2004 Château Mont-Redon Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Popped and poured so nose was a little closed but it did show vanilla hints. . The color was very garnet. Across the palate there were notes of plum, cherry and cake spice all wrapped with a slight mineral edge. The tannins were smooth and well-integrated. Paired well with my Veal Oscar. The grapes for this blend come from the left bank of the Rhone River between the towns f Orange and Avignon. this blend consists of 65% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 10% Cinsault, 5% Mourvede and 5% Counoise- Muscardin- Vaccarèse. An excellent introduction to Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

Published in: on April 8, 2010 at 1:07 am  Leave a Comment  
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2004 Delectus Cuvée Julia Napa

2004_JuilaI reached into the back of the cellar and found this terrific red wine blend from the 2004 vintage. Deep, dark purple in color. The nose gave hints of currant, esprasso, and damp earth. The mouth feel was velvety, with currant, black cherry, and cedar flavors bursting forth. Extremely complex and well put together. It’s a fruit foward blend that workes very well together. Outstanding still. This is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, and Merlot.

Published in: on August 14, 2009 at 11:30 pm  Leave a Comment  
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2004 Tenuta del Portale Aglianico del Vulture (Italy, Basilicata, Aglianico del Vulture)

lGarnet red in color. The aromatics are slightly muted but do show notes of Plumb, pepper and an interesting iron mineral note. The plumb and pepper hang on across the palate and add a a layer of currant as well. This wine has a medium body and is very easy to drink now. Aglianico is considered one of the three main red wine grapes of Italy. The grapes for this wine come from the arch of the heal of  southern Italy in the town of Tunuta Del Portale_2004Basilicata which is located down the valley from the extinct volcano of Mt. Vulture. The grape is native to Greece and was brought to southern Italy in ancient times. This wine is built for the long haul so it’s just now becoming approachable. It’s an interesting “alternative” red and worth a try. It’s also affordable at $13.

2004 Delectus Argentum (USA, California, Napa Valley)

Revisit.  Some wines are built to age gracefully while others are meant to be enjoyed in their youth. This wine is based on the frontline Delectus wines of which Cabernet Sauvignon is the majority. We were down to our last two bottles of the 2004 Delectus Argentum and we had been advised by Delectus winemaker Gerhard Reisacher that because of high alcohol  the 2004 Cabernets should not be cellered past 2012. So far so good. The wine is holding it’s own from our last tasting in 2007. The original post follows. OK so if you haven’t figured it out yet, Delectus is one my favorite producers so we tend to drink more than a few bottles when given the chance. This wine is a blend of  Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petite Sirah, and Syrah. As the name Argentum (means silver in Latin) this wine is composed of the lots that were good but not quite good enough to make it into the vineyard designated wines. When you understand that this wine is intended to be an every day drinker it’s outstanding. The Merlot shows through the most on the palate. It’s very hot (16.2% alc.). It’s racy in style and is quite enjoyable for everyday drinking and beats other blends costing twice as much. Get it fast because most of the wine this winery produces IS good enough to make it in the first label so there isn’t much of it to go around. If you can find it, it’s usually $20-22.

Published in: on April 11, 2009 at 11:56 pm  Comments (1)  
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2004 Ortas Côtes du Rhône Villages Rasteau Prestige (France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Côtes du Rhône Villages Rasteau)

The nose has plenty of raspberry and wild-berry fruit with a touch of earthiness. Across the palate lots of dark berry flavors, vanilla, tobacco and a good dose of minerality. At $19 it’s a value  for Cotes du Rhone. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre.

2004 Nine Stones Hilltops Shiraz (Australia, New South Wales, Southern New South Wales)

hilltops_shirazTart cherry and blackberry are the dominate flavors for this moderately spicy Shiraz. The palate also picks up some green bell pepper through the finish. If you like the plush Aussie Shiraz style then this wine might not be for you but it is good in it’s own rustic style.

Published in: on December 9, 2008 at 12:02 am  Leave a Comment  
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2004 Delectus Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)

The aromas are a powerful combination of blackberries, graphite, currant and a hint of alcohol (this wine clocks in at 16.8%). Across the palate the wine is fruit forward with the currant leading the parade and a oaky note as well. The tannins are very present on the medium length finish now. Needs some additional bottle time for the tannins to smooth out but another solid effort.

Published in: on November 4, 2008 at 1:05 am  Leave a Comment  
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2004 L’Ecole No. 41 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Reddish purple in color. The nose was hints of leather, oak and red cherry. The flavors were dominated by slightly tart cherry but also currant, blueberry and leather. Seems a bit disjointed. The finish was medium length with plenty of grip at the end. A little disappointing for the vintage and the producer. There are better options for Columbia Valley Cabs in this price range ($30)

Published in: on October 2, 2008 at 12:20 am  Leave a Comment  
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2004 Chateau Montelena Zinfandel Estate (Napa Valley)

Very dark purple color. The nose has an interesting cinnamon overtone to the boysenberry aroma. The flavors are dominated by a very fruit forward and jammy black raspberry note with cedar and black pepper kicking in on the long finish. The tannins linger on the finish as well. An excellent value for the $20 price point.

Published in: on August 30, 2008 at 1:18 am  Leave a Comment  
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2004 Robert Mondavi Winery Merlot (Napa Valley)

The color is a nice shade of dark purple. The aromatics are faint hints of blackberry and  dark cherry. The dark cherry continues through the palate picking up sage spice hints and some vanilla as well. The finish is very tannic with cedar and cigar box hanging on till the end. It’s good but not great.

Published in: on August 17, 2008 at 10:42 pm  Leave a Comment  
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