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Looking South-East...the town is Barolo.
Vineyards of Castiglione Falletto and Monforte d'Alba are in the distance.

The vintage of 1997 was proclaimed a "Vintage of The Century" very early on, as wine writers raced to be the first to trumpet the praises.  More than one Barolo producer has expressed a preference for the 1996 vintage, but they're delighted to have so much hype surrounding the 1997s.

Well, is it "hype" or is 1997 an exceptional vintage?

From a pricing stand-point, there is a lot of hype!  A number of American importers see this as a license to increase prices to dizzying levels.

From a winemaking standpoint, the vintage presented Nebbiolo grapes in a very healthy state.  Some might say the wine are a shade lower in acidity than might be ideal, but the intensity of fruit is most unusual.  While the wines have tannin requiring cellar time to smooth, the acidity might not be sufficient to preserve the fruit for an equal amount of time.  Nevertheless, this is a lovely vintage.

Winemakers who failed to do a good job should look for other lines of employment.

Here's what we found:

Two wines tied for first place.  Third place was just 4 points behind first and 4th place was only 8 out of first.
Three wines were within three points at the "bottom of the heap."  This proved to be a difficult tasting, the wines all being of above-average to exceptional.

The Wines

Gerald's
Rank
Ellen's Rank Bob's Rank GROUP RANK Total Points 1sts/2nds/
Lasts
CLERICO
Ciabot Mentin Ginestra
$83.99
4 4 4 6 87 0/2/3
CONTERNO FANTINO
Sor Ginestra
$75
5 1 1 3 60 5/1/1
GAJA
Sperrs
Langhe Nebbiolo

$189.99
2 7 2 2 56 2/7/0
BRUNO GIACOSA
Falletto di Serralunga dAlba
$129.99
6 3 6 7 88 1/0/3
E. PIRA & FIGLI
Di Chiara Boschis
Cannubi
$79.99
3 2 8 4 64 1/5/2
SANDRONE
Cannubi Boschis
$129.99
7 8 6 8 90 1/0/2
VIETTI
Brunate
$79.99
8 5 7 5 75 3/0/4
Gianni VOERZIO
La Serra
$108
1 6 3 1 56 3/1/1

Notes compiled by Gerald Weisl, wine merchant
with Notes from Bob Gorman

8th Place:  LUCIANO SANDRONE "Cannubi Boschis"
Only 2 tasters out of 16 had this famous wine ranked in their "upper division" (first, second, third or fourth places).
One person described it as being "reminiscent of Cabernet Franc...also slightly metallic notes permeated this wine."  Another detractor found "Brettanomyces, wet leather and some sweet tobacco."  Another critic said "The nose was really good, but there's nothing on the palate."  On a more positive scale, one person found "chocolate, plums, cherries and some earthy undertones."  Another described it as "raspberry-like."
Bob's take on Sandrone: "The wine is bright showing berries, chocolate & vanilla from the oak. Quite a nose-full! Opening up it shows sweet herbs. But the oak a bit much now. Woooah! Here's a big, concentrated mouthful, long, "just right" tannins, ripe (trace heat); a California palate pleaser. But the center weakens now."
I found the fragrance to be very enticing, reminiscent of sweet cherries with a touch of vanilla and vanilla cream.  Very attractive and decidedly different from the rest.  The same cherry notes shine brightly on the palate and the wine has round, sweet tannins.  I can see drinking this in the next few years.  One-and-a-half stars (3 star scale, zero being average or standard quality).

7th Place:  BRUNO GIACOSA "Falletto di Serralunga d'Alba"
An "old school" winemaker, Giacosa's wines were a reference point in the 1960s and 1970s before Angelo Gaja changed the landscape of the Langhe.  His wines remain rather traditionally-styled.  One critic panned this for its "medicine-like, metallic, cherry candy fruit."  Another judged it as being a "middle-of-the-road Barolo."  Someone else added "It's darned tannic."  One fellow found it "acidity with a carbolic fragrance."    Another taster described it as being "slightly oxidized with muted black cherry fruit..." and they assessed it as "not bad."  Someone else echoed these sentiments, finding it to have "muted fruit...flat and uninteresting."
Bob said "Cola nut, spice, restrained French oak, cherries (could this be Pinot?!)  A rock candy edge cloys a bit as the wine opens in the glass. Berries on the palate, appropriate tannins with the fruit hanging in nicely."
I wrote "Molto tipico!" in describing the berryish fruit which seems to show the start of evolving into that "tarry" character which often is a hallmark of Barolo.  This is less fruity and less charming on the palate, traits typical of Signor Giacosa's wines.  One-and-a-half stars.

6th Place:  CLERICO "Ciabot Mentin Ginestra"
This esteemed wine's scores were all over the map.  One critic said they "liked the sweet oak and perfumey undercurrent," but this then veered off showing a "rubber glove fragrance and was shrill, lean, tart and sour" on the palate.  Another taster likened it to "lighter fluid...it's volatile and sharp."  Someone else described this as showing "sweet oak and a bit of wet tobacco."  Another found "nice fruit."  One person felt it has a "really long aftertaste, but it's slightly bitter," while another critic described it as "leathery."
Bob describes this as having "Cherry, mint, angelica root, oak, mocha...! The characteristic wild element of Barolo up now; forest underbrush; complex! Nice "cherry pie" fruit and acidity on the palate. Curiously, not showing much complexity here but should develop well. It needs time (10yrs) to resolve the mouth coating tannins."    
I found it quite intense on the nose, showing lots of berries and a bit of heat from the alcohol.  A light bit of oak adds a note of complexity.  I felt it was a bit more reminiscent of some 1996 Barolo wines on the palate, being very structured and rather tannic.  It's big and aggressive in the mouth and needs much patience for it to smooth and blossom.  Eight to fifteen years of aging are warranted here.  One-and-a-half to two stars.

5th Place:  VIETTI Brunate
Another wine that polarized the tasters, one person described this as having a note of "barnyard and somewhat Burgundian-styled."  Another said it had some "toasty oak and a coconut, vanillin note that is quite different from the rest."  Someone else described it as being "French wine."  One fellow said it was rather "floral, with hints of the perfume of a face powder."  One critic said it had "Zero aroma at first and it tasted flat, but improved with aeration."  Another found "herbal fruit, some oak and nice concentration and wonderful depth...it's big and rich."  This was also described as having "a smoked meat note with cherries and vanilla...very drinkable!"
Bob's notes on the Vietti Brunate: Bright, estery, and a nice bit of leather with cherries, cherry gumdrop and mocha. But the nose closes down a bit. On the palate the wine shows the Pinot side of Nebbiolo. Theres a nice assist from oak; long, quite deep but tannin covers fruit now, showing some weakness."
I was bothered by the initial fragrance which reminded me of the oxidative notes of a Fino Sherry.  I found a berryish fruit quality underneath, but didn't care for the fragrance as much.  On the palate this wine had a very rich texture and I found it more pleasing in the mouth than on the nose.  Though I ranked it last, I still gave it one-and-a-half stars.

4th Place:  E. PIRA di CHIARA BOSCHIS  Cannubi
One taster described this as being "The Caymus Special Selection Cabernet of Barolo...it's got lots of oak and is intensely barnyardy...a very powerful wine."  Someone else found it to be "peppery" and it "had the best finish."  Another person liked its "smooth finish."  Someone else said it had "green notes...coffee, a bit of volatile acidity, but that blew off...it's nice."  Someone else described the fragrance as being reminiscent of "shellac."  Another person found "sweet oak, violets and truffles."  One taster said it has "heavy tannins and heavy oak."
Bob described the Pira as " 'Pretty' Nebbiolo fruit (more Langhe Rosso than Barolo). Theres a raw, pickle barrel oak component (American oak?). Opening, it shows cherry gumdrop, mint and mocha. Its one big tough mouthful of super oaked-up Nebbiolo; ripe but center falls out of the fruit. Nice but..."
I found a lot of berry notes to go along with the sweet oak bouquet.  I also found a hint of anise to the fragrance...one of the most complex of the bunch.  In the mouth it's nicely built.  Good fruit with a nice bit of tannin.  Despite the lavish oak treatment, there's plenty of fruit here.  I gave it three stars for the fragrance, but one-and-a-half for the palate at this point, so my final assessment at this stage would be a two-star+ rating.

3rd Place:  CONTERNO-FANTINO Sor Ginestra
Two Conternos and one Fantino team up to produce about 150,000 bottles annually at this Monforte d'Alba winery.  The first person to assess this said it's "Big, intense, fruity, a bit hot and somewhat plummy on the nose."  Another taster liked its "great finish."  Someone else described the fragrance as being reminiscent of "violets."  One critic felt it "had too much tannin" and this sentiment was echoed by another fellow who said it had a "nuance of amaro and it's a very hostile wine."
Bob wrote "Spice, cherries, Nebbiolo fruit up front; dust, Barolo terroir. This is a "fruit dominated" Barolo; a bit of oak does show now with sweet herbs and more spice. The wine has excellent tannic grip and some very deep Nebbiolo fruit; Pinot-like, long; this wine has the stuff!"
My first sniffs encountered a hint of a plastic or Band-aid note.  This either blew off or I became desensitized to it, noting more berry-like fragrances with aeration and some woodsy notes.  The flavor is excellent, having a velvety, rich texture with some abrasive, sandpaper-like tannins.  This is really complex and deep on the palate.  Needing 8-15 years of cellaring, I gave this a two star rating.

2nd Place:  GAJA "Sperrs"  Langhe Nebbiolo
The first person to offer an opinion found this "smoky and toasty with a smoky finish."  Another said it is "long and interesting on the finish, complex with heavy tannins.  Fantastic!"  A third person found it "dry and astringent."  Someone else found "Brettanomyces with an earthy and wet earth note."  Someone else found it "earthy, tarry and big with some woodsy flavors."  One enologist said it "has a serious dose of Brettanomyces and I hope this was filtered."  Another person found lots of "berries on the nose and it's quite full-bodied."
Bob's notes: "Deep Nebbiolo fruit with a nice accent of oak (more spice than vanilla); crme brle, cherries, sweet herbs, cocoa. Theres a trace of Brettanomyces leather up now. The nose is remarkably complex. The wine is tight on the palate with some tough tannins and deep, concentrated fruit; long. Give it a minimum of 10yrs!"
I am usually sensitive to Brettanomyces, a wild yeast that causes a fragrance reminiscent of wet earth, leather and meat.  Instead I found good fruit, with a berry note and some cedary fragrances.  I gave it two stars for the nose, but three for the flavors: big, ripe fruit, nicely oaked...berries.  It's quite a substantial wine on the palate.  I pegged it as needing 5-10 years to soften a bit.   Two stars+.

 

1st Place:  GIANNI VOERZIO  La Serra
This small producer in La Morra has fared well in our recent tastings, this time finishing in first place!  Gianni and Franca Voerzio produce about 60,000 bottles annually.
One taster described this as a "Turley-styled wine; it's high in alcohol, almost Port-like with a lovely nose."  Someone else found it "high in acidity with a tart berry character."  Another taster found it to be rather "viscous in texture" and wondered if this has a hint of residual sugar.  They added it's got a lot of "sweet oak, dark fruit, a hint of mint and black cherry."  One person found it to show a note reminding them of "brine...it's salty and seaweedy with a mushroom note."  Someone else found "raspberries and vanilla."  
Bob's notes on Signor Voerzio's wine: "Cherry side of Nebbiolo with a rich oak veneer. A "user friendly" nose with herbs and spice. The Barolo sauvage element peeps through with some berries now. The wine is tight but has a fairly easy grip and a citrus rind edge; lots of stuff, length and concentration. Give it at least 10 years."
I thought the nose was quite distinctive, showing anise, blackberries, cedar and oak...very complex.  The same features shine brightly on the palate, with fairly big tannins and reasonably good acidity.  It needs 8-15 years and merits a two star+ rating.  Very fine.

 

 

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!)

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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

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CATALONIA:  PRIORAT WINES  November 2015

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SOUTH AFRICAN CABERNETS & CABERNET BLENDS   August 2015

PINOT BLANC July 2015

CROZES-HERMITAGE   June 2015

ECLECTIC SAUVIGNON BLANCS  May 2015

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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

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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

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TEMPRANILLOS (Mostly Southern Oregon)  FEBRUARY 2013

PORTUGUESE REDS Featuring TOURIGA NACIONAL  January 2013

2012 HOLIDAY WINE MARATHON at the OLYMPIC CLUB  December 2012

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MOSTLY CHAMPAGNE WITH TWO MYSTERY CONTESTANTS  November 2011

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CALIFORNIA PETITE SIRAHS  June 2006

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OFF THE BEATEN PATH SYRAHS APRIL 16, 2003

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VINO FINO HOLIDAY BACCHANALIA December 4, 2002

CALIFORNIA PINOT NOIRS 1999-2000  November 20, 2002

AUSTRIAN WHITE WINES  October 16, 2002

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CHAMPAGNES & SPARKLERS July 17, 2002

Interesting Paired CHARDONNAYS
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2001 Southern Hemisphere SAUVIGNON BLANCS   Feb. 20, 2002

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HOLIDAY SEASON BACCHANALIA
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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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