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1999ALTANO Douro   $9   86 WS
Made from the same grapes that make Port, this is a versatile wine that can be enjoyed with a wide variety of foods. It has a spicy, peppery flavor, while still being rich & fruity. A wonderful selection.
1999Abbaye de Tholomies Sanctus    1  87 WS
Blackberry and blueberry aromas and flavors spill out of this exuberant red, with touches of richness. Coffee and bittersweet chocolate notes chime in on the finish. Drink now. (KM) 100% biodynamic production
2000Argiano Rosso Di Montalcino D.O.C.Sangiovese  $20   88
STINKY! A little farty in my opinion, but once in the mouth, this was a beautiful wine. Good structure, solid tanins and nice fruit. Quite balanced. A big wine perhaps not quite in the true style of a Rosso, but I loved it. After an hour in the glass, the bouquet cleared up and offered some very nice berry aromas.
2001Argiano SolengoSuper Tuscan holding$761  95 WS
This continues to be one of the top wines of the region. It’s the brainchild of veteran winemaker Giacomo Tachis, the man behind such classic super Tuscans as Antinori’s Solaia. This blend of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah is bold and exotic, with a muscular style. Full-bodied, with fantastic, velvety tannins and a long, opulent finish. Got to love this wild wine. Best after 2007. 3,750 cases made. (JS)
1999Argiano Solengo IGTCab/Merlot/Syrah holding$801  94
A fine offering, the 1999 Solengo is a blend of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese, and Syrah. This opaque purple-colored offering exhibits gorgeously ripe blackberry and cassis fruit mixed with scents of leather, charcoal, earth, and wood. Dense, opulent, and full-bodied, with sweet tannin in the finish, it is still youthful and unevolved, but promises to drink splendidly well between 2004-2015 Wine Advocate #137 (Oct 2001) Robert Parker 94 points
1998Beni Di Batasiolo BaroloNebbiolo   1  90
A beauty. Clean and balanced. Beautiful aromas of plums, flowers and fresh-brewed Indian tea. Medium-bodied, with ultrafine tannins and a long, caressing finish. Best after 2004. Highly Recommended 90 points
1999Bodegas Castaño PozueloMonastrell/Tempranillo/Cab-Sav  $14    
Delicious. Good fruit and complexity. Not deep, but very pure and smooth.
2001Bodegas Costaño HeculaMourvedre  $15    
The 2001 Hecula (4,500 cases) was fashioned from 100% Monastrell (Mourvedre), non-irrigated, 40-year old vines. It was bottled with neither fining nor filtration after spending eight months in used French and American barrels. This amazing red possesses sweetness, suppleness, and superb purity, no small accomplishment for the normally astringent, tough-textured Mourvedre. Notes of graphite, blackberries, cassis, leather, barbecue spice, and smoke are followed by an earthy, rich, full-bodied, silky-textured wine that caresses the palate. It should drink well for 4-5 years. This is a cutting edge effort from one of Spain's backwater, but soon to be famous appellations. Robert Parker 91pts.
