Category Archives: 2002

2002 Tenuta dell Ornellaia Messeto

Dark garnet color. On the nose, developed, medium+ intensity, figs and black currants, bittersweet chocolate, chalky earth, tobacco, layered, complex beyond expression, with lots of earth and a nice oak component. On the palate, dry, seamless, medium+ body, medium tannin, medium acidity, serious balance, serious beauty, with ridiculous depth, and complexity that made me wish I made enough money to enjoy treats like this all the time!

2002 Nota Bene Cellars “Abbinare” Washington State

I popped one of the last few bottles of this the other night, and it rocked! Purple ruby color. On the nose, developed, medium+ intensity, leather, tobacco, cocoa, dried herbs, definite mineral, some oak spices, and some earth too. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium body, good acidity, still some tannic structure left, with…Continue Reading

2002 Pago de Los Capellanes Ribera del Duero Reserva

This was a present for helping re-bin with wine room at work. Ruby with browning edges. On the nose, evolved, big time bouquet, still some cherry, dirt, leather, cigar, meat stick, perfume, spice, some oak, and earthy. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium body, cherry fruit roll-up, tobacco, dusty earth, very nicely balanced, with…Continue Reading

2002 Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains

Wow. It was dark but the color was a ruby garnet. On the nose, developed, medium+ intensity, plums, currants, cherries, all black, spice box, cedar, dust, earth, tobacco, bittersweet chocolate, with some oak. A beautiful bouquet. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium+ body, medium tannins, medium+ acidity, stewed plum and black cherries, cigar, veggies,…Continue Reading

2002 Cht St Jean Cinque Cepages Sonoma Valley

Opened and decanted this for my birthday dinner last night, rack of lamb and braised short ribs. I could have pulled the racks out a few minutes earlier, but they were still tender and juicy. On the nose, moving towards bouquet, medium+ intensity, cherry, cassis, leather, tobacco, cigar box, dust, some basement earth, and some…Continue Reading

2002 Cristal Champagne

I always like to taste wines like this with a clear mind, forgetting what I may have thought about previous tastings or vintages. Unfortunately, as I took my first huff of this hyped sparkler, I was instantly brought to a place where quality matters very little, and product placement and marketing are everything. On the…Continue Reading

2002 Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains

I have been secretly selecting favorite guests to show this gem. Edgar Martinez, bought the rest of our 99 selection. Hard to say if 2002 is a good vintage in the Santa Cruz Mountains as I don’t have much info. This is a legendary estate vineyard that’s attached to the Paris Tasting of 76. What…Continue Reading