Rick's Wine Journal 2nd Half 2009
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    Dessilani Gattinaro Reserva 2000 December 31, 2009 - Hazyblur 2004 medley - shiraz's from South Australia Baroota,  and Mclaren Vale, and Kangaroo Island Cabernet; . Schramsberg 2006 Brut North Coast sparkling wines - Blanc de Blancs and Blanc de Noirs - Delightful and interesting comparison between chardonnay and pinot noir based methode champenoise sparkling wines. Blanc de Noir is 90% pinot noir, 10% chardonnay added for  'length' on the palate. New Years eve dual horizontal tasting accompaniment to chocolate fondue and artisan cheeses hosted by Bill and Beth C.  Dessilani Gattinara Piedmont Reserva 2000 - RM 87 - Nebbiolo varietal. Dark medium-full bodied, dry. Initially closed, then opened to black berry, black cherry, rose and violet floral notes with dusty anise on a polished firm tannin finish. Drank with festive holiday dinner at Angeli's Restaurant with L and Bill & Beth C. Sourced from C's cellar.  New Years Eve Dual Horizontal Wine Tasting
    Haan Barossa Valley Shiraz Prestige 2003 label December 30, 2009 - Haan Barossa Valley Shiraz Prestige 2003- RM 89 - Spicy, earthy leathery super ripe black berry fruit, menthol, hint of vanilla on a long spice finish. Tasted at home w/ L and Pat.  http://cellartracker.com/w?174207
    Rudd Sauvignon Blanc 2005 label
    Kilikanoon Oracle Shiraz 2004
    December 28, 2009 - Rudd Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2005 - RM 89 - Tasted w/ L and Dr Pat - a great compliment to the sherry infused seared scallops. Kilikanoon Oracle Shiraz 2004 - RM 94, RP 97, WS 92 - Dark inky purple, intense, rich, thick, full bodied, forward fruit of blueberry, ripe plum and blackberry, violet floral, and a hint of anise on the finish. Parker review - 'The dense purple-colored 2004 Shiraz Oracle ratchets up the fruit and glycerin levels, yet remains pure, elegant, and well-balanced. Full-bodied, powerful, cleanly textured, long, and heady..' Int'l Wine Cellar:93 - 'Explosive, wild aromas of blackberry liqueur, cassis, licorice root and espresso. Boasts impressive weight and power on the palate, the dark berry flavors wonderfully sweet but also focused and firmed by solid tannins. Spectator:92 - 'A vivid mouthful of violet-scented blueberry, blackberry and plum...'; Tasted w/ L and Pat at home.
    Beaulieu Vineyard Tapestry Reserve 1998 December 25, 2009 - Beaulieu Vineyard Tapestry Reserve 1997 -RM 90: Subtle berry, dark cherry, slight earthy leather, licorice on the moderate tannin finish. #wine http://cellartracker.com/w?192928 and 1998  - RM 91 points: Dark full bodied - elegant fruit forward dark berry fruit predominates with silky smooth tannins, anise, cedar and a long oaky tannin finish.- #wine http://cellartracker.com/w?20631.
    Marco Di Guilio Mt Veeder Progeny Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 December 24, 2009 - Marco Di Giulio Napa Valley Mount Veeder Progeny Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 - #wine http://cellartracker.com/w?137762 RM 92: Dark inky color. Big floral nose. Mouthful of black berry, cedar, spicy oak and finely integrated polished tannins on a long flavorful finish.
    December 21, 2009 - Markham Napa Valley Petit Syrah 2001 - RM 91 - Having bought more than a case of this I've had a chance to try this wine numerous times and it just keeps getting better! Dark inky purple color, black berry, black cherry, currant and rose petals with anise and nicely polished integrated silky tannins on the finish.
    Chalone Monterey County Pinot Noir 2005 label
    Hahn Meritage 2007 label
    December 19, 2009 - Chalone Vineyards County Pinot Noir 2005 - RM 87 - Aromas and flavors of tart black cherries, black raspberry and cola with hints of spicy clove and nutmeg. A hard to find great value in a presentable pinot noir. Hahn Monterey County Meritage Red Wine 2007 - RM 87 - Black cherry, black berry, spice and cedar. Remarkably sophisticated and complex yet nicely polished for this price point. Another great value respectable presentable red wine under $18. Two great party wines. 
    Paul Hobbs Russian River Chardonnay 2005 label December 17, 2009 - Paul Hobbs Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2005
    Robert Craig Affinity Label 2004 on Rick's Winesite on McNees.org/winesite December 16, 2009 - Robert Craig Affinity Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 - RM 89 - Huge ripe berry fruit aromatics. Dark, full body, ripe berry fruit, accented by tobacco and hint of caramel with firm full tannins on the long finish.
    Robert Craig Affinity Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2000 label December 09, 2009 - Robert Craig Affinity Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2000 - RM 88 - Earlier review - Dark purple, black fruit and slight earthy tobacco on the nose, black cherry and blackberry fruit with tea and herbs on the moderate finish. This wine is not quite as polished nor bearing as much fruit as near vintages. The earthy leather is taking over the fruit... need to drink up. Tasted at home with E&J, R&M, & L at home.
    Domaine Serene 2001 label on McNees.org/winesite December 8, 2009 - Domain Serene Evenstad Reserve Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir 2001 - RM90 -  Flavorful zesty spicy black cherry, smoke and soft oak on a long tangy spicy lingering finish.
    Nickel & Nickel Branding Iron Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 Label December 05, 2009 - Nickel & Nickel Napa Valley Branding Iron Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 - RM91: Dark purple, full bodied, polished complex layers of berry, currant, spice and oak with a hint of cedar on the long silky tannin finish. Tasted at home w/  L with selection of artisan cheeses.
