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2003 CALIFORNIA CABERNETS
A Blind-Tasting Comparison
October 18, 2006

Notes by
Gerald Weisl,
wine merchant

Our first look at 2003 vintage Cabernets was a major disappointment and so we were a bit apprehensive as to what we might find with this second flight of contestants.  

The growing season saw a rather nice summer climate, with moderate temperatures throughout.  There was a moderate heat wave in September and October, though evening temperatures were quite low.  Most North Coast Cabernet producers reported having a "long harvest season," picking some fruit in the early part of September, while other vineyards took until late October to mature.

We had found some of the wines in our first flight to be a bit 'hollow'.  This set of wines was quite good.  I had given most of the wines a one star rating on my three star scale.

Two wines tied for first place, the tie being broken by the greater number of first place votes.  One bottle was corked, sadly.  

Interestingly (or not, depending upon your perspective), we had very little interest in this tasting.  We wondered if this was due to the poor showing of the 2003s back in July or was it that tasters preferred to watch the baseball playoffs?

Bob was in Paris, but Ellen was back.

Here's what we found:

The Wines Gerald's Rank Ellen's Rank GROUP RANK Total Points 1sts/2nds/
Lasts
BEAULIEU VINEYARD
2003 Napa
Private Reserve
$90
5 4 5 35 0/1/0
FROG’S LEAP
2003 Napa
Rutherford (100% Cabernet)
$75
4 3 4 31 1/0/0
HEWITT
2003 Napa
Rutherford (100% Cabernet)
$75
8
Corked
8
Corked
8
Corked
59
Corked
0/0/6
Corked
ROBERT MONDAVI
2003 Napa
Oakville
$40
1 6 6 38 1/0/0
PIEDRA HILL
2003 Napa
Howell Mountain
$42
7 7 7 52 0/0/2
PROVENANCE
2003 Napa
Oakville “Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard”
$36
2 5 2 23 1/4/0
SBRAGIA
2003 Sonoma Valley
Monte Rosso Vineyard
$48
6 2 1 23 3/2/0
WHITEHALL LANE
2003 Napa
Reserve
$80
3 1 3 27 2/1/0


8th Place:  HEWITT 2003  Napa Valley  "Rutherford" CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Despite this sample being a "corked" bottle (tainted by a bad cork and displaying aromas of a cellar full of wet paper/cardboard), two of the 8 tasters did not rank this last!  They felt the odd Piedra Hill wine was worse than a corked bottle!  <Ouch!!>

 

7th Place: PIEDRA HILL 2003 Napa Valley "Howell Mountain" CABERNET SAUVIGNON
One taster described this as "cloudy in appearance, with notes of green leaves and raspberry fruit on the nose and pickle barrel flavors."  Someone else said "It's not at all pleasing, showing a medicinal aroma."  Another critic encountered "black pepper notes and it's not at all typical on the nose or palate of Cabernet Sauvignon."   One person found "notes of orange peel.  It's 'decent' for a Cabernet."
I found the wine to be of medium ruby color and, having an early pour from this bottle, it was clear in appearance.  The nose was very stalky and herbal, with some cassis tones and a vegetal, leafy, almost Burgundian aspect.  As I tasted this medium-bodied wine, I thought it was the sort of rendition a Pinot Noir winemaker would produce.  It's a perfectly nice wine, but atypical of Cabernet Sauvignon.  The vegetal/herbal/earthy elements in the spotlight here are more Burgundian than Bordeaux-like.  Still, I gave this a one star rating on my three star scale (no stars for an average or ordinary wine) as it's got some complexity and interest.

 

6th Place:  ROBERT MONDAVI 2003 Napa "Oakville" CABERNET SAUVIGNON
"This wine shows nice oak, a bit of orange peel and dill, with some dusty notes.  It's tannic and bitter as they extracted too much tannin." said one critic.  Another taster likened this to "A 1960s' era Chianti as it's a sharp, biting wine."  Someone else described Mondavi's Oakville Cabernet as "more reminiscent of a Zinfandel."
I noted this as having a deep, purple color.  The nose, for me, was clear as a bell with deep, black fruits and plenty of "Cabernet" coming through "loud and clear."  I enjoyed the black cherry and cassis, with a bit of oak to balance or add complexity.  It's fairly full on the palate with a good structure of appropriate tannins.  I felt this can be cellared for 5 to 15 years and gave it a two star+ rating.  Impressive to me...less impressive to others.

 

5th Place:  BEAULIEU VINEYARD 2003 Napa Valley "Private Reserve" CABERNET SAUVIGNON 
One critic found "Nice oak to this raspberryish red.  It's bitter and has a black licorice note on the palate.  I wondered if they pressed this too hard and extracted unusually astringent tannins."  A couple of tasters noted this had "Brettanomyces" (a leathery, saddle-like element).  Someone else detected an off note, saying it's "a little bit corky...not much, but I felt this was 'off' slightly."  Another person said "I liked it.  There's a full, long finish to this and though it's a bit tannic, I found it quite cellarworthy."
This medium+ ruby-colored wine has a dusty note on the nose, with a nicely cedar tone to the bouquet.  It's dry and moderately acidic, being rather full-bodied.  It's deep and shows dark fruits.  I wondered if this was one of the "mountain wines" of the set.  I didn't mind the tannins here, but did note the wine as being a bit astringent.  I felt the fruit is sufficient to age reasonably well for 10 to 15 years.  One star+.

