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.

March 30, 2003

1997 Clarendon Hills Grenache Kangarilla

1997 Clarendon Hills Old Vines Grenache Kangarilla Vineyard - Very sweet, fruity nose.  Actually very close to Côte-Rôtie, surprisingly, with floral notes, smoked game meats.  Medium-bodied.  Very nice and drinkable.

March 29, 2003

1989 Castillo Ygay

1989 Marqués de Murrieta Castillo Ygay - drank over dinner at Nectar.  Still pretty good wine.  Nose ws very fruity and open.  Acidity noticeably higher as expected.  Smooth on the palate.

March 24, 2003

1990 Mondavi Cab Reserve

1990 Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve - this is a very good wine!  As expected, nose of leather saddle, game meats, stewed prunes and glycerin.  A bit sharp at times.  Smooth and round tannins, with a medium-long finish.  Very enjoyable.

March 10, 2003

1994 Montelena

1994 Montelena in magnum - drank over dinner at Golden Leaf.  It was pretty good, consistent performer although not great.  I had hoped for better.

March 6, 2003

1995 Château d'Ampuis

1995 Guigal Château d'Ampuis - I was curious to see if the wine is now ready, after my last bottle almost 2 years ago.  It certainly was!  Wow!  The nose was classic Guigal Côte-Rôtie.  Lots of violet, leather, game meats, sweet fruits, animal blood.  Very awesome up to about 2 hours in the decanter.  Very smooth on the palate.  Medium-bodied.  Delicious now but wait till it gets better in 5 years!

March 4, 2003

1996 Dalla Valle Cab

1996 Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon - I wanted to see if would show better than the last bottle, and it did.  Nose of iron, minerals, black cherries and lots of sweet red fruit.  Very powerful.  Full-bodied with very firm tannins.  Still needs a few years of aging time.
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