    Straccali Chianti Classico Toscana Italy

    December 4, 2009 - Straccali Chianti Classico, Toscana, Italy - RM 85 WS 85 - Dark, medium bodied, black berry, black cherry, mineral and undertones of charcoal and graphite; Columbia Crest Two Vines Merlot, Washington - RM 86 WS 86 - Dark garnet color, subtle black fruits, hints of mocha and spice with a modest tannin finish. Tasted w/ L, Jim & Christie with Marlene celebrating her b-day at Buca di Peppo at Yorktown.

    Australian 2004 Shiraz Wine Flight December 2, 2009 - Branson Coach House Barossa Greenock Block Single Vineyard Syrah 2004 - RP 90 - RM 91 - Dark, full bodied, full flavors of black fruits, a hint of raspberry and blueberry, graphite & mineral on a smooth polished moderate tannin finish. HazyBlur South Australia Adelaide Plains Shiraz 2004 - RM 91 - Bigger and more forward but not as complex, smooth or polished as the BCH. Dense and spicy, with a rich core of blueberry, plum and cherry fruit that rises through a layer of fine tannins to take over the finish. Tasted w/ L, Gayle & Mark B at Angeli's Restaurant.
    Del Dotto tasting flight - 97 cabernet franc & Sangiovese Marsannay 2k November 27, 2009 - Del Dotto Cabernet Franc Napa Valley 1997 - RM 92 - Floral and spice aromatics, full bodied, full silky texture, forward black berry and currant fruits accented by spice, leather and hint of cedar on a long smooth tannin finish. Del Dotto Napa Valley Sangiovese Marsannay 2000 - RM 88 Black cherry, black berry, herbs, black olive and hint of leather and spice on the moderate tannin finish. Unique one of a kind special Marsannay French oak barrel aged selection, usually reserved for Del Dotto's famous Connoisseurs Series Cabernet. Del Dotto was a featured producer in our Napa Wine Experiences. Tasted w/ L, Ryan & Michelle, Alec & Megan at Angeli's Restaurant.
    Trio of Howell Mtn Zinfandels November 26, 2009 - Trio of Rieslings and Howell Mtn Zinfandels for Thanksgiving feast. A horizontal of two 1990 zin's and a vertical of two Lamborn Family zin's. Lamborn Family Vineyards Napa Valley Howell Mountain Zinfandel 1990 (RM86) and Why 2k Zin Zinfandel 2000  (RM89). Ridge Vineyards Napa Valley Howell Mountain Zinfandel 1990. California Howell Mountain Zinfandel 1990 (RM88). The 1990 Lamborn was predominantly earthy, leathery, black bramble fruit accented with black pepper and an edge of creosote.  The Ridge was a similar profile with more black cherry and black olive.  The Lamborn 2000 Why 2k zin exhibited more dark purple color, black currant and black berry fruits accented with black pepper. Lamborn was a featured producer in our Napa Howell Mountain Wine Experience 2008. Dr. Heidemanns-Bergweiler Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Spatlese 2006 - RM 88 -Great accompaniment to turkey day fare. Nice balance of acidity and sweetness. Bascand Waipara New Zealand Riesling 2008 - RM 86. Turkey day  Rieslings - old world - new world
    Neiman Napa Valley Red Wine 2001 label November 25, 2009 - Neiman Cellars Napa Valley Caldwell Vineyard Red Wine 2001 -  RM 91  - Full bodied, spice and fruit filled, black cherry, black berry, hint of blue berry, leather and lingering cedar and a hint of mint on a firm tannin finish. http://www.cellartracker.com/wine.asp?iWine=27471
    November 23, 2009 - Caravan Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 - RM 89 - Dark color, full bodied, firm structure, complex layers of ripe blackberry, plum, and dark currant with subtle undercurrent of mocha, coffee-bean, toast and earthy herbs with soft tannins on the finish. Second wine of Darioush, featured in our Napa Wine Experience and their gala Darioush wine dinner. http://www.cellartracker.com/wine.asp?iWine=589032 - Tasted at home with L.
    Castello di Gabbiano Alleanza 2006 November 22, 2009 - Castello di Gabbiano Alleanza Toscana IGT (Super Tuscan) 2006 - RM 91: Dark color, full bodied, nice tapestry of flavors - dark cherry, black berry, hints of violets and vanilla nicely integrated silky tannins and soft oak. 70% Sangiovese, 30% Merlot Blend. Alleanza is Italian for Alliance referring to the joint venture between two notable winemakers Giancarlo Roman of Castello di Gabbiano and Ed Sbragia from Beringer in Napa Valley to produce this wine.  Tasted w/ Chip & Kathy, Al & Kay, Pam, and L at Angeli's Restaurant w/ Alec serving just returned from IU. http://www.cellartracker.com/wine.asp?iWine=616376
    Cliff Lede Sauvignon Blanc 2007
    Judd's Hill Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    November 21, 2009 - Judd’s Hill Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 - Fruit forward, concentrated full of black cherry, ripe plum, herb and cassis, with hints of caramel and vanilla with long finish of smooth, fine-grained tannins. 88% Cabernet Sauvignon , 7% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc. http://cellartracker.com/w?449031  Cliff Lede Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2008 -  RM 90 Nicely balanced acidity, subtle oak, citrus and remarkable peach fruit flavor that turns to mango and hint of passion fruit and tangerine on the finish. Less complexity and fruit than the 2007 vintage. http://cellartracker.com/w?675698 Tasted w/ L, Terry and Lyle F at Zealous Restaurant in Chicago. Graham's Vintage Port 1991 - RM 89 - http://cellartracker.com/w?21593 - tasted at Terry 's and Lyle's pied-a-terre. Graham's Vintage Port 1991
    Chateau Corbin St Emilion Bordeaux Grand Cru Classe 2006 November 18, 2009 - Chateau Corbin Saint Emilion Bordeaux Grand Cru Classe 2006 - RM 88 - http://cellartracker.com/w?360786
    Di Lenardo Pinot Grigio dal Vigneto Vigne Dai Vieris Venezia 2007 November 17, 2009 - Di Lenardo Pinot Grigio dal Vigneto Vigne Dai Vieris Venezia Giulia IGT 2007 - RM 86: Medium bodied, balance of acid and sweetness, slight citric and hint of honey fruit with slight mineral metallic edge. Chef's selection accompaniment to Caprese Salad at Cucina Italia in Arlington, VA. http://www.cellartracker.com/wine.asp?iWine=526812
    Ashland Park Napa Valley Meritage 2005 November 13, 2009 - Ashland Park Napa Valley Meritage 2005 -  RM 87 - Dark inky purple color - black fruits, mulberry, accentuated by a hint of cocoa and fragrant herb flavors with a texture of fine tannins. Now available at Binny's DG (formerly Sam's) at half off closeout - Great value for everyday drinking - along with  the Spring Mountain Cab (below).
