots from
Washington State's finest vineyards to craft this exotic Cabernet Sauvignon
Tasting Notes: This rich, deeply colored wine offers a broad
spectrum of complex aromas including leather and black cherry interwoven with
hints of spice, earth and a subtle note of licorice. Supple yet firm tannins on
the entry turn rich on the mid-palate to provide a lush mouthfeel across a
Vintage: The 2005 Pirouette is a wine that reflects the power
and structure of an exceptional vintage. While spring temperatures were mild,
growing conditions were nearly perfect throughout the summer and fall. Mid-June
temperatures were warm, and the heat persisted throughout July and August.
Temperatures cooled just enough in September to ripen the grapes completely
without rushing physiological maturity resulting in a finished wine with great
intensity and ripe, focused flavor.
Winemaking: Pirouette is a wine made in the vineyards.
Philippe works with growers to keep yields below three tons per acres. At
harvest, grapes are picked at perfect ripeness, and then sorted by hand at the
winery. Only the highest quality clusters are retained for fermentation on the
skins for up to 40 days, producing optimal color and tannin extraction. This
wine was aged 22 months in 75% new oak with a selection of barrels from
Taransaud, St. Martin and Ermitage.
Vineyards: The Columbia Valley is a diverse growing region
providing winemakers with the opportunity to add complexity and dimension to
their wines by drawing from a broad cross-section of vineyards. For the 2005
Pirouette, a selection of outstanding Columbia Valley vineyards (48%) were
chosen for their ripe fruit character; Wahluke Slope (24%) and Red Mountain
(9%) vineyards added ripe tannins and flavors; Horse Heaven Hills vineyards
(14%) including Cabernet Sauvignon from Champoux and Wallula Vineyards
contributed texture and a distinct, earthy note to the wine; and Yakima
Valley's Boushey Vineyard (5%) added an extra layer of dark fruit."Winery Notes
Ponzi, Pinot Noir - Reserve, Willamette Valley 2005 -- "Rich
in texture, this harmonious wine shows ripe blackberry and cherry
flavors shaded with pepper and licorice notes, mingling smoothly on the
graceful finish. Drink now through 2013. 1,500 cases made."
"White pepper, black plums, dark chocolate and exotic spices
highlight the constantly evolving nose. The mouth is full and lush with
red raspberry, blueberry and cassis. A sweet fruited mid-palate
precedes present, but soft, tannins and a lingering finish."
Ramey, Cabernet Sauvignon - Jericho Canyon Vineyard, Napa Valley 2004 -- "The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Jericho Canyon Vineyard (a 1,730-case cuvee
of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot and Cabernet Franc) has
an inky dark ruby/purple color, a wonderfully sweet nose of espresso
roast, fudge, blackberry, and cassis with a hint of incense and smoke.
The wine is full-bodied, broadly flavored, opulent, and voluptuous, and
that in itself seems to give the wine its current appeal, although I
think this is a candidate for at least two decades of cellaring." 94 points. Drink 2006 - 2026 ©Robert Parker, #168 Wine Advocate"The 2004 Jericho Canyon Vineyard (76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot,
2% Cabernet Franc) shows a deep purple color and a sweet nose of jammy
black fruits intermixed with smoke, licorice, and incense. The wine is
ripe, opulent, fleshy and up-front, as so many 2004s tend to be. This
full-bodied, velvety-textured 2004 should drink well for 15 or more
years."©Robert Parker, #162 Wine Advocate"Intense,
vibrant and focused, with spicy currant and blackberry fruit that's
well-defined, complex and supple-textured. Yet this has the desired
backbone of acidity and earthy tannins. Decant. Best from 2008 through
2013. 1,730 cases made." -JL ©The Wine Spectator
Ramey, Chardonnay - Hyde Vineyard, Carneros District 2005 -- "...interwoven are notions
of spring flowers, orange marmalade, white peaches, and steely
minerals. Its abundant fruit conceals any evidence of wood.
Well-delineated, with outstanding acidity as well as a layered,
sumptuous finish, it should age nicely for 4-5 years, possibly longer.
One of Northern California's most successful winemakers/consultants,
David Ramey's personal winery continues to go from strength to
strength. Ramey has had the best of both worlds, working in Bordeaux
for the Moueix family, and in California at Dominus, Chalk Hill, and
Rudd Estate. Ramey has two hierarchies of Chardonnays, his generic
appellations as well as his single vineyard cuvees.
