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1997 California Cabernet Tasting

November 8, 2000

 

We have been hearing from customers that the 1997 vintage in California is marvelous!  It seems virtually every Cabernet is worthy of high accolades and scores in the mid-90s by those who rate wines on a numerical scale.

The vintage was one which saw many varieties attain ripeness within a short period of time.  This means some vintners had difficulty in finding an open fermentation tank to accommodate grapes which needed to be picked.  Some wines, perhaps as a direct result of this, or perhaps because of curious vintage conditions, had difficulty in fermenting to total dryness.

It has not been uncommon for California Zinfandel wines, the product of a grape variety which doesn't ripen evenly, to have a "sweet" note from over-ripe fruit.  With some 1997s Cabernets, we've noticed not only a sweet note in the wines, but actual residual sugar.   Many California Chardonnays have a bit of sweetness.  This is often an intentional consideration of the winemaker or marketing crew.  It will be interesting to see weather sugar remains a part of the California Cabernet landscape in the future or if the 1997s we're tasting these days are merely a one-vintage aberration. 

A few critics who are quite vocal about minimal cellar treatment (seemingly having a preference for unfiltered wines) have not spoken up about the ramifications of residual sugar in Cabernets.  You see, Cabernet can be made with a minimum of filtration due, in part, to its lengthy maturation period in an oak barrel.  The wine, thanks to an ample quantity of tannin, will "fall bright" and achieve a good deal of clarity on its own.  However, wines with residual sugar need some sort of stabilizing mechanism.  Typically table wines must be sterile-filtered to remove yeasts which would feed on residual sugar.  This is the "insurance" to prevent a secondary fermentation in the bottle (quite messy and expensive to the wine and the reputation of the winery). 

So...with that in mind...we assembled a set of North Coast Cabernets and put them to the test.

Here's what we found.....

THE WINES GERALD'S RANK ELLEN'S RANK BOB'S RANK GROUP RANKING TOTAL POINTS 1sts/2nds/
Lasts

DRY CREEK VINEYARD
1997 Dry Creek Valley
"Epoch"
$62.99

4 3 2 5 76 1/3/1
GIRARD (Rudd) (Rudd)
1997 Napa Valley
"Red Wine"
$40
5 8 3 6 92 0/1/2
HANNA
1997 Sonoma Valley
"Bismark Ranch"
$59.99
8 1 7 1 57 8/0/1
Chateau MONTELENA
1997 Napa Valley
"The Montelena Estate"
"The Montelena Estate"
To be released in March 2001
7 7 8 8 106 0/2/7
Chateau
ST. JEAN
1997 Sonoma County
"Cinq Cpages"
$54.99
2 2 4 3 61 1/5/1

SEAVEY
1997 Napa Valley
$67

6 6 5 7 96 1/2/3
SILVERADO VINEYARDS
1997 Napa Valley
"Limited Release"
$100
3 4 6 2 58 2/4/0
SPOTTSWOODE
1997 Napa Valley
$75
1 5 1 4 66 4/0/2

Notes by Gerald Weisl with additional commentary from Bob Gorman

8th Place:  CHATEAU MONTELENA 1997 "Montelena Estate" CABERNET
Thanks to one of the participants in the tasting, we were able to have a sneak preview of Montelena's 1997 Cabernet.  Not slated for release until the spring of 2001, we included this in the field, handicapping it as one of the "contenders" for the top spot.  You can imagine our surprise when we unveiled the last place wine and it was the normally-high scoring Montelena!
The adjectives used to described the aromas were not ones you'd expect to see on a wine label, certainly!  "Horse barn." said one taster.  "Baby poop." intoned another.  One of the medical corps described this as having a fragrance reminiscent of 'band-aids'."  Most tasters pegged this as having some shading of Brettanomyces, a yeast which contributes a leathery, saddle, horsy, fecal note to many wines.  "Cedary, alcohol, sage fragrances...lean in structure with a short, minerally finish." is how another taster described the Montelena.   Another echoed part of this sentiment, finding the wine "alcoholic and hot."  Someone else found a "warm note, cassis-like fruit with a green, vegetal note."   Another fellow, tasting these apart from the group setting, pegged this as his favorite, saying "I like many Bordeaux wines, which this resembles."
Bob commented “Brettannomyces rears its ugly head again! showing vegetal, weedy, fish-emulsion stuff while Cab fruit struggles to be set free. On the palate, the Cabernet gets through enough to be identified but the wine seems totally out of whack. Could I drink this?!” …”In the following day or two, it should be noted, the Cab fruit DID free itself, coming on much more in the Montelena style of yore.”
I found a mildly herbal, cassis fragrance with light oak undertones and a lightly leathery, Brett character.  It's fairly full-bodied and fairly tannic.  The earthy and leathery notes show up front on the palate....it needs perhaps a decade of aging, though it will be interesting to see how the leathery/meaty elements develop.   Will they recede or dominate?