    Ashland Park Spring Mountain Cabernet 2006 November 12, 2009 - Ashland Park Napa Valley Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 -  RM 89 - Purplish ruby color - fragrances of mulberry, black cherries and blackberry with a hint of cloves; Rich and silky mouth feel with good structure and balance, chalk-like tannins; and fine acidity on the finish. Better after being open several hours. http://cellartracker.com/w?581361 - about 13 hours ago. Tasted w/ L at Angeli's Restaurant.
    Viader Dare Cabernet Franc 2004 label
    Orin Swift Papillon
    November 10, 2009 - Orin Swift Napa Valley Red Wine Blends 2005 - Papillon (RM 93) and The Prisoner (RM91) - Dark thick ripe spicy black berry fruits predominate the Prisoner. ; - Viader Dare Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc 2005; The Papillon showed the most complexity, structure and breadth and depth of flavors - dark, brooding, black berry, currant, spice, oak, and finely integrated tannins. The Dare Cab Sav was deep purple color, rnicely balanced black cherry, black berry with a hint of currant and oak. The Cab Franc was similar with more spice, ripe black cherry and a hint of cedar on the moderate tannin finish. http://cellartracker.com/w?490195 & 05 Orin Swift Prisoner - #wine http://cellartracker.com/w?278411 2 days ago, http://cellartracker.com/w?433227 & #wine http://cellartracker.com/w?406342 2 days ago. Tasted at team dinner at Al and Sandy F's on Monument Hill with Don Z, Ryan Z, Rob H and Mark G over Sandy's delicious lasagna.  
    Chateau St Jean Cinq Cepages 2005 November 9, 2009 - Chateau St Jean Cinq Cepages Sonoma Valley Red Wine 2005 - RM 90; Fransiscan Magnificat Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005; RM 91 - Deep garnet color - aromas of dark cherry and black plum with a dark chocolate background and notes of sage and black tea. Appealing and complex. Elegant, well-structured mouthfeel, with cherries, rich chocolate, black pepper and vibrant plum flavors filling the palate. Very supple, with fine texture and firm structure, giving an immediately approachable richness. The finish is a seamless continuation of fruit and cocoa-like tannins.92 Points. Tasted at 'The Tavern' Restaurant at The Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs.
    Chateau Citran 1982
    Fisher Vineyards Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon 1982
    November 7, 2009 - Interesting comparison horizontal tasting of three 1982 27 years old cabernets - Ryan birthyear wines. The Fisher Vineyards Sonoma Valley cabernet sauvignon '82 showed better than the Chateau Citran Cru Bourgeois Haut Medoc Bordeaux 1982, - http://cellartracker.com/w?129293 and the modest Rutherford Hill Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon 1982   http://cellartracker.com/w?541988 which tasted remarkably similar in comparison tasting where this Sonoma cab held more fruit and color. Interesting, it was the Fisher Vineyards Sonoma Valley cabernet sauvignon '82 http://cellartracker.com/w?433563 that held on for the best color and fruit - dark ink color and medium bodied, there remained subdued fruits of black berry and black cherry with tone of cedar on a modest tannin finish. Showing well and best in tasting was the young and vibrant Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Oakville cabernet sauvignon 2004 http://cellartracker.com/w?224276 - RM 92 - Dark ink color - full body and full forward fruit - blackberry, black currant and cassis give way to a subtle but lingering slightly sweet caramel, vanilla with hint of mocha on a moderate tannin oak finish. Also tasted Kim Crawford Marlborough Dry Riesling 2007 and Mumm's Napa Valley Cuvee 'M' NV sparkling wine. Gala (Ryan) birthday dinner of beef tenderloin and lobster tail at Ryan & Michelle's with Evelyn & Keith, Erin & Johnnie & L.
    Rosemount Estate Balmoral McLaren Vale Shiraz 1992 label November 5, 2009 - Rosemount Estates Balmoral McLaren Vale Shiraz 1992 - RM 90: Dark, medium-full bodied, big full fruit flavors - black cherry, blackberry, hint of spice and anise, slight leather and earthiness revealing its age on a moderate tannin finish. Tasted w/ L and Marlene at Angeli's Restaurant. #wine http://cellartracker.com/w?20416 1 day ago
    October 31, 2009 - Cliff Lede Vineyards Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2007 - RM 90 - Nicely balanced acidity, subtle oak, citrus and remarkable peach fruit flavor that turns to mango and hint of passion fruit and tangerine on the finish. Fabulous complement to lobster with a dash of lemon butter. starter. First tasted at the winery - got some at home - a staple white for the cellar. Zinfandel tasting flight - Seghesio Sonoma County Family Vineyard Zinfandel 2007; Robert Craig Howell
    Mountain Black Sears Vineyard Zinfandel 2006 - RM 90 - First tasted this wine at the winery during Napa Howell Mountain Wine Experience 2008 at Robert Craig Howell Mountain Winery. Medium bodied, fruit filled approachable easy drinking zin - black berry, bramble, subtle sweet currant and mocha with a hint of anise and creosote. Howell Mountain Vineyard Black Sears Vineyard Howell Mountain Zinfandel 1999; RM 89 - Tasted this sister wine at a gala dinner at Taiwanese Twin Oaks Estates mansion Consulate in WDC only to learn later this is sourced from a vineyard near Robert Craig's Howell Mountain property.   