2001Bogle Petite SyrahPetite Sirah holding$181  87
Brawny, with blueberry pie, cocoa and blackberry flavors. Chunky tannins and lavish toasty oak carry their intensity through the concentrated finish. Drink now through 2010. 87 points Best Values
2001Cape Mentelle ShirazShiraz   1  92
Made its debut in 1981, and over the intervening years has produced some spectacular wines which - to my palate at least - have not infrequently outclassed the Cabernet Sauvignon. The wines typically show wonderful spice, game and liquorice characters reminiscent of the Rh?ne Valley. Since 1986 a small percentage of Grenache has been included in some years. James Halliday Jan 31 2003 Rating: 92 out of 100
2001Cape Mentelle ZinfandelZinfandel 1 in holding 2  91
Medium to full red-purple; an array of dark cherry, spice, licorice and chocolate aromas plus a dash of oak set the scene for a palate with complex texture and structure, the ripe juicy fruit balanced by some savoury, spicy notes and good tannins. Of exceptional quality, it remains the only Australian Zinfandel worth mentioning; it is most surprising that it has not encouraged others to try. James Halliday Rating: 91 out of 100
2000Castell del Remei Gotim BruTempranillo, Merlot, Cab-Sav  $19    
At $19.50 this is another super Spanish wine bargain--and it supplies the depth the Artazuri is missing. A blend of tempranillo, merlot and cabernet, it claims to be matured in new oak for ten months--but it tastes like a lot more. The nose is very sweet--all licorice and vanilla from oak--and the palate follows through with loads of toasty oak. The oak type is not quite the intrusive, minty style as that used on, say, Penfold's; but it is not exactly neutral either, and for oak-a-phobes, it is too heavy. Still, while the oak treatment is on the heavy side, it is not overwhelming. It mars but does not destroy the wine. But for that, this would be a way  superior wine to the Artazuri above. It has more depth, better texture, and a longer finish. Its smooth, rich feel is sexy, and while the wine seems "full" it is not heavy in fact. It will be interesting to see if this oak integrates with another year or two of age. As it is now, for my taste, there are some balance issues with the oak treatment.  I feel guilty rating this wine so low--by all means, try it yourself, see what you think. There's a lot that is fabulous going on here at a very modest price. 90 points.
Loved it. Strawberry and blackberry on the nose. Good purity. A very nicce bitter edge. Good tannins, balanced acidity.
1998Charles Cimicky Shiraz SignatureShiraz  $46   89
A wine that seems to be bursting at the seams is the profound, black/purple colored 1998 Signature, a 100% old vine Shiraz. The exquisite aromatics consist of blueberry/blackberry liqueur followed by a sweet, full-bodied, textured mouthfeel, with superb purity, high tannin, but also superb extract. I would give this wine another 1-2 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 12-15 years. Drink 2002-2016 Robert Parker Wine Advocate
1996Charles Cimicky Signature ShirazShiraz  $60   94
Dark chocolate on the uptake leads to intense but not overripe or exaggerated  blackberry that anaesthetise the tongue with saturated flavour and slowly moves back to milk chocolate on the finish and finally the liquorice flavour hangs around the mouth longer than a bad smell takes to clear. The wine has a solid backbone but is as harmonious as expected and is rated as Excellent.  If only all wine was this good and enjoyable.
1998Charles Cimicky Wines Classic Merlot   $45   90
Given the bang for the buck, so to speak, this is an excellent value, consistently full- bodied, concentrated, and well-structured.The1998 Merlot exhibits a deep ruby/purple color and a big, sweet noseof blackberry and cherry fruit intermixed with fudge, coffee, and smoky wood. It is full-bodied, ripe, and sexy. Drink it through 2001-2011 90 points Robert Parker, Wine Advocate
2000Chateau Carignan PrimaMerlot Cabernet Sauvignon holding$401  90
A cool red, with mineral, berry and blueberry character. Medium-bodied, with firm tannins and a racy finish. A bit hard now, but shows outstanding potential. Best after 2005. 90 points Wine Spectator Magazine
2000Chateau Dauzac MargauxBordeaux holding$542  90
Concentrated fruit nose. Lovely balance. Loganberry and ripe damson with firm tannins. Very elegant. Drink 10+ years. Very deep colour, velvety and concentrated, masses of ripe Cabernet fruit, really good extraction and nice touch of oak, a very seductive, plummy `modern' wine with very ripe fruit and no hard edges, very good progress at this château. Ready 2006-2020. panel tasting
1996Chateau MontelenaCabernet  $176   94
"Another behemoth cabernet is the stern, tannic, concentrated 1996 Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet. Full-bodied, but closed, with gorgeously pure black fruits, powerful, loamy, earthy scents along with fruit and extract, this wine needs 5-6 years of cellaring and should easily last through the first 2-3 decades of this century.
