Alan’s November 2002 Vintages Release
Release date November 16, 2002
was lucky enough to run in and quickly and taste, much emphasis on the
quickly, some of the products to be released for the second allotment of
November. Notes are brief, palate was tired after a tough day, but most of
what I tasted was good.
316943 CABERNET/MERLOT 1999 $ 18.95, Niagara Peninsula, Cave Spring
Fairly deep ruby colour, lots of fruit, cassis, chocolate and coffee
tones. Quite luscious, well priced and drinking nicely now.
704619 MERLOT 1999 $ 48.85, Napa Valley, Cuvaison.
Ouch, lovely wafts of blackberry and chocolate, bold acidity, touch of
leather, quite a hefty dose of tannin on the lengthy finish. Ouch simply
means do I want to spend $50. 00 on this!
960682 PETITE SIRAH RESERVE 1999 $ 29.90, Paso Robles, Eos Estate
Holy medicinal compound, Batman! Intense black, inky colour, hints of
white pepper, blackberry, creamy toasty toffee, and cherry cough drop.
Really dense and full on the mid palate, but it was tight and actually
came across as slightly one dimensional at this stage in its development.
Finished with rich sweet chocolate driven tannins.
977496 SHIRAZ 1999 $ 15.95, 'Touchwood', Mudgee, New South Wales.
Light to medium body, simple with pretty black and red fruit, not
overly extracted, finished clean.
988568 PINOT NOIR 2000 $19.90, Yarra Valley, Yarra Ridge.
Very good depth to colour, sweet liquorish candy, floral, violet, mint
and plum aromas. Good concentration of fruit on mid palate, no flabbiness,
good acidity, nice kiss of perfumed cherry on the close. Nice
recommendation of duck risotto as a food match in the catalogue.
SAVIGNY-PEUILLETS 1ER CRU 1999 $ 32.90, Savigny-lès-Beaune, Chateau de
Should have tried this before the Ozzie rendition. Mineral, coal dust,
black cherry and strawberry. Pretty tight on the palate and the tea like
tannins on the finish were somewhat drying.
745083 SYRAH 2000 $ 12.55, Vin de Pays d'Oc, Antonin Rodet.
Ohhhhhh, compost, mushroom and tar. Quite yummy for the price,
blackberry fruit showed through nicely along with a hint of lavender/Herbes
de Provence and a splash of black olive on the finish.
CHâTEAU ST-DIDIER-PARNAC 2000 $ 12.95, Cahors.
Dark dense purple/mauve at rim with an opaque centre. Aromas of
blueberry, cedar, leather, forest wood twigs and sage. Quite full bodied
and well structured in the mouth. Good stuff, great value and worth
732610 'ELOQUENZIA' 1998 $ 12.05, Copertino, Puglia, Cantine Tenuta
Maybe not a Mr. Ridge but this Euro Copertino bottle offered decent
value with its sweet ripe, cranberry cooler like fruit and pretty clean
CHIANTI CLASSICO RISERVA 1998 $ 29.75, Fattoria Monsanto.
Swampy, green pond, earthy, vegetal almost truffle like aromas. Very
fruit forward on mid palate, not what I expected from the nose. Rich plum
and raspberry coupled with some gripping and slightly austere tannin on
the finish. Very interesting wine
CHIANTI CLASSICO RISERVA 1998 $ 29.95, Casa Vinicola Carpineto.
Rich, ripe blackberry, chocolate and spice. Fruit opens up on the
tongue to finish creamy and long.
958595 'ROSSO CA'DEL MERLO' 1995 $ 59.95, Veronese, Giuseppe
Treat time, lots of pepper, bacon, leathery and cherry, morels and
raspberry. Full bodied, layer of sweetness through the palate and dusty
tannin on the close.
'QUINTA DE VARGELLAS' 1987 $ 67.80, Taylor, Fladgate & Yeatman.
Too tired to take notes other than to say this just rocked. If you
want to play Santa and know someone who has been very, very good and truly
appreciates fine Port, then get this for them!
721035 BLANC DE BLANCS Brut $ 41.95, 'Cramant', Grand Cru, Champagne
Toast and nutty, good spritz, clean, finished with apple and citrus
368415 BRUT ROSÉ 1996 $ 68.75, Champagne Louis Roederer.
Very confused, according to the label this was a Rose but according to
my eyes the shade of pink was bare, if, noticeable at all. Nonetheless,
the flavours were lovely, butterscotch, redcurrant, apple and warm hard
crusted bread. Quite full bodied, bracing acidity on the long toasty
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