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2001 Napa CABERNETS
A Blind-Tasting Comparison
November 3, 2004

Notes by
Gerald Weisl,
wine merchant


Following the 2000 vintage, which many people felt was plagued with "cooties" (or something), vintners are delighted to have what they think will be a more saleable vintage with their 2001s.

We are not cheerleaders for California vintners, but there were many good, well-worth-drinking wines made in the much-maligned 2000 vintage.  Yes, quality was variable.  But we find the quality of EVERY vintage to be variable.

The 2001 vintage is generally more highly-regarded than was the 2000 crop.  The vines got an early start thanks to warm temperatures in Spring.  A cold-snap in April helped naturally reduce production levels, as Mother Nature herself took care of thinning the crop.   A few heat spikes in May and June helped accelerate the vines' growth, but this was moderated by relatively cool temperatures in July and August.  Most Cabernets were harvested towards the end of September through the end of October.  Some winemakers claim optimum sugar levels were achieved before physiological maturity.  As a result, making the right decision as to when to harvest a particular vineyard was critical.  Some people claim the relatively long "hang time" was the key to success in this vintage.

Here's what we found:

THE WINES Gerald's Rank Ellen's Rank Bob's Rank GROUP RANK Total Points 1sts/2nds/
Lasts
CHIMNEY ROCK
2001 Napa Valley
Stags Leap District
$50
8 5 5 7 83 0/2/4
ANDERSONS
CONN VALLEY VINEYARDS
2001 Napa Valley
Estate Bottled
$50
2 7 7 5 76 0/4/0
ROBERT CRAIG
2001 Napa Valley
Howell Mountain

$50
7 2 6 6 79 1/1/1
ROBERT CRAIG
2001 Napa Valley
Mount Veeder
$50
6 8 8 8 99 0/0/5
DUNN VINEYARDS
2001 Napa Valley
$65.99
4 6 1 3 70 2/2/1
FISHER VINEYARDS
2001 Napa Valley
Coach Insignia
$65
5 4 4 4 74 1/2/3
FLORA SPRINGS
2001 Napa Valley
Trilogy
$60
3 3 3 2 67 1/4/2
ROBERT PECOTA
2001 Napa Valley
Karas Vineyard
$44
1 1 2 1 28 11/1/0

8th Place: ROBERT CRAIG 2001 Mount Veeder CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Described by one person as being "over-ripe and volatile," another critic characterized this as "Port-like and flat, with blackberry and cranberry jam notes."  Someone else found notes of "spearmint candy," while another panel member found it to be "sickeningly sweet in its aftertaste."  One person felt it "lacked focus and it fell apart in the glass."  More positively, one taster found it to display "good vitality, with cherry, plums and Zinfandel-like notes of bramble.  There's some spice-infused Cabernet fruit with a crab apple jelly finish."
 I encountered some floral fragrances with a hint of tar, candle smoke and an odd tone reminding me a bit of plastic or rubber.  It's a medium-full-bodied red wine that's fairly tannic and a bit coarse.  The flavors show some dark fruit notes.  Maybe this will "fill out" and achieve some measure of balance with time, but I'm not gambling on this at $50.  I might grant it a half-star rating on my three star scale, no stars being ordinary and 3 stars being amazingly fine.



7th Place:  CHIMNEY ROCK 2001 Stags Leap District CABERNET SAUVIGNON
One taster thought this may have been "musty and mushroomy on the nose, while it's pungent and dry on the palate.  The flavors are odd and funny.  I wonder if this is corked."  Nobody else described it as being a flawed bottle or tainted by the cork, however.  Another person found it to be "elegant, with a core of earthy black plum fruit.  There are some cigar box and mocha notes with a dusty character.  I found some roasted fruit notes and coffee bean tones, too."  One tasting participant said it reminded him of "shellac," so I inquired if that meant this had a "nice finish"?  Another critic thought it had been acidified too much as they found it a bit angular.  A final word was that it displayed notes of "rhubarb and strawberry...more reminiscent of Pinot Noir than Cabernet!"
I noted this as displaying fairly jammy fruit.  It's ripe, "sweet" on the nose.  Very berryish to the point where I'd peg it as a warm climate Merlot. Flat, ripe, berryish, jammy and simple.  I rated it last not because of any major flaws...in this tasting it showed up as being of basic "table wine" quality, but not a major league, premium-priced bottle of Napa Cabernet.  Sorry.  