Consummed in early 2003. Nice. Parkers notes led me to believe it would be a huge mouthful, but it was very soft and very delicate. I don't feel it has the staying power the Parker suggests. Thank god it was a gift!
1998Chateau Musar Hochar Pere et FilsCinsault, Carignan and Cabernet Sauvignon   1  86
"A lighter wine than Chateau Musar, Hochar Pere et Fils is aged three years before being released. This wine is not aged in oak and is meant to be drunk young. Attractive farmyardy aromas with some leather, sweet plummy and berry fruit. Deliciously rich but delicately so. Long perfumed length."
2000Chateau de Nages Cuvée Joseph Torrès RedSyrah   1  91
Remarkable silky wine from an unheralded rising-star appellation. Elegant, refined, sophisticated and modern, it's full-bodied and balanced, with floral aromas and mineral, wet earth and blackberry flavors. Drink now through 2010. 2,080 cases made. Score: 91
2000Chateau de la Gardine Chateauneuf-du-PapeRed Wine   1  92
An excellent wine: very full-bodied, supple, ripe, and well balanced; a wine with intense pepper and berry flavors, with hints of vanilla and herbs. Long, mildly tannic finish. Rated 94 - Wine Spectator
2000Cline California SyrahSyrah      87
Black cherry, beef and roasted herb flavors have solid tannin and fine focus, with generous toasty oak character framing the lingering, tangy finish. A superb value. Best Value, 87 points - Wine Spectator, December 15, 2002
1999Clos La Coutale CahorsMalbec/Tannat  $19   89
Smoky aromas and flavors are the hallmarks of this full-bodied red, backed up by plenty of tannins and berry and dark cherry notes. Needs time to integrate further. Best from 2003 through 2006.
1998Clos Triguedina BalmontMalbec  $19    
This wine isn’t aiming at complexity, but forward fruit. Baldès says it is pitched at people who don’t like Cahors! Open, striking nose of savoury red fruits and damsons. Very stylish. The palate is dominated by soft, inky sweet-edged fruit with some Cahors ‘darkness’ lurking in the background. Very good+ 87/100
1999Concha y Toro Don Melchor Cabernet   2  94
From the oldest vines at the company's Puente Alto property, and cropped at mere 5 tons/ha (under 3/acre), this cabernet was aged 12 months in 60% new French oak. It was a banner vintage for Maipo cabs -a hot season with a short crop. This is a monster tamed by a silky palate . Huge aromas are chock-a- block with cassis, eucalyptus mint, chocolate, licorice and well integrated oak spice. Very full bodied, dense and rich on the palate -great weight and power yet seductive at the same time. Excellent to outstanding length. It is the benchmark of Maipo Cabernet in a traditional style.
2001Concha y Toro Marques de Casa ConchaMerlot  $16   90
Good fruit, with mineral undertones. Nicely balanced acidity, smooth tanins
1999Condado de Haza Ribera del DueroTempranillo  $19   87
This firm red shows impressive structure, with muscular tannins, smoky oak and a core of ripe, black cherry fruit. An earthy, mineral note adds interest. Best from 2003 through 2008. 40,000 cases made.)
2001Domaine Terre Mégère. MerlotMerlot   2   
The 2001 Merlot faired still better than all past vintages. Hand picked out of a harvest of ripe grape clusters at the best age from sandy soils. Very dark, nearly black in colour, the noseoffers berries, game, herbs, dry fruits, and plum undertones. Beautifuly structured and elegant with spicy, very ripe, soft, supple tannins to tease the senses. Rarely will you find a Merlot of this pice class of suc quality, an absolute rare piece in this price range. In Bordeaux you pay the double for this quality at until 2005.
