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.

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.

2008 Finca Luzon Monastrell Jumilla Spain

Although my review is somewhat biased because I have long thought this is one of the best $10 wines on the market, I am able to keep my objectivity. Black purple color. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, loaded with dark berry fruit, almost stewed, with lots of dried herbs, meat stick, with some creamy oak spice, and a chalky soil minerality. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium body, medium tannin, medium acidity, I was left with the feeling that this wine was near perfectly constructed, with just the right amount of all the layers to feel complete, with good balance, and a descent finish for a $10 wine. I love this wine with meat of the grill, and it reminds me of $20 Zinfandel or Shiraz.

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 earth to speak to, but it’s present. On the palate, dry, medium+ intensity, some of the prettiest red fruit out there, smothered in luxurious oak, and layered with spices, with really nice balance, and a solid finish. Classic tale of a monstrous new world wine made in the old world, that pound for pound would destroy wines 3 times the price. If you like Silver Oak, try this wine, it will blow your mind.

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 ripe black fruit, herbs, meat stick, luxurious, layered, just an awesome wine, with a solid finish. Not cheap but worth every penny, and will kick the pants off any $100 Napa Cabernet.

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 good complexity, I can’t afford it, but I wish I had more of this.

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 an explosion of fruit and spice, with good length to the finish, and had intriguing characteristics other than common.