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2003 SAINT EMILIONS
A Blind-Tasting Comparison
July 12, 2006

Notes by
Gerald Weisl,
wine merchant


The Bordeaux market is a remarkable study in cheerleading, rumor and economics.

Every year, wine critics race to be the first to trumpet the virtues or deflate the balloon in critiquing the newest vintage.  Some consumers, armed with the rumor of a good wine (a tasting note from some critic of a barrel sample, which may or may not be representative of what an estate will bottle in a year or so), rush to buy wines that are usually available in good quantity.

The description of every new vintage is likened to some previous years.  If you have two normal vintages, such as 2001 and 2002, when an exceptional year such as 2003 comes along, the trumpets are blown with more vigor and the drums are beaten with enthusiasm.  The problem for consumers, is, of course, all the excitement of 2003 pales in comparison now that the orchestra is playing the tune of 2005.

The problem for producers is that they seem to harvest grapes on an annual basis and they make wine every year.  (Duh!)  Critics, though, would lead readers to believe you buy Bordeaux only a few years each decade.

The 2003s had been hugely praised early on.  The wines were offered at extremely high prices.  Now that they are in bottle and appearing for sale, we assembled a set of Merlot-based wines from the St. Emilion appellation.

The hot temperatures in July and August probably had Bordeaux vintners wondering if they were in California's Central Valley or Australia!  How would the relatively thin-skinned Merlot fare?  How would winemakers face such a challenge?

Our tasting group evaluated eight wines, ranging in price from $39 to $125 per bottle.  Seven of the eight wines received at least one first place vote and seven of the eight received at least one last place tally.  One wine, the one with no last place votes, outpaced the field by a modest margin.   Second place through fifth place were separated by a mere 9 points with 17 tasters voting.

Here's what we found:

The Wines Gerald's Rank Ellen's Rank Bob's Rank GROUP RANKING Total Points 1sts/2nds/
Lasts
CHTEAU
BEAU-SJOUR BCOT
1er Grand Cru
$69
2 3 5 2 66 3/3/1
CHTEAU
CANON-LA-GAFFELIRE
Grand Cru
$81
8 8 6 8 98 0/4/7
CHTEAU
CLOS FOURTET
1er Grand Cru
$99
5 7 4 6 81 1/2/2
CHTEAU
FLEUR CARDINALE
Grand Cru
$39
6 4 3 5 75 2/2/2
CHTEAU
LA-GAFFELIRE
1er Grand Cru
$64
7 6 7 7 91 3/0/1
CHTEAU
LA GOMERIE
Grand Cru
$105
3 2 8 3 72 2/2/2
TERTRE ROTEBOEUF
Grand Cru
$125
4 5 2 1 55 2/3/0
VIRGINIE de VALANDRAUD
Grand Cru
$65
1 1 1 4 74 4/1/2

8th Place:  CHTEAU CANON LA GAFFELIRE
A number of tasters rather liked this wine, but many found it not to their taste.  One person found it to be an "Elegant style, with layers of cedar-infused blackberry fruit with earth, mushrooms and spice.  Some minerality, too.  Dried floral notes and a funky note."  Someone else described this as "vegetal and band-aid-like...thin, disjointed and it has a short finish."  A third taster found "Brettanomyces, metallic notes and it's sour.  One panel member detected "wet leather and notes of brown sugar, but no finesse."  Final comments included "not an ager" and "low in acidity."
The leathery, meaty, Brettanomyces notes were not attractive to me.  There's a bit of smoky oak and tobacco, but I wonder if the Brett will eventually cover whatever grape is supporting it.  The wine is medium+ to full-bodied.  There are notes of deep, dark fruits and lots of "stuffing," but you have to be a fan of all the leather, saddle, meaty character to be a fan here.  The structure suggests 10-15 years of cellaring, but the Brett makes this a gamble.  Possibly a one star wine on my three star scale, no stars being an average or ordinary wine.




7th Place:  CHTEAU LA GAFFELIRE
"Hot, tannic, sour, astringent and metallic." were the words of one critic.  Someone else felt this was either "Over-pressed, over-extracted or both."  Another taster found it "Subtle and complex, with sweet chocolate and minerally, ripe plum notes.  There's a vanilla cream note and a mocha-like finish."  One person described this as "hot," while another mentioned "tobacco."  A final taster described the wine as "baked, with notes of cocoa powder and it's not attractive on the palate."
I noted some mildly dusty notes on the nose with red fruit elements.  It's reasonably nice from an aromatic standpoint.  Where the wine is a bit perplexing at this stage is its rather large structure.  There's quite a bit of tannin and the wine doesn't seem to support all the astringency at this stage.  Perhaps it will come into balance with five to 10 years in the bottle?   I suspect this will be a nice wine in a decade, but it's a bit unbalanced today.  One star.