7th Place:  SEAVEY 1997 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
"One dimensional, ripe, jammy, plummy fruit with some sweet oak...low in acidity, yet high in tannin." was how one taster sounded off about this small-production Conn Valley wine.  Most people seemed in agreement.  Another taster felt this was "lacking in complexity, though it has black fruit notes...really tannic, though."
Bob was far less negative. “Sweet ripe fruit, sweet oak, a bit shrill at first but straightforward blackcurrant Cab fruit developed nicely. There was a metallic edge on the palate with grippy, bitter tannins, nice herbaceous notes and fair length. The wine should develop nicely over the next 2-3 years”
I found hints of violets and currant-like fruit with a touch of oak.  Something, though, makes this wine seem "flat" and less vibrant or vivacious.  On the palate there is a fair bit of tannin and, again, it tastes "flat."

6th Place:  GIRARD 1997 Napa Valley "Red Wine."
The Girard family sold its winery to Leslie Rudd.  This is, we have been told, the final wine to wear the "Girard" label and future wines, made under David Ramey, will be Rudd-labeled or "Rudd Estate." 
"Tobacco" notes were found by the first to offer an opinion.  "Green tannins and it's bitter as hell." said another devil in the crowd.   "Indistinctive," started another taster, continuing, "black pepper and sharp...this has a fair amount of tannin."  Someone else found "Good complexity to this wine," describing it further as "elegant" and having "unsweetened chocolate notes and a minerally finish."  Someone else found "bitter chocolate."
Bob liked this one for its “dark-toned, ripe, slightly tarry, authoritative Cab, cassis and a nicely restrained oak component, deep but undeveloped. Yet it was less appealing on the palate with its soft, fully ripe tone and flat alkali finish”
I found a lot of oak to the nose, covering what fruit might be buried underneath.   All in all, though, it's a nice, elegant, enjoyable red wine with a modest amount of tannin.  Five to ten years aging is about right.  One star.

5th Place:  DRY CREEK VINEYARD  1997 "Epoch" Cabernet Sauvignon
For those keeping track of these things, Dry Creek sent out an amazingly expensive release letter in December of 1999 saying this wine would be released at 12:01 am, January 1, 2000 for the new millennium.  Somehow, I wonder weather there was a line of customers outside the cellar at that precise moment, hoping to be able to purchase a bottle. 
The first participant to describe this found "cattle feed, grain fragrances," along with a "tart note" and "wild-berry and a Zinfandel-like character."  It was further described as "lacking complexity with a short, oak finish."  "Turley Cabernet." commented one person. Another taster also found a "Zinfandel-like nose."   Someone else felt this was "big, over-ripe and shows a lot of oak."  Another taster found "nutmeg notes with red fruits...spicy...spicy oak and it's not as tannic as many of the others." 
Bob liked its ripe, intense, cassis-like Cabernet fruit. He found it ripe and extracted but with reasonable tannins; “very nice indeed”!
My notes are very positive for its distinctively different aromas of cassis and rosemary, with lots of nice oak.  The rosemary fragrance triggered a memory of a Zinfandel which I tasted recently.  The Zin was also made by Dry Creek Vineyard!  The wine is very ripe and rich on the palate...fairly big Cab with plum and black cherry fruit and lots of woodsy notes. 
One and a half stars.

4th Place:  SPOTTSWOODE 1997 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon
This wine had people placed all over the ranking chart.  A number of firsts were offset by two last place votes.  Curiously, no second place votes, but a number of thirds and fifths. 
The lead-off vocalist described this as having "Fruit tannins and it's quite balanced with more complexity in the aromas...tangerine peel, menthol, cherries, sweet fragrances, dusty, berry pie and black licorice."  Others marked this down, describing this as "light."  Another noted this to have "nice flavors with exotic oak notes...vanillin and plums."  Another person said this has a "creamy oak finish." 
Bob’s clear favorite showing “warm, rich oak presence with lovely blackcurrant fruit.  Other trace elements emerged as it opened up to show its complexity: spice, sweet herbs and a metallic edge.  Classic Napa Cab fruit, long secure, balanced, complex and likely to be more so as it develops with nicely calculated acid and tannin levels to guide it through several years of development."
I found this to be very vanillin on the nose, with sweet, creamy notes and really good fruit.  Very polished and elegant on the palate, with a lovely balance of fruit and wood.  It has some muscle from the tannins and ought to last for 8-12 years. 
Two stars.

