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 …

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…

J. Lohr Paso Robles Syrah, 1997

 11/07/1999

J. Lohr Paso Robles Syrah, 1997

Dark violet in color. Rich nose of sweet black fruit, cherries petrol and violets. Mouth coating, cool Syrah fruit with wild berry, currant, mint and a touch of extra alcohol. Relatively long finish and very enjoyable. A great deal at $11 – CG…

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…

Dom Berrod Fleurie Beaujolais Cru 1998

 07/17/2000

Dom Berrod Fleurie Beaujolais Cru 1998

Here is a great Summer wine that goes well with many grilled vegetables and seafoods. You can even serve it with a slight chill.

This Berrod Beaujolais has the scents of a beautiful bouquet of flowers, green olives and wild raspberries. A slightly musty nose of dried flowers is very appealing in this wine. On the palate this soft, luscious wine exhibits a plentiful amount of vibrant cherry fruits and lavender flavors, finishing with lingering dried flowers and red fruits. Recommended at $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. …

Joseph Drouhin Macon Superieur 1998

 03/19/2000

Joseph Drouhin Macon Superieur 1998

Clean and pretty, an excellent Chardonnay if you would like to taste the varietal character of the fruit. This Macon delivers a beautiful nose of pear, citrus and mineral. The mouth feel is silky and round with a medium-bodied palate of apple, toast, mineral and alcohol. This is another good example of the forward fruit we can expect from the 98′ vintage in France. The flavors remains strong as this wine finishes very classy for a $9 Chardonnay. Cheers! – 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 …

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…