Category Archives: 1997

1997 Andrew Will Klipsun Vineyard Merlot

This was a real treat that the Sommelier brought out the other night at a Earshot Jazz Festival show at the Triple Door. Ruby color. On the nose, developed, medium+ intensity, sour cherry fruit, loaded with spices, bark, cedar, anise, layered, with moderate oak, and a distinct chalky earth component. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, leather, cherry, fig, tea, cocoa, medium tannin, medium+ acidity, with beautiful balance, and a long spice filled finish. This wine kicked serious butt.

1997 Woodward Canyon Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon

Nice ruby color with browning edges. On the nose, developed, medium+ intensity, black currant, some cherry, lots of spice, bell pepper, cigar-box, stemmy vegetal component, dusty earth, some oak, and some earth. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium + body, medium tannin, very harmonious spice laden flavors with just enough fruit, and an impressive…Continue Reading

1997 Zonchera Barolo

Harry Alhadef of Apex Cellars brought this in with his family last night to celebrate his son’s 30th. This was a classic example of Barolo. On the nose, bouquet, medium intensity, lots of violets, roses, orange peel, licorice, serious tar, tea leaves, and still holding on to some sour cherry. Not oaky in any way,…Continue Reading

1997 Groth Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Napa Valley

I spent a really great morning with Susanne Groth a few summers back, and got a very good family vibe from her. Not just a business thats been traded from one big company to another, the winery was ameans of keeping the family together. I have long respected their wines, and some vintages are extraordinary,…Continue Reading

1997 Chateau Souverain Merlot Alexander Valley

The Goodman’s brought this wine in last night. Nice couple, deep cellar of interesting wines of California, not the usual suspects from Bordeaux. On the nose, aged bouquet, some plum, black currants, leather, tobacco, spicebox, moderate oak, and no earth to speak of. On the palate, shockingly structured, big time tannins, lush dark fruit still,…Continue Reading

1997 Apex Merlot

Wow, two aged Merlots from Washington in one night, the gods are looking kindly upon me. This one kicked some ass, in half bottle format. I wrote, bouquet, and a pretty one at that, fig and plum compote, tobacco, dust, and cocoa powder. On the palate, silky with great acidity, a beautiful mouthfeel, and nice…Continue Reading