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SANTA LUCIA HIGHLANDS PINOT NOIRS
A Blind-Tasting Comparison
October 29, 2003

Notes by 
Gerald Weisl, wine merchant

The Santa Lucia Highlands has become a highly-regarded viticultural area in recent California  winemaking history.    Led by the efforts of a grape grower and wine fanatic named Gary Pisoni, this region is located on the west side of the Salinas Valley between the town of Gonzales and the Arroyo Seco canyon.



The vineyards are on southeastern-facing benches which catch the morning sun, should the fog lift that early.   Vineyards such as Pisoni's are at about 1300 to 1400 feet in elevation, so they're above the fog, according to vineyard dude, Mark Pisoni (one of two of Gary Pisoni's kids).



"Both 2000 and 2001 are really good vintages and they're pretty similar in terms of growing conditions." Mark Pisoni told us.  "Bud break in 2000 was March 8th, while in 2001 it was March 14th.  The grapes started to gain color (called "veraison") on July 4th in 2000, and on July 6th in 2001.  We picked our first grapes on September 5th in 2000 and on September 2nd in 2001."

The Pisoni family has a joint venture with their neighboring grower, Gary Franscioni.  That's called "Garys' Vineyard" and is at a somewhat lower elevation than Pisoni's own property.  As a result, the Garys' Vineyard is a cooler site according to Mark Pisoni.  "It's often below the morning fog and usually is harvested a couple of weeks after our own vineyards.  Further, Pisoni vineyards are on poorer soil;  a lot of decomposed granite and it's a bit more rugged and mountainous.  The Garys' Vineyard soils are a shade richer and slightly less rugged."

Most of the vineyards in this neighborhood are not terribly old.  Much of the Pisoni vineyard has been planted in the past 15 years.  Garys' Vineyard, for example, was planted in 1995.  The Franscioni's "Rosella's Vineyard" was initiated in 1996.  If vine age means anything, the best is yet to come!

We assembled a set of some of the top producers of Pinot Noirs from this region.  The Pisonis charge Napa Cabernet prices and then some for the privilege of buying the fruit.  Over the past few years, the Pisonis have even stopped selling fruit to some vintners.  Others have decided vinifying the fruit is tricky, explaining "Pisoni vineyards fruit sometimes has had a tendency to not finish its fermentation routinely.  I'm stressed out dealing with a stuck fermentation and how to get the wine dry.  It's far more work." said one winemaker.

Mark Pisoni explained "Our name is on their labels.  We insist the vintners make good wines.  We don't want our name associated with poor quality."

One element in tasting these wines is "Are we looking for these wines to taste 'Burgundian' or is there a special character of terroir given to the wines by the Santa Lucia Highlands location?"  One taster actually marked down a wine for being "too Burgundian and not tasting like a Santa Lucia-grown Pinot."  

We told Mark Pisoni of our evening's line-up.  "Sounds like a great tasting!" he replied.

Here's what we found:

Two wines were a bit ahead of the pack, but with a low degree of unanimity, having a rather "high" score (total points).  Third place through 7th place were separated by just 2 points, meaning there was no significant difference in third place through seventh!  And the last place wine was only 12 points out of 3rd place!!!

The Wines Gerald's Rank Ellen's Rank Bob's Rank GROUP RANK Total Points 1sts/2nds/
Lasts
MINER
2001 “
Garys’ Vineyard”
$50
1 2 5 1 62 2/5/2
MORGAN
2000 “Garys’ Vineyard”
$39
2 7 2 8 90 1/3/5
The OJAI VINEYARD
2001 “Pisoni Vineyard”
Spring 2004 Release
7 5 4 6 80 1/1/1
PATZ & HALL
2001 “Pisoni Vineyard”
$64.99
6 6 6 4 79 2/4/2
PISONI ESTATE
2001 “Pisoni Vineyard”
$59.99
5 8 7 5 78 2/2/2
ROAR
2001 “Pisoni Vineyard”
$47.99
8 3 8 5 80 4/1/5
SIDURI
2001 “Pisoni Vineyard”
$49.99
4 4 3 7 80 1/0/0
TESTAROSSA
2001 “Pisoni Vineyard”
$49.99
3 1 1 2 63 4/1/0

Notes compiled by Gerald Weisl, with Bob Gorman adding his two-cents' worth (when he gets around to it).


