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SOUTHERN FRENCH REDS:
RHÔNE WANNABE'S
A Blind Tasting
March 26, 2003


Notes by
GERALD WEISL
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Long ago and far away the vast "south of France" was awash in really modest quality wine.  It seemed nobody in the Languedoc and Roussillon regions had the faintest clue about making good wine.  

Good wine was something from more prestigious places such as Bordeaux and Burgundy.  The south of France was home to high volume wines at very low prices.

Only when consumption of wine dropped significantly did the notion of planting higher quality (and coincidently), less bountiful varieties gain popularity.  Today even large grower's cooperative wineries talk about smaller yields and they often produce a special, higher quality wine.

Today's Languedoc and Roussillon is the home to new, innovative wine growers.  Many people have planted varieties which do well in warm climate vineyards: Syrah, Grenache, Mourvdre and Cabernet Sauvignon to name a few.

Despite the fact that wines from this part of the planet are achieving record high prices, if they're able to compete with most costly Rhne and California bottlings, perhaps there's some "value" to be had for consumers.

We assembled a set of wines from this region from the 1999 and 2000 vintages.  One wine was significantly ahead of the pack, though three or four were quite good.

Here's what we found:

THE WINES Gerald' Rank Ellen's Rank Bob's Rank GROUP RANK TOTAL POINTS 1sts/2nds/
Lasts
DOMAINE CLAVEL
2000 Coteaux du Languedoc
Copa Santa
$ 22
3 1 7 3 47 4/0/0
DOMAINE FERRER RIBIERE
1999
Côtes du Roussillon
Cuvée Cana 
$17
2 2 1 1 32 4/6/0
CHÂTEAU GRES SAINT PAUL
2000 Coteaux du Languedoc
Antonin
$15
4 4 3 5 59 1/0/1
DOMAINE du MAS BLANC
1999 Collioure
Clos du Moulin
$25
8 5 2 6 71 0/2/3
DOMAINE du MAS BLANC
1999 Collioure
Cosprons Levants
$22
7 7 8 8 84 0/0/3
CHÂTEAU de la NEGLY
1999 Coteaux du Languedoc
La Falaise
$19
1 6 4 4 53 2/2/2
CHÂTEAU PUECH-HAUT
1999 Coteaux du Languedoc
Le Rouge Prestige-St. Drzry
$27
6 3 5 2 41 2/2/0
DOMAINE DE SALENTE
1999 Coteaux du Languedoc
LAme de Salente
$28
5 8 6 7 81 0/1/4


8th Place:  DOMAINE DU MAS BLANC 1999 COLLIOURE "Cosprons Levants"
I included the wines of Mas Blanc on the strength of glowing reviews from Robert Parker's "The Wine Advocate."  He gave the highest praise to the 2000 vintages of Mas Blanc wines and we have access to the 1999s, so we included two bottlings.
One critic said "There's not much of interest here, so I ranked this fourth."  Bob said "There's a lot on the nose but it was too light and thin with no depth or concentration.  The aromas are fascinating, however, displaying plums, cherries, spice, candy, jujube's, with some leafy elements, too."  Another taster pegged this as "candied," while someone else felt it had "light, Grenache-like notes."
I found it to be a ripe and seemingly warm red wine with lots of jammy and stewed fruit elements on the nose.  It's dry and mildly tannic, but a very ordinary quality red wine of no particular interest.  No stars (on my three star scale, 0 being standard or ordinary, three being exceptional).


7th Place:  DOMAINE DE SALENTE 1999 COTEAUX DU LANGUEDOC "L'Ame de Salente"
With the famous enologist Jean-Luc Colombo as a partner in this property, one might be surprised to hear the adjectives applied to this wine.  One critic found "H2S aromas and a petroleum pungency with spicy, pine and metallic notes.  It does have a bit of blackberry fruit in there, however."  Someone else criticized this for being "bitter."  Another person characterized this as being "So odd!  I tasted the fruit here, but it's really sour!"  Another panel member found a "strange, veggie tone, such as cooked Brussels sprouts or turnips."  One fan encountered "lemon grass notes that are very unusual, but it's really an extravagant wine that's long and has a nice peppery finish."  Another taster dismissed this for it's character he likened to "grapefruit."
I found it to be a very odd wine with the earthy notes of a weird Pinot Noir!  It's a bit meaty and lightly smoky and woodsy with hints of leather and eucalyptus on the nose.  There's bright berry fruit and some nice spice notes on the palate.  One star.


6th Place:  DOMAINE DU MAS BLANC 1999 COLLIOURE "Clos du Moulin"
With many negative comments, the first person to offer an opinion found this to have the aroma of "Brettanomyces."  A second critic described the fragrances as "revolting."  A third person encountered "Cte-Rtie, peppery notes that was sort of like licking the bottom of a pepper grinder!"  Someone else found "A lot of Syrah here."  Another critic said "It doesn't entice on the nose and the taste is flat."  Someone else chimed in that this is "low in acidity."
I was bothered by many facets of this wine.  The nose struck me as dirty and mushroomy with lots of earthiness.  It also shows evidence of coming from a very hot climate region, yet with unripe fruit fragrances such as stemmy and stalky notes.  On the palate the wine has a strong attack from the alcohol and it's simply not especially charming being tannic and lacking fruit.  You can keep this one!



