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 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…Continue Reading

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…Continue Reading

2001 Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Ruby 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…Continue Reading

2001 Rombauer Merlot Napa Valley

Ruby 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”.…Continue Reading