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2000 IoRhone Blend winefridge - 160.00 (sugg. retail)1  89 (RP)
moved to fridge in 1/06; 86% Syr, 9% Gren, 5% Mourv; per RP, complex bouquet of mushrooms, new saddle leather, black cherries, and currants with a resiny element in the background. Medium-bodied w/clean, vibrant finish, will drink well for 4-5 years; per winemaker, aromas of blackberry, dark plum, blueberry, black and white pepper and spice, accented by traces of cedar, anise and leather. Well integrated and richly layered, flavors include hints of plums, black currant and mineral, remarkable length on the palate, opulent texture with rich, mature tannins and a supporting thread of natural acidity;
2004Alexander Valley Vineyards Alexander School Top of the CropCabernet  35.001   
Tasted & bought at winery; per one reviewer, The aromatics begin with a whiff of buttered popcorn flowing into fresh tobacco and basil along with a solid dose of blackberry. On the palate, the wine hits off with eucalyptus and graphite under a core of just-ripe cherries and hazelnuts. Tart cherries and cinnamon roll out in the end.
2006Alexander Valley Vineyards New GewurzGewurztraminer  9.001   
Tasted & bought at winery; per one reviewer, his fruity, spicy white has a trace of residual sugar, a tiny bit of spritz and that trademark floral, brown spice, grapefruit zest and ginger personality
2005Alexander Valley Vineyards Temptation Zinfandel  12.001   
Tasted & bought at winery; 92% zin, 8% sangio, mostly from Dry Creek and Alexander Valley; loaded with plum, cocoa and most prominently, Bing cherry character. The mouth feel is plush and the finish long.
2001Alexander Valley Vineyards Wetzel Family EstateMerlot closetest. $201   
bought at winery; per winemaker, classic cassis & black cherry flavors and soft, ripe tannins; should be able to cellar for 10-12 years; Gold Medal at SF Intl. Wine Comp.
2002Alexander Valley Vineyards Wetzel Family EstateCabernet fridge(1/2)est. $102  Gold (Sonoma County Harvest Fair)
bought at winery; per winemaker, drinkable but will age 10-15 yrs, cherry, currant, firm tannins
drank 2000 in 2006, could have used a few more years
2004Alexander Valley Vineyards Wetzel Family EstateMerlot winefridge 10.001   
Bought at winery
2004Alexander Valley Vineyards Wetzel Family EstateCabernet winefridge 10.001   
Bought at winery
2005Alexander Valley Vineyards Wetzel Family EstateCabernet  20.001   
Bought at winery; 90% CS, 6% merlot, with a little CF and PV; per winery, rich, juicy Cab with an expressive nose of cassis and spice and flavors of black cherry and cocoa along with an undercurrent of eucalyptus and mint.
2001AtalonCabernet fridge(4, 5)$24.992  90-92 (RP)
tasted & bought at Carlsbad Wine Store; 97% CS, 3% Merlot from hills & valley floor; per Wine Advocate, "the dense purple-colored 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa possesses abundant quantities of black currant fruit, a liqueur-like aspect to its flavor intensity, sweet tannin, and a long, velvety-textured, juicy finish. Like many top 2001s, it will be approachable upon release, and age well for 10-15 years."
2004Beaulieu Vineyard Costal EstatesCabernet  est. 11.001   
gift at NYE open house;
2001Bennett LaneCabernet fridge(1)$35.00 (est.)1   
bought at winery; per K&L, wine shows understated aromas of French oak with bright cherry, berry, chocolate, and rose petals. It has a mid-palate of plum, cassis, and dark fruits ending with a long, lush finish.