3rd Place:  CHATEAU ST. JEAN 1997 Sonoma County "Cinq Cpages"
One lady, having had chvre in a salad at lunch, said this had a fragrance of "goat cheese...also green olives."  Another taster found the texture to be "velvety."  Someone else liked the "long finish."  Another taster said it's "...a bit fat."  Yet another liked its "long, oaky finish." 
Bob found a malolactic note of butterscotch, the M-L no doubt giving rise to the “goat cheese” impression. "Straightforward blackcurrant fruit. Elegant entry with easy tannins, the wine has a ways to go and the balance of components to get it there; but concentration wants a bit. The wine will improve but never scale the heights.”
I found sweet oak and cedar notes on the nose with lots of nice fruit.  It's a rather big, deep Cabernet with nice fruit and some wood on the center of the palate. One-and-a-half-stars.  Aging potential of 5-8-12 years.

2nd Place:  SILVERADO VINEYARDS 1997 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon "Limited Release"
"Candied red fruit and less lush on the palate but with Asian spices and exotic notes...softer tannins, too." were the words of the first opinionated participant.  "Basil and mint" notes were found by someone else.   Others nodded in approval when someone suggested this is "a very nice wine...everything's in place and balanced."  It was further described as having "plums and currant fruit with toasty oak, but a bit light."  Someone else said flatly, "This tastes like Cabernet!"
Bob found a “lovely nose with a creamy note from the malolactic fermentation, oak, cherries (arguing a solid dose of Merlot) and sweet herbs. But in spite of its easy entry it had a sharp acid note along with a warmish (alcohol) note; a ‘pushover’ of a wine but shallow and showing only fair concentration.”
My score sheet noted the Australian-like violet fragrances of ripe fruit.  Berries and nice wood.  I thought it might be off-dry.  The flavors are nice, but a bit less dramatic on the palate as compared to the exuberance one finds to the nose.  I'd peg it as having 5-8 years of aging potential.  One to two stars.

1st Place:  HANNA 1997 Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon "Bismark Ranch"
"Bitter and hot." said one taster in describing the group's top-ranking wine.  "Grapefruit" notes were found by someone else, while a number of people found "green leaf," "leafy," "herbal notes."  One critic nailed this as "Smooth and sort of Zinfandel-like."  Another described it as being a "Cocktail Cabernet...you can drink it by itself!"  Another found "great complexity: black cherry and currants...oak...chocolate and vanilla."  Another felt this was the "most balanced" wine of the tasting. 
Bob found a “shrill note, possible ethyl-acetate, the precursor of volatile acidity; sweet wood and then some 'okay' Cabernet fruit finally emerged. Metallic and shrill but hot and a sweet edge which knocks it down. Cocktail Cab indeed!”
I found some red fruit notes to the nose with some sweet oak.  I was bothered by a weedy and vegetal note.  The wine offered the same vegetal/herbal character on the palate, elements of unripe or less-than-perfectly mature fruit.  Yet on the palate there's also a bit of residual sugar, making for one very mixed up wine.  Others, less sensitive apparently to the residual sugar (about 7 or 8 grams/liter-- 5 is about threshold for most people), found this to be an enjoyable glass of wine. 

 

Please note: The wines tasted are not always wines we have (or have had) in the shop.
Many bottles are merely for our enological exploration.
Price quoted are current at the time of the tasting, but may be different when you're reading this.


WE HAVE NOT ORGANIZED A TASTING IN A WHILE...
BUT WE DO POST THE RESULTS OF A PRIVATE TASTING GROUP THAT'S BEEN MEETING FOR MORE THAN 40 YEARS!

We are working on organizing some blind-tastings at the shop.
Send us a note to indicate your interest in participating.
These would be on Wednesday evenings and you'd need to bring 8 wine glasses.

THE VINO-FINO TASTERS
(A private tasting group that's been meeting for more than 40 years!)

