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 …

Havens Merlot Reserve, Napa Valley, 1997

 
03/26/2000

Havens Merlot Reserve, Napa Valley, 1997

This is a powerful statement in Merlot. Completely extracted and built to age. The nose is a bit tight but opened after several minutes of swirling. On the palate you are hit with the enormous amounts of black fruit, tar, bitter chocolate and oak. Although very young the Havens Merlot Reserve possesses incredible depth of fruit and length. If you have to have it now give it a good hour uncorked, or save it for the next five years. Just get it. . $35. -CG…

Cristom Vineyards

 06/11/2000

Cristom Vineyards have produced some of best Pinot Noirs to come out of America in the last decade. Winemaker Steve Doerner in the last two decades has been mastering the art of Pinot Noir with Cristom and previously with Calera Winery in California.

Cristom Pinot Noir Mt.Jefferson Cuvée, Willamette Valley 1998

The 1998 Mt. Jefferson Cuvée is the most available of the Pinot Noirs from Cristom. It is medium dark in color, more so than previous three vintages. This wine has a rich nose of raspberry, lavender and firewood. In its youth this wine allows the flavors of bing …

Illuminati Riparosso, Montepulciano d’ Abruzzo, 1998

 12/12/1999

Illuminati Riparosso, Montepulciano d’ Abruzzo, 1998

From what I here 98′ in Italy is as good as 97′, and that’s saying something, I was a big fan of the vintage.This wine is one of the first 98′ I have had a chance to try. It was an absolute killer!

Very dark in color, blackish-purple. The nose was grapey and young, but it showed some complex jammy, berry and sage notes. In the mouth it is full of bing cherries and bitter chocolate and most notably this wine has substantial weight for the money. It finishes with a good amount …

Dario D’ Angelo Montepulciano D’ Abruzzo 1998

 
04/23/2000

Dario D’ Angelo Montepulciano D’ Abruzzo 1998

This one is too inexpensive to ignore. I now have officially broken the 6 dollar barrier. This goes to show what this awesome 98′ vintage in most of Italy has to offer. Simple and strait forward with a stunning amount of fruit and structure you usually do not see in very inexpensive wines. Good color and aromas of bing cherry, tobacco and clove. On the palate is where you get your moneys worth. Soft and very approachable with dark cherry and luscious berry flavors. No apparent oak and it doesn’t need it, …

J. Lohr Paso Robles Syrah, 1997

 11/07/1999

J. Lohr Paso Robles Syrah, 1997

Dark violet in color. Rich nose of sweet black fruit, cherries petrol and violets. Mouth coating, cool Syrah fruit with wild berry, currant, mint and a touch of extra alcohol. Relatively long finish and very enjoyable. A great deal at $11 – CG…

Dom Berrod Fleurie Beaujolais Cru 1998

 07/17/2000

Dom Berrod Fleurie Beaujolais Cru 1998

Here is a great Summer wine that goes well with many grilled vegetables and seafoods. You can even serve it with a slight chill.

This Berrod Beaujolais has the scents of a beautiful bouquet of flowers, green olives and wild raspberries. A slightly musty nose of dried flowers is very appealing in this wine. On the palate this soft, luscious wine exhibits a plentiful amount of vibrant cherry fruits and lavender flavors, finishing with lingering dried flowers and red fruits. Recommended at $14. – CG…

Joseph Drouhin Macon Superieur 1998

 03/19/2000

Joseph Drouhin Macon Superieur 1998

Clean and pretty, an excellent Chardonnay if you would like to taste the varietal character of the fruit. This Macon delivers a beautiful nose of pear, citrus and mineral. The mouth feel is silky and round with a medium-bodied palate of apple, toast, mineral and alcohol. This is another good example of the forward fruit we can expect from the 98′ vintage in France. The flavors remains strong as this wine finishes very classy for a $9 Chardonnay. Cheers! – CG…

Domaine du Grand Prieur Cotes du Rhone, 1998

 12/26/1999

Domaine du Grand Prieur Cotes du Rhone, 1998

Located within the Vacqueyras region of the Rhone Valley comes this well rounded and strait forward red. Medium-dark coloring with a slight grapey nose mixed with licorice, orange peel and cherry notes. I would like to try this wine in a year after it has had some time to relax, but currently it show lovely wild berry, anise and bitter chocolate. Good length and very enjoyable at $9 – CG…