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2001 Famous
(and Infamous)
California Cabernets
A Blind-Tasting Comparison
November 10, 2004

Notes by
Gerald Weisl,
wine merchant


The 2001 growing season started early, with buds starting to push on the vine in March.  A rather severe frost in April damaged these shoots, much to the distress of growers.  May, then, was hot and this caused "shatter," where the blooms on the vine don't "set" fruit.  These limited crop size and caused early talk of price increases for fruit and, of course, wine.

The summer saw rather consistently mild temperatures in the North Coast throughout the summer.  Then the harvest season saw warm temperatures, allowing vintners to pick when they felt the time was right.

Last week's tasting featured wines ranging in price from $45 to $70.  This tasting features some famous wines which have a significant track record and, for the most part, triple-digit pricing.

We were also curious to see the reaction to the wine from Chateau Montelena, which had been awarded a rating of 69 points in a recent Wine Spectator article.  This low rating has raised many eyebrows amongst vintners and those in the wine trade.  Many people consider a rating of 89 points or less to be "the kiss of death."  A rating of 69 points might render a wine unsaleable were people to put much credence in such a score.

Our tasting panel, of course, approached the set of 8 wines "blind," not knowing if that wine was even in the tasting.  It has rankings from first through 8th, meaning some tasters liked it, while others did not.

Unlike the preceding tasting, no one wine was a "run-away" winner, though one entrant was statistically ahead of the pack.

Here's what we found:

The Wines Gerald's Rank Ellen's Rank Bob's Rank GROUP RANK TOTAL POINTS 1sts/2nds/
Lasts
CAYMUS VINEYARDS
2001 Napa
Special Selection
Cabernet Sauvignon
$135
2 4 7 5 73 2/1/3
CHAPPELLET WINERY
2001 Napa
Pritchard Hill Estate Vineyard
$110

86% CS 9% PV 5% Merlot
7 5 4 4 62 1/2/0
CHATEAU MONTELENA
2001 Napa
The Montelena Estate
$ ??
March 2005 Release Date
3 8 1 6 79 1/1/3
CHATEAU ST. JEAN
2001 Sonoma County
Cinq Cpages
$75
5 7 8 7 80 1/1/3
DOMINUS
2001 Napa
Estate Bottled
$125
81% CS 10% CF 5% PV 4% Merlot
8 6 6 8 91 0/2/6
OPUS ONE
2001 Napa
Red Wine
$150
87% CS 6% M 2%CF 3% Malbec 2%PV
6 1 3 1 45 5/2/0
JOSEPH PHELPS
2001 Napa
Insignia
$130
89% CS 8% PV 3% Malbec
4 3 5 2 51 2/3/0
PETER MICHAEL WINERY
2001 Sonoma County
Les Pavots
$110
72% CS 16% Merlot 10% CF 2% PV
1 2 2 3 59 3/3/0


8th Place: DOMINUS 2001 Napa Red Wine
Dominus is usually a Merlot-based red, but the 2001 marks a change in approach and Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the blend.  One taster found some "red fruit notes here at first with a hint of black fruit and a touch of soy."  Another critic found "mocha, vanilla and oak.  It's full and perhaps too tannic.  Notes of espresso, too."  Someone else felt this was "sour," while another person found it "Pretty, but somewhat lacking in depth and complexity.  I found a bit of black cherry fruit and a not of wet paper.  It's a bit washed out...it peters out on the finish."  Someone described this as "classically Bordeaux in style, being a bit muted at first.  Then there are some black cherry notes and it's a bit closed.  It has some nice structure with bitter tannins.  It opens nicely, though.  Needs time."  Another person found it to display "bitter tannins," while a final taster found it "interesting and laden with black cherry fruit...full bodied, too."
Though it was my last place wine, it may be the best vintage of Dominus I have experienced (an I'm an old-timer).  The wine showed a nicely woodsy tone on the nose with some cocoa and a light mocha tone.  It's woodsy on the palate, but not woody.  Tannic but not coarse.  There's a bit of black licorice on the palate.  It can go 5 to 10 to 15 years in terms of cellaring.  I gave it a one-and-a-half-star rating on my three star scale, no stars being an ordinary wine.





