Category Archives: 2008

2008 Brancaia Tre

An 80% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon blend I picked up after a tasting two weeks ago, tonight was the first time I got around to popping a bottle. What a score, shocking depth for the money. Ruby to purple color. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, black cherry, plum, currant, violets, anise, dried cranberry, loaded with mineral, so much depth with oak and earth. On the palate, dry, medium body, medium+ intensity, medium tannins, balanced and layered, this wine will stop you in your tracks, cherries, currants, leather, spices, this wine goes deep! Buy it Now!

2008 Chateau Les Barraillots Margaux

Ruby color. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, plum, black cherry, currants, leather, dirt, ash, perfume, some oak, and layered mineral notes. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium body, good acidity, medium tannins, balance, structure, and a solid finish. A hard sell considering no one has ever heard of it, but it delivers.Continue Reading

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.…Continue Reading

2008 Bodegas Alto Moncayo Veraton Campo de Borja

Culty old world producer making ripe and unctuous new world style wines, crafted by Aussie Legend Cris Ringland. 100% Garnacha that has gotten some big scores the past few vintages. bright ruby color. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, luscious red fruit, cherry, subtle strawberry, chalky soil, milkshake, loaded with oak spices, and not much…Continue Reading

2008 El Nido Jumilla Spain

My first taste of the new vintage that for years has been my favorite “old world” “new world style” wine that I cannot afford. Black purple color. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, blackberry, black plum, cedar, coffee, herbs, mineral, meat, some oak, and some earth too. On the palate, dry, medium+ intensity, textured, pretty…Continue Reading

2008 Kistler Chardonnay Les Noisetiers Sonoma Coast

Golden blond color. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, lots of yeast, stone, pear, apple, butterscotch, lots of cooking spices, with moderate oak, and some earth. On the palate, dry, medium+ intensity, medium+ body, medium acidity, Asian pear, baking spices, good bready quality, mineral, with a clean finish. Very nice Chardonnay with good balance and…Continue Reading

2008 Mark Ryan Winery Petit Verdot Columbia Valley

I got a little taste of this wine tonight, available through the wine club only apparently. Purple black in color, serious intensity. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, plum, fig, violets, tar, with moderate oak and no earth to speak to. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium tannin, and medium acidity, this wine had…Continue Reading