NEW ZEALAND PINOT NOIRS  April 2017

RIOJA REDS February 2017

AMERICAN "RHONE WANNABEES"  January 2017

2016 HOLIDAY WINE MARATHON  December 2016

GERMAN AUSLESEN RIESLINGS  November 2016

GRÜNER VELTLINERS Austrian vs The US  October 2016

GRENACHE -- MOSTLY WEST COAST  September 2016

WASHINGTON STATE CABERNETS  August 2016

CANNONAU DI SARDEGNA  July 2016

NORTHERN HEMISPHERE RIESLINGS  June 2016

2013 CALIFORNIA CABERNETS  May 2016

CALIFORNIA PINOT NOIRS  April 2016

MOSTLY CHIANTI RISERVAS  February 2016

2012 BORDEAUX--LEFT BANK  JANUARY 2016

HOLIDAY WINE MARATHON  December 2015

CATALONIA:  PRIORAT WINES  November 2015

CALIFORNIA ZINFANDELS  October 2015

WEST COAST SYRAHS   September 2015

SOUTH AFRICAN CABERNETS & CABERNET BLENDS   August 2015

PINOT BLANC July 2015

CROZES-HERMITAGE   June 2015

ECLECTIC SAUVIGNON BLANCS  May 2015

NEWLY-RELEASED CALIFORNIA PINOT NOIRS  April 2015

ALTO ADIGE LAGREINS  February 

WASHINGTON STATE CABERNETS  January 2015

2014 VINO FINO HOLIDAY WINE DINNER & TASTING  December 2014

MOSTLY GIGONDAS  October 2014

MOSTLY 2010 & 2011 CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE WINES  September 2014

2012 CALIFORNIA CABERNETS of MODEST PRICE August 2014

SANCERRES   July 2014

2012 VINTAGE CALIFORNIA PINOT NOIRS  June 2014

MOSTLY ITALIAN BARBERA, MOSTLY 2011 VINTAGE  May 2014

CALIFORNIA PINOT NOIRS  April 2014

VINO FINO 40th ANNIVERSARY DINNER   February 2014

FRENCH WHITE BORDEAUX   January 2014

The 2013 HOLIDAY WINE & FOOD MARATHON  December 2013

AUSTRALIAN SHIRAZ   November 2013

MALBECS OF ARGENTINA  October 2013

AFFORDABLE FRENCH RED BURGUNDIES  September 2013

MOURVEDRE AND MOURVEDRE BLENDS  August 2013

ITALIAN VERMENTINO  July 2013

MOSTLY SPANISH TEMPRANILLO  JUNE 2013

CALIFORNIA GRENACHE & GRENACHE BLENDS  MAY 2013

TEMPRANILLOS (Mostly Southern Oregon)  FEBRUARY 2013

PORTUGUESE REDS Featuring TOURIGA NACIONAL  January 2013

2012 HOLIDAY WINE MARATHON at the OLYMPIC CLUB  December 2012

FRENCH & CALIFORNIA CHARDONNAYS  November 2012

WASHINGTON STATE CABERNETS  October 2012

AUSSIE SHIRAZ  September 2012

CALIFORNIA ZINFANDELS  August 2012

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2009 PIEMONTESE BARBERAS  June 2012

WEST COAST PINOT NOIRS  April 2012

MOSTLY 2009 CALIFORNIA CABERNETS  March 2012

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MOSTLY CHAMPAGNE WITH TWO MYSTERY CONTESTANTS  November 2011

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MOSTLY SONOMA ZINFANDELS  September 2011

LOIRE VALLEY CHENIN BLANCS  August 2011

2008 CALIFORNIA CABERNETS  July 2011

MOSTLY 2006 NAPA CABERNETS   June 2011

2008-2009 PIEMONTESE BARBERAS  May 2011

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VINO FINO HOLIDAY DINNER & WINE MARATHON  December 2010

MODESTLY-PRICED OREGON PINOT NOIRS  November 2010

MOSTLY 2007 CALIFORNIA CABERNETS  October 2010

MODESTLY-PRICED CALIFORNIA ZINFANDELS  September 2010

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July 2010

2007 BARBERA  June 2010

2007 NAPA & SONOMA ZINFANDELS  April 2010

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2007 RUSSIAN RIVER PINOT NOIRS  February 2010