7th Place: CHATEAU ST. JEAN 2001 Sonoma "Cinq Cepages"
One critic praised this for being "Complex with wild plum fruit, blackberry and mineral notes.  Also chocolate, mocha and a hint of pencil lead."  Another person claimed it was "A simple red wine with red and black cherry fruit.  It's not well-focused or structured."  One taster encountered a "sour smell, with blueberry fruit, red fruits and some pencil tones.  It's also minerally a bit tight."  Another critic described it as simple, finding "the mid-palate shows some black cherry and oak, but it's got a short finish and isn't terribly exciting."  One fan found it to be "Nice, with good fruit and soft tannins...it's not a monster."  Someone else felt it was "Classic California Cabernet with a ripe, sweet nose and some dusty tannins."  Bob mentioned it being a bit "shrill and having gumdrop, candy-like flavors."
I detected a hint of a leathery note on the nose with red fruit underneath.  There are some sweet notes from the fruit and a mildly woodsy tone.  One the palate it displays ripe, red fruits, berries and it's mildly tannic.  I gave it a one-and-a-half star rating.



6th Place: CHATEAU MONTELENA 2001 Napa "The Montelena Estate" CABERNET SAUVIGNON
This winery has been bashed by the Wine Spectator this past year for having had traces of TCA (2,4,6 trichloranisole) a chemical compound which, in large enough concentrations, mutes the fruit of a wine and contributes a wet paper, damp cellar aroma to a wine.  Wine Spectator critic James Laube claims to be very sensitive to this TCA problem and has published articles on several wineries which have this "problem."  We are certain many wineries may have the same issue confronting them, but since very few people can detect TCA in concentrations less than 1.4 parts per trillion, most don't view this as a "problem."
The November 15, 2004 issue of the Wine Spectator gives this wine a kiss-of-death rating, 69 points on its 100 point scale.
Laube described the wine as:
"Hard-edged dill and cedary oak precede this green, lean, herbal wine with gritty, chalky tannins.  Tasted twice, with consistent notes.  7,800 cases made.--JL"
Our impartial panel had a range of descriptors, most quite different from those of Mr. Laube.
"The nose is terrific," said one panel member. "I found cedar, rosemary, vanilla and some black cherry fruit on the palate.  It's got a short finish, though and is not too complex.  It's likeable, but not exciting."  One taster found some "green notes with bright cherry fruit and a dusty character.  Unripe plums and it's oaky.  Some blackberry notes and a slightly leathery finish."  Another panel member found "Sour cherry fruit and it got better as it sat in the glass."  Someone else found "Sweet oak and cedar, with blackcurrant fruit.  It's really classic Napa Cabernet with a tannic structure.  A gem in every way!"  One person found Montelena's wine to be "Sumptuous and it has a great finish."   A final taster found "Bramble berry notes and it got better in the glass."
I detected dark cherry fruit aromas with a note of forest floor (is this Mr. Laube's "tainted" character?).  But I did not find the wine to be flawed or unpleasant on the nose.  On the palate the wine is dry, moderately acidic and of medium body.  The flavors are of elegant Cabernet Sauvignon.  It's mildly tannic and has lots of fruit to balance the tannin.  The fruit is ripe and refined.  I have this a one-and-a-half star rating.
As a post-script:  The day following our tasting, I poured the wine for three sales reps, none of whom knew what wine they were tasting.  None sells Montelena, either, but all three are passionate wine fanciers in addition to working in the trade.
I asked each to taste the wine and "divine" a numerical score for this wine.
The first guessed the wine to be 90 to 94 points in the journals.  The second pegged this as an 88 to 90 point wine, while the third thought 85 would be the minimum score.  All were shocked to learn this had but a 69 point rating and all took issue with such a low number.




5th Place: CAYMUS 2001 Napa Special Selection CABERNET SAUVIGNON
"This is really grapey and shows some boysenberry fruit," said one critic, who felt it is merely "a simple wine."  Another critic nailed it for being "off and somewhat stinky.  It's a big disappointment.  There's a strange petroleum note to this wine."  Meanwhile, someone else found it "full of berries and it has a long finish."  Another taster found "peppery notes with spices and tobacco tones.  It chewy in texture, with black cherry fruit and Asian spices and some bitter chocolate notes."  One tasting participant found "Boysenberry fruit and sweet cassis and it's got a long finish."  Someone else detected notes of "Stewed tomatoes and oregano...a nice wine for spaghetti sauce!"  One person found some "corky or dank cellar notes and dried leaves."
I found the nose to show hints of currants with an underlying floral tone...sort of Margaux-like with lovely red fruit aromas and a touch of oak.  Dusty, too.  The wine confirms these notes on the palate, with plenty of fruit and ample tannin.  It's big and ripe, with rich fruit flavors and a touch of cocoa on the finish.  I gave it a one-and-a-half star rating.




