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2003 NAPA CABERNET SAUVIGNON
A Blind-Tasting Comparison
July 20, 2006

Notes by
Gerald Weisl
wine merchant

The Napa Valley Vintner's association issued a press release in November of 2003 trumpeting the virtues of the just-finished "vintage."  Its headline reads:
Many Believe It Could Be One of the Decade's Best

They surveyed a number of winemakers to assess the quality of the vintage.  Virtually everyone queried suggests the vintage is a good one with superlatives such as "great" and "exceptional" being bandied about.

The winter was an extended one and April was exceptionally wet, stalling the start of the growing season.  The summer saw a few heat spikes over the summer and a moderate period of high temps in September.  Many vintners said the harvest season was an extended one, some picking Cabernet Sauvignon over a month-and-a-half time span.

With all the glowing reports, we were interested to assess a group of Cabernets from some famous names.  A few of the wines in this tasting are not famous, but most are rather well-known.

The reaction to the wines was mixed and there was but one wine which out-paced the pack by a small margin.  Interestingly and unusually, each and every wine in the tasting had a last place vote.  Six of the eight wines had at least one first place vote.

The wine which won the tasting had half of the tasters ranking it in first place.  Second place through fourth place wines were separated by a mere two points, while fifth place through last place were just 8 points apart.

One perspective might be that these wines are all great and closely bunched together in terms of quality.  My assessment was these were a lackluster bunch of wines and I had trouble getting excited about tonight's wines.  Was it the warm weather that caused these to not show well, I wonder?  Did I set my level of expectation too high, perhaps?  Was I having an off night?

Ellen and Bob had similar reactions.  Ellen said she didn't think this tasting revealed any interesting wines and Bob said he did not think any of this set was worth having in the shop.

Here's what we found:

The Wines Gerald's Rank Ellen's Rank Bob's Rank GROUP RANKING Total Points 1sts/2nds/
Lasts
BUEHLER VINEYARDS
2003 Napa
Estate
$35
7 3 8 8 87 0/1/3
GROTH
2003 Napa
Oakville
$52
5 8 3 6 80 0/1/2
PAUL HOBBS
2003 Napa
$78
6 6 4 2 65 4/1/1
KARL LAWRENCE
2003 Napa
$54.99
3 2 2 4 67 1/4/2
JOSEPH PHELPS
2003 Napa
$52
4 1 6 3 66 1/3/2
STEWART
2003 Napa
$60
1 5 5 1 49 8/1/1
TURNBULL
2003 Napa
Estate Grown
$42
2 4 7 7 83 1/3/4
WHISPERING DOVE
2003 Napa
Stags Leap District
$45
8 7 1 5 79 1/2/1

8th Place:  BUEHLER 2003 Napa "Estate" CABERNET SAUVIGNON
One taster encountered "Plastic or prunes?  I disliked it, whatever it is.  This is a dull and awkward wine."  Another critic found it "Dumb, low intensity on the aroma and bitter on the palate.  It's simply a difficult wine."  Other adjectives were "Sour" and "Bitter, metallic with hints of cigar box, black pepper and tangerine."
I found this to be a very simple, ordinary red wine with briary aromas and a touch of berry-like fruit.  There seemed to me to be an underlying vegetal quality, so you have ripe and a suggestion that the vines produced a heavier crop, perhaps, than they could actually bear.  The wine shows a mild berry-like flavor and it's tannic and a bit hot.  I found the wine to taste rather flat and simple. It's not anything special now and not likely to grow into a particularly elegant wine.  No stars on my three star scale...I am amused to read the winemaker's notes which I've copied below, as they sound great, but don't describe the wine in my glass.
Winemaker Notes:  The aromas hint at black fruit: ripe black cherries and black plums.  Enticing barrel qualities of cola and spice complement the fruit aromas.  On the palate, the wine shows layers of deeply extracted flavors that only mature hillside vineyards can give."

