Category: Wines

Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Reserve, Mendoza Argentina 1999

Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Reserve, Mendoza Argentina 1999

Argentina has been putting out many good values in the Malbec category but this is one of the heavy-hitters. Drinking very well right now, this Malbec reserve is showy and explosive with plenty of chewy fruit and spice. The palate is full of fat flavors of dried plum, rose pedal, tobacco and new oak. Razor sharp black currant flavors create a thick feeling in the mouth. This wonderful wine finishes with black pepper and age-worthy tannins. I don’t want to be quoted but….. yummy! $22 – CG…

Altos las Hormigas Malbec, Argentina, 1999

 
02/14/2000

Altos las Hormigas Malbec, Argentina, 1999

As you may know I am in the wine business in Seattle and this week I asked several of my favorite wine retailers to give me the best under $10 wine they can find. Both Ruth and David at Arista Cellars and Marshall Gill of Larry’s Market suggested the same wine. I have had the last two vintages of this wine and have liked them so I obliged and purchased a bottle. I’m glad I did.

This is the Best under $10 wine I have tasted recently. It is very dark in color …

Emilio Moro Ribera Del Duero 1998, Spain

Emilio Moro Ribera Del Duero 1998, Spain

This has all the makings of a very ripe wine. The nose is full of raisened grape skin and tar-like black cherry aromas, with a hint of raspberries. The dried fruit carries onto the palate with flavors of black cherries, fresh cut wood, cola and vanilla. The wines finish is strong with mild tannins and a healthy length. A very good wine at $20 – CG…

L’Ecole#41 Semillon, Columbia Valley, Washington State 1998

 11/07/1999

L’Ecole#41 Semillon, Columbia Valley, Washington State 1998

This winery is Hot! With its December releases of 97 & 98 wines there is much to enjoy from Walla Walla. This is the best L’Ecole Semillon yet, upon release. Golden and straw in color. Wild aromas of fig, clove, inscence and apricot. Mouth-filling viscosity and smooth mouth-feel combined with intense apricot, pear, tropical fruit flavors and vanilla notes. School is in session, this is how to make American Semillon! $14. – CG…

Cantina del Borgo Reale Primitivo del Salento, 1998

 01/24/2000

Cantina del Borgo Reale Primitivo del Salento, 1998

Primitvo – The Original Zin!. Or so it is argued. I thought it appropriate to review a Primitivo since I will be at the ZAPP (Zin Producers) tasting this weekend. This wine comes from the town of Salento in the “heel of the boot” of Italy. An area full of great bargains in full-flavored wines if you like em’ ripe. This one has a fragrant nose of raspberry and spice, but not as jammy as it’s American counterparts. The flavors are ripe and smooth, medium-bodied with raspberry, ripe cherry and clove. …

Edna Valley Vineyards Syrah, Paragon, Central Coast 1999

Edna Valley Vineyards Syrah, Paragon, Central Coast 1999

This is great American Syrah at a fantastic price, but there is a catch. This Syrah gives off plenty of blackberry jam, framboise and toasted oak aromas. Lots of edgy, sweet blackish fruit, charcoal and vanilla charge through the palate. This is a lot of Syrah for the money, and here is the catch. Word is the winery is going to hold back this wine and release it as a reserve at a later time. Get it now at $16 – CG…

Foley Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Hills Vineyard 1997, Santa Maria Valley

 
11/14/2000

Foley Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Hills Vineyard 1997, Santa Maria Valley

In the wine business if someone asks you what your favorite varietal is you are supposed to say “Pinot Noir”. This gives the appearance of sophistication and insight because of the complex nature of this grape. With my lack of sophistication and insight I usually answer Syrah or Sangiovese or anything else. I do enjoy Pinot Noir but, it is a fickle grape. Most really good Pinots, in my opinion, have an elusive window of opportunity where the wine is drinking it’s best. This week I found an …

Carpineto Chianti Classico, Tuscany, 1998

 03/12/2000

Carpineto Chianti Classico, Tuscany, 1998.

News Flash, Tuscany has had two really good vintages in a row! 1997 and 1998 appear to be the two best back to back vintages I can remember in over a decade. The cool thing is most are being released right now and in the future, we have not missed it, and it gets better! The reserve wine will be out in a few more years. You should still find many good 97′ Chiantis in the market, but here is one of the great, and early, 98′ Chianti Classicos.

Carpinetos 98′ Chianti Classico color …

Glaetzer Shiraz ‘The Bishop’ Barossa Valley 1998

Glaetzer Shiraz ‘The Bishop’ Barossa Valley 1998

Another @#[email protected]% Shiraz? Maybe I need some counseling? Or maybe these 98′ Australian Shiraz’ are phenomenal!

The Bishop by Glaetzer is another juicy blockbuster Shiraz from the Barossa. It offers a noseful of fresh cut cedar, eucalyptus, spearmint, cherry liqueur and resin. On the palate you are hit with an abundance of cool minty herbs, juicy black cherry and a velvety structure. The flavors develop into plum, cassis, coconut oil and bitter chocolate. Sure it might age, but why wait? Enjoy right now at $24. -CG…

Chateau De La Cantrie Muscadet Sevre Et Maine, 1998

 
02/07/2000

Chateau De La Cantrie Muscadet Sevre Et Maine, 1998

This lovely white wine is from the Loire Valley where the the Sevre and Maine rivers meet, and where most of the production of Muscadet in France comes from. This area is know for there young drinking and refreshing white wines. Chateau De La Cantrie has produced this beautifully crisp and sassy little wine. Pretty aromas of pineapple, pear, and citrus skins fill the glass, with a hint of cut grass herbaceousness. In the mouth, the grip of acidity and zestiness of the wine screams for shellfish. Green apple and …