Wine Tasting Feature on Rick's WineSite Journal

Host or Sponsor:  

Downers Grove Wine Shop
Downers Grove, IL

Venue:

Isabella's Restaurant
4121 South Main Street, Downers Grove, IL

Featured Wine (s):
Altamura '99 $61
Caymus  '99 $75
Chalk Hill '99 $62
Pepper Bridge '00 $53
Shafer '00 $55
Showket '99 $100
Silver Oak '99 $80
Staglin '99 $108
Stuhlmuller Cabernet '00 $29
Trefethen Halo '98 $143
Tenuta dell 'Ornellaia '98 $145
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Journal entries/notes: Wine, Rating, Price, Comments -
(In order of tasting)
10 Stuhlmuller Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2000 $29 -
Cedar Anise, cherry and smokey plum. 
RM 88

3 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1999 $80 -
Sweet cherry and plum give way to nutmeg and blueberry with a big long finish of soft firm tannins and sweet oak.
RM 92.
8 Chalk Hill Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1999 $62 -
WE 90 WS 86
Complex Bordeaux style blend (%) - Cab 83  Petit Verdot 13 Malbec 4 Cab Franc 4 Merlot 2
Tannic full, firm cherry, berry and an earthy sense of anise/vanilla aftertaste.
RM 89
11 Pepper Bridge Walla Walla Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2000 $53 - WS 91
Dark and full bodied - mineral and herbal flavor overtakes the fruit.
RM 87
1 Altamura Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1999 $61 -
Full forward currant and sweet cherry - smooth polished, balanced with well integrated tannins - smooth soft finish reveal sweet oak.
RM 93/94 
7 Caymus Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1999 $75
Cherry, currant an anise with a smokey mocha and earthy finish that falls off too quickly.
RM 89.
2 Trefethen Napa Valley Halo 1998 $143
Amarone like - over ripe currant and berry tastes of raisiny fig with tightly wound tannins in a smooth polished and well balanced wine.
RM 92
6 Staglin Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1999 $108
WS94
Medium currant and sweet cherry with a mineral and mocha pepper finish.
RM 90
5 Shafer Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2000 $55
WE 93
Full forward currant and sweet cherry fruit - nicely balanced and polished.
RM91-92
 
4 Showket Napa Valley Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 1999 $100
WS 93 RP 90
Black cherry, plum and currant, smooth and polished with pleasant long finish.
RM 92.

Antique Wine Company - Ornellaia

9 Tenuta dell 'Ornellaia Bolgheri 1998 $145
WS 97
Full firm earthy olive and smokey sage with long lingering finish.
RM 89
   

 

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