Seattle Wine Blog

This blog is dedicated to commentary on all aspects of wine, especially short entries to help you find the best wines without the usual hype and spin. These are my frank, independent opinions, usually based on tasting wine at a public event, off the shelf or at the winery. "All creative acts must arise out of a specific soil and flicker with a spirit of place" -D.H. Lawrence

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Miscellaneous Notes

2004 Inheritance Petit Syrah

What will you inherit if you drink this Petit Syrah? Probably nothing. What will Lone Dove, the wine producer, inherit ? Probably nothing. Here is a decent wine with good color, mouthfilling flavor, some tannin and a slightly sweet finish. IMO, a typical Lodi product, overripe and similar to two buck chuck which I like better and is a much better value. Actually tasted it against two buck Shiraz. The Inheritance is bigger and more flavorful, but is it worth four to six times as much.

2004 D'Arenberg Stump Jump

There is a Stump Jump bicycle race in South Carolina. I thought I would get a jump start on great Rhone style wine by purchasing this Grenache - Shiraz - Mourvedre blend from the excellent Australian D'Arenberg winery at the very reasonable price of $12. No such thing! This wine isn't bad, but it lacks character. Medium bodied, but no real complexity. Where are all those flavor nuances from the three grape varietals. Disappointing!

2001 Kistler Noisetier Chardonnay

Slightly old tasting, but very French in style. Good fruit, lots of wood. Great Chardonnay, but do you want to pay $65 for it?

California And Washington Zinfandel

Washington Zin? Paul Porteus has been growing Zin in Washington since the 1980s. His Zin is a delicious soft , gentle wine with good velvety flavors. Compared to the Shenendoah Vineyards Zin from Amador, it seemed like a pussycat. By comparison, the Shenendoah roared out of the gate with big, mouthfilling flavors and complex nuances.


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