    Flinders Run Shiraz 2005 Label on Rick's WineSite October 23, 2009 - Flinders Run, Southern Flinders Ranges, Baroota, Australia, Shiraz 2005 - RM 94 - Dark inky colour. Full bodied, elegant rich thick chewy symphony of flavors of sweet currant, ripe plum, red raspberry, blueberry, a hint of pepper, vanilla, and spice, and a lingering essence of creme brulee' burnt sugar and cedar on the soft finish. One of our favorite wines. Tasted w/ L at home with fruit and fabulous raspberry infused cheese and crackers.
    Frederic Trouillet Mâcon-Solutre 2006 October 21, 2009 - Frederic Trouillet Macon-Solutre 2007 - RM 86 #wine http://cellartracker.com/w?615874 2 days ago; Joseph Carr Napa Valley Merlot 2006 -RM 86 #wine http://cellartracker.com/w?510311; Blandy Madeira Malmsey 10 Years N.V. - RM 88 #wine http://cellartracker.com/w?611992;  Sommelier's selection to three course wine pairing at Bastille Restaurant in Alexandria, VA.
    Groth Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 label October 15, 2009 - Groth Oakville Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 - RM 91; Full forward fruit filled, lush, tasty wine - loads of ripe berry, plum, raspberry and currant flavors. #wine http://cellartracker.com/w?328095Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 - RM 88; Tasted w/ 'Gunny' Mark G and Tech Fellow Dr. David C at the Strip Club (cook your own steaks) in gaslight San Diego.
    Louis Clermont-Tonnerre Tres Vieilles Vignes Cote du Rhone Villages 2006 label October 13, 2009 - Comte Louis de Clermont-Tonnerre Cotes du Rhone Tres Vieilles Vignes 2007 - RM 86; Good value easy drinking dinner wine - medium bodied, black cherry and black fruits, anise, hint of tar and floral on a moderate finish. #wine http://cellartracker.com/w?693479 Tasted @ Cafe Tatti in McLean.
    Venge Family Reserve Penny Lane Sangiovese 1997 October 12, 2009 - Venge Napa Valley Family Reserve Sangiovese 1997 - RM 87: Earthy, leather, hint of cedar with subdued black cherry and black berry fruits on the moderate finish. Tasted w/ L at Angeli's Restaurant.
    Tasting flight of Napa Cabernets and California Pinots - 20091009 October 9, 2009 - Gala comparison tasting of recent and new release Napa cabernets and California Pinots and fabulous beef tenderloin dinner. Joseph Phelps Backus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2004, Fantesca Winery & Estate Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, Chateau St Jean Cinq Cepages 2005 Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon blend, Sea Smoke TEN Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2006, Ladera Pillow Road Vineyard, Sonoma Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2006, Alois Kracher Welschriesling TBA #6 Zwischen den Seen 1998. Tasted w/ L, Eric & Cathy and Dr Dan at his place following memorial  of DJA.  
    Duckhorn Decoy Napa Valley Red Wine 2007 October 7, 2009 - Duckhorn Vineyards Decoy Napa Valley Red Wine 2007 - RM 87 -  #wine http://cellartracker.com/w?662657 at Mortons in Crystal City WDC ... about 18 hours ago
    Neiman Napa Valley Caldwell Vineyard Red Wine 1998 October 1, 2009 - Neiman Napa Valley Caldwell Vineyard Red Wine 1998: RM 89 - Huge floral fragrance and rose petal tastes predominates from start to finish, accented by leather and a hint of charcoal, black cherry, black berry, cedar, and tar on a long full tannin finish. Tasted w/ L at at Angeli's Restaurant. http://cellartracker.com/w?..
    Moet Chandon Imperial Champagne  September 25, 2009 - Moët & Chandon Imperial Champaign NV; Tasted w/ L, Eric, Kathy & Elyse in Indy. http://cellartracker.com/w?...
    Chappellet Napa Valley Merlot 2005 label September 24, 2009 - Chappellet Vineyards Signature Merlot Napa Valley 2005; Tasted at Raymond's Restaurant in Pasadena.
    Duckhorn and Shafer 2006 Merlot flight September 23, 2009 - Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot 2006; Shafer Napa Valley Merlot 2006; Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 2005; Tasted at Spaghetini's Restaurant in Seal Beach. http://cellartracker.com/w?... & 06 Shafer Merlot -  http://cellartracker.com/w?...
    Robert Craig Affinity 2000 label October 22, 2009 - Robert Craig Cabernet Sauvignon Affinity 2000 - #wine http://cellartracker.com/w?...
    Chappellet Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 - Sam's Cuvee September 16, 2009 - Chappellet Vineyards Signature Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006; http://cellartracker.com/w?...
    Chateau St Jean tasting flight September 13, 2009 - Chateau St Jean Winery visit & tasting - Chateau St Jean Cinq Cepages 2005; Chateau St Jean Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2004; More to come.
    Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1974 & 1978 September 12, 2009 - Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1974 & 1978. Gala vintage mini vertical tasting of two vintages commemorating McNees and Connolly wedding anniversary years. Tasted at Wine Spectator CIA - Culinary Institute of America - Greystoke Mansion in St Helena, Napa Valley.  
    Freemark Abbey cabernet sauvignon tasting flight September 12, 2009 - Freemark Abbey Winery visit tasting flight. Freemark Abbey Bosche Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2004; Freemark Abbey Sycamore Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 & 1995; Freemark Abbey 'Bootleg' Blend Cabernet Sauvignon 2006; We also purchased from the library Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1974 and 1978 which were consumed at gala CIA dinner (above).
