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, May 22, 2007

Wine Notes

2004 Kestrel- Lady In Red - 4th edition- This lady's dress is light red, in fact, almost transparent. Her nose smells of toast and she is fruity like a Beaujolais, but despite the alluring red dress, she has a surprisingly bulging middle, big legs and and a tough finish. This tart is a tough one, totally unlike her predecessor who was balanced, gracious, beautiful and smooth. Perhaps six to twelve months locked in the cellar will help her to come around.

2005 Anglim Roussanne- Second time around -WOW! Awesome! Like licking a wet stone bathed in subtle fruit.

Columbia Crest 2004 Chardonnay - The newest vintage is just as excellent as the 2003. This has to be the world's best value in Chardonnay and fortunately you can just run down to your local convenience store to pick up a bottle

1983 Chateau Margaux - Unfortunately, you can't run down to the convenience store for this one. This older Bordeaux was deep brick red with no brown edges. She will last a long time. Surprisingly little bouquet, just a hint of minerals. In the mouth, she is soft, velvety, medium bodied with good black fruit flavors and a hint of acid and tannin. Delicious, but linear and surprisingly monochromatic. One might have expected a little more complexity, but who's to complain?

Three Rivers Red - This wine did the trick in a restaurant, but was probably no better than the Montepulciano on the wine list for much less.


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