A RANGE OF FRENCH CHABLIS WINES  January 2010

HOLIDAY DINNER & WINE MARATHON  December 2009

ROSÉ SPARKLING WINES  November 2009

ARGENTINEAN MALBECS  October 2009

WEST COAST CHARDONNAYS  September 2009

GREEK RED WINES  August 2009

2005 BUDGET BORDEAUX  July 2009

CAMPANIAN WHITE WINES  June 2009

MIXED BAG OF CALIFORNIA PINOT NOIRS  April 2009

RIOJA WINES, MOSTLY FROM THE 2004 VINTAGE  March 2009

NORTH COAST PETITE SIRAHS  February 2009


SYRAH & PETITE SIRAH COMPARISON  January 2009

A VINO FINO CHRISTMAS  December 2008

MOSTLY 2005s: NAPA CABERNETS  November 2008

SONOMA COUNTY PINOT NOIRS  October 2008

SANTA RITA HILLS -2006 VINTAGE- PINOT NOIRS  SEPTEMBER 2008

NEWLY RELEASED ZINFANDELS  August 2008

WHITE RHÔNE VALLEY WINES  JULY 2008

LOIRE VALLEY SAUVIGNONS  JUNE 2008

FRENCH CHABLIS 2005-2006  MAY 2008

NORTHERN RHÔNE SYRAHS  APRIL 2008

SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS PINOT NOIRS  January 2008

ANNUAL HOLIDAY CHRISTMAS DINNER  December 2007

WEST COAST CHARDONNAYS  November 2007

AUSTRALIAN SHIRAZ  October 2007

SPANISH TEMPRANILLO WINES  September 2007

SONOMA'S 2005 VINTAGE ZINFANDELS  August 2007

CURRENT RELEASE (2004-2005) ZINFANDELS  July 2007

ROS WINES FROM ALL OVER  June 2007

ITALIAN LAGREIN WINES  May 2007

ARGENTINEAN MALBECS  April 2007

SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE PINOT NOIRS  March 2007

MOSTLY 2004 CABERNETS   February 2007

CRU BEAUJOLAIS  January 2007

A VINO FINO CHRISTMAS  December 2006

CALIFORNIA ZINFANDELS  November 2006

PINOT NOIRS of VALUE-PRICING  October 2006

WORLD OF SYRAHS TASTING September 2006

AUSSIE CABERNET-SHIRAZ BLENDS  August 2006

ALEXANDER VALLEY (California)  and MARGARET RIVER (Australia) CABERNETS  July 2006 

CALIFORNIA PETITE SIRAHS  June 2006

2004 NORTH COAST PINOTS and a FRENCH INTRUDER  May 2006

AGLIANICO : BASILICATA & CAMPANIA'S MAJOR RED WINE  April 2006

NERO D'AVOLA - A TASTE OF SICILIA  March 2006

UNDER THE VINO FINO RADAR ZINFANDELS  January 2006

HOLIDAY WINE TASTING & DINNER  December 2005

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STATE OF CONFUSION CABERNETS  September 2005

TIM ZAINER'S SIDEWAYS LOOK AT MERLOTS  August 2005

LOIRE VALLEY CABERNET FRANCS  June 2005 

CALIFORNIA SYRAHS  March 2005

2002 CALIFORNIA CABERNETS  February 2005

VINO FINO HOLIDAY WINE MARATHON  December 2004

CHARDONNAYS OF MODEST PRICE November 2004

SPANISH TEMPRANILLO  October 2004

2002 CENTRAL COAST PINOT NOIRS  September 2004

AUSSIE SHIRAZ-CABERNET BLENDS  August 2004

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2001 SOUTHERN RHNES (7 Chteauneufs & a Vacqueyras)  June 2004

