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1995 Kistler Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir; 13.5 % alc.: The 1st Kistler for Madame and me; we don’t get out as much as we should. A pretty ruby garnet colored libation, this has a bouquet that reminds me of nothing so much as white house ice cream, all cherry and vanilla. The flavors echo, with a subtle tea leaf nuance that Kim found bitter, but I didn’t mind it at all. There’re still some tannins to resolve here, despite the fact that it’s so soft and smooth; a few years should reward patient cellaring. Very nice indeed!

1994 Thunder Mountain Dusi Ranch Zinfandel; a slightly cloudy ruby dark garnet, it shows deep raspberry/black raspberry/black cherry nose that more than echoes in the flavors and is a very impressive effort from a winemaker who had yet to turn pro when he made this.

1993 Alban Vineyards Reva Syrah Edna Valley: I can only read about how good Alban’s wines are, because we never see them in Day-twah, so I made a point of trying this, and it lived up to its rep. Purple garnet with sweet plum/olive character, it’s rich and lovely, a wonderful expression of the varietal.

1998 Scherrer Alexander Valley Rose of Zinfandel: More than just a white Zin, this is a bright deep pink, with a pretty raspberry/strawberry character and nice acidity to carry it along.

1994 The Montelena Estate: Sam brought this inky garnet Cal Cab; it’s big and dense, with cassis/plum/dark chocolate flavors and aromas adorned with nice oak. This is serious stuff that needs many years to soften the major tannins. Still, I was surprised that it showed as well as it did.

1994 Venge Napa Cabernet Sauvignon: This dark garnet has sweeter cassis/plum than the Montelena, and some red licorice as well; it’s also less tannic than the last wine, but still needs some years in the cellar yet.

1992 Sierra Vista Reserve Syrah: This inky garnet is slightly cloudy, with pretty oak/plum/berry flavors and aromas; it’s smooth and right there right now. Yumm!

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