Category: Wines

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 …

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, …