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 …

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…

Elderton Shiraz Barossa 1998

Elderton Shiraz Barossa 1998

1998 has been a vintage of fantastic Shiraz from the the Barossa region of Australia. The Ederton 1998 show absolutely generous and flamboyant amounts of ripe plum, raisin, black cherries and violet aromas. The mouth feel is equally plentiful with a full-bodied attack of black cherries, currants, chocolate and plum flavors. The wine appears very balanced, albeit super extracted and fruity right now. These wines are made in an aggressive style to be enjoyed young. Who am I to tell you anything else? Drink now while the edge is still there. $27 – CG…

KWV Pinotage 1998, South Africa

 11/28/1999

KWV Pinotage 1998, South Africa

Dark in color with a complex nose of wet leather, roasted meat, red currant and tar with a hint of sulfur. Soft and full in the mouth with expansive fruit and a finish of plums and clove. Pretty good at $12. – CG…

Bruno Ceretto, Barolo Prapo 95

 01/23/2000

Bruno Ceretto, Barolo Prapo 95

This Barolo has all the makings of a great night with the scents of dried herb, rosemary, firewood, violets and roses and wet leather. Sounds like a dream date. Somewhat new in style with great extraction and finesese. Very approachable right now with powdery tannin balncing nicely with powerful, ripe fruit. This was a great wine experience. $70. -CG…

Eberle Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, 1997

 11/28/1999

Eberle Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, 1997

The wine is very dark in color and is intensely extracted. The nose is a concentrate of black cherries, bell pepper and cassis. At first taste it appears young, with a little glass time it really sang. Big and bold with mouth-coating black fruit, muscular backbone and great French and American oak on the extremely long finish. The Best Eberle Cabernet Sauvignon since the epic 91′, maybe even better. Stock up on this one. $25.…

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. …