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From the cellars of Heather & Andy Pierce we present...

sampled 2010

Red Wines
Cabernet Sauvignon
Hogue 2007
Washington
$9
excellent entry at this price.
Red Knot 2007
Australia
$12
good one! tannic. opens up well in the glass and bottle
Shiraz
Smoking Loon 2007
California
$9
after some years lost in the wilderness, Smoking Loon returns with an affordable quality wine
Tait 2003
Australia
$38
very nice. excellent depth. good oakiness
blends / unknown
Graham Beck "Railroad Red" 2007
South Africa
$10
Heather really likes it! Get more!

sampled 2009

Red Wines
Cabernet Sauvignon
Chateau Ste. Michelle "Canoe Ridge Estate" 2006
Washington
$27
justifiably highly rated.
Thorne-Clarke "Importer's Reserve" 2006
Australia
$13
the little sister to the "Shotfire" series of wines from T-C. Also very enjoyable, with some of the edge taken off the price.
Santa Ema "Reserve" 2005
Chile
$14
very excellent. get more!
Rosemount 2006
Australia
$8
like this one. get more
Firestone "Vineyard Select" 2005
California
$12
nice!
Dog House "Checkers' Cab" 2004
California
?
cannot drink this.
Woodbridge "Red Dirt Ridge" 2006
California
$9
It's ok.
Fetzer "Valley Oaks" 2006
California
$7
Superb value. Pours with a slightly pink impression, rounds out nicely in the glass. 2006 was a good year for Fetzer. retasted: A little too on the sweetish cherry-syrup side for me taste, but drinkable. The Fetzer Valley Oaks Zinfandel is a better choice.
Thierry & Guy "Fat Bastard" 2006
France
$9
Not bad. Drinkable, but better can be had.
Shiraz
Thorn-Clarke "Shotfire" 2005
Australia
$19
Penfolds Hyland 2005
Australia
$12
this is drinkable
Jip Jip Rocks 2007
Australia
$16
I remembered this as disappointing, but then was pleasantly surprised by this entry. good one
Marquis Philips "Roogle" 2007
Australia
$11
Very good. Same importer as Boarding Pass
Boarding Pass 2005
Australia
$18
Wow. Awesome. Full flavored, nicely raisiny, well balanced. Really good.
Tempranillo
Pontecilla 2007
Spain
$9
Dark purple, lovely tannins. Excellent! Get more.
Pinot Noir
Rodney Strong 2006
Sonoma
$9
pale, thin, and heady. It's ok.
Merlot
Hogue 2005
Washington
$8
heady and complex. great deal at this price
Happy Camper 2006
California
$9
ok. not great.
Cape Diamond 2006
Oregon
$12
harmless enough
Zinfandel
Coppola "Red Label" 2007
California
$11
really good! get more
Fetzer "Valley Oaks" 2007
California
$7
drinkable, which is good at this price-point, but nothing special
Fetzer "Valley Oaks" 2006
California
$7
still good, but I'm less impressed with this vintage than I was last year. peaked early?
Sangiovese
Rosso di Montepulciano 2005
Italy
$17
not bad for a chianti. just a little thinner that I'd prefer
Malbec
Kaiken "Ultra" 2003
Argentina
$19
excellent
blends / unknown
Santa Ema 2006
Chile
$11
60% cabernet sauvignon/40% merlot. Excellent! Very nice tannins. Drink right now.
Chateau MyLord 2005
Bordeaux
$18
dry, excellent. family-friendly wine
Chateau Greysac 2004
Bordeaux
$20
very good. nice tannins
Purple Hands 2006
Oregon
$19
merlot / pinor noir. good. like a medium-light pinot noir
Jacob's Creek 2006
Australia
$7
Amazing! Definitely get more. 51% cabernet sauvignon / 49% merlot
Chateau Brisson 2005
Bordeaux
$19
super. could even have stayed down a few more years.
Ronan 2005
Bordeaux
$14
oooh, nice one. where did all this good affordable French wine come from?
Guiraud "Cheval Blanc" 2005
Bordeaux
$12
nice tannins. priced too low
Penfolds "Koonunga Hill" 2007
Australia
$10
shiraz/cabernet sauvignon. nice!
Robert Mondavi "private selection" 2006
California
$10
doesn't stand out. ok.

White Wines
Sauvignon Blanc
Monkey Bay 2007
New Zealand
$11
very good at this price. nice and refreshing! this is an overachieving wine
Chardonnay
Columbia Crest "Grand Estates" 2007
Washington
$10
a little harsh
Hogue 2006
Washington St.
$8
works
Pinot Grigio
Thorn-Clarke "Shotfire" 2006
Australia
$19
this is fine, but there are better choices that give more bang for the buck
Cortenova 2008
Italy
$11
very pale, touch of floral. nice!
blends/unknown
Pillar Box 2006
Australia
$11
sharp in tone, but pleasant enough
d'Arenberg "The Stump Jump" 2006
Australia
$10
reisling/sauvignon blanc. pleasant summer wine

sampled 2008

Red Wines
Cabernet Sauvignon
Moon Mountain Reserve 2001
Sonoma

Nice. Dry, firm, good nose. Has held up and settled in well.
McManis 2006
California
$8
surprisingly good! nice and solid. get more
Kumala 2006
South Africa
$6
drinkable. nothing special here
Baron Herzog 2000
California
$13
no reason to wait 8 years for this wine. slightly brown in color, drinkable but not special in any way.
Lindeman's Reserve 2004
Australia
$8
a little muddy, but ok.
Talus 2005
California
$7
pale color, heady alcohol, light in flavor
Shiraz
Lindemans "Bin 50" 2007
Australia

reliable
Thierry & Guy "Fat Bastard" 2006
France
$9
Good one! Raisiny. Nice value.
Cycles Gladiator 2005
California
$10
reasonable.
Planeta 2002
Italy (Sicily)
$21
good. smooth, balanced, a touch syrupy
Thorn-Clarke "Shotfire" 2006
Australia
$19
straight-up