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…

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 …

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…

Glaetzer Shiraz ‘The Bishop’ Barossa Valley 1998

Glaetzer Shiraz ‘The Bishop’ Barossa Valley 1998

Another @#$@% 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…

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.…

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 …

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…

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…