2002Bouchard Pere & Fils Volnay Caillerets Ancienne Cuvee CarnotBurgundy fridge(1/2)26.000  89-92 (IWC)
bought at Wine Cask; per Intl Wine Cellar, "Plum , redcurrant, licorice, mocha and roasted nuts on the vibrant nose. Very suave and a bit high-toned in the mouth, with slightly minty flavors that are a bit cooler than the nose-and the wine's fat-would suggest. Finishes firm and aromatic. Very interesting, stylish Volnay in the making, but quite laid-back today"
drank on 40th birthday - fruit, and, oddly enough, cheese
2003Ca' Del Solo Big House RedRed Wine kitchen 1   
 Ca' del Solo Big House RedRed Wine hall7.991   
2000Cain FiveMeritage fridge(1/2)$43.991   
bought at winery
2000Chateau Boyd-Cantenac Grand Cru ClasseBordeaux winefridge 27.951  88-89 (RP)
Best ever from the chateau. Per RP(?): offers a sweet perfume of acacia flowers, smoke, black currants, and foresty notes. Medium to full-bodied, concentrated, and pure, with outstanding equilibrium as well as noticeable, but well-integrated, sweet tannin, it will drink well between 2006-2018."
2000Chateau Larose-Trintaudon Cru BourgeoisBordeaux fridge(6)$13.951  85-86 (RP), 87 (WS)
SDWC; mostly CS; per, 16/20 (good black fruit; a little creamy depth, earthy and warm, but has decent fruit and harmony)
2000Chateau Les Tours SeguyBordeaux livingrm7.991   
SDWC; 70% Merlot, 15% Cab. Franc, 15% Cab. Sauv.; per LA Wine Co.," A phenomenal bargain. Fleshy, fruity and full of the character that has made this such a wonderful vintage. This will rank as one of our best buys all year!"
2000Chateau Ste. MichelleCabernet closet 1  88/90 (WS)
85% CS, 14% CF, 1% Syrah; per WS, Plump and juicy, with plum and currant flavors up front, framed with fine-grained tannins and a touch of white pepper on the softly herbal finish. Drink now thru 06.
2000Chateau des Tours ReserveRhone livingrm11.951  RP 86, WS 85
SDWC; per RP, strawberry, cherry, pepper, leather, animal fur, and mushroom, best drunk betw 2003 to 2008; per WS, burly red has a lot going for itself--tobacco, cherry, chocolate--but it's tannic and slightly rustic, even a bit hot, on the finish. Drink now through 2006.
2002Cline Ancient VinesMourvedre closetest. 13.001   
bought at Wine Garage; per label, should age well for a decade, has dark plum, chocolate, eucalyptus, hint of oak
2003Cline red truckRed Wine kitchenest. $10.001   
bought at winery; blend of Syrah, PS, CF & merlot; winemaker recommends with tomato-based dishes, says flavors of chocolate, berries, cherries and licorice abound, w/ black pepper finish
1997Clos PegaseCabernet winefridge 1  88-90 (RP)
in closet until 2003; per RP, firm underpinning of tannin, sweet, creamy, black currant flavors intertwined with cedar, Provencal herbs, and new oak. Medium to full-bodied, with a relatively long finish, it should be an excellent, possibly outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon that will be drinkable young, yet keep for 10-12 years
2001Clos PegaseCabernet winefridge31.991   
CP wine club: per CP, 84% cab from 2 vineyards, 5% petite verdot, 5% cab franc, 4% merlot, 2% malbec; dense, smoky, rich, full-bodied, fruit
2001Clos Pegase Home Ranche Reserve PortPort closet 1   
through CP wine club
2002Clos Pegase Mitsuko's Vineyard - Pegase Circle ReserveMerlot closet 1   
from CP club: going for bordeaux style
2002Clos Pegase Pegas Circle ReserveCabernet Franc closet22.001   
per CP wine club: Loire-like, blackcurrant, chocolate, violets, plum, hints of huckleberry & licorice
2001Clos Pegase Pegase Circle ReserveZinfandel closet22.001   
from Clos Pegase club: 92% Zin, 8% Petit Verdot; berries, cherry, fruitcake, cedar, coconut - approachable now, 3-5 years cellaring
2004Coppola Rosso ClassicRed Wine kitchen 1   
47% zin; 32% cs; 21% syrah - TJ's
2003Core Hard CoreRed Wine  27.001  RP 90
gift from Lyn & Keith; 52% Mourv, 30% Gren, 18% CS; per RP, a personality-filled red, it offers sweet black raspberry, chocolate, oak, and flower aromas as well as flavors. Dense and opulently-styled, with terrific fruit, and a lusty, heady finish, it will provide immense pleasure over the next 4-5 years.