 

4th Place: FROG'S LEAP 2003 Napa Valley "Rutherford" CABERNET SAUVIGNON
One critic found this wine to be "volatile on the nose and this was confirmed on the palate with its sharp quality.  This is defective."  Disagreeing was one panel member who described the Frog's Leap wine as "Very pleasant as it shows leather and tobacco notes.  It's a bit 'sweet' on the palate, too."  Another person "liked the sweet oak and red licorice notes.  There's an element of baked cherries, along with raspberry and espresso tones."
A medium ruby colored wine, this shows nice, woodsy notes on the nose, with dusty, cedary tones and a touch of a cigar box fragrance.  It's a medium-bodied red, showing good, refined Cabernet character.  I found it to be well-structured and nicely tannic, with some plushness to its feel on the palate.  Nice length, too.  One-and-a-half stars.

 

 

3rd Place:  WHITEHALL LANE 2003 "Reserve" CABERNET SAUVIGNON
One fan described Whitehall's Reserve as "well-balanced and it has a long finish and nice aromas."  A second taster felt this was "out of synch.  It's sweet in the mouth and has a rather sour finish."  One panel member also found this sweet noting "it's on the soft side or sweet, so it's best to drink now.  The wine offers blackcurrants and chocolate, so perhaps matching it with a chicken mole."  A final critic encountered notes of "wet leather" in this wine.
With a dark, rather purple tone to the robe of this wine, I found lightly dusty notes on the nose with hints of cherry and cassis fruit.  The oak is not so prominent on the nose.  I did not find the wine especially  sweet, but it's overall balance is one leaning towards "soft."  It's a medium-full bodied Cabernet, with mild tannins.  The black cherry fruit is pretty and it probably can be cellared for five to ten years.  The price seems steep to me, but I suppose they have customers who don't mind such a tariff.  One-and-a-half stars.  Oh!  This does not have a cork closure, but a glass gizmo which pops out when you loosen the seal.  I wonder, then, how this will develop in the bottle?

 

 

2nd Place:  PROVENANCE 2003 Napa "To Kalon Vineyard" CABERNET SAUVIGNON
The first critic to speak about this Provenance Cabernet found "Sweet berry fruit and spice tones such as nutmeg and tamarind, with a touch of dried orange peel.  It's got some bitter tannins, though, which I imagine are wood tannins from the oak barrels."  Another taster found this to have a "tart finish, with great flavors and a long aftertaste."  Someone else described this as "Reminiscent of the Cabernets of Caymus of many years ago.  It's got a lot of oak and is a tad acidic and a wee bit hot."  Another critic found it "Closed to start, but as it blossomed I found notes of sage.  It was better on the palate, with plummy fruit, some herbal tones and nice tannins."  A final thought from another taster was "It got better over the course of the tasting."
With medium ruby color, this wine displayed a note of licorice on the nose, with some cedary and woodsy tones.  It's dry and medium-bodied, not a powerhouse, but solid.  I found this wine to offer some finesse and yet it's deep and has plenty of good varietal character.  I found dark fruit flavors and nice oak on the palate.  One-and-a-half stars+.

 

 

1st Place:  SBRAGIA 2003 Sonoma Valley "Monte Rosso Vineyard" CABERNET SAUVIGNON
An old-timer said "This reminds me of old Joseph Phelps' Cabernets with its eucalyptus and mint notes.  It's a bit herbal and has good depth."  Someone else found "spicy oak tones with hints of cilantro and hot chilies.  There's a note of strawberry and red fruits, with sweet vanilla.  It's got sufficient acidity to balance."  Another panel member found this to be "Supple and showing red mint notes.  I'd liken it to a Carneros Pinot Noir and it's oaky;  nicely so."  One detractor found this to be "pruney and overripe."  Someone else found "slight sweetness and it's full on the nose, with nice cherry fruit."
Though I ranked it in sixth place, I liked the wine for rather short-term cellaring.  The first pass through, I found medium ruby red color.  The nose offered an intriguing, but curious, note of maple syrup or a sweet mocha tone.  It's "sweet" on the fragrance any way you look at it.  My tasting sheet notes "this is a very fashionable style of wine today."  It's a shade low in acidity, but the flavors are quite good.  Rich, ripe, dense and mildly tannic, this is a tad plump or chubby, but quite a showy wine.  I can see why it won the tasting and wouldn't mind having it with dinner.  I knocked it down on my ranking sheet for being a bit "obvious" and for not having longevity, but it's a modern, stylish bottle for immediate drinking.  One star+.

 

 

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
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
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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

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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