8th Place:  MORGAN 2000 "Garys' Vineyard"
This was the lone entry from the 2000 vintage and it had 4 tasters rating it highly and 5 people disliking it.  One taster described it as having "earthy notes and a rhubarb character."  A couple of other people felt it was "really hot" and "high in alcohol and not showing much fruit."  A fourth critic found it "Burgundy-like with a bit of H2S, it's light in color and has some funky, Burgundian notes...weird."  A fifth critic found it to offer a "strange after-taste."   Someone else described it as having "the most Burgundian nose, herbaceous, smoky, with good acidity, nice oak and nice fruit."

Gerald found this to be a nicely Burgundian-styled rendition.  "Lots of sweet, sweet fruit notes and a bit of a vegetal tone.  There's a vague hint of a mushroomy quality on the nose and some nice vanillin tones from the wood.  The wine displays a lovely cherry fruit flavor of Pinot Noir and nice oak.  Not a wine for cellaring, but very pretty right now.  One-and-a-half stars on my three star scale, no stars being a standard or ordinary quality wine."

7th Place:  SIDURI 2001 "Pisoni"
One taster felt this was, like a number of these wines, "a little bit sweet, almost cloying sweet.  I couldn't stand the sugary character.  It does offer some spice and dark cherry fruit...a hot wine."  Another taster pegged this a being reminiscent of "cherry cough syrup.  It also has a resiny, menthol-like character.  Not very pleasing, though I moved it up in my rankings."  Someone else found this wine to blossom with aeration, saying "It grew in the glass."  But another person felt it "was stilled closed in."  One panel member said this "has more opulent flavors than the others, with blackberry and tangerine-like flavors."

Gerald said the "nose on this starts out rather shyly, but you get a sense of some nice fruit.  It reveals a bit of vanillin, too, being moderately Burgundian in style.  The wine is a bit tannic, though, having nice vanillin notes and some woodsy, charry flavors.  One star now...perhaps this will blossom with a year in the bottle and warrant a higher rating."



6th Place:  OJAI VINEYARD 2001 "Pisoni"
This was the darkest colored wine, appearing more like a Zinfandel than Pinot Noir.  One taster felt it had a "yeasty note on the nose and also on the palate.  It's less fruit-driven than some of the other wines and is somewhat understated."  Another critic agreed, finding this to be "muted on the nose, but big, over-extracted, hot and hard to swallow.  It does open up a bit, showing some spicy tobacco notes and an earthy, dusty quality."  A third panel member described this as being "more like a barrel sample than a finished wine!  It's overly extracted, too!"  Another critic encountered "an okay nose and woody flavored wine with a big, full mouth-feel."

Gerald ranked it down, not for being of poor quality, but for not being very reminiscent of Pinot Noir.  "The color is more deep and ruby-like.  On the nose there's a big, berryish, almost briary quality which reminds me of a ripe Zinfandel.  It is impossible to take a sniff and find anything Burgundian or Pinot-like on the nose.  On the palate it's a monster!  Big, ripe, plummy fruit notes with a fair bit of alcohol providing heat.  I would never imagine this to be a Pinot Noir."



5th Place:  ROAR 2001 "Pisoni"
Here's a wine that had 5 people ranking it highly and 5 people hating it.
One taster described this as "Zinfandel with volatile acidity."  Another naysayer found "SO
2 on the nose and it was sort of spritzy.  Something is off here."  One panel member found it to display "chocolate, coffee and cherry notes but it lacks finesse.  It's also a little light."  A fourth person characterized this as "a guilty pleasure."  A fifth person found it "pleasant, but not very exciting."  Someone encountered "jammy fruit," saying "I can see why people would like this."  A final voice said this has "especially supple tannins and great spice with notes of morello cherries and loganberry."

Gerald was put off by the "almost nutty notes reminiscent of an old wood-Port.  The aromas offer hints of the rancio "nuttiness" one finds in old Sherry or some tawny Ports.  It also hints at being sweet, so perhaps this wine was subjected to being coaxed through a 'stuck fermentation.'  It shows a fair bit of alcohol and tastes more like a dry Port-styled wine than anything to do with Burgundy.   It is most strange!"