Previously recommended: 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Jericho Canyon (94),
2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Pedregal (95+), 2004 Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard
(91), 2004 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard (94), 2004 Chardonnay Ritchie
Vineyard (93)." ©Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #174
Raptor Ridge, Pinot Noir - Willamette Valley 2005 -- "The 2005 Willamette Valley is light in color, with brilliant ruby clarity. Some tartrate crystals formed in vitro. Slightly reductive, meaty notes when first opened give way to high toned fruit and brown spice aromas with more time in the glass. Flavors of pomegranate and vanilla wash by with good mid-palate weight. The wine concludes with a youthful tartness and lengthy finish on the palate. Drink from 2008 through 2012." - Winery Notes
Ridge, Montebello 1999 -- May/June 00
ruby. Captivating aromas of black raspberry, black cherry, licorice,
grilled nuts, fresh herbs and flowers. Great density and sweetness;
this wine's uncanny depth of flavor already suggests this will be a top
Monte Bello vintage. Really remarkably full for a wine with 12.7%
alcohol: this is routinely done by Chateau Latour in riper years but
it's hard to imagine a North Coast cabernet pulling this off. Lovely
acids brighten the wine's black fruit and floral flavors and contribute
to the impression of firm structure. Palate-staining, extremely long
finish features very fine tannins." 92-95 pointsMay/Jun '01
ruby. Very subtle, deep aromas of cassis, blackberry, iodine, iron and
bitter chocolate; if the 2000 smells like Margaux, this is more
Pauillac. Dense, bright and powerfully structured; thick but sharply
delineated. Intriguing notes of leather and bitter chocolate. Firm
acids and tannins contribute to the impression of backbone. But the
tannins of the 2000 are even sweeter." 91-93 pointsMay/Jun 02
Vibrant aromas of boysenberry, iron and mocha. Dense but tightly wound
and not overly sweet; has a silky texture despite possessing a strong
acid spine. Finishes with palate-cleansing acids and a late spicy
character. This very young wine will need a good decade of cellaring,
but even today there are no rough edges." 92(+?) points~By Stephen Tanzer, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine CellarA
wine of great balance, finesse and grace. Well-focused, the ripe, tart,
rich blackberry and currant fruit is intense yet elegant, picking up
earth, mineral and sage notes, and finishing with fine, well-integrated
tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.
Drink now through 2012. 5,679 cases made.
Silver Oak, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1997 -- (94-95) points - Robert Parker"The 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa looks to be one of the finest wines
made by the winemaking team of proprietor Justin Meyer and
winemaker/viticulturist Daniel Baron. The 1997 Napa is an impressive
effort. A blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest 5% Cabernet
Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, this wine has a flamboyant nose of
fruitcake, licorice, Asian spice, black currants, and toasty wood.
Deep, opulent, viscous, intense, chewy, and thick, it is a classic Napa
Cabernet Sauvignon made in an all-American oak lovers' style. It should
drink well for 12-15 years." - Robert Parker 12/00
Sokol Blosser, Meditrina N/V -- "In 2004, we discovered a little known Roman goddess, Meditrina.
Everyone knows about Bacchus, the Roman god of wine and intoxication.
Who knew there was also Meditrina, Roman goddess of wine and health! We
couldn't believe that thousands of years ago the Romans had enough
savvy to connect wine and health and name a goddess to oversee the two.
What happened? Overshadowed for too long by Bacchus's flamboyance,
Meditrina deserves to take her rightful place in the wine world. We
decided to help her get there by creating a heart healthy red wine in
There is a core of rich, lush berry from the Syrah. The Zinfandel
provides spice, tannin and structure. And the Pinot Noir brings
flowers, earth and elegance. It all adds up to a luscious, juicy,
easy-drinking mouthful of red wine that's both bright and vibrant yet
round and soft. Every sip of the wine, Meditrina, honors the goddess of
the same name. Mmmmm."Food Pairings: Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Charbroiled Chicken with Rosemary Mashed Potatoes or enjoy by itself.~Winery Notes
Taittinger, Comtes de Champagne - Blanc de Blancs 1998 -- "Light yellow. Stony peach and pear aromas are complicated by smoked meat and Asian spices. Round and filled in, with admirably deep pit fruit flavors, a pliant texture and a fresh mineral kick on the finish. Leaves a strong pear impression on the palate and an echo of minerals."
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Nov/Dec 2007
Velocity, Rogue Valley Red Wine 2003 -- "Deep garnet color with vibrant magenta rim. Refined and integrated even in its youth, yet displaying a characteristic warm-vintage exuberance. On the palate, the wine is polished, smooth and well-paced as it reveals complex flavors of black cherries, cassis, crème brulee and truffle. Deftly balanced, with ripe, fine-grained tannin contributing to the velvety mouthfeel. Finishes long with silky layers of bing cherry, mint and clove." Winery Notes
Viader, Table Wine - Napa Valley 2000 -- "Lots
of attractive, up-front fruit pleasure, with a core of black cherry and
blackberry shaded by cedar, mocha, coffee and leather. Finishes with a
sense of elegance and ripe, integrated tannins. Best from 2004 through
2012. 4,647 cases made."
Wild Rose Vineyard, Pinot Noir - Umpqua Valley 2005 -- "Denise and Carlos Figueroa
established the vineyard in 1995 using "old world" viticulture
practices. Vines were planted 3 feet apart in the rows, individual
planting holes were augered without disturbing the original soil
structure. Average yields were ~1 ton per acre. The resulting wines
produced deep complex flavors and exquisite bouquets."Winery Notes
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