Category Archives: 2001

2001 Chateau St. Michelle Artist Series

Wow! This was a real beauty. Nice garnet color, with some browning to it. On the nose, medium+ intensity, loaded with secondary bouquet, cigar, pencil shavings, tomato leaf, but still holding on the some black cherry, black currant, and plum fruit, with moderate oak. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, layered and complex, medium- tannins, medium acidity, and good length to the finish. This wine made me realize that we do make amazing wine in Washington, and although lately I have been bored by the two dimensions of new world wine, I saw that sometimes it takes 11 years for greatness to come to fruition.

2001 Woodward Canyon Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon

I popped this cork on my birthday, and have been holding onto it for quite some time. I’ve learned through experience I tend to like their wines much more with some age than I do in their youth. Although this was sampled in a lowly lit restaurant, it showed purple ruby in color. On the nose, developed, medium+ intensity, certainly some cherry and currant fruit, but layered with spices, flowers, cedar bark, and an almost minerally component that really pleased the crowd, with moderate oak, and subtle earth. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium body, with medium tannins, beautiful balance, near perfect acidity, and almost indiscerable layers of spices and “other” characteristics, and yes, a mind-blowing finish. I wish I had more bottlesof this, if you have any and wish to share them with someone that cares please contact me.

2001 Cocito Barbaresco Baluchin

Light garnet color. On the nose, developed, medium+ intensity, right up front very new world and oaky with extracted fruit, hard to believe it’s almost nine years old, with sour cherry and fig, leather, anise, loaded with other spices, after several minutes of aeration this started to show off some of it’s Barbaresco charm, with violets, tar, roses, lots of oak, and definite chalky earth component. On the palate, dry, medium+ intensity, medium+ tannin, bright acidity, layered, lots of oak, but behind the new world mask, all the sour red fruit, licorice, flowers, structure that will last for some time to come, and a pretty but oaky finish. I’m calling this one a “New World” version of an old world classic, that every minute it’s open becomes more of the Barbaresco it is. Not cheap but I haven’t met a Barbaresco that is, and this has a level of deliciousness that many palates will agree with.    

2001 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Napa

Browning ruby color. On the nose, developed, med+ intensity, leather, cedar, cigar box, cinnamon, cardamom, stewed plums and figs, some black currant, some oak, and no earth to speak to. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium tannin, medium acidity, balanced and refined, and showing some Bordeaux like elegance with nice structure and good length to the finish.    

2001 Northstar Merlot Columbia Valley

This was one of the fruits of a waiter not being able to save a crappy cork and the guest refusing decanting. Odd because aside from the fact that there was a cork floating in this bottle, the wine kicked serious ass. Garnet color. On the nose, starting to develop, medium intensity, black cherry, black currant, fig, cedar, leather, clove, spice, some oak , some earth, but something dark and interesting. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, beautifully layered and balanced, fig newton meets cedar and fresh tobacco, with a velvety presence and a spice laden long finish. This wine rocked and supported Randy’s claim that WA is the Pomerol of the rest of the world.    

2001 Clos Pegase Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

I was treated to this by some sweet people. Ruby with some browning to it in color. On the nose, developed, medium+ intensity, cedar, leather, tobacco, currant, fig, plum, spice, some oak, and some dusty earth. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium tannin, medium acidity, very nicely balanced, loaded with leather and spice, cigar box element was blowing up, beautiful balance, and an awesome finish. I was left thinking that this was a flawless wine and I wish I had some in my cellar.    

2001 Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

caymus-02-cab-napaRuby color. On the nose, developed, medium+ intensity, cherry, currant, leather, cigar-box, loaded with spices, a dusty earth character but overtly fruit driven, moderate oak, and no detectable earth. On the palate, dry, medium+ intensity, shockingly ripe black fruit, framed by spice, with medium+ tannin, medium acidity, very well balanced, with a long and structured finish. My guests tonight thought the 04 Boudreaux Reserve Cab Sauv would rock this wine, but I did not agree, and was proved right based on balance and depth, this winery has been killing it for decades. There is a good reason that so many people ask for this by name, it’s just a shame that many people drink this wine before it reaches it’s maturity.    

2001 Rombauer Merlot Napa Valley

rombauer_MerlotRuby with brown edges. Magnum format. On the nose, developed, medium- intensity, stewed fruit, rubber, tired, boring, past it’s prime, with some oak. On the palate, dry, medium- intensity, muted, fatigued, a day later I am still pissed at this wine. This could very well be one of the Merlots that started the “Sideways Movement”. I believe the descriptor ass-water came out.