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

Friday, November 10, 2006

Wine Notes

The 2004 Sequel is one of the Allen Shoup's Long Shadow wines made by Australian John Duval of Penfold's Grange fame. Sequel is a big, jammy new world wine with lots of flavor. You could never mistake it for a European wine. It is delicious and there is still some available from Long Shadow Vintners. Besides, it would be a good idea to get on their mailing list while it is still possible.

Packaged in a big, impressive heavy bottle, the 1996 Beringer Howell Mountain Cabernet Franc was quite big and flavorful, although it seemed a little old at ten years of age.

The 1983 Chateau Palmer, definitely improved in the decanter throwing off a little volatile acidity and ending up to be a very pleasing wine with typically elegant Margaux black currant flavors and prominent acid and tannin as is so frequently the case as the fruit mellows, exposing the backbone of the wine.

The 2005 Anglim Paso Robles Rousanne just might be the best Rousanne we have ever tasted. Big bodied, broad fruit, lots of minerality - mouthfilling and refreshingly dry - wow!

2004 Falkner Temecula Valley Chardonnay - Although there was no evidence of cork taint on the cork, the sweat socks smell and taste of 2, 4, 6 -trichloroanisole (TCA) in the wine was overwhelming.

The 1974 Sterling Vineyards Napa Cabernet Sauvignon is a sterling wine in its prime. Gentle, soft mellow fruit - very pleasing, if somewhat unidimensional.

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