2006 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District

Still young with a big tannic structure. It will soften over time. Needs some time in the decanter for now. Big fruit flavors of currant and blueberry. Mineral edge on the long finish. An excellent value in Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon at $52.00.

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2009 Wine of the Year

As we draw to the end of the year it’s time to start thinking about the best wines of the year. The wines are those that have been released in calendar year 2009 so mostly 2006 vintage with a few from 2005 and 2007. My top twenty wines will be a little different from most for a few reasons. First, the list will be dominated by red wines because that is what I prefer. I am sure there are many, many great white wines that should be on someones top list but I wouldn’t know because I don’t taste many if any of them. Second, the list will contain many new world wines. I don’t buy very many old world wines. The style I prefer is more new world so that is what I taste. Finally the wines on the list are wines that I have purchased with my hard-earned dollars or something that I have tasted at a wine event either as a guest or a paid attendee. I am not on lists like Colgin, Screaming Eagle and Schrader. I haven’t tasted these wines so I can’t very well offer an opinion except that they are overpriced no mater how well they are made or good they taste. I am your typical wine enthusiast who has a wine budget. No one is sending me wine to taste for free (one can dream however).

Wines 4-2 and the Wine of the Year

4. 2007 Two Hands Shiraz Gnarly Dudes – Huge wine. Currant, smoke and spice

3. 2006 Concha y Toro Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon – Dark toasted oak and blackberry aromas lead the way. Black currant, smokey tobacco, tar hints, fig  and dark chocolate add to the complexity. The finish has a very earthy note and is lingering. A nice balance of fruit and minerality.

2.  2007 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast – Beautiful ruby red color. The nose shows oaky-woody spice notes as well as red red raspberry flavors. The mouth feel is in a sense lush which adds to the complexity because I found the fruit notes crisp and bright. Red, cherry, raspberry and spice hang on through the long finish that adds a hint of mineralitiy.

Wine Of The Year

2006 Delectus Cuvee Julia – Very dark purple all the way to the rim. The aromas are a wonderful mix of black currant, cherry and vanilla. Across the palate the fruit really shines with black cherry, plumb stew, and blackberry. There is a lot going on but everything in its place and working very well together. Simply outstanding.

2009 Wines of the Year

As we draw to the end of the year it’s time to start thinking about the best wines of the year. The wines are those that have been released in calendar year 2009 so mostly 2006 vintage with a few from 2005 and 2007. My top twenty wines will be a little different from most for a few reasons. First, the list will be dominated by red wines because that is what I prefer. I am sure there are many, many great white wines that should be on someones top list but I wouldn’t know because I don’t taste many if any of them. Second, the list will contain many new world wines. I don’t buy very many old world wines. The style I prefer is more new world so that is what I taste. Finally the wines on the list are wines that I have purchased with my hard-earned dollars or something that I have tasted at a wine event either as a guest or a paid attendee. I am not on lists like Colgin, Screaming Eagle and Schrader. I haven’t tasted these wines so I can’t very well offer an opinion except that they are overpriced no mater how well they are made or good they taste. I am your typical wine enthusiast who has a wine budget. No one is sending me wine to taste for free (one can dream however).

 

First, wines ranked  10 through 5

10. 2006 Kobalt Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley – Although still young this wine shows all the signs of being well-rounded and built for the long haul. Black cherry, currant and vanilla notes.

9. 2006 Rudius Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley – Dark purple all the way to the rim. Lots of red fruit flavors and hints of black currant as well. The style is refined and well put together.

8. 2008 Michele Chiarlo Moscato d’Asti Nivole – A great summer sparkling wine.

7. 2006 Chappellet Vineyard Cabernet Franc Pritchard Hill Estate – Very well balanced wine. Violets, cherry and tea notes all working well together.

6. 2007 DuMOL Pinot Noir Russian River Valley – Another great vintage of this excellent fruit forward Pinot. Big cherry and  raspberry flavors and a complex finish.

 5. 2007 Tamarack Cellars Cabernet Franc – Dusty cherry and spice on the nose. This wine is improving in the bottle and shows nice blackberry and plumb fruit across the palate with hints of spice and tobacco. The finish is moderately tannic and lingering.  A tremendous value.

 

My “Wine of the Year” will be one of the following (revealed in the next post)

In alphabetical order:

2006 Concha y Toro Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon

2006 Delectus Cuvee Julia

2007 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

2007 Two Hands Shiraz Gnarly Dudes