    Robert Craig '09 harvest party 2006 cabernet sauvignon horizontal September 12, 2009 - Robert Craig Harvest Party on Howell Mountain - Napa Valley - Selections from Robert Craig Vineyards and Winery - Horizontal tasting of 2006 Robert Craig cabernet sauvignon - Robert Craig Affinity 2006, Robert Craig Howell Mountain 2006 & 2002, Robert Craig Mt Veeder 2006, Robert Craig Spring Mtn Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 from barrel. More to come.
    Fantesca Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 bottle September 11, 2009 - Fantesca Winery & Estate Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2005; Tasted at Tra Vigne Restaurant, St Helena.
    Audelssa Sonoma Mountain Terraces Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 September 11, 2009 - Audelssa Sonoma Mountain Terraces Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 - Tasted at L' Auberge du Soleil in Napa.
    Chappellett Vineyard tasting flight September 11, 2009 - Chappellet - Chappellet Vineyards, Pritchett Hill, Napa Valley -Visit Autumn '09 - tasting flight - Chappellet Vineyards Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2006;  Chappellet Vineyards Mountain Cuvee 2006, Chappellet Napa Valley  Merlot 2006; Chappellet Napa Valley Chardonnay 2007;
    September 11, 2009 - Fantesca Winery & Estate visit, tasting flight; Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 (barrel tasting) and 2006; Fantesca Estate and Winery King Richard Pinot Noir 2006 (pre-release bottle tasting); Fantesca Russian River Valley Sonoma Chardonnay 2007. More to come.  
    Cliff Lede 2006 horizontal cabernet tasting September 11, 2009 - Cliff Lede Vineyard & Winery visit - private tasting; 2006 cabernet sauvignon horizontal flight - Cliff Lede 'Poetry' Cabernet Sauvignon 2005; Cliff Lede 'Moon Symphony' Vineyard Designated Cabernet Sauvignon 2006; Cliff Lede Napa Valley Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2006;  Cliff Lede Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2008; More to come;
    Landmark Grand Detour Pinot Noir 2007 September 10, 2009 - Landmark Sonoma Valley Grand Detour Pinot Noir 2007; Tasted at Meritage Cafe in Sonoma.
    Audelssa Sonoma Mountain Terraces Cabernet Sauvignon 2002;
    Charles Creek Sonoma County Malbec 2006 September 10, 2009 - Charles Creek Alexander Valley Soda Rock Vineyard Malbec 2007 - Tasted at Carneros Cafe & Wine Bar at The Lodge at Sonoma.
    Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1990 label September 4, 2009 - Silver Oak Alexander Valley 1990 and 2004 - Contrast of vintages, young and old. The 1990 was tight, dark, and exhibited black cherry, black berry, slight astringency, leather and cedar on the oaky tannin finish. (RM89) The 04 was much lighter, simpler with accents of sweet red currant and hint of chocolate with sweet oak on the finish (RM88). Tasted w/ L, Bob and Gloria treating us to 35th celebration at Morton's in Naperville. http://cellartracker.com/w?10085
    Darioush Napa Valley Merlot 1999 Label September 3, 2009 - Darioush Signature Merlot 1999 - RM 90; Nice pleasant drinking dinner wine - dark garnet color, floral fragrance, red berry, dark cherry, subtle currant and hint of cola, medium full body - velvety finish with moderate tannins. http://cellartracker.com/w?127
     Chateau Clos du Marquis St Julien label 1999 September 2, 2009 - Chateau Clos du Marquis 1999 - RM 88 - Medium bodied, moderate firm tannins, black berry and black cherry, leather, hint of tea and cigar box. Second wine of favorite St Julien Chateau Leoville Las Cases. Tasted from 375 at home w/ steak. http://cellartracker.com/w?11896
    Paradigm Napa Valley Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 1994 label
    August 29, 2009 -  Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 1995 - http://cellartracker.com/w?6236 ; Paradigm Cabernet Sauvignon 1994 http://cellartracker.com/w?5051; Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Georges de Latour Private Reserve 1998 - http://cellartracker.com/w?2705; Tasted at home w/ L, Dr Dan and Linda w/ surf & turf beef tenderloin and lobster tails. Pride Mountain Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

    Venge Family Reserve Sangiovese 1997 Label

    August 28, 2009 - Venge Napa Valley Oakville Penny Lane Family Reserve Sangiovese 1997 - RM 88; Hint of cedar aroma and taste gives way to plum and spicy cherry with a touch of anise. http://cellartracker.com/w?50439. Kathryn Hall Sacrashe Vineyard Rutherford Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1998 - RM 89 - Long lingering bouquet and flavors of floral and eucalyptus give way to earthy leather with subtle black cherry on a long firm tannin finish. http://cellartracker.com/w?610689. Tasted w/ L, Mark D and Kathy at Angeli's Restaurant.
    York Creek MXB 2005 label August 24, 2009 - York Creek 'MXB' Spring Mountain Red Wine 2005 - RM 88 - Dark purple, ripe raisiny black berry, hints of mineral, graphite and black pepper on a firm tannin finish. Tasted w/ L at Pat & Rodgers. - http://cellartracker.com/w?479888
    Flora Springs Trilogy Napa Valley Red Wine 1990 August 23, 2009 - Flora Springs Trilogy Napa Valley Red Blend - RM 88: Slightly rust colored dark purple. Medium bodied. Earthy, leathery, black berry, spicy black cherry, hint of eucalyptus on the lingering spice and tannin finish. Tasted on the sunny deck under blue skies and billowy clouds, w/ Ahi Tuna and Tenderloin steaks, roasted potato's, spinach and fruit salad, fresh berries, and fresh baked sour dough bread infused with garlic. Tasted w/ L, Alec & Wes, Pat & Rodger, and 'Flora' friend Martha.
    Pahlmeyer Jason Red Wine 2003 Label August 19, 2009 - Pahlmeyer Jayson Napa Valley Red Wine 2003 - RM 92; Twomey Napa Valley Merlot 2004; Duckhorn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005; Merryvale Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005; Tasted at RG BOD Dinner at Champaign CC.