2002Costa de Oro Gold Coast VineyardPinot Noir fridge(1/2)est. $14.001   
bought at Wine Cask in SB; only about 300 cases made; per a website, former assistant winemaker at Au Bon Climat , vibrant flavors of berries, clove and vanilla all wrapped up in a lively finish
2002Domaine Gros Frere et SoeurBurgundy winefridge$16.951   
SDWC; usually best 5 to 6 years out per review of previous vintage
2000Douglass HillCabernet closet$10 (est.)1   
2004Dr. Pauly Bergweiler Noble HouseRiesling livingrm 1   
2000Ferrari-Carano TreMonteMerlot  est. $301   
given by Jim & Cheryl
2004Francis Coppola Diamond Collection Gold LabelChardonnay livingrm15.00 (est.)1   
gift at NYE open house; malo; per winemaker, aromas of papaya, pear, and pineapple. Bright and voluptuous in character, juicy flavors of apples, guava, and nectarine highlight a palate that reveals just a touch of spice and toasted marshmallow on the long, silky finish
2006Francis Coppola Presents BiancoPinot Grigio  10.001   
gift; per, refreshing, bright white wine with plenty of zest. The nose is full of earthy undertones amidst melon and citrus aromas. The palate also has a citrus base, with a bit of kiwi and apple. Enjoy with appetizers, especially apples and Muentster or mozzarella cheese, fresh clams, light entrees and tomato-based sauces.
2000Franciscan Oakville EstateCabernet fridge(1) 1  90 (WS)
per WS, quite reliant on jazzy oak, but it's also quite rich and concentrated, with appealing currant, black cherry, anise, mineral and leathery notes, finishing with pretty coffee ground notes. Drink now through 2009; per winemaker, In the mouth, ripe black cherry, plum and currant flavors are beautifully in balance with sweet oak carrying through to a long finish, tannins are supple and round, blend is 90% Cab,, 5% Cab Franc, 5% Merlot
1998Gallo of SonomaCabernet closet30.00 (est.01  90 (WE)
2002Gary FarrellCabernet winefridge 34.001  89 (WE), 90 (W&S)
Bought at winery; per one taster, blackberry, cherry pie, dark chocolate and smoke simultaneously with fantastic oak integration that adds spices on the finish
Well-balanced, rich
2003Georges DuBoeufBeaujolais fridge(2)$8.991  91-93 (RP)
SDWC; per DuBoeuf, should last 10 years (best BJ vintage in decades); RP tasted candied blackberries, black raspberries, and dark or candied cherries
1999Grove StreetCabernet closet19.951   
SDWC; recv'd double gold at Cal State Fair, gold at SF Wine Comp.; 100% Cab
2001Grove StreetCabernet closet (1); kitchennook (1)7.992  86 (WE)
SDWC; per one site, in 2004, very tannic-y
2002GuenocCabernet kitchen 1   
from TJ's - grapes mostly from Central and North Coast
1997Heitz CellarCabernet winefridge 1  88 (WS)
per WS in 2001: "Lots of earthy currant, anise, cedar, plum and tarry flavors are rich and concentrated. A muscular style that turns tight and tannic."
2001Highrocks Winery Wrangler RougeMeritage  $10.995   
bought at Wine Garage; blended by Peter McCoy, blend of CS, Merlot, CF
1997Joseph PhelpsCabernet winefridge 1  93 (RP); 95 (
per RP, tobacco, black cherries, cinnamon, spice, toasty oak, full-bodied); per, 95 (chocolate, black fruits, sweet oak)
1998Joseph PhelpsCabernet fridge(2) 1  RP 86; WS 88
1998Joseph PhelpsMerlot kitchennook 1  RP 86
in closet until 2003; this one was pretty big when tasted at winery; per RP, contains approx. 10% Cab, lean, dry, sinewy wine, bouquet and flavors offer scents of coffee, dried herbs, berry fruit, and new wood. Medium-bodied and charming, but small-scaled, it should be consumed over the next 5-7 years.
