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I wanted to keep a page with notes on wines we've tried, both good and bad.  These will be mostly red, since we prefer reds to whites

'How it's a living thing. I like to think about what was going on the year the grapes were growing; how the sun was shining; if it rained. I like to think about all the people who tended and picked the grapes. And if it's an old wine, how many of them must be dead by now. I like how wine continues to evolve, like if I opened a bottle of wine today it would taste different than if I'd opened it on any other day, because a bottle of wine is actually alive. And it's constantly evolving and gaining complexity. That is, until it peaks, like your '61. And then it begins its steady, inevitable decline.'

Opened Year Brand Type Country Grape Notes Bought
6-06 2004 Louis-Jadot Beaujolais Villages France Beaujolais Not very pleasant, had sort of a sour flavor ~$9
6-06 2001 Giuseppe Lonardi Valpolicella Classico Superiore D.o.c. "Ripasso" Italia 75% Corvina, 20% Rondinella, 5% Molinara Spectacular, wonderful full flavor, probably the best Italian wine I've tried. Talarico's ~$21
6-06   Peachy Canyon Incredible Red CA Zinfindel Great inexpensive wine, always drinkable, easy to find. New Seasons ~$8.00
6-06   Michael Pozzan Winery Annabella CA Cabernet Sauvignon Nice inexpensive wine, better if it breathes a little before drinking New Seasons ~$10.00
7-06 2003 Peachy Canyon Jester CA 26% Syrah, 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc Very nice, easy drinking wine, very smooth New Seasons ~15.00
8-06 2004 Willamette Valley Vineyards Vintage Selection OR Pinot Noir Very mellow Oregon pinot, subtle fruit flavor, nice but not outstanding McComick & Schmick's ~$50 (restaurant price!)
10-06 2002 Mount Veeder Winery   CA Cabernet Sauvignon Great CA Cab, slight tannin flavor, smoothed out after breathing a little.  Full flavor. Scott's Seafood - Folsom.  Found it for $39 @ Zupan's
10-06 2003 Caymus Vineyards Napa Valley CA Cabernet Sauvignon Spectacular CA Cab, extremely smooth, full flavor Zupan's ~$70
10-06 2002 Ca' Marcanda Magari Italia 50% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc Great Italian red Pasta Rico's maybe???
11-06 2004 Ponzi Vineyards Willamette Valley OR Pinot Noir Delicate Oregon Pinot Zupan's ~$35
11-06 2004 Archery Summit Premier Cuvée OR Pinot Noir Fantastic Oregon Pinot, full of fruit flavors, very smooth Zupan's ~$35
11-06 2003 Rex Hill Reserve OR Pinot Noir Very good, smooth Oregon Pinot, full of fruit flavor Zupan's ~$35
11-06 2004 Domaine Serene Yamhill Cuvée OR Pinot Noir Nice Oregon Pinot, medium body, delicate fruit flavors Zupan's ~$34
12-06 2004 Carmel Road Monterey Pinot CA Pinot Noir Extremely smooth pinot noir, not too dry but not too fruity.  A full flavor wine without any bite. Zupan's ~$19

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