2000Domaines Perrin Côtes du Rhône RéserveGrenache, Shiraz, Mourvedre, cinsault  $12   89 RP
This may be considered as another new kid on the block but it is produced by fifith generation of the Perrin family of Chateau Beaucastel. For me this wine is a unique blend between the nothern and southern Rhone wine style, a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Mourevedre. While Grenache and Syrah are known for their own distinctive characters, here they embrace each other. On the nose, suede, leathery and earthy tones were very pronounced along with berries and also violets. My colleague picked up caramel and honey. I was unable to determine the complexity of the wine in the beginning but it opened up quite well later. Peppery is the key word for this wine and this medium to heavy-bodied red was also supported with currants and ripe plum flavours. Good lengthy finish. Great value for money!
1998EldertonMerlot  $30    
This is clearly the best Merlot yet produced by Elderton, and one of the finest in Australia. The bouquet and palate display abundant juicy plum like fruit with an overlay of rose petals and a hint of musk. There is a little bit of vanilla from some new oak. To support this fruity burst, the wine has great presence and viscosity across the mouth. It is quite smooth but also very chewable. Try it right now with roast duck and cherries and it will be a superb match.
I liked it. That's all I can remember.
2000EldertonShiraz 1 in holding 2  90 3 Gold medals
A powerful nose of black fruits, spice and chocolate is followed by a beautifully structured palate with rich flavours and powerful, ripe, tannins. Good levels of acidity combine to make a wonderfully balanced wine. 2002 International Wine Challenge Gold Medal Winner
1999Elderton Barossa Valley Cabernet SauvignonCabernet   1  91 RP
The 1999 Cabernet is one of the best buys in the marketplace. One does not often find mid-$20 Cabernet Sauvignons that merit a score in the low 90s. Elderton's opaque purple coloured 99 offers up a gorgeous perfume of crème de cassis, vanilla, toast, and charcoal. Its overwhelmingly rich, full-bodied, and unctuously textured, with low acidity as well as layers of flavour. As it sits in the glass, hints of fudge and cocoa emerge. This 1999 Cabernet should drink well for 10-15 years. RP
Yummy, yummy, yummy! So creamy and rich with vanilla on the nose and the palate as well as cassis and a touch of chocolate. Well inegrated oak. I love it.
1998Elderton Command ShirazShiraz my tummy!$691  94-96
Oh-My-God! Wow, incredibly smooth and rich. Intoxicating cedar and ripe dark fruit bouquet. Powerful but very refined. Huge amounts of blackberry, spice, coffee and a touch of cedar. Creamy and dense on the palate. Overall, very savoury quality. I'd kill for more of this.
1997Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di MontalcinoSangiovesse Grosso holding$551  92 ws
A very ripe red, with tar and raisins, turning to dried cherries on the nose. Full-bodied and very thick, with a peppery character. Tannic. Slightly rustic, but impressive in its weight and power. Best Brunello from Barbi yet. Best after 2003. wine spectator
2000Hamilton Centurion Old VineShiraz   1  Silver Medal
Knock out wine. Dark rich sleek and powerful which then delivers mocha & spice, dark berries & plums, dark sloe & cherry all wrapped up in a port like texture.
1999Heggies vineyards Eden Valley MerlotMerlot      Blue Gold medal
1995José Maria da Fonseca Periquita Classico Terras do Sado    1  90
The complexy herby, earthy, leathery nose is quite evolved. The traditional-styled palate is appealing, rounded and quite complex. Not a fruit driven wine. Very good/excellent
2000Kay Brothers Amery Vineyard CabernetCabernet holding$451  88
The 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon does not possess the power of the 2001 or the elegance and concentration of the 1999. Lighter-styled with a French-like weight as well as textural profile, it exhibits notes of tobacco, black currants, earth, and subtle oak in its medium-bodied, drinkable personality. Enjoy it over the next 6-7 years.