7th Place:  TURNBULL 2003 Napa "Estate Grown" CABERNET SAUVIGNON
One taster characterized this wine as "Earthy!"  Another mentioned finding "Nice, herbal Cabernet fruit and a hint of oak.  It's nicely varietal and dry, firm and has good Cabernet character.  Intense and complete."  Someone else found the Turnbull wine to be "Lush and fruit-forward."  Another person described this as "syrupy."  One panel member told us "This wine is fat and flabby with drying tannins and it's a fruit bomb."  Bob Gorman, an old-timer, said "This is an old-fashioned Napa Cabernet and it's not a pretty one."
I ranked this in second place, not because it was great but because it was marginally more interesting than the rest of these wines.  The aromas hinted at stalky and stemmy with some red fruit tones.  It's hardly a grand wine, but is more like "Cabernet ordinaire."  There's a bit of berry and plum on the palate, with mild tannins.  The fruit and tannin balance is okay, but the wine is simple and not very complex.  Like the rest of the wines in this tasting, it's a rather superficial wine.  Perhaps a one star wine.
Winery Description:  "The Crossword girl orders her Macchiato with steamed milk on the side, just another indication that preference is a very personal thing.  If I had stepped up to this tasting counter I would have likely asked for a Cab with cherry fruit and a bit of mocha on top, soulful tannins that are round and soft and a flavor that carries past the fruit to a place that is about the sense of well-being created by...yes, bittersweet chocolate.  I have an unfair advantage, of course, because I am my own vino-barrista.  Ain't life grand?"

6th Place:  GROTH 2003 Napa "Oakville" CABERNET SAUVIGNON
"This is very earthy." said one critic.  Another found the Groth to display "Nice cedar and minty tones.  It's hollow and alcoholic, medicinal and flat on the finish."  Someone else said "I agree and yet I liked this wine, though it does have a bit of a metallic finish."  Other commentary on this wine centered on its lack of depth.  "This has a short finish," said one person, adding "It's fruit forward, but short."  Another critic encountered "Black licorice, chalky notes and some Brettanomyces and bitter almond flavors."  A final speaker suggested "This has a nice aroma but it's empty on the palate."
For me, this was showing light spice box notes on the nose with a woodsy and vegetal tone.  It veered off into the realm of being mildly earthy and a tad meaty on the nose.  I found it coarse and a bit hot on the palate, with aggressive tannins and astringency in the mouth.  On the palate, I felt this lacked fruit and was another simplistic, modest Cabernet.  No stars.
Winemaker Tasting Notes:  "...With full, rich aromas and flavors redolent of ripe stone fruit and dark berries, the 2003 Cabernet is a lush wine with a subtle tannin backbone that will allow the wine to become more complex with proper bottle age."

 

5th Place:  WHISPERING DOVE 2003 Napa "Stags Leap District" CABERNET SAUVIGNON
One critic felt this is a "Nice, typical Cabernet Sauvignon."  Another person found "Cassis, black olive, clove spice and fine, grainy tannins with notes of chili and bitter chocolate."  Someone else described this as "A bit shy compared to others.  It's decently structured, though."  A final critic encountered "Vanilla oak and a slightly dank nose.  It's bitter and lack 'middle.'  It's also sour and has too much tannin."
I disliked this wine for being ripe and in the direction of jammy.  It's almost more reminiscent of certain California Zinfandels.  On the palate, I found a flat wine.  It's was not merely "shy," but I felt it was hollow and empty.  This seems to be the shell of a Cabernet.  It's a standard quality, simple red wine.  No stars.

4th Place:   KARL LAWRENCE 2003 Napa CABERNET SAUVIGNON
"Dull on the nose with hints of cassis and oak in a cloying way so the wood overwhelms the fruit." said one critic.  Another found "oak and vanilla on the nose with black cherry, vanilla, mocha and bittersweet chocolate."  Someone else encountered a "great mouthfeel and it's very Cabernet-like."  Less enthusiastic was one taster who described this as "weak on the palate," while a final critic mentioned finding "excessive fruit tannins and it's really bitter."
There was a nice black currant aroma to start with a light bit of oak and some cedar tones.  There is a violet and brown spice aspect here, too.  It's decently varietal and is a tad coarse and hot.  I like the style of the wine, but it's not especially deep or profound.  One star.