AGLIANICO WINES FROM CAMPANIA & BASILICATA  May 2004

MONTEPULCIANO WINES FROM THE ABRUZZO & MARCHE REGIONS  April 2004

SONOMA ZINFANDELS  February 2004

1997 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO  January 2004

VINO FINO HOLIDAY BACCHANALIA 2003

2001 CÔTES du RHÔNES  September 17, 2003

2000 OREGON PINOT NOIRS  August 20, 2003

WEST COAST SYRAHS  July 16, 2003

2000 Bordeaux  June 18, 2003

2000 CALIFORNIA CABERNETS May 21, 2003

OFF THE BEATEN PATH SYRAHS APRIL 16, 2003

2002 NEW ZEALAND SAUVIGNON BLANCS  March 19, 2003

1999 California CABERNETS  February 19, 2003

VINO FINO HOLIDAY BACCHANALIA December 4, 2002

CALIFORNIA PINOT NOIRS 1999-2000  November 20, 2002

AUSTRIAN WHITE WINES  October 16, 2002

AUSTRALIAN SHIRAZ  August 21, 2002

CHAMPAGNES & SPARKLERS July 17, 2002

Interesting Paired CHARDONNAYS
May 15, 2002

2001 Southern Hemisphere SAUVIGNON BLANCS   Feb. 20, 2002

1999 ZINFANDELS January 16, 2002

HOLIDAY SEASON BACCHANALIA
December 5, 2001

1999-2000 New PINOT NOIRS November 14, 2001

1999 CALIFORNIA ZINFANDELS October 17, 2001

1998 CALIFORNIA CABERNETS September 19, 2001

1999 LANGUEDOC REDS August 15, 2001

1997 SAUTERNES July 18, 2001

Mostly 1998 NEBBIOLO June 20, 2001

1999 PINOT NOIRS May 16, 2001

1996 SAINT-MILION Tasting April 18, 2001

CARNEROS CHARDONNAYS March 21, 2001

1984-1985 NAPA CABERNETS/John Vignau Memorial Tasting  October 20, 2000

1997 CALIFORNIA CABERNETS   September 20, 2000

1998 CALIFORNIA CHARDONNAYS   August 16, 2000

WINES FROM THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE: CLARETS  June 21, 2000

WINES FROM UNDER THE TUSCAN (and Umbrian) SUN   Aprile 19, 2000

1997 BORDEAUX: MEDOC May 17, 2000


 