2001Kay Brothers Block 6Shiraz holding$861  92
This is very much a blockbuster, an almost overwhelmingly rich, massive Shiraz in the style of the 1995, 1996, and 1998. The alcohol is 14.8%, the wine inky black/purple and very thick, full-bodied, chewy, with a good 15-20 years of aging potential ahead of it. The winery thinks this could ultimately turn out to be the greatest Block 6 Shiraz that has yet been made, and there is no reason to think they are wrong, based on how it showed when I was at the winery in late June. What does the 2001 taste like at present? Keep in mind this is a barrel sample. The wine shows a blackberry liqueur note intermixed with melted asphalt, an unctuous texture, and phenomenal concentration, glycerin, and length. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2025. The normal quantity of 1,000 cases was produced, and this will be the first Block 6 Shiraz imported to the United States following 1998.
2000Kay Brothers Hillside ShirazShiraz  $76   92
The opaque purple-colored 2000 Shiraz Block 6 Amery Vineyard, while not the size of the 1998, 1999, or 2001, is no wimpish wine. Harmonious and well-balanced with outstanding seamlessness, it is far more accessible than the previously mentioned behemoths. The 2000 offers up smoky creosote aromas entwined with plum, prune, and blackberry scents. Rich, chewy, soft, round, and voluptuous, with noticeable oak, it is a concentrated, delicious, full-throttle, south Australian Shiraz. Anticipated maturity: now-2015
2001Langmeil Valley Floor ShirazShiraz   1  18.5/20, Gold medal
Medium red-purple; a complex but traditional mix of berry, vanilla and earth on the bouquet leads into a palate with ripe berry fruit, American oak and ripe tannins all in abundance. Guaranteed to cellar well. 2006 to 2016. 90 points, Halliday
1999Miguel Torres Manso de Velasco, Viejas ViñasCabernet   1  92
Blackberry, spice and sanguine aromas surge from the glass, with a full-throttle palate of vivid blackberry and cassis fruit rushing forth. Muscular tannins quickly take over on the finish, so be patient. An impressive late-release '99 Cabernet. Best from 2003 through 2008. 5,005 cases made. (JM) Score: 92 Highly Recommended Issue: Sep 30, 2002
2000Mildara Wines Victoria Church HillCabernet/Shiraz  $16    
2002Oliverhill Bradey Block GrenacheGrenache Holding$291  91
"The 2002 Grenache Bradey Block exhibits subtle notions of creamy oak in its sumptuous bouquet of black raspberries and sweet cherry jam. Powerful, full-bodied and voluptuous, it is loaded from beginning to end. The 16% alcohol is buried beneath a cascade of fruit and glycerin in this decadently hedonistic South Australian offering. Enjoy it over the next 5-8 years." -Robert Parker
2000Penfolds Bin 389Cabernet Shiraz 1 in holding272   
1999Pirramimma Reserve Petit VerdotPetit verdot Holding$232  94 WP
Petit Verdot is the least known of the principal Bordeaux red varieties, and is even rarer here in Australia. Amazing, but in a sense typically for Pirramimma, it planted Petit Verdot way back in 1983. Excellent, bright, deep purple red; the bouquet is powerful, with dark chocolate, blackberry and some spice. The palate has excellent red and black berry fruit flavours, with a touch of chocolate so typical of McLaren Vale, finishing with fine, lingering tannins, and easily carrying its alcohol of 14%. Drink with grilled lamb chops. Best drinking 2004-2009
Hell yeah! I've had several bottles of this and I love it more each bottle. Very full and rich, slightly acidic but balanced by good fruit presence. Tannic, very much so, I found. Hints of eucalyptus and liquorice. MUST BUY MORE!
1999San Felice VigorelloSUPER TUSCAN  $45   90
Lots of currant and black licorice on the nose. Full-bodied and chewy, with plenty of fruit, ripe tannins and a long finish. Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best after 2004.
2001San Rafael Finca Los PrimosMalbec  $11   86
Finca Los Primos Malbec 2001 takes us back to Mendoza, Argentina with its smoky leather Christmas pudding nose with spicy peppery undertones. This is another wine that is smooth and supple on entry with more black plum fruit and smoky peppery finish. There's a touch of elevated acidity in the finish but its soft textures and round fruit flavours will win over many palates.
