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NORTHERN RHÔNES
A Blind Tasting of 2001s
August 18, 2005

Notes by
Gerald Weisl,
wine merchant

Having tasted two sets of Syrah wines from Australia in the preceding weeks, I was interested to assemble a set of Syrahs from the Northern Rhône Valley to see how the "benchmark" wines are tasting.

We ended up tasting 8 wines from the 2001 vintage, a year that's regarded as "good," but short of outstanding.  Still, based upon the prices being asked for these wines, one might conclude there should be more than a standard level of merit to the wines.  The least costly wine was a $60 bottle, well above what the average wine drinker spends for a good bottle of wine.

One wine distanced itself from the group in a positive way.  One wine was well behind the group.  The third place wine was a mere 6 points ahead of the seventh place entrant, meaning the pack was rather closely bunched together.

Bob Gorman did not participate in this tasting, being under the weather.

Here's what we found:

The Wines Gerald's Rank Ellen's Rank GROUP RANK Total Points 1sts/2nds/
Lasts
CHAPOUTIER
2001 Côte Rôtie
La Mordorée
$145
5 8 5 59 1/0/1
CHAPOUTIER
2001 Ermitage
L’Ermite
$240
3 4 7 62 0/1/2
A. CLAPE
2001 Cornas
$90
2 6 8 71 1/1/5
JEAN-MICHEL GERIN
2001 Côte Rôtie
Les Grandes Places
$125
8 1 4 58 3/0/4
GUIGAL
2001 Ermitage
Ex Voto
$220
6 7 3 56 2/1/0
JABOULET
2001 Hermitage
La Chapelle
$145
7 5 6 59 1/0/0
DOMAINE JAMET
2001 Côte Rôtie
$90
1 3 1 29 4/2/0
DOMAINE des REMIZIERES
2001 Hermitage
Cuvée Emilie
$60
4 2 2 38 0/7/0

8th Place:  A. CLAPE 2001 Cornas
One taster noted this as being merely "coarse and tannic."  Someone else knocked it for "not having much aroma."  Another critic likened its "green pepper sort of character" to that of some vegetal Merlot wines.  Another person found a "weedy nose with notes of cough medicine and a sweet quality."  Someone else found "A big, rich, extracted wine showing notes of dark plums.  It's kind of reminiscent of some wines from California's Pax winery.  Eucalyptus notes.  Reminiscent of some Thackrey Orion vintages.  The fruit was a bit hidden.  Dark fruit finish.  A classic Rhône wine!"  One panel member found a "grainy texture to this wine, with unripe plum fruit and earthy loganberries and a note of boiled pig's knuckles.  Limestone notes are present on a tannic finish."
I felt this was one of several of the wines which can easily be identified as coming from the Northern Rhône.  It offered some of the bacony notes of good Syrah wine, showing a touch of tapenade, too.  It's very distinctive on the nose.  I found dark cherry fruit flavors with some herbal tones on the palate.  Perhaps a hint of rhubarb.  It simply tastes like Syrah with berries and a hint of pepper.  It's got 10-15 years' worth of tannin.  I gave it a one-and-a-half star to two star ranking on my three star scale, no stars being a standard quality wine.


7th Place: CHAPOUTIER 2001 Ermitage L’Ermite
"This is a medium-bodied red, with layers of smoky notes and wet earth.  There's a roasted chestnut character here along with tobacco and wood spices." said one panel member.  Another taster found it "...to be beautiful, if a bit sharp.  It's precisely what I am looking for in a Rhône wine."  Someone else described it as having a "good nose with raspberry, cherry and vanilla notes.  The flavors show tones of candied cherries, but it seemed to fall apart in the glass."  Someone else took issue with that, saying "this wine got better as it opened.  It also has a nice balance."  A final critic mentioned finding notes of "cracked pepper on the nose, though overall, it's a bit simple."
I found a whiff of wood to start and a cedar tone on the fragrance along with dark cherry fruit.  I felt the wine blossomed in the glass as it warmed and aired.  Eventually I detected a hint of violets on the nose, too.  The flavors are in a spicy direction, showing hints of peppery notes and spice.  The flavors are not especially lengthy, but certainly the wine shows elements of Rhône Syrah.  I gave it a one-and-a-half star rating.



