Selections from Rick's Wine Cellar -  A

Adriano Ramos-Pinto
Albert Morot
  Beaune Bressandes
AltaMura Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1999 label
  Napa Valley
  Cabernet Sauvignon
Anakena Chile Limari Valley Single Vineyard Late Harvest 2006
  Limari Valley
  Late Harvest - Single Vineyard Bottling
  75% Alexandria 25% Muscat
Domaine de La Ancienne Cure
  Cuvee Abbaye
  Firenze, Tuscany
  1997 - Feb 14, 2001
  1997 - Feb 14, 2001
Archery Summit  
  Oregon Wine Spectator rating 92 points: "Plush, with lovely currant, plum and spice flavors that ride elegantly over a beautifully round, open frame, lingering impressively on the refined finish. Drink now through 2012. 290 cases made." (HS)
RM Journal - Nov 22, 2005
  Premier Cuvee
  Pinot Noir
  2002, 2001

Alta Mura Napa Valley Sangiovese

Alta Mura
  Napa Valley
  Cabernet Sauvignon
  Feb 28, 2004

  Amarone di Valpolicella
  1999, 1998

Andrew Will
  Columbia Valley
  Red Wine
  Sept 15, 2004
  The Wine Advocate - Entirely produced from Champoux Vineyard, the core of the 2001 Sorella is from a 29 year-old block of Cabernet Sauvignon (68%) with the balance being Cabernet Franc (15%), Merlot (10%), and Petit Verdot (7%). Certainly Camarda’s most refined 2001, it bursts from the glass revealing a myriad of floral red fruit scents. Cherries, raspberries, cassis, spices, and blackberries vie for the taster’s attention in its intricately-laced character. Medium-bodied and pure, it doesn’t have quite the weight or power of either the Ciel du Cheval Vineyard or Champoux Vineyard 2001s, yet is exquisitely detailed, focused, and exhibits the same extended, wonderfully ripe finish found in all of Camarda’s glorious 2001s. Bravo! Drink 2007-2017 Wine Advocate #154 (Aug 2004) Score: 93. —Pierre Rovani, August 2004.

Andersons Conn Valley Vineyards Right Bank  Cuvee 2004 label on

Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Prologue Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Anderson Conn Valley Vineyards
  Right Bank Cuvee
  Napa Valley
  Red Wine
  2003 - The Wine Advocate The Right Bank proprietary offering is generally a blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc (similar to modern day blends of the famed St.-Emilion, Cheval Blanc). It is an enticing effort with good weight, great aromatics, and a wonderful texture. The 2003 Right Bank displays a distinctive menthol character interwoven with blackberries, licorice, smoke, and flowers. Full-bodied, opulent, and moderately tannic, with broad, savory flavors, it should age nicely for 15 or more years. Score: 93. —Robert Parker, December 2006.
  2004 - 94 Points Wine Advocate - The Right Bank proprietary offering is generally a blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc (similar to modern day blends of the famed St.-Emilion, Cheval Blanc). It is an enticing effort with good weight, great aromatics, and a wonderful texture. The saturated purple-colored 2004 Right Bank offers up sweet scents of espresso roast, white chocolate, plums, black currants, smoke, and flowers. A beautiful texture, medium to full body, and good glycerin covering the wine’s skeleton suggest it will drink well for 10-15 years. - 60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc - Winemaker's notes - Ripe blackberries, some cedar and licorice. Opulent, full-bodied, good mouth feel and long f inish. Should peak in 6-11 years.
  2006 - July 13, 2008

Domaine des Aphillanthes
  Cote du Rhone Villages
  Cuvee des Galets
  2001 - Robt Parker  91 points - "Boasts a dense inky/purple color in addition to sumptuous aromas of freshly ground pepper, blackberry liqueur, and lavender. Ripe, full-bodied, sweet, rich flavors caress the palate with no hard edges." 91 pts. Robert Parker (#283234) Jan 11, 2006 - RM 90 - Medium bodied - predominant black pepper with blackberry and mineral accents.

d'Arenberg Dead Arm McLaren Vale Shiraz 2004 label

d'Arenberg Dead Arm 2002 Label on

  McLaren  Vale
  The Dead Arm
  2006 - November 1, 2008
  2003 RP Review - ‘One of this estate’s flagship wines, the 2003 The Dead Arm Shiraz appears to be better than the 2002. A deeper, richer, fuller-bodied offering that spent time in equal parts French and American oak, it possesses an opaque purple colour, great intensity, and a fabulously sweet nose of blackberries, cassis, asphalt, earth, and oak. Powerful, super-concentrated, and obviously fashioned from low yields and old vines, this is classic McLaren Vale old vine Shiraz that should age nicely for 15+ years.’ Rating 95 -
RM Journal Jan 7, 2005

Aug 7, 2004, Jan 21, 2006

RP Review - The 2002 The Dead Arm Shiraz was a challenge to effectively analyze. After the magnificent 2001, it comes across as lighter-styled, more elegant, but also closed and restrained. Several hours of aeration were beneficial, but this cuvee seems to be playing it close to the vest. However, there is power beneath the tannic structure. It has noble breeding, but appears to be totally shut down at present. Anticipated maturity: 2009 – 2020. Rating 92+
RM Journal -

The Wine Spectator Rich, complex, but not at all heavy-handed, a plush, heady mouthful of black cherry, blackberry, menthol and a wee touch of forest mushroom, all mingling in a rich-textured finish that lasts and lasts. Drink now through 2020. 500 cases imported. Score: 92. —Harvey Steiman, December 31, 2004.