2001Schug Carneros Pinot NoirPinot Noir      88 WE
A pretty, polished Pinot, with very nice, ripe flavors of raspberries, strawberries and spices. This is a lightly textured wine with silky tannins. — S.H. (12/1/2003) wine enthusiast mag.
2001St. Hallett Faith ShirazShiraz   1  88 WS
Welcoming soft nutmeggy nose. On the palate, lots of sweet chocolate and cherry, rich soft and velvetty mid-palate, but then the spiky acidity hits and spoils the soft sensations. After a while (if you relax and stop concentrating) you forget the acidity again as the velvet glove envelopes you again. Very 'come hither', but after a while you feel it's beating you round the head with a big cushion. If you restrain yourself to one glass, G. (Paul Armstrong, UK) Smooth and velvety, with a cherry edge to the plum and spice flavors, finishing with a touch of peppermint that makes the aftertaste interesting. Drink now through 2010. 23,500 cases made. (HS)
1999Stonehaven Stonehaven ShirazShiraz  $19   85
Disjointed, acidity particularly sticks out. Better on the third day!
2002Viña Cornejo Costas Don RodolfoTannat   1  17.2/20
As an inside this is a pretty obscure varietal that very few will have a reference point on. Its origin is in the Southwestern part of France around Madiran. The wines are known for their firm tannins, and the word association between tannin and Tannat cannot be overlooked. But suffice it to say that this has found a new home in Argentina and although firm in structure there is a copious amount of sweet fruit packed in to definitely bring ones attention to the fact that this works quite well and at a great price to boot. The color is dark showing exceptional concentration. Aromas of fresh crushed black berries and plums, with a subtle spice lift and a floral component akin to violets come forth on the nose. The palate is about exceptionally concentrated black fruits, pure in their delivery, with the juicy black fruits countered by firm but ripe tannins. This is a very serious bottle of wine that showcases what high altitude vineyards can produce for a song out of Argentina. Knock out value. 17.2/20 Black. Full ripeness of the Argentine north. Full concentration. Black concentration of tannat. Currant essence, black cherry essence, licorice, peat moss. Malbec on steroids./ Rich and delicious. Fine espresso-like bitter foil. Super texture, power, acidity, totality.
2001Viña Montes Montes AlphaCabernet  $19   90
Lovely fruit here--cassis, red currant and blackberry--with supple texture. Yet there's serious grip, with mineral, cocoa and toast notes as well, all framed by firm yet well-integrated tannins. This should develop nicely. Drink now through 2006. 20,150 cases made. (JM) 90 points "Smart Buys" September 30 2003
2000Water Wheel Bendigo Shiraz 2000Shiraz  $20   89
The Shiraz is always presented in a way which encourages early consumption, for the wines are never tannic or extractive, and put the emphasis on fresh fruit. However, in many vintages there is the substance for medium-term cellaring. Medium to full purple-red; a clean bouquet with rich, dark plum and black cherry fruit is followed by a concentrated, full, fruit-driven palate with excellent varietal character, finishing with soft tannins. - 89/100 James Halliday
2001Wirra Wirra Church BlockCabernet, Shiraz, Merlot   1  93
An illustrious blend of 50 per cent cabernet sauvignon, 30 per cent shiraz and 20 per cent merlot which spends 18 months in French oak. Strong, bright red-purple; the solid bouquet has a mix of dark berry and regional chocolate fruit, the richly textured and structured palate with abundant flavour. Keeps the faith. James Halliday
2000d’Arenberg The FootboltShiraz      90
Here's a great value from this consistantly top-notch producer. Big and dense, the "Footbolt" is packed with ripe blackberry fruit with hints of licorice, smoked meats, bittersweet chocolate and a trace of mint in the finish. They still use the tradition of foot stomping and a basket press with this wine that has a great silky texture and fine richness on the palate. There is very good balance and length. Parker

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