    Fantesca Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 bottle August 17, 2009 - Fantesca Estate and Winery Spring Mountain District Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 - RM 93 - Wow! This is good juice. Mouthful of sweet red currant, spicy cinnamon, black cherry, black berry, cedar and lively acid with a long sweet spicy oak finish held together by finely integrated firm tannins. Over a eleven hundred different wines in the cellar and I chose this one for our intimate anniversary dinner at home - caprese salad, tenderloin, sweet potato, baked potato, chocolate souffle with fresh honey laced strawberries. Yum. Oo-la-lah! We're visiting Duane and Angela and co at the winery in two weeks to taste their 2008 pre-release in the barrel. Can't wait! Great job with the 05!
    Keenan Napa Valley Spring Mountain Merlot 1986 August 15, 2009 - Keenan Napa Valley Spring Mountain Merlot 1986 - RM 86 - Slightly astringent as the black cherry fruit is falling off with age, accented by earthy leather and cigar box. Tasted w/ L at  Angeli's Restaurant

    David Arthur Napa Valley Meritaggio 2003 label

    August 14, 2009 - David Arthur Napa Valley Meritaggio 2003 - RM 93 - Dark garnet color - full bodied - rich, thick mouthful of raspberry, currant, ripe plum, black berry and spice. Delicious. A “super Tuscan” style blend of: 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Franc, 7% Petite Verdot, 3% Merlot. #wine http://cellartracker.com/w?...
    Cliff Lede Stags Leap District Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 label August 13, 2009 - Cliff Lede Napa Valley Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 - RM 91: Dark garnet colour, big full bodied, flavors of black berry, black cherry, mocha, hints of cigar box & earthy mushroom with spicy nutmeg & cinnamon on a firm fine grained tannin finish. Tasted w. L and Amb SMM at NoMi Restaurant in Chicago. Blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 1% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot - Alcohol: 14.8%. #wine http://cellartracker.com/w?... -
    Forman Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1990 label August 12, 2009 - Forman Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1990 - RM 88. Tasted w/ L, Alec and Megan at  Angeli's Restaurant
    Gala celebration tasting selection from Napa, Barossa, Bordeaux. August 9, 2009 - Trefethen Napa Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1997; Beaulieu Vineyards Tapestry Reserve 1996; Chateau Pique Caillou Pessac Leognan Graves Bordeaux 2006; Chateau Calon Segur St Estephe Bordeaux 1995; Branson Coach House Barossa Valley Single Vineyard Greenock Block Estate Shiraz 2002 - Gala wine tasting/dinner celebrating engagement of Will and Kate at Connelly's - W/ L, Bill & Bev, Will & Kate, Drew, Matt, and friends. The Trefethen was especially memorable. Bill & Rick at Connelly Will & Kate engagement celebration.
      August 8, 2009 - Mer Soleil (Caymus) Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay 2006: WE 93, RM 90; Winemaker notes - "Soft gold color. Richly perfumed nose, with light notes of honeysuckle, truffle and buttery oak. Full, layered flavors of tropical fruit are balanced by a bright acidity of sweet citrus, and linger though the long, creamy finish." #wine http://cellartracker.com/w?...
    Groth Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Label July 30, 2009 - Groth 2005 Napa Valley Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon (RM 91) vs. Mt Veeder 2005 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (RM89); Tasted at Strip Club Steakhouse in gaslight district San Diego w/ BC MDA team. Groth came out aggressive but settled down - still boasting pronounced dark, firm, forward fruit black berry, black cherry, spicy and oaky currant fruits. The Mt Veeder was overshadowed with its more singularly dimensional subtle but firm and full bodied mountain fruits - black berry accented by mocha.
    July 29, 2009 - Plumpjack Syrah 2007 - RM 89;  Elyse Petit Sirah 2006 - RM 88 - The Plumpjack was more forward and vibrant overshadowing the more subdued Elyse which was more subtle than the 04 tasted Sunday (see below). Tasted @ Spaghetini Restaurant in Seal Beach w/ BC MDA team.
    Craneford John Zulm Barossa Shiraz 2003 Label on McNees Winesite  
    July 28, 2009 - Craneford John Zulm Barossa Valley Shiraz 2004 - RM 87 - Medium bodied, dark inky purple color - initial mineral gives way to black raspberry, currant and hints of blueberry fruits. - Tasted w/ L and Philippe at Angeli's Restaurant with Alec serving - http://cellartracker.com/w?308510.
    July 26, 2009 - Elyse Petite Sirah Rutherford, Napa Valley 2004 - RM 91 - Dark inky purple color - thick rich full bodied - dense with huge 'legs' that stain the glass - flavorful black berry, black raspberry, hints of ripe plum with subtle oak and mocha on a full long finish. Tasted on the deck w/ L, Erin & Johnny, Eric, Cathy and Elise - closest I have to her 'namesake' wine.
    Ladera Two Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon 2000 Napa Valley Premiere Lot 64 2002 July 24, 2009 - Ladera Cabernet Sauvignon Two Mountains 2000 from 2003 Napa Premiere Lot 67 - RM 88 - Dark, medium bodied, black cherry, black berry, hint of currant, earth and tea on the finely integrated smooth tannin finish.
    Robert Craig Affinity Cabernet Sauvignon 1998 label July 23, 2009 - Robert Craig Cabernet Sauvignon Affinity 1998 - #wine http://cellartracker.com/w?... RM 90 ; Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley 2004 - RM 89 - Tasted w/ L, Jan & Bill, Ryan & Michelle, Evelyn & Keith, and cousins, w/ French exchange visitors Phillip & Pierre at Erin & Johnny's.
