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, January 09, 2007

Wine Notes

2003 14 Hands Chardonnay - Wow! Fresh, clean, grassy nose, light to medium body, steely, sort of like a good premier cru Chablis, mineral and stone - you can almost taste the stainless steel tank. Nut, mace and fruit! Carol says, "little oak, definite fruit in it." Sam says, " sweet and peppery."

2003 McKinley Springs Columbia Valley Syrah - from Andrews Horse Heaven Ranch Vineyard. Big, tastes like a Zin, tobacco, chocolate and prunes. Big, chewy, with a slightly burnt undertaste. Need 1-3 more years of age. Thanks Mary for a great gift.

Ravenswood Vintner's Blend Zinfandel - jammy, jammy jammy.

2003 Chateau Reignac - 17,000 cases made under the supervision of French wine consultant, Michel Rolland. All the right things - green harvesting and pruning to 1.7 tons per acre, hand harvesting and double hand sorting, cold maceration, malolactic in 100% new French oak and ageing for 21 months, bottled unfined and unfiltered - lead to a a globally appealing, fruit forward wine dominated by the 75% Merlot with the remainder Cabernet Sauvignon. Delicious, but ultimately somewhat boring. Still a Bordeaux Superior, and as an old acquaintance once said, "you can't make a silk purse from a sow's ear", but you can make the best sow's ear possible and this would be a good lesson for all those producers contributing to the mighty "lake of wine " in France.

1996 Mazzocco Matrix - A classic Bordeaux style blend with 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec and 9% Merlot. A little old - showed more fruit with some breathing in the decanter. Lots of mixed berry fruit - more interesting and complex than the Reignac, if less fruit forward. Reminds me of a Cotes de Bourg Bordeaux.

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