WEIMAX TASTING ARCHIVE

NAPA CABERNETS 2004 Vintage  March 19, 2008

CALIFORNIA PINOT NOIRS-2005s  March 13, 2008

OREGON PINOT NOIRS  February 6, 2008

MOSTLY 2004 CALIFORNIA PINOT NOIRS  April 25, 2007

WASHINGTON STATE CLARETS  April, 11, 2007

2004 NORTHERN RHONE SYRAHS  April 4, 2007

2001 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO  March 28, 2007

2001 CALIFORNIA CABERNETS   November 8, 2006

2003 CALIFORNIA CABERNETS  October 18, 2006

2003 CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPES-Flight #2  October 4, 2006

OLDER TUSCAN REDS--MOSTLY SANGIOVESES   September 20, 2006

2003 NAPA CABERNETS  July 19, 2006

2003 SAINT EMILIONS  July 12, 2006

CALIFORNIA SYRAHS  2003-2004  July 5, 2006

2004 CALIFORNIA PINOT NOIRS  June 21, 2006

GRAND CRU BURGUNDIES 2003 VINTAGE  May 31, 2006

CELLAR DWELLERS:  1990 CABERNETS & 1990 BORDEAUX  May 17, 2006

SOUTH AMERICAN CLARETS  May 10, 2006

2003 CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE  May 3, 2006

2004 GOLDEN STATE PINOT NOIRS  April 19, 2006

2002 NAPA CABERNETS  March 15, 2006

2003 WEST COAST PINOT NOIRS  March 8, 2006

2003 NORTH COAST ZINFANDELS  March 1, 2006

1996 BURGUNDIES vs. 1997 SONOMA PINOT NOIRS  November 9, 2005

2002 CABERNETS, ETC.   November 2, 2005

2002 NAPA CABERNETS  October 19, 2005

2002 GRAND CRU BURGUNDIES  September 14, 2005

2002 RED BURGUNDIES   September 7, 2005

2002 MEURSAULTS  August 31, 2005

NORTHERN RHNE SYRAHS  August 17, 2005

HIGHLY-REGARDED AUSSIE SHIRAZ  August 10, 2005

AUSSIE SHIRAZ UNDER $60  August 3, 2005

STUPIDLY-PRICED SPANISH TEMPRANILLO WINES  June 8, 2005

RANDOM CALIFORNIA SYRAHS  June 1, 2005

2002 CALIFORNIA CABERNETS  May 18, 2005

2001 NAPA CABERNETS  May 11, 2005

OREGON PINOT NOIRS-2002 & 2003 VINTAGE WINES   April 27, 2005

CELLAR DWELLERS: 1990 BURGUNDIES and a COUPLE OF CALIFORNIA PINOTS  April 6, 2005

CALIFORNIA ZINFANDELS (Mostly 2002s)  MARCH 16, 2002

1999 BRUNELLO di MONTALCINO  March 9, 2005

SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE CLARETS  March 2, 2005

PETITE SIRAHS  February 16, 2005

ROS CHAMPAGNES AND CALIFORNIA PINK BUBBLIES   February 9, 2005

CELLAR DWELLERS: 1991 CABERNET SAUVIGNONS   January 19, 2005

2001 FAMOUS AND INFAMOUS CABERNETS  November 10, 2004

2001 Napa CABERNETS  November 3, 2004

WEST COAST SYRAHS  October 20, 2004

1990 RED BORDEAUX & CALIFORNIA CLARETS  October 13, 2004

SPANISH TEMPRANILLOS of 1999 & 2000  September 29, 2004

2002 PULIGNY-MONTRACHET  September 8, 2004

2002 CHASSAGNE-MONTRACHET  September 1, 2004

UNDER THE RADAR PINOT NOIRS  August 18, 2004

2001 SAINT-JULIEN & PAUILLACS  July 21, 2004

2001 MARGAUX  July 14, 2004

CELLAR DWELLERS: 1982 BORDEAUX  July 7, 2004

2001 POMEROLS  June 30, 2004

2001 SAINT MILIONS  June 16, 2004

2000 CLOS de VOUGEOT (and a ringer) MAY 12, 2004

2001 OREGON PINOT NOIRS  May 5, 2004

2001 CALIFORNIA MERLOTS  April 21, 2004

1994 WEST COAST CABERNETS  APRIL 14, 2004

1999-2000 BORDEAUX COMPARISON
March 10, 2004

1999 BAROLO March 3, 2004

2000 Deluxe Napa CABERNETS  February 18, 2004

2000 CALIFORNIA CABERNETS $50 & Under   February 11, 2004

1998 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO  February 4, 2004

TURLEY ZINFANDELS  1995 & 1999 Vintages   January 7, 2004

2000 PRESTIGIOUS WEST COAST CABERNETS  November 12, 2003

1999 CALIFORNIA CABERNETS  November 5, 2003

SANTA LUCIA HIGHLANDS PINOT NOIRS  October 29, 2003

MOSTLY 2001 VINTAGE GIGONDAS October 22, 2003

SPANISH TEMPRANILLO WINES October 9, 2003

SPARKLING WINES-METHODE CHAMPENOISE  October 1, 2003

1996 (Mostly) AUSTRALIAN (Mostly) SHIRAZ September 24, 2003

2000 NUITS-ST.-GEORGES  September 10, 2003

PRIORATO WINES FROM SPAIN  September 3, 2003

WEST COAST SANGIOVESES  August 27, 2003

2000 PULIGNY-MONTRACHET (Mostly Premier Cru Wines)  August 13, 2003

2000 CHAMBOLLE-MUSIGNY  August 6, 2003

2000 NAPA CABERNETS  July 30, 2003

1999 TUSCAN SANGIOVESE-BASED WINES  July 23, 2003

2000 VINTAGE MERLOTS  July 9, 2003

SYRAHS FROM HITHER & YON  July 2, 2003

2001 CALIFORNIA ZINFANDELS  June 25, 2003

NEW PINOT NOIRS  June 4, 2003

1999 NAPA CABERNETS May 28, 2003