    Cat Amongst the Pigeons Nine Lives Barossa Shiraz 2007 July 22, 2009 - Fess Parker Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County 2007 - RM 90 -  #wine http://cellartracker.com/w?... Spicy clove, hint of cinnamon, earthy black cherry, hint of white pepper on the finish.; Cat Amongst the Pigeons Shiraz Nine Lives 2007 - RM 90 RP91 - Dark, thick, full bodied, blueberry, black cherry, spicy vanilla, hint of earthy white pepper on the full firm finish. Tasted at Nage Bistro, Scott Circle, Washington DC.
    Rodney Strong Alexander Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Label 2005 July 21, 2009 - Erath Pinot Noir 2007 - RM 88; Rodney Strong Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County 2005 - RM 90 WE 91, WS 90 ;Tasted at McCormick & Schmick in Crystal City.
    Ramey Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 label July 20, 2009 - Ramey Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Estate 2005 - RM 88 - Tasted @ Herrington Inn Geneva.
    July 17, 2009 - Tasted mini vertical Nova Wines Marilyn Merlot 05, 06, 07 at bar-b-que - 06 was concensus favorite.. http://bit.ly/QOpIT
    Domaine la Roubine Vacqueyras 2006 label July 14, 2009 - Domaine la Roubine Vacqueyras 2006 - #wine http://cellartracker.com/w?... - Tasted w/ JK at Idylwood Grill in Falls Church ...
    July 11, 2009 - Lail J Daniel Cuvee Napa Valley 1999 - RM 91, WE 95, WS 93, RP 92 - Firm nicely integrated tannins throughout - dark garnet color, black berry, black raspberry form the core with hints of black currant, oak and anise on the finish. This is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot.  From the three acre Mole Hill Vineyard at 1600 feet on Howell Mtn with a western exposure. Tasted w/ L and Philippe at Angeli's Restaurant with Alec serving. - #wine http://cellartracker.com/w?... - .
    Spring Valley Vineyard Walla Walla Uriah Red Wine 2006 July 10, 2009 - Spring Valley Vineyard Washington State Walla Walla Uriah Red 2005 - WS 91 - RM 90 - Definitely needs some time - decant and let breathe. A bit harsh up front with cedar and tar overpowering black currant and black berry fruits - turns to vanilla with creme brulee burnt sugar on the long firm tannin filled finish. 59% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot.
    La Roubine Vacqueryas Rhone 2006 July 7, 2009 - La Roubine Vacqueyas Rhone 2006 - RM 90 - Dark, firm tannins throughout - black cherry, black berry, mineral and hint of creosote with firm tannin finish. Tasted w/ JK at Idylwild Grill in Falls Church.
    Hazyblur South Australia Baroota Shiraz 2002 label July 6, 2009 - Hazyblur South Australia Baroota Shiraz 2002 - RM 90 - Full bodied, super ripe plum, blackberry and currants with mocha, vanilla, caramel and hint of cedar and licorice on the full firm lingering finish.
    Robert Craig Affinity 2006 July 3, 2009 - Robert Craig Affinity Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2000; RM 88 - Dark purple, black fruit and slight earthy tobacco on the nose, black cherry and blackberry fruit with tea and herbs on the moderate finish. Slightly tart. This wine is not quite as polished nor bearing as much fruit as near vintages. Tasted w/ L, Mark and Jane at Angeli's Restaurant with Alec serving.
    Caymus Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 label July 1, 2009 - Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2005; Caymus Napa Valley Estate cabernet sauvignon 2006 - RM 93; Rombauer Napa Merlot 2005 - Tasted at Azul Restaurant at JW Marriott at Ko Olina with goat cheese & roasted beet salad, foie gras starter and beef tenderloin dinner.
    Ken Brown Santa Barbara Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2006 label
    Orin Swift - "The Prisoner' 2007 label
    June 30, 2009 - Orin Swift 'The Prisoner' 2006- RM 90 WS 93 - The 2005 Prisoner was listed as #17 in the Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2007 and awarded 93 points! This is a blend of 51% zinfandel, 23% cabernet sauvignon, 12% syrah, 6% charbono, 6% petite sirah, and 2% grenache. Considered perhaps the best Prisoner that winemaker David Phinney has produced to date. Fruit is sourced from top vineyard sites, including Tofanelli and Duarte Vineyards, the blend shows the best of all the varietals: the concentration of cab, the lush berry flavors of zin, the dark black fruit of syrah and the structure and intensity of petite sirah, combined in a wine that is decadent Mollydooker Violinist Verdelho 2007 label
    and complex.; Mollydooker Violinist Verdellho 2008; Ken Brown Santa Barbara Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2006 - RM 89; Tasted w/ DZ, MG, DC, RH, TS - BC MDA team at Roy's Hawaiian fusion cuisine restaurant on Waikiki, Honolulu. 
    Conn Creek Napa Valley Limited Release cabernet sauvignon 2005 label June 28, 2009 - Conn Creek Limited Release Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 - RM 87 - Slightly green, earthy black cherry, red currant, cedar, black tea, hint of vanilla on the finish. Tasted w/ Ken A and Rob H at Roy's Waikiki in Honolulu.