6th Place:
JABOULET 2001 Hermitage La Chapelle
This wine has "good richness," according to one taster, who found "nice textures on the palate with blackberry and black raspberry fruit, a touch of smoked bacon, cedar, toast and tar.  There's a minerally quality and a note of saddle leather, too."  One person found it "very fragrant and floral, but it's not especially a Rhône-styled Syrah.  It came along, though, as it sat in the glass."  Someone else felt "they oaked up this wine and this was a mistake."  Another person found it to be "very Côte-Rôtie like with hints of burnt rubber or tar-like scents."  Another person encountered notes of "dried cranberries."
I found dark fruit aromas with a hint of black olives and a lightly woodsy tone.  I was more positive about the wine's aromatics than its flavors, though.  It was berryish on the palate, but I did not find it to be especially deep, complex or compelling.  It's a good, solid Rhône, but I was not sensitive to this being a really grand vin.



5th Place:
CHAPOUTIER 2001 Côte Rôtie La Mordorée
"This did not display much on the nose," said one taster.  "It's a decent red wine with a short finish."  Someone else characterized it as "Horsy and sweaty.  It's hot and tannic on the palate."  Another person found it to be "Complex, with floral tones and blackberry fruit.  I liked the cocoa powder notes and sweet some elements.  There's a touch of milk chocolate and it has a nice, round finish."  One panel member described it as having "firm tannins."  Someone else felt this was "a bit volatile to start.  It seemed to benefit with warming and airing.  Sour, though.  It's a typically big, 'Bretty' Syrah."
I found medium intensity to the fragrance of this wine, noting hints of dried cherry fruit.  It's got the same sort of character on the palate, with rather grippy tannins and a touch of spice.  I gave it a one to one-and-a-half star rating.




4th Place: 
JEAN-MICHEL GERIN 2001 Côte Rôtie Les Grandes Places
Here's a wine which proved to be somewhat controversial.  I was surprised by some of the descriptors people used to talk about this wine, since I found one main element here: oak.  One taster, though, said it was "Thin and green-tasting."  Someone else described it as showing "Nice blueberry fruit but it fell apart in the glass and was a bit weak and thin on the finish."  Another panel member mentioned finding "Crisp, citrusy notes in this somewhat sour, red berried wine.  It's minerally, showing notes of iron and a wet earth component."  One person found "classic berry-like fruit and a bit of leather, tar and crystallized berry fruit.  It's got a long finish."
Wow...nobody mentioned this wine as smelling and tasting exclusively of oak!  I found the wine to show a nice bit of wood, but ultimately I marked it down for smelling and tasting ONLY of a piece of wood.  I could not possibly identify this, in the context of a tasting of
Syrahs as coming from the Rhône!  It reminded me (a lot) of wines I've tasted from parts of France and Italy where the use of new barrels is a relatively recent occurrence.  I've tasted earlier vintages of Gerin's wine and don't recall the wine having such a high level of wood to where it totally obscured the Rhône Syrah notes.  I ranked this last since it had the least amount of terroir of the eight wines we tasted.

 

3rd Place:  GUIGAL 2001 Ermitage Ex Voto
One taster encountered "cigar box" fragrances and flavors in this deluxe bottling from Guigal.  Another person found "Strange, sort of musty notes and an over-ripe nose."  Someone else said "This wine had the least amount of Northern Rhône character of any of the wine.  It's fruit forward and a bit jammy with a hint of white pepper and a decent finish, but it's flabby."  Another taster agreed, finding this "very flabby and yet it's sort of sour."  Someone else found "cherry-like fruit" and another described this as "heavily oaked, showing notes of game, roast meats and smoky tones."  One person concluded "If there was a ringer in the tasting, then this would have been it!"
I'm amused by the notion of this being an "ex voto" wine (defined as some sort of "offering" as a vow to a saint or god), since I suspect Robert Parker is to be the recipient!  I found it to show really ripe fruit, a sort of  jammy quality dominating the nose.  The fragrances were along the lines of a cherry liqueur, but it seemed as though the wine lacked a bit of vitality.  I wondered if the wine had not been left too long in wood, as the fruit seemed to offer less vitality than most other wines.  The wine seemed potent and intense on the palate, but it did not strike me as a Rhône Syrah.  I recall visiting Monsieur Guigal some years ago. He told me how he felt "closer" to his California brethren than to Australia Syrah producers.  I couldn't help but wonder if, deep down, Monsieur Guigal doesn't view this wine as more "Australian" than as typical of his home turf.  Or is it simply aimed as an effort to please Robert Parker?