1994 PINOT NOIRS  May 14, 2003

CHILEAN CLARETS  May 7, 2003

PETITE SIRAHS of Current Release.
April 30, 2003


1999 CHASSAGNE-MONTRACHETS  Premier Cru Selections   April 9, 2003

1999 GRAND CRU'S of GEVREY-CHAMBERTIN  April 2, 2003

1999-2000 SOUTHERN FRENCH REDS (RHONE WANNABE'S)  MARCH 26, 2003

1995-1996 VINTAGE CHAMPAGNE TASTING MARCH 12, 2003

2000 CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE TASTING  MARCH 5, 2003 

2000 NAPA VALLEY CABERNET TASTING  FEBRUARY 26th, 2003

1990 FRENCH RED BURGUNDY TASTING  February 12, 2003

1999 & 2000 CALIFORNIA PINOT NOIRS  November 13, 2002

1999 NAPA CABERNETS  November 6, 2002

1997 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO  OCTOBER 30, 2002

AUSSIE SHIRAZ TASTING  OCTOBER 23, 2002

1999 CHATEAUNEUF-du-PAPE TASTING  October 9, 2002

1999 NAPA CABERNETS  September 25, 2002

1999 WASHINGTON STATE CABERNETS  September 11, 2002

1991 CALIFORNIA CABERNETS  September 4, 2002

1999 PULIGNY-MONTRACHET 1er Cru Tasting  August 28, 2002

AUSTRALIAN CABERNETS (Mostly 1999s) August 14, 2002

1999 FRENCH BURGUNDY July 24, 2002

1999 GRAVES BLANC July 10, 2002

2000 CALIFORNIA CHARDONNAY  July 3, 2002

1999/2000 CONDRIEU TASTING  June 26, 2002

1999 PAUILLAC & SAINT JULIEN TASTING  June 12, 2002

1999 MARGAUX TASTING  June 5, 2002

1985 CABERNETS & MEDOC TASTING May 29, 2002

1998 California CABERNETS   May 22, 2002

South American MALBEC May 8, 2002

1999 West Coast MERLOTS  May 1, 2002

Central Coast (California) PINOT NOIRS  April 24, 2002

2001 Southern Hemisphere SAUVIGNON BLANCS  April 10, 2002

1999 CALIFORNIA ZINFANDELS  April 3, 2002

1999 FRENCH RHÔNE SYRAHS February 13, 2002

(Mostly) 1999 CALIFORNIA SYRAHS January 30, 2002

MORE 1997 BAROLO  January 23, 2002

1997 Late-Released CABERNETS  January 9, 2002

1997 BAROLO  October 24, 2001

1985-1990 RED BURGUNDIES  October 10, 2001

1998 Grand Crus of Gevrey Chambertin  October 3, 2001

PRIORAT WINES  September 26, 2001

1998 CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE September 12, 2001

1999 "High Roller" CHARDONNAYS  September 5, 2001

1998 BORDEAUX  August 22, 2001

1999 WEST COAST PINOT NOIRS August 8, 2001

1997 VOSNE-ROMANÉE Tasting  August 1, 2001

1999 CALIFORNIA ZINS  July 25, 2001

1998 CABERNET SAUVIGNONS  July 11,  2001

OLD CALIFORNIA CHARDONNAYS June 6, 2001

1997 ECHEZEAUX May 30, 2001

1999 NORTH COAST ZINFANDELS May 23, 2001

1999 West Coast Merlots May 9, 2001

1999 WEST COAST PINOT NOIRS May 2, 2001

1997 BARBARESCO  April 25, 2001

Mostly RUSSIAN RIVER PINOT NOIRS  April 11, 2001

1997 NAPA CABERNETS April 4, 2001

1995 BRUNELLO di MONTALCINO March 28, 2001

1997 CHAMBOLLE-MUSIGNY & MOREY SAINT DENIS
with one 1996...March 14, 2001

1997 GEVREY-CHAMBERTIN  March 7, 2001

1996 BAROLO  February 28, 2001

1978-1979 California Cabernets January 10, 2001

1997 California Cabernets November 8, 2000

1997 TUSCAN SANGIOVESES  November 1, 2000

1997-1998 Châteauneuf-du-Pape & CALIFORNIA WANNABEEs  October 25, 2000

Mostly 1998 PINOT NOIRS  October 11, 2000

1996 CALIFORNIA CABERNETS  October 4, 2000

MATURE CLARETS  September 27, 2000

1997 RED BORDEAUX  September 13, 2000

1997 NAPA CABERNETS   September 6, 2000

1998 CALIFORNIA CHARDONNAYS   August 30, 2000

1997 CLOS DE VOUGEOTS August 23, 2000

PETITE SIRAH & SYRAH (West Coast)  August 9, 2000

FANCY CALIFORNIA MERLOTS   August 2, 2000

1996 FAMOUS CALIFORNIA CABERNETS  June 14, 2000

WEST COAST SYRAHS  June 7, 2000

1997 CABERNETS  May 31, 2000

VIOGNIERS of RECENT VINTAGE May 24, 2000

1997-1998 ZINFANDELS  May 10, 2000

SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE CLARETS May 3, 2000

1996 California CABERNETS  April 12, 2000

1996 FRENCH RED BURGUNDIES   March 29, 2000

CALIFORNIA vs ITALIAN (Tuscan) SANGIOVESE  March 22, 2000

WEST COAST PINOT NOIRS  March 8, 2000

AUSSIE SHIRAZ TASTING  March 1, 2000

FRENCH CHAMPAGNES (NV BRUTS)  January 5, 2000

1996 BORDEAUX (MEDOC) TASTING  November 10, 1999

CABERNET-INFLUENCED VINI FROM ITALY November 3, 1999

CABERNETS OF THE WORLD TASTING October 27, 1999

 

 

 

 

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