Wine Observations

 

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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.'
~Maya

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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