This is still a work in progress as I upload tasting notes and wine labels from as far as 1999... Check back once in a while to get the updates.

December 22, 2000

1996 Shafer HSS

Dinner at 老正興.

1996 Shafer Hillside Select - opened this prematurely due to a cracked neck on the bottle.  Very, very tannic.  Powerful, full-bodied with good fruit and spicy finish cloaked under the tannins.  This would be great in 10 years.

December 20, 2000

2000 Mitchell

Drinks at Brown.

1997 Mitchell Cabernet Sauvignon Sevenhill Vineyard - not bad.  A little young, but still drinkable as it was forward.

December 5, 2000

La Mouline and Musar

Dinner in Tokyo.

Shafer Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch, vintage unknown - very nice and smooth.  Not over oaked.

1993 Musar Rouge - it was very different, and smelled strongly of acetone, medical disinfectant, plus weed, earth.  It was smooth and well balanced.  Not bad.

1991 Guigal La Mouline - the nose is there but still not typical of this wine.  A little disappointing.

1991 Chapoutier Le Pavillon - this was less impressive.  Good syrah, but nothing more.

December 4, 2000

1991 Gaja

Dinner in Tokyo.

1991 Gaja Barbaresco - not bad. Typical acidity.  Good fruity nose.

1990 Gaja Barolo Sperss - this was much better, and you can see the 1990 as a superior vintage, with much more concentration and velvety tannins.  A joy to drink.

December 3, 2000

1995 Kistler

Dinner in Tokyo.

1995 Kistler Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast - this was pretty good, almost like a premier cru Burgundy with decent concentration.  Nose was sweet and opened up well.  Nice, but a little too young to have a long enough finish.  This was my first Kistler and it was very good.  At one point the spicy finish was very evident.
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