Category: Wines

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. …

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…