5th Place:  CHÂTEAU GRES SAINT PAUL 2000 COTEAUX DU LANGUEDOC "Antonin"
One critic found this to be "Gamey and showing green pepper notes...it's deep and intense, being tannic and very complex with a long aftertaste."  A less enthusiastic voice described it as being reminiscent of "dirty sweat socks with dirty cellar fragrances, some grapefruit notes and an herbal, minty character with candied grapefruit peel...it's rather disjointed."  A third person described it as "complex and jammy but it opened nicely and is intense."  One taster questioned whether or not this was corky initially, but we figured if it was corked, that would not have blown off.  Besides, nobody else found that particular flaw here.  A final word was it had "green aromas like pine needles with a cedary character and then jam.  It's a schizophrenic wine!"
I found a curious aroma which reminded me of a salty, sea breeze which then opened to show berryish fruit and a white pepper spicy character.  I found it to be very Syrah-like.  It's big and tannic on the palate, being a huge red.  The question here is whether or not the wine will ever be balanced, as the tannin level seems to overwhelm all else.  Perhaps it warrants a one star rating.  I can se this being more interesting with fatty red meats or duck.


4th Place:  CHÂTEAU de la NEGLY 1999 COTEAU DU LANGUEDOC "La Falaise"
"This shows quite a lot of highly charred oak." said one taster.  Another found it to be "Very nice peppery red with some bit.  The nose is quite appealing."  Someone else found a note of "SO
2."  Another taster described the nose as being reminiscent of "Rosemary and horse urine."  How they would know, so well, that curious aroma, I am not sure!  Another critic found this to have a "Tart entry with citrus pith flavors and a bitter, tannic finish."  On a more positive note, a final taster found "Intense blackberry notes with cigar box and wood chip elements.  It's got great structure and a nice, peppery finish." 
In looking for "Rhne Wannabe's," I felt this displayed the most character of a Northern Rhne Syrah. It's intensely berryish with underlying hickory, smoky, bacony aromas.  These same features shine brightly on the palate with a nicely tannic backbone.  I felt this was a two star wine.  Very fine!



3rd Place:  DOMAINE CLAVEL 2000 COTEAUX DU LANGUEDOC "Copa Santa"
"This has lovely, high-toned fruit with kirsch and cassis.  It's almost more like a young, fresh, barrel sample...a lovely wine." said the first taster.  A second taster found this to have "Great fruit.  It's a bit soft and not especially tannic, with warm, cassis notes and a burned, cedary character."  Another person found it to be soft, while someone else said "It's got an alcoholic bite on the finish."  Yet another taster described it as having a "hot finish."  One fellow described it as "a Santa Barbara-type Syrah...it's more of a California-styled wine."  A more critical taster encountered "Tomato stems and herbaceous notes with way too much tannin."
If I were using the Robert Parker set of adjectives, this wine would be described as having "gobs of fruit."  It's extremely fruity, showing notes of prunes (without being flawed), beets, raspberries and then having a high-toned note reminiscent of Beaujolais or whole-berry fermented red wine.  These same features shine on the palate, the wine seemingly showing the whole berry fruit fermentation, yet with traditionally-fermented notes as well.  I can't imagine this cellaring especially well, since it's rather attractive right now while all that vibrant fruit is still, uh, vibrant.  One star.



2nd Place: CHÂTEAU PUECH-HAUT 1999 COTEAU DU LANGUEDOC "Le Rouge Prestige" St. Drzry
One critic encountered "Hay aromas with an earthy, mulberry, floral jammy tone along with sweet cherry concentrate laced with peppermint."  Another person described this as "Cherry flavored pepper."  One panel member found "Black currant aromas, but it's a rather unremarkable wine."  Someone else found this to have a lot of "Blueberry notes...I wonder if this is predominantly Mourvdre?"  A final critic said it was "dark, thick and luscious and somewhat similar to the winning wine from Ferrer Ribiere."
I found this to show a mildly spicy character at first with a light berry fragrance.  But it seemed to take on an earthy and then a resiny quality which I did not care for.  On the palate I found the wine to be like several others in that it reminded me of some wines from California's Paso Robles region:  showing over-ripe fruit character from dried grapes as well as an herbal, immature fruit character from over-cropping or the fact that the fruit simply did not arrive at a point of "maturity." 



1st Place:  DOMAINE FERRER RIBIERE 1999 CTES DE ROUSSILLON "Cuvée Cana"
One taster said this is a "Nice Syrah with good fruit and it's a rather complex wine."  Someone else found "Ripe cassis-like fruit with blackberry jam and mint.  It's soft, yet somewhat tannic."  One of the panel who was less impressed downgraded this for being "too flat and flabby."  Another person encountered a "Very good wine...it's shows strawberry or red fruits, rather than dense, dark black fruit elements."
I found a fair bit of oak influencing this wine.  It's got a nicely woodsy character on the nose with some blackberryish fruit and a hint of black licorice.  If you're looking for a less woody wine, you probably won't like this, but if you don't mind the internationally-styling (oak) here, this is quite good.  Nice balance between tannin and fruit, too.  One-and-a-half to two stars.
Cuvée Cana is made from very ripe Grenache with Syrah and Mourvèdre and then matured for about 14 months in barrique.

 

 



 

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!)

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

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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

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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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