4th Place: CHAPPELLET 2001 Napa "Pritchard Hill Estate" CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Described by one panel member as "Nice, rich fruit, with notes of plums, rich cherry fruit and good balance on its finish."  A second taster found it "Deep, rich and black cherryish, with a hint of spice but it fell off to show raspberry and a tart finish."  Another person found "Chalky tannins at first," while someone else detected "complex spice notes and vanillin oak with rich, sweet fruit tones.  It's full all the way along the palate and has lots of stuffing."  One panel member found "Vanillin oak and tobacco, with a touch of mint, currants, blackberries and plums."  Another taster detected "Dark blackberry fruit, tightly wound currant notes and a touch of espresso."  A final voice wondered if this had some notes of "Brettanomyces."
I found it to be be big and berryish, with lots of currant fruit and a vaguely dusty tone.  The flavors displays hints of cherry fruit and a complimentary level of oak.  Black cherry and cassis come along towards the finish.  Nicely tannic...balanced.  I gave this a one-and-a-half star rating.



3rd Place:  PETER MICHAEL 2001 Sonoma "Les Pavots" CABERNET SAUVIGNON
"Here's a wine that's supple, yet tannic, showing sweet black cherry fruit, currants and mocha, with a note of herbal-laced chocolate brownies." said one poet.  Another found it "Big, berryish and simple in the middle.  There's a note of cinnamon spice, too.  But I find it to be an average wine."  Someone else agreed with that assessment.  Another taster found it to have "decent fruit, but it's too tannic."  Others, finding the tannin level a bit worrisome, found notes of asparagus, sea foam, mint and sage.
I detected more black fruit aromas on the nose, finding this to be exceptional.  It's very deep and fine, with sweet oak, a bit of licorice, ripe fruit and black currants.  The flavors display black cherry fruit, anise, oak although I might agree, the wine is a bit aggressive.  I think the tannin is probably the same as most other wines in this line-up, but a bit of heat from the alcohol pushes the tannic assault to the fore.  Still, I have it two stars (more for the nose)+.




2nd Place:  JOSEPH PHELPS 2001 Napa Red Wine "Insignia"
The first critic expressed concerns about the level of oak here. "It's over oak, showing oak above everything else."  A second taster found "Lots of oak and fruit."  Someone else found a "bit of fruit, a bit flat and some dark cherry notes, but it fell apart.  Mostly oak."  Another critic found it "Rich and concentrated...very complex with notes of baker's chocolate, mocha, cream, dusty blackberry-laced fruit and some pencil lead."  A final panel member described this as having "nice spice and cedar.  It's rich and has nice tannins."
I am in complete agreement about the level of wood here.  Even in a blind-tasting of similar, lavishly oaked wines, this shows oak above everything else.  Previous vintages of this have also been quite oaky, but this wine seems a bit shy of Cabernet to really carry all that wood.  It's sweetly oaked on the nose with notes of cedar and vanilla.  The wood dominates the palate, with hints of cocoa and mocha peering through the forest.  I still gave it a one-and-a-half star rating.




1st Place: OPUS ONE 2001 Napa Red Wine
"Rich, smooth and polished, this shows spicy blackberry fruit, lavender and some earthy currants with tobacco and toasty oak." said our lead-off batter.  A second critic found "Nice dark fruit and good body and structure.  It's elegant, redolent of tobacco and has a persistent, lasting finish.  I love it!"  Another taster found this "astringent, sharp and showing a lot of tannin."  Someone else found it "overly sweet and almost candied being a bit over-ripe."  A final taster mentioned it's "beautifully oaked."
Mondavi-Rothschild has made this wine since the 1979 vintage and this is the first time Opus Won a tasting here...
I found notes of herbs and some sweet fruit on the nose. It's cherryish and almost fragrant along the lines of a Pinot Noir or vanillin California Syrah.  Very nice, though.  The palate offers sweet fruits, sweet oak, mildly cedary notes and a smoky tone to the finish.  The tannins offer good structure.  I gave this a one-and-a-half star rating.  Very nice.

 

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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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

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PINOT BLANC July 2015

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2014 VINO FINO HOLIDAY WINE DINNER & TASTING  December 2014

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SANCERRES   July 2014

2012 VINTAGE CALIFORNIA PINOT NOIRS  June 2014

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ITALIAN VERMENTINO  July 2013

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A VINO FINO CHRISTMAS  December 2008

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SONOMA COUNTY PINOT NOIRS  October 2008

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AUSTRALIAN SHIRAZ  October 2007

SPANISH TEMPRANILLO WINES  September 2007

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ROS WINES FROM ALL OVER  June 2007

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

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STATE OF CONFUSION CABERNETS  September 2005

TIM ZAINER'S SIDEWAYS LOOK AT MERLOTS  August 2005

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CALIFORNIA SYRAHS  March 2005

2002 CALIFORNIA CABERNETS  February 2005

VINO FINO HOLIDAY WINE MARATHON  December 2004

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

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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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