2001Joseph Phelps Le MistralRhone Blend closet 2   
bought at winery; 56% Syrah, 34% Gren, sm amts Carignane, Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouschet & Mourvedre
tasted almost sweet or floral (like violets) at winery
1999Kendall-Jackson Grand ReserveCabernet fridge(1, __)15.952  RP 86
SDWC; per RP, retails for $40, high tannin, tastes of cedar, tobacco, currants, can keep for 10 to 12 yrs
2001KoehlerCabernet fridge(6)est. $201   
gift from Carolina & James; silver in price class in SF Chron Wine Comp.
2000Laird Family EstateCabernet closetest. 24.001   
gift from Stacy Fode; 100% CS from Oak Knoll, Rutherford; per winemaker, deep fruit with slight oak and earth
2001Lambert BridgeMerlot/Meritage closet 1   
bought at winery; Bordeaux-style; pair with lamb, beef or duck; 81% Merlot, 13% CS, 5% CF, 1% Malbec
2005LuzonRhone Blend  est 9.001  88 (RP)
65% Mourvedre, 35% Syrah; per RP, exhibits a dark ruby/purple color in addition to loads of blackberry and cassis fruit, good ripeness and richness, decent acidity, and a freshness
 Martin RayBlend pantryest 23.001   
gift; 76% CS, 12% CF, 10% M, 2% PV;
2005Martin RayChardonnay pantryest 20.001  86 (WE)
won at raffle; per winery, rich aroma of fresh peaches, apples and vanilla; backbone of crisp apple, peach and creamy vanilla flavors
2005Mas de CaraltRose living room$5.002  90 (WW)
BevMo 2 for 1; Tempranillo, Grenache and Carinena; good with spicy or Asian food or grilled fish
2003Matanzas Creek WineryMerlot  est. 25,001   
gift from Heather; sounds from online reviewers that it's still young in 2007; per one reviewer, the nose begins with black fruit, cherry and a slight hint of espresso roast. Palate bursts with blackberry fruit, a touch of blueberry fruit and as Winemaker Francois Cordesse describes, "a melted toffee" character.
2001MauritsonZinfandel closetest. $24.001   
SF Chron wine selection: medium-full body, Wild cherry, dust, smoke, toasted nut and lots of sweet oak on nose with flavors of cherry, cola and spice; mostly wood on the long finish.
2002Mauritson's Rockpile Ridge VineyardsZinfandel closetest. 24.001   
bought at mauritson winery
2006Mayo Family Winery Kunde Ranch Vineyard Gewurztraminer Late HarvestDessert Wine  est. 30.001   
Tasted & bought at winery; nicely balanced flavor, body a bit light
2005Mayo Family Winery Page/Nord Vineyard (Lilyann's Block)Syrah  est. 35.001   
Tasted & bought at winery; more fruit-forward and less dry than most Syrahs; per winery, aromas including pomegranate, leather, fresh berries, pepper and vanilla. The structure and backbone of the wine is gripping on the palate. And once it gets a hold of you, watch out. Red currant, black fig, ripe plum, spice and hints of tea on the edge make this a fascinating, even cerebral wine.
2001Meeker HandprintMerlot fridge(5)gift1   
cool bottle!
NVNoval TawnyPort - Tawny closet 1   
1997Opus OneMeritage fridge(4)est. $75 (gift)1  94 (WS), 88 (RP)
per RP: plums, black cherry, currants, smoke, leather--med-bodied, not much depth; (note: in cooling unit since received); Cabernet Sauvignon 82%, Cabernet Franc 8%, Merlot 5%, Malbec 4%, Petit Verdot 1%; per WS, A rich, decidedly earthy style of Opus, showing currant, anise, black cherry, mineral, leather and sage flavors that are focused and complex. Drink now through 2010.