    Col Solare Columbia Valley Red Wine 2003 June 27, 2009 - Col Solare Red Mountain Columbia River Red Wine 2003
    June 25, 2009 - Chateau Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-pape 1997
    Fantesca Estate & Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 bottle
    June 23, 2009 - Fantesca Spring Mountain Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 - RM 92 - Deep garnet colour. Smooth, polished currant and black cherry fruits accented by subtle mildly sweet spice, oak and hint of that Mayacamas Mountain terroir cedar. From Rick's cellar. Wow - now in oversize almost magnum heavy bottle! Comparison tasted against Fisher Coach Insignia Sonoma Valley red blend 2003 which is along the same mountain range albeit further north aand 'over the hill to the west facing Sonoma face. RM 90 - Dark purple colour - subdued dark fruits and slight dusty tones give way to a slight camphor note on the full firm finish. Tasted  w/ Mark G and Shannon R at Morton's Steak House in Naperville.  Fisher Vineyards Coach Insignia Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1999

    Viader "V" Napa Valley Red Table Wine 2004 Label
    June 22, 2009 - Viader 'V' Napa Valley red blend 2002 - RM 91 - Dark, firm black fruits, fine soft tannins. Blend of Petit Verdot, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc. Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1991 - RM 91 - Earthy blackberry and black cherry accentuated by sweet spicy oak. Tasted at home w/ L, Mark G and Shannon with beef tenderloin, roasted red potatoes, asparagus and beefsteak tomatoes. Kracher Nouvelle Vague Chardonnay Trocken Bereen Auslese (TBA) #9 1998 - RM 92. Essence of apricot nectar served with fruit and cheese plate for desert. Kracher Nouvelle Vague Trockenberenauslese 1998 label
    Flinders Run Shiraz 2005 Label on Rick's WineSite
    June 21, 2009 - Flinders Run, Southern Flinders Ranges, Baroota, Australia, Shiraz 2005 - RM 94 - Dark inky colour. Full bodied, elegant rich thick chewy symphony of flavors of sweet currant, ripe plum, red raspberry, blueberry, a hint of pepper, vanilla, and spice, and a lingering essence of creme brulee' burnt sugar and cedar on the soft finish. One of our favorite wines - tasted from our cellars, w/ L and Tim & Marcia at Angeli's Restaurant with Alec serving. Dr. Heidemanns-Bergweiler Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Spätlese 2006

    Dr. Heidemanns-Bergweiler Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Spätlese 2006 - RM 90 - Thick and sweet enough to serve as an apres dessert wine.

    Del Dotto Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Label June 20, 2009 - Del Dotto Napa Valley Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 - RM 92 points: Currant and berry fruit flavors give way to integrated oak and hint of cedar. Moderately firm but refined tannins. More structure and more flavorful than the 1998 which we've been drinking. The 98 was drinking better earlier and the 97 is now coming of age. Even more fruit than last tasting. Tasted from our cellars, w/ L and Erin at Angeli's Restaurant with Alec serving.
    Chateau Pesquie Cotes du Ventoux Terrasses 2006 

    June 17, 2009 -  Château Pesquié Côtes du Ventoux Southern Rhone Terrasses 2006 - RM 88 - Ripe black fruit black raspberry, plum, with a hint of earthiness. Soft, medium-full body, and a long finish. Great value easy drinking every day wine. Tasted w/  Don Z and Ryan Z with dinner at Mark G's in Aurora - Semper Fi! 

     
    Rodney Strong Russian River Valley Sonoma County Pinot Noir 2005 label June 16, 2009 - Rodney Strong Sonoma County Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2005 - Tasted at Ted's Montana Grill in Aurora w/ Don Z.
    King Estate Pinot Grigio 2007 label June 14, 2009 - Groom Sauvignon Blanc 2007; RM 88 - Essence of mango fruit and hint of crispy citrus.  Chateau St Michelle Merlot 2006; King Estate Pinot Gris 2007 - RM 88  Essence of peach with hint of pear and almond. Tasted w/ L at Mercury Grill in Dallas - great accompaniments to tuna tartar, pate and flowerless chocolate cake & fruit plate. Enjoying UA flight delay at DFW.
    Willakenzie Estate Pinot Noir Cuvee 2007 label June 13, 2009 -  Willakenzie Estate, Estate Cuvee Pinot Noir 2007; Tasted w/ L at Lazare in West Village, Uptown, Dallas.
    Gundlach Bundschu Rheinfarm Vineyard Mountain Cuvee label June 12, 2009 - Gundlach Bundschu Rheinfarm Vineyard Sonoma Merlot 2006 - RM 90 - Complex earthy black cherry, blackberry with hint of camphor, turning to black tea, blackberry, tobacco and mocha on the finish. Tasted at Cru Wine Bar in Plano, Legacy Center w/ L.
    Marquis Philips 9 McLaren Vale Shiraz 2006 label June 11, 2009 - Marquis Philips 9 Mclaren Vale Shiraz 2006 - RM 89 - WA 92-95 - Dark ink color. Full bodied, rich, thick - ultra-ripe raisiny black fruits predominate accented by pain grille (dark toast) smoky mocha, with hints of burnt sugar, mocha and vanilla on the finish. Linda (and Wine Advocate) loves this style - its a bit much for me. Tasted from our cellars, w/ L, at Angeli's Restaurant with Alec serving.
    June 10, 2009 - Elan Vineyards Atlas Peak Merlot 1995 - RM 90 - Surprisingly lots of life in this 14 year old! Mouthful of bright leathery spicy black fruits, cedar and hints of eucalyptus and moderate tannic creosote on the long full lingering spice filled finish.
    Chateau La Louviere Pessac Leognan Graves 1994 Label June 06, 2009 - Chateau La Louviere Grand Vin Pessac Leognan Graves Bordeaux 1994 - RM 88 - Modest nose. Dark, medium bodied, firm blackberry, black currant fruits, earthy leather and a hint of cedar and smoke. More pronounced fruit than recent tasting . Tasted from 375 ml. Tasted w/ Alec & Megan at Angelis - L in Indy.
    Ritchie Creek Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 1999 label June 5, 2009 - Ritchie Creek Napa Valley Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 1999 - RM 88 - Medium bodied - leathery black cherry, black berry, hint of cedar, eucalyptus, spice and tobacco on the modest tannin finish. Tasted w/ L and Mark D at Angeli's Restaurant with Alec serving.

    Del Dotto Giovanni's Tuscan Reserve Label 1997 on McNees Winesite

    June 1, 2009 - Del Dotto Napa Valley Giovanni's Tuscan Reserve 1999 - RM 88 - Medium bodied, blackberry, black cherry fruit, leathery cedar and black tea on the moderate tannin finish. Blend of sangiovese, cabernet, merlot and petit verdot. Drank from magnum from the cellar - at Morton's Naperville with RG and AC-C and BC team.  ; Goldeneye Pinot Noir 2005.
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