3rd Place:   JOSEPH PHELPS 2003 Napa CABERNET SAUVIGNON
"This wine is full of bitter orange aromas, though it seemed to open a bit over the course of the tasting.  It finished in the middle on my ranking." said one critic.  Another taster found "Juicy currant fruit, with meaty, bacony notes, some Brettanomyces and tobacco and a bitter walnut-like streak of harshness.  Still, there is a lushness and rich texture to this wine."  A third critic found "Minty, vanilla notes on the nose and bing cherry, melted licorice and bittersweet chocolate on the palate."
Mildly berryish on the nose, for me, this had a whiff of wood underneath.  I described the aromas as "okay."  Overall, this struck me as another standard-issue Cabernet.  The flavors are of dark fruits, but like most of the other wines, it's not particularly complex or deep.  Perhaps worthy of half a star as a rating on my three star scale.

2nd Place:  PAUL HOBBS 2003 Napa CABERNET SAUVIGNON
"I found this to be a powerfully tannic red that's long and lush." said the first taster.  Another noted "Minty and tobacco notes on the nose.  This is unctuous and full, with glycerine and smoked meat flavors, cherry-like fruit and a long finish."  One critic knocked it for being "too sweet and seemingly it's over-ripe and Port-like."  Someone else "liked the nose but the flavors reminded me more of a strange plastics-like character.  It's ripe and plummy and rather Port-like."  Another person described finding an element reminiscent of "Dentyne chewing gum.  It's an easy, one-dimensional wine that's a bit unknit."
There are stalky and floral tones on the nose of this wine.  It's showing a hint of wood, but struck me an an "okay" Cabernet, but hardly a "grand vin."  The wine is aggressively tannic on the palate and has mild-intensity fruit.  It's a simple and rather superficial Cabernet.  I found some berry-like flavors.  "Ho hum" was my summation commentary.  No stars.


 

1st Place:  STEWART 2003 Napa CABERNET SAUVIGNON
"I liked the sweet and spicy oak notes of this wine.  It's a bit herbal and shows nice wood.  It's warm, complete and is a bit soft and ripe." said one taster.  Another critic knocked this for being "Too soft and sweet and not having any real backbone."  Someone else found the Stewart wine to be "hot and tannic and yet it's soft."  One panel member found "Pencil lead and pencil shavings notes with black raspberry, freesia, floral tones and it shows firm acidity and black currant fruit.  It's a bit ripe and jammy, though."  One person mentioned finding "Dusty, earthy tones and a lot of heat and pruney flavors."  A final critic described this as "too earthy and sweet."
There is a nice berry tone to this wine with plenty of dark fruit notes.  I liked the mild wood on the nose, too.  The flavors confirm the dark fruit character with black plum notes and some currants.  It's nicely structured and has a bit of stuffing, unlike most of these wines.  One-and-a-half stars.


 

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!)

SOUTHERN RHÔNE REDS  September 2017

SONOMA COAST & RUSSIAN RIVER PINOT NOIRS  August 2017

ETNA BIANCO--WINES FROM THE VOLCANO  July 2017

CALIFORNIA ZINFANDELS  June 2017

TANNAT WINES FROM HITHER & YON  May 2017

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

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VINO FINO HOLIDAY DINNER & WINE MARATHON  December 2010

MODESTLY-PRICED OREGON PINOT NOIRS  November 2010

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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

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

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SPANISH TEMPRANILLO  October 2004

2002 CENTRAL COAST PINOT NOIRS  September 2004

AUSSIE SHIRAZ-CABERNET BLENDS  August 2004

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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
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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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