2004OrfilaGewurztraminer livingrm 15.00 1   
Bought at Winery during Grape Stomp; will be good with Asian
Sweet but not cloying
NVOrfilaPort closet 22.001  Gold Medal
Bought at winery during Grape Stomp
2004Pieroth Burg Layer Schlosskapelle AusleseRiesling livingrm19.991   
bought at Del Mar fair in June, delivered warm in July
2004Pieroth Hallgartener Mehrholzchen SpatleseRiesling  19.991   
bought at Del Mar Fair in June, delivered warm in July
2001Pine RidgeCabernet fridge(2)$24.991  91 (WE); 88 (WS)
bought at Carlsbad Wine Store; website says can cellar up to 10 yrs, WE says try to age for at least 7 years
Very well-rounded
2000Piņa Howell MountainCabernet winefridge 48.001  90 WS, WE; 93 W&S
won at MC Night; 100% CS; per writers, big and fruity but balanced
2005Porter Creek Fiona Hill VineyardPinot Noir  34.001   
Tasted & bought at winery
Beautiful finish, but this wine is tannic and will need aeration and/or aging
2002Rosenblum Cellars Richard Sauret VineyardZinfandel closetest. 13-211  92 (WS), 90 (WE)
gift from Al; in top 50 of WS's Top 100 of the year; per WS, "intense and rich, with smoky, toasty oak and a core of plum and blackberry fruit, turning complex at finish, ending with a chocolate espresso bean aftertaste. Drink now through 2009"
2001Rutherford RanchCabernet kitchen$8.991   
SDWC; 93.5% CS, 3.5% Gamay, 1.5% Ruby Cab, 1% PS and .5% Zin;
2002Santa EmaCabernet closetest. $71   
gift from David R.
2002Santa Ema Merlot ReserveMerlot kitchen$6.991   
SDWC; per Paris, very chocolaty and smooth; per winemaker, chocolate, toasted coffee
1994Silver Oak Alexander ValleyCabernet  $55?0  93 (RP), 91 (
per, drinking well in 1998; per Silver Oak, will improve through 2014 - expect lots of oak, plus cassis mentioned frequently; per RP, "provocative nose of tobacco, black cherries, cloves, fruitcake, and spice. Some plum and raspberry fruit also emerges on the palate. This is a hedonistic, sexy, seductive, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon with low acidity, and loads of toasty oak. Should show well for at least 12-15 years"
Drank in 2006 for Ken's and Cezar's birthday; still had some years left in it
2004Stryker Sonoma Speedy Creek VineyardCabernet  38.001   
Tasted & bought at winery; accessible now; 15% alcohol
2000Tenuta Sant'Antonio Amarone della VolpolicellaAmarone (Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara) fridge(4)$31.951   
SDWC; per SDWC, drink with rich food; per winemaker, goes with truffle, hare, game, red meats, mature cheese, recommend serve between 15 and 17 C; per, rich, alcohol nicely balanced by fruit, spice, licorice, and sandalwood, with palate of berry fruit with bitter accents for depth and clean vanilla laced tannins - wait for several years
2004Thumbprint Cellars Andolsen RidgetopCabernet  36.901   
Tasted & bought at winery
Ken remembers it as being fruit forward and fairly accessible
1997TrefethenCabernet nowpile 1   
bought at winery; 99% CS, 1% CF; gold medal, 2000 Tasters Guild Intl Wine Comp.; per winemaker, aromas of bright cherry and cedar, palate of concentrated dark berry fruits with a hint of black pepper; the perfect partner to full-flavored red meats. Oregano, thyme, rich mushrooms and peppercorns have proven compatibility.
1997Trefethen halfChardonnay fridge 1   
2003TrentadueViognier Port closetest. $241  Bronze (SF Chron Wine Comp)
bought at winery; would taste fantastic with melon
NVVeuve Clicquot Ponsardin BrutSparkling Wine   1   
gift from Lilys & Ann; pinot noir, chardonnay & pinot menieure
2001Victor HugoPetite Sirah closet18.00 (approx.)1   
LJWC; per BevMo, deep, big, good with savory pork chops
1997Vina Santa Monica Tierra de SolCabernet  est. 20.001   
2001Whitehall LaneCabernet fridge(1/2)$16.951  91 (WS)
SDWC; Stelvin closure; 83% CS, 12% M, 4% CF, 1% P V; per winemaker, aromas of mulberry, blackberry, spice & vanilla, flavors of berry, plum and mocha; per WS, black cherry and blackberry with hints of cedar, sage, anise, cassis with fruity aftertaste, drink from 2005 to 2012, $40 retail
2001Wild HorsePinot Noir closet$7.991   
SDWC; per winemaker, aromas/flavors of cherry, pomegranate, cola, and Oriental spices; food-friendly
2004Woop WoopShiraz closet 1   
tasted at Wine Bistro - good

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