6th Place:  ROBERT CRAIG Howell Mountain CABERNET SAUVIGNON
"Simple, with a bit of oak on the nose and cherry fruit aromas, this is a simple, fruity Cabernet with a short finish." said our first critic.  Another person detected notes of "Celery...plus it's sour and yet seems a touch oxidized and thin."  One taster described this as "Pomegranate juice," while someone else found notes of "violet soap."  Another panel member found "cedary oak, some pencil lead, currants, lavender, dill and an earthy finish."  Someone else found it to have "soft tannins and it's nicely balanced," while a final critic noted it showed "eucalyptus."
I found this to have a mildly floral tone, much like the same producer's Mount Veeder bottling.  There's a ripe berry character.  Over all, though, the wine seems like a blending component rather than a "complete" Cabernet.  There's a character reminding me of Pez candy or Sweet Tarts.  It's a standard red wine.  This winery used to make more interesting wines, it seems to me.  Have they changed or has my palate changed?  I'm disappointed.



5th Place: ANDERSON'S CONN VALLEY Estate Bottled CABERNET SAUVIGNON
"I'm glad we weren't seduced by all the oak!" said one taster.  Another person felt it's a "rather light wine for having all that wood!  It has red and black cherry fruit."  Someone found "coconut and vanilla," while one person mentioned its "sweet" character.  Another panel member found "earthy, anise, leather and currant notes with cedary oak."  Another person had a long list of adjectives, including "cranberry, cassia, and Grand Marnier."  A final critic mentioned "oak and cherry Jell-O."
I found the color of this wine to be a shade lighter than most...more garnet and Pinot Noir-like.  There's a mild fruit note on the nose, showing berries and other red fruits.  As it sits the oak becomes more and more dominating.  I think you can liken this to a Silver Oak Cabernet, as the wood really takes over on the palate.  I can't believe the wine was in French oak, since it really shows similarly to an American oak-aged red.  Still, I enjoyed the wine very much, giving it a one-and-a-half star rating. The tannins are such that this may last nicely for 5 to 10 more years, but it seems nice to drink right now.  Especially with a steak.



4th Place: FISHER Coach Insignia CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Described as "Mouth-puckeringly tannic to an extreme," said one critic, who found a "burnt tone to the aromas and a note of licorice."  Someone else found it "Nicely structured, with anise and a hint of cedar and cinnamon, with mouth-drying tannins.  It's a bit closed right now and will need time to blossom."  Another critic said "I'd like to see a bit more fruit to go with these tannins."  One taster felt it's "over-extracted," while another person characterized this as "Firm and chunky, with notes of tea, espresso and black olives.  It's bitter and mouth-puckeringly tannic."  Someone else found this to be "Funky, with an unpleasant, somewhat barnyard-like note to the aromas.  It's minerally, but I found an underlying dirty quality here."  Along the same line, one taster found "cellar odors, along with mint and sage."  Others added "menthol" and "tabouli/mint" to the list of adjectives.
I found the nose of this to be pretty good.  It offers ripe, red fruits, a light touch of oak and a cedar and berry character.   The wine is certainly structured for cellaring and will appeal to those looking for a long-term Cabernet to drink a decade from now.  It's tannic and woodsy on the palate, with the same red fruit notes showing up.  I gave this a one+ star rating.



3rd Place: DUNN "Napa Valley" CABERNET SAUVIGNON
"This is rich and concentrated with some smoky, herbal, tobacco notes.  Ripe plum fruit and a creamy texture make this a nice wine." said one critic.  Another added "It needs time," while someone else said "I like it now."  One tasting participant found this to be "Big, round, with blueberry and boysenberry fruit.  It's well made, but I wonder if it's from young vines.  I think it's ready to drink."  Another person found it "Well-balanced, with a bit of toasty oak.  It might be a bit simple as it seems to finish a bit short."  A final word was that this exhibits a "Bordelaise elegance."
I found this to be quite good on the nose.  Currant fruit with some plums and a bit of cedary oak...very nice and fine.  The currants or cassis-like fruit shines on the palate with light wood tones.  There's ample tannic structure for five to 10 years of cellaring.  One to one-and-a-half stars.



2nd Place: FLORA SPRINGS "Trilogy" 
This producer has rarely fared well in our tastings, so it was a pleasant surprise to see a Flora Springs wine showing nicely.  But one critic felt it "...lacks depth and substance, being shallow.  There are notes of pencil lead, plum skins, dill and green olives.  It's got a tart, dry finish."  Another person added "I agree!  It's a bit green, with brown stem notes.  One dimensional...short finish...mocha."   Someone else said "The nose was okay, with some cassis, vanilla, oak and cherry-like fruit."  Another taster knocked it for its "short finish, though there is some complexity here."  A fifth taster found it "Harmonious and showing blackcurrant fruit, some mint and mocha."  Another critic detected "cherry and tangerine fruit notes."  Someone else mentioned "blueberries with a metallic note."
I found the nose to be quite cedary and woodsy with nice blackcurrant fruit underneath.  The flavors display dark fruits and some woodsy characters with a modest amount of tannin.  It will probably last for 5-10 years.  I gave this a one-and-a-half star rating.