4th Place:  PATZ & HALL 2001 "Pisoni"
One taster found notes reminiscent of "tomatoes!" in this wine.  Another person found "good balance and it's very smooth and rich."  But a third person described it as being "a dessert wine!"  A fourth agreed, saying it's a "late harvest Pinot Noir dessert wine."  Someone else felt this "had the best nose.  Cinnamon and dark cherry fruit are displayed here."  Another taster said "the fruit is very sweet here."  Sounding a less positive note, someone said "It's got some SO
2 and mercaptan on its aroma and palate."  Someone else encountered "red and black raspberry fruit but it's too sweet."

Gerald found the nose to be "berryish with lots of sweet cherry notes...very stylish and pretty aromas.  It's off dry, though, having a bit of residual sweetness.  The combination of residual sugar and alcohol makes for a curious combination: the alcohol gives a hot, harsh note while the sugar placates some of the heat from that alcohol.  It might warrant a one star rating if you can get by the sugar.  Perhaps serving it with something like duck with a sweet cherry or orange sauce will take the edge off this wine?"



3rd Place:  PISONI ESTATE 2001 "Pisoni"
One taster felt this "is not very Pinot Noir-like.  Blueberry fruit notes here."  Someone else described it as having "an oily texture."  A third critic found a "bunch of berries, bramble and it's elegant."  Someone else said it's "not classic Pinot Noir, but does have some vanilla, raspberry fruit and it's rather monolithic.  Tasty."  Another panel member found notes reminiscent of "rhubarb."  Someone else said it's ""got nice fruit, a bit lighter with cherry notes, red raspberries and nice acidity."  A final voice said it displays "rich, cherry fruit and is a bit tart on the finish."

Gerald found the fragrance of this to be "very sweet...hints of cherries and cherry cola with some toasty qualities and a woodsy note on the nose.  It has a slight sweet point on the palate being rather robust and rich. Big fruit on the palate followed by a lot of heat and a burning sensation thanks to the alcohol.  Might be worth a one star rating."


2nd Place:  TESTAROSSA 2001 "Pisoni"
Virtually tied for first place, being a mere one point behind the top wine, this was characterized as "over oaked" by one critic.  Another found the aromas reminiscent of "auto exhaust fumes."  A third taster felt it's "flat on the palate."  Another taster detected "cotton candy, sweet cherry notes with some pomegranate and pineapple mint...some cherry Coke flavors and gritty tannins on the finish."  Someone else found "a multi-dimensional nose with nice blackberry fruit."  Another taster found this to show "young, cherry notes and it has good fruit on the palate with a long finish."

Gerald described this as being "somewhat along the lines of a good Burgundy/  Nice Pinot fruit with cherry and vanilla fragrances.  There's nice body and richness here and I felt it didn't show the heat of some other wines.  One star."



1st Place:  MINER 2001 "Garys' Vineyard"
"This really grew in the glass." said one critic.  Another detected some "barnyard notes, being rich and the most interesting wine of the tasting."  Someone else found "big, minty notes...it's very much a good Pinot Noir with phenolic, cherry and spice notes.  It's a sweetie pie of a wine!"  Another person said "It's too Burgundian and not enough showing Santa Lucia Highlands character!"  Someone else felt the "acidity is a bit strong at first, but it mellows with aeration."  Another critic found "dusty notes with burnt sugar fragrances and a lilac perfume.  Nice weight, smoky, sweet fruit, a buttery, oaky quality."  Someone else "liked the fruit.  It almost has enough stuffing."  A final panel member found this as being "softer with rose petal fruit notes."

Gerald found "nice, bright fruit.  Sweet aromas are very pretty and remind me a bit of a Chambolle-Musigny or Morey-Saint-Denis on the nose.  Lovely.  The flavors display sweet vanillin qualities, sort of in the direction of Burgundy.  Pretty wine.  One-and-a-half to two 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.

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WASHINGTON STATE CABERNETS  October 2012

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PRIMITIVO FROM PUGLIA AND SONOMA  January 2012

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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

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MODESTLY-PRICED OREGON PINOT NOIRS  November 2010

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MODESTLY-PRICED CALIFORNIA ZINFANDELS  September 2010

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2007 RUSSIAN RIVER PINOT NOIRS  February 2010

A RANGE OF FRENCH CHABLIS WINES  January 2010

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ROSÉ SPARKLING WINES  November 2009

ARGENTINEAN MALBECS  October 2009

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2001 SOUTHERN RHNES (7 Chteauneufs & a Vacqueyras)  June 2004

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CALIFORNIA PINOT NOIRS 1999-2000  November 20, 2002

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Interesting Paired CHARDONNAYS
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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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