Category Archives: 2000

2000 Travaglini Gattinara

I busted this out of the cellar last weekend for Italian dinner with the family and decanted for about an hour. Ruby to brown color with orange rim. On the nose, developed, medium+ intensity, clove, tar, violets, anise, sour plum and cherry, lots of chalky earth minerality, layered spices, with moderate amounts of oak. On the palate, dry, medium+ intensity, medium tannin, medium acidity, really well balanced, with a nice array of sour fruit, spice, and flowers, lots of complexity, and a beautiful finish. Solid wine, I think I have one more!

2000 Stags Leap Winery Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Ruby with brown edges. On the nose, developed, medium intensity, currant, plum, cedar, menthol, spices, some earthiness, and some oak. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium tannin, medium acidity, layered, complex, almost Bordeaux, with a silky finish with moderate length. This wine rocked, it was herby and spice driven, and loaded with “other” flavors,…Continue Reading

2000 Peter Michael Les Pavots

Ruby with bricking to it. On the nose, developed, medium+ intensity, showing off lots of spice box, leather, tobacco, bell pepper, with some plum and cassis, a dusty earth component, and subtle oak. On the palate, dry, medium+ intensity, medium body, silky tannins, medium acidity, very well balanced, black fruit, loaded with “other” flavors, creamy…Continue Reading

2000 Cristal Rosé Champagne

A very generous patron left a very generous gratuity last night and this was part of it. Beautiful nose, of strawberry, apple, lemon, white flower, mineral, cream, brioche, slight earth, and not any oak to speak to. On the palate, dry, medium+ intensity, dare I say perfect acidity, extremely balanced, with an amazing finish that…Continue Reading

2000 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon

Dark room, but the wine was a dark purple in color. On the nose, developed, medium intensity, plums, black cherry, black currant, cedar, spice-box, tobacco, some oak, and some dusty earth. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium body, beautiful balance, lots of dark fruit still, medium tannins, medium acidity, with a long solid finish.…Continue Reading

2000 Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

On the nose, bouquet, medium+ intensity, bell pepper, stem, tobacco, spice, leather, ash, cigar box, currant, cherries, some dustiness, some oak, very nicely integrate bouquet. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium+ tannins, medium acidity, nice balance, with moderate use of oak, and a seamless finish. Drinking like a Bordeaux of very high pedigree, and…Continue Reading

2000 Tenute Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino Vigneto Manachiara

Last night Jacob and Xuong came in to celebrate their anniversary. and brought this incredible Brunello. Really nice couple with a collection of nice wines with some bottle age on them. On the nose, beautiful bouquet, of medium+ intensity, cherries, figs, tea leaves, anise, chalky earth, perfume, floral element, not oaky, extremely complex, and continued…Continue Reading