Category Archives: 2004

2004 Stags Leap Winery Cask 23

From a three liter bottle. Ruby with brown color. On the nose, developed, medium intensity, black currants, fig, cedar, leather boot, with some oak, and some earth. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium tannin, medium acidity, layered mineral, tobacco, some fading black fruit, bittersweet chocolate, nice balance, and good body, with a solid finish. Very old world in style, I expected more fruit out of this format and vintage, not sure what happened.

2004 Woodinville Wine Cellars Little Bear Creek

I picked up a six pack of this in 2006 on a “field trip” to the winery, had the last bottle last night, and it paired well with the movie I selected, Kick Ass! Purple to ruby in color. On the nose, developed, medium+ intensity, currants, figs, plums, cedar, violets, immense tobacco, and a chalky earthy component, with moderate oak. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium tannin, and medium acidity, with medium+ body, beautiful balance, awesome spice and mineral, and the fruit stepping back a bit, on a solid finish! I felt like I was drinking a good quality right bank from Bordeaux, we should be cellaring more wine!

2004 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon

Wow, two vintages in two days, the wine gods are clearly trying to send some message to me. Black to purple color. On the nose, youthful, but showing signs of development and a sweaty component, medium intensity, something I would call, black cherry skunk, with some oak and no earth to speak to. On the palate, dry, medium+ intensity, the funk leads way to dried black fruit, awesome structure, with med+ tannins, and med+ acidity, and generous length to the finish. I now understand what all the hype is about, but can afford this experiment, or is this just the folly of the rich!

2004 San Vincente Rioja

We popped this at work tonight, just awesome! Ruby color. On the nose, youthful but showing development, medium+ intensity, cherry, cigar, mineral, spice box, violets, dried herbs, loaded with spices, some oak and earth. On the palate, dry, medium body, medium+ acidity, medium tannin, a lot going on, beautiful balance, and many layers of non-fruit flavor mingling with some dark cherry flavors, on a beautiful finish. This wine was even better eight hours later, I only hope there is more!

2004 Penfold’s Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon South Australia

I opened this last night to share with some steaks to assess its progress, I think I have 3 bottles left. Purple ruby color. On the nose, youthful, bright and opulent, medium+ intensity, black cherry, cassis, plum, mint, cigar, lots of spice, no earth, and subtle oak. On the palate, dry, medium tannin, medium acidity, very balanced, polished, still bright fruit, with savory spice, and pretty mint flavors, on a solid finish.    

2004 Texier Cote Rotie

texier_rotieThis wine just destroyed all others at the tasting. Ruby to black in color. On the nose, youthful but showing some development, medium+ intensity, very ripe black fruit, plums, figs, cherries, cracked pepper, meat stick, awesome array of spice, nicely integrated oak, and neatly tucked behind all that is some earth. On the palate, dry, medium+ intensity, medium tannin+, medium+ acidity, medium body, awesome structure, extremely well balanced, layered with spice, and possessing an almost divine finish. Spendy but extraordinary.    

2004 O Fournier Ribera Del Duero Tinto del Pais

Nice ruby color. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, cherry, plum, fig, raspberry, tobacco, lots of leather, mineral, chalky earth, lots of oak, and layered earth. On the palate, dry, medium+ intensity, medium+tannin, medium acidity, lots of dark fruit, leather, textured, very well balanced, with a solid punch you in the face cigar fruit finish.    

2004 Laurence Féraud Gigondas

laurence_feraudFrom the woman that makes Domaine du Pegau, this Gigondas really floored me for the price. 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 10% Mourvedre. Dark ruby color. On the nose, showing some development, medium+ intensity, very pretty nose of cherry, plum, blackberry, meat, herbs, leather, framed by very elegant oak, and overt mineral and earth. On the palate, dry, medium+ intensity, medium tannin, medium acidity, lots of spice, cracked pepper, game, leather, with a pretty dense black fruit core, hidden red fruit, and layered finish. Perhaps the best $20 retail wine I have tried in weeks.