 

6th Place:  CHTEAU CLOS FOURTET
"This is elegant and has a long finish," said one critic, adding "It's a wonderful wine!"  Another taster found it "tannic to excess, being bitter and sour, too."  Someone else found it "lightly oaked and it has flavors of sweet mochas cream, black fruit notes and coffee bean tones with smoky nuances."  One panel member felt it had "A lot of charred oak which gives this a coarse quality."  Anther taster described this as "Full and chewy with black cherry fruit and roasted meat notes."
I liked the cedar and sandalwood fragrances on the nose with hints of dark fruits.  I noted a hint of Brettanomyces as the wine has a mild leathery scent.  It's mouth-drying and tannic with dark fruit flavors.  For me, this was quite Bordeaux-like and it needs another decade to really soften and blossom.  I gave it one-and-a-half stars.

 

5th Place:  CHTEAU FLEUR CARDINALE
"There is a lot of ripe blackberry fruit to this wine, along with plum notes and some toasted oak.  There are floral tones and berryish notes with sweet fruit and molasses." said one taster.  Another described this as "Big, tarry and tannic.  It's got good length and is a bit sour."  Someone else mentioned finding a "must note to begin the tasting, but this seemingly blew off and I got a black raspberry note with nice balance."  A final critic mentioned "sour" as a descriptor.
I found this to be mildly plummy on the nose and it's ripe and big.  There was a note reminding me of a tea-like fragrance, too.  It's a good wine, but seemingly a big "quiet" or low intensity on the nose.  The overall balance is pretty good, as this sports mild berry flavors, red fruits and a hint of wood.  It's a bit more profound on the palate than it is on the nose.  I'd guess this to have a life span of about ten years, maybe more.  One-and-a-half stars.

 

4th Place:  VIRGINIE DE VALANDRAUD
One taster found "layers of dusty blackberry fruit and earthy plum notes.   There's lightly creamed coffee and pronounced, ripe fruit here and subtle oak."  Another taster found the wood "heavily charred and this made the fruit taste burnt."    Someone else found notes of "black olives and sweet oak."  "This was a big Bordeaux and a mouthful!  It's a bit tannic, however."  Another critic found "Smoky notes on the nose and some cigar box nuances with red slate and black cherries."
I found this wine to be most enchanting.  The fruit is plummy and classically "red" with notes of berries and some woodsy tones from the oak.  The oak contributes a sweet element to the fragrance.  Very nice nose.  Medium-bodied, this was equally charming on the palate, showing sweet wood and nice fruit.  It probably lacks the cellaring potential of other wines in this tasting, but the over all balance is delightful.  It's drinkable now and should remain in good condition for another 5-15 years.  Two+ stars.

 

3rd Place:  CHTEAU LA GOMERIE
"Soft and lush, this wine is very much a Merlot.  Soft." said one critic.  Another indicated they found a "moldy note on the nose and it's dumb and funky on the palate."  Someone else also encountered a flawed element here, saying "Initially I thought this might be corked."  One panel member found "off notes and some wet saddle tones and leather.  Anise, plum and some sage tones, there's an unpleasant saddle leather quality here."  Another taster found "Brettanomyces and some maple sugar notes, this seemed to improve over the course of the tasting."
I think what others found as flawed, I described as a pencil shavings sort of character on the nose.  I found the nose of this wine to be quite intriguing and I detected a bit of a curry powder fragrance here, too.  This seemed a tad hot, which I expected to find in many more of these wines in this tasting.  Still, this is a more long-term cellaring candidate, probably the longest of this set.  The tannin level makes this a bit less charming presently, but I'm hopeful for this wine's future.  One-and-a-half stars...maybe more in a few years.

 

2nd Place:  CHTEAU BEAU-SJOUR BCOT
One tasting participant felt this wine was "the most extracted and the most Parkerized wine of the line-up."  One taster felt this was "closed at the start of the tasting."  Another person felt it was produced from "over-ripe grapes but I thinks it's developed nicely since it was first poured and that I misjudged it.  It's better now."  One critic felt this "had great richness and texture.  There's a nice blackberry note and some mochas cream and chocolate-dipped caramel with vanilla cream."  A final taster felt this had "a touch more acidity than most of the wines."
This wine really opened nicely during the tasting.  It has red and black fruit aromas with a wonderful berry tone and mild oak on the nose.  It's medium+-bodied to full.  The wine shows dark fruit flavors with nice tannin and a dusty element.  It's lengthy and powerful and seems to be a good candidate for cellaring.  One-and-a-half stars+.  Fine.

 

1st Place:  TERTRE ROTEBOEUF
"This is a beauty," said one taster.  "It's got great fruit and good texture and a good finish."  One panel member found "Nicely toasted oak here with blackberry fruit and violet-like notes.  There's a tone of sweet earth and a silky finish."  Someone else said "This might be described by Robert Parker as 'fruit forward,' but it's got forward fruit.  The wine is opulent and has nice oak and ripe tannins along with a bit of heat."  Others said its aroma was "different" and a final critic knocked it for being "too sweet."
This wine was a bit dusty to start and showed nice red fruit notes.  It's sweetly oaked and offers nice ripe fruit aromas.  There's a red fruit aspect on the nose and palate here.  It's a "pretty" wine, but not terribly profound or complex.  The wine simply has charm and balance and you can drink it immediately.  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!)

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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