1st Place: ROBERT PECOTA Kara's Vineyard CABERNET SAUVIGNON
The run-away winner of our tasting had everyone asking "Who is Robert Pecota?  Where is Pecota?  How long have they been around??"  Three quarters of the group had this highly rated, with eleven of 16 first place votes!  One person felt this wine was a "late bloomer."  Another mentioned it "displays wild blackberry fruit with a chalky character...blueberries and toasty oak on the finish."  Someone else found "chocolate notes...it's smooth and yet has great potential."  One critic found "Cherry fruit and Asian spices with an earthy note, a touch of soy and flavors all over the palate.  Nice cola and chocolate overtones, too."  One person said "This is loaded with sweet, new oak.  I'm betting Parker gave it 95 points."
What I liked about this wine is that it smells and tastes like NAPA CABERNET !!!  There is no mistaking this for Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Syrah or Merlot.  It's got lots of dark fruit aromas, cassis and some cedar.  I found an element of forest floor fragrances along with a hint of vanilla on the nose.  On the palate, one encounters dark fruit flavors...Cabernet.  Big, intense and with structure for 5-10 years of cellaring, but it's certainly enjoyable now with red meats.  Two stars+.  Bob Gorman mentioned we had featured the 1998 of this winery some years ago...the wine was tainted by the poor reputation of the vintage, but many people got past the vintage on the label and enjoyed what was a good wine.  Pecota, by the way, has been making wine since the mid-1970s and is a real Napa Valley character.



WINE-TASTING POST-SCRIPT
We had heard from some people that The Wine Spectator magazine had published their silly numerical scores of hundreds of 2001 vintage Cabernets.
This is, please remember, a publication which accepts (or demands, depending upon who you talk to) advertising money from wineries whose products they say they evaluate objectively.

The winner of our tasting, easily recognized by our panel, is Robert Pecota's 2001 Cabernet, a wine rated by The Wine Spectator a measly 83 points.  They do not even offer a description of Pecota's wine since its score is so low!  Pecota, by the way, does not advertise in this publication.

The most high scoring wine, according to The Wine Spectator, in our tasting, was the Chimney Rock Cabernet, garnering a 90 point rating.  This is from a winery which is owned by the Paterno/Terlato folks.  In the same issue of the Spectator, Mr. Tony Terlato is profiled for being given The Wine Spectator's Distinguished Service Award. Coincidentally, perhaps, the Paterno winery company has two full pages of advertisements in this issue.

Robert Craig's two Cabernets are rated, our group's least favorite bottling of the night being the Mount Veeder.  This scored 88 points from the Spectator, while the Howell Mountain was given 86 points.

In a preliminary look at Cabernets from the 2001 vintage, the Spectator's Jim Laube pegged Flora Springs Trilogy as a 92-94 point wine, describing it as:
"An elegant, stylish wine that succeeds with finesse and grace. Delivers plenty of ripe, rich flavors built around a core of floral plum and currant. Deftly balanced."
In its November 15th, 2004 issue, the same wine is given an 85 point rating.  Yes, the wine can certainly change in character and quality over the two years, or so, it's in the cellar.  But read the tasting notes:
"Smooth, with creamy oak woven in with the rich, supple herb, spice, plum and cherry notes, finishing with a supple texture, with the fruit and wood merging on the finish.  Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Tasted three times, with consistent notes. Drink now through 2008.  10,000 cases made."
That doesn't sound all that bad to me!  And if the notes are "consistent," why did the score get reduced by nearly 10%???

In fact, most of the top wines rated in a May 10, 2002 Wine Spectator article by Jim Laube score lower in 2004, once bottled.  Of course, wineries tend to show "best barrel(s)" to critics early on to garner favorable reviews.  But then, as consumers, since we cannot actually own the wines until they're assembled, bottled and sent to market, of what value is it to publish tasting notes of six or eight month old Cabernets?

Many wine writers rush to judge new vintages.
Why?

The highly rated wines in 2002 with their final ratings in 2004:

WINE

Score May 2002 Score November 2004
S. Anderson "Richard Chambers Vineyard" 95-100 Not Rated
Araujo "Eisele Vineyard" 95-100 92
Beringer "Private Reserve" 95-100 Not Rated
Etude 95-100 93
Harlan Estate 95-100 96
Lewis "Reserve" 95-100 94
Robert Mondavi "Reserve" 95-100 94
Pride 95-100 93
Shafer "Hillside Select" 95-100 95
Spottswoode 95-100 90
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars "Cask 23" 95-100 88
Dunn
"Howell Mountain"
92-94 88
Flora Springs
"Trilogy"
92-94 85
Hess Collection
"Mount Veeder"
92-94 86
Merryvale
"Profile"
92-94 88
Peter Michael
"Les Pavots"
92-94 98
Quintessa 92-94 88
Ridge
"Monte Bello"
92-94 88
Viader 92-94 84



 

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

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
July 2010

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

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

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

GEWÜRZTRAMINERS FROM ALSACE July 2004

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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