The Wine Enthusiast Impresses the hell out of you on the first look—it offers controlled, pretty plum and berry fruit on the palate, with black pepper, cassis and graham cracker aromas. Overexamine it, though, and you start to find things that you wish were different (for me, it wants more intensity midpalate), but that doesn't mean that this isn't delicious. Why not just sit back and enjoy the mocha-laden finish, and leave analysis to another day? Score: 91. —Daryna Tobey, March 01, 2005.


RP Review - Readers should be on the look out for the 2001 The Dead Arm Shiraz, one of the greatest examples of this cuvee. Its dense black/purple colour is accompanied by celestial aromas of melted licorice, graphite, blackberries, cassis, incense, anise and toasty oak. Fabulously concentrated, with great purity, an unctuous, viscous texture, and an amazingly long, 60-second plus finish, this fabulous baby will need 5-6 years of cellaring, and should drink well over the following 20-25 years. Rating 98+

  2000 RP Rating - This estate’s most renowned offering is their old vine (90+ years) Shiraz called The Dead Arm. The unfined/unfiltered 2000 The Dead Arm Shiraz is one of South Australia’s finest wines of the vintage. A perfume of grilled steak intermixed with blackberries, new saddle leather, earth, pepper and melted licorice rises from this awesome red. With great power, richness, and no hard edges, it is still young and primary, but should hit its peak in 3-7 years, and last for two decades or more. Rating 94.

RP Rating - The unfined/unfiltered 1999 The Dead Arm Shiraz (2,000 cases) was aged in 100% new oak, of which 70% was American and 30% French. It is about as natural and unmanipulated a product of the vineyard as one can find. Fullbodied and awesomely rich, notes of black pepper, licorice, and blackberry as well as cherry liqueur cascade over the palate with enormous concentration and intensity, high tannin, and a structured, muscular style. Give it 3-4 years of cellaring, and consume it over the following 2-3 decades. It is a timeless museum piece made in a style that can only be produced in Barossa or McLaren Vale. 96 pts. -
RM Journal - Dec 23, 2003

  1997 Dec 29, 2004
  1995 WS 92 - 'Firm, chewy, packed with blackberry and anise flavors, although the oak character and tannin clamp down a bit on the finish. Echoes tobacco and berry.' CellarTracker:91.2    'Score based on 11 tasting notes from 5 reviewers'
 RP 91 - 'It
is a sexy, flashy, flamboyant Shiraz that is short on restraint, but big on screaming fruit. Viscous, thick, and rich, with layers of flavor, low acidity, and sexy new oak.'
Sept 1, 1999,
May 20, 2005

  Barossa Valley
  Coppermine Road
  Cabernet Sauvignon
  2001 93 points The Wine Advocate McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Advocate #148 (Aug 2003) One of the finest Cabernet Sauvignons produced in South Australia is d’Arenberg’s Coppermine Road. The colossal 2001 The Coppermine Road Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits an opaque purple color in addition to a gorgeous perfume of lead pencil shavings intermixed with blackberry and cassis fruit, vanilla, Asian spices, and white flowers. Still primary and young, with great intensity as well as tremendous upside potential, it requires 5-6 more years of aging, after which it will last for two decades.
  2000 Steve Tanzer - 88 - Full, lightly browning red. Earth, chocolate and cedar aromas beneath dusty, slightly leafy notes of small dark berries and dark olive. Ripe and juicy, with a dark, brooding palate of earthy plum and dark berries over a sinewy spine of firm, somewhat astringent tannins and cedary, chocolatey oak. Needs some cellaring.

Napa Valley

  Cabernet Sauvignon
  1998 - Sept 28, 2002
  1996 - WS92
Chateau L'Arrosee St Emilion 2000 Label on Rick's WineSite on
Chateau L'Arrosee


  St. Emilion Grand Cru
Arrowood Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 2000 label on
Sonoma County
  Cabernet Sauvignon
  2002 - March 29, 2008
  1998 - June 25, 2003, Sept 28, 2002, November 21, 2008
  1991 - Sept 21, 2002, February 14, 2009
  Merlot 1999 - July 8, 2004
Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 label on
Atlas Peak

Napa Valley

  Cabernet Sauvignon

Amarone della Valpolicella
  Classico DOC
  Campo San Paolo


Azelia San Rocco Barollo 2001 Label


  San Rocco
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