2nd Place: 
DOMAINE des REMIZIERES 2001 Hermitage Cuvée Emilie
One taster found this to show "Black tar and it's too strong."  Another panel member detected "Burnt oak and a mushroomy character.  It took a while to open, eventually showing dark cherry fruit.  It's rather nice on the palate, with good structure."  Someone else questioned the structure of the wine, saying "It's quite tannic and doesn't have enough fruit to go with its elevated level of astringency."  Another person described it as "The quintessential Northern Rhône.  There are perfumy notes along with hints of lavender and leather...Bitter coffee beans, cedar and a mildly cherryish finish."
I noted some earthy tones to the fragrance with a hint of smoke and bacon.  It shows Rhône-like elements, but I knocked it down a bit since it didn't strike me as being really clean.  There's a funky note to the fragrance.  It's a big, tannic, well-structured wine.  If you can deal with the nose, this might be a good bet for cellaring.  I gave it one star.




1st Place: 
DOMAINE JAMET 2001 Côte Rôtie
The run-away winner, one person described this as "Wonderful!  It's got lovely floral notes and is stern and austere.  It shows notes of black plums and has a spicy, mildly peppery quality."  Someone else found "It's really nice with a classic Syrah nose."  Another person described this as showing "Dark berry fruit and some tobacco notes."  One tasting participant found it "Closed and tart at the beginning.  Raspberry notes are nice and it changed completely over the course of the evening, displaying dark cherry fruit and good structure."   A final taster likened this to the sport of horse racing, saying "This is a real thoroughbred...it really opens up on the back stretch!"
I felt this was a classic example of Northern
Rhône Syrah.  Unmistakably so!  The aromas display notes of herbs, olives and a hint of mushrooms and truffles.  There's a lot of Rhône spice on the palate.  It's not as huge as some other wines, but it's got good fruit and a nice level of tannin to allow this to cellar well for ten years, or so.  I gave it two stars+.  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!)

MOSTLY GIGONDAS  October 2014

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

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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

RIESLINGS FROM ALSACE  July 2012

2009 PIEMONTESE BARBERAS  June 2012

WEST COAST PINOT NOIRS  April 2012

MOSTLY 2009 CALIFORNIA CABERNETS  March 2012

WEST COAST SYRAHS  February 2012

PRIMITIVO FROM PUGLIA AND SONOMA  January 2012

VINO FINO HOLIDAY TASTING & DINNER  December 2011

MOSTLY CHAMPAGNE WITH TWO MYSTERY CONTESTANTS  November 2011

VINO NOBILE DI MONTEPULCIANO MEETS WASHINGTON STATE   October 2011

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

2008-2009 CALIFORNIA PINOT NOIRS  April 2011

MOSTLY 2008 CALIFORNIA CABERNETS  March 2011

GERMAN SPÄTLESE RIESLINGS (Mostly) February 2011

2009 CRU BEAUJOLAIS   January 2011

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

2007 LEFT BANK BORDEAUX August 2010

WASHINGTON STATE CABS & BORDEAUX BLENDS
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2007 BARBERA  June 2010

2007 NAPA & SONOMA ZINFANDELS  April 2010

2007 CALIFORNIA CABERNETS  March 2010

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

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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

BUBBLIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD  November 2005

NORTH COAST PINOT NOIRS  October 2005

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

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1997 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO  January 2004

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2000 Bordeaux  June 18, 2003

2000 CALIFORNIA CABERNETS May 21, 2003

OFF THE BEATEN PATH SYRAHS APRIL 16, 2003

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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
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2001 Southern Hemisphere SAUVIGNON BLANCS   Feb. 20, 2002

1999 ZINFANDELS January 16, 2002

HOLIDAY SEASON BACCHANALIA
December 5, 2001

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1998 CALIFORNIA CABERNETS September 19, 2001

1999 LANGUEDOC REDS August 15, 2001

1997 SAUTERNES July 18, 2001

Mostly 1998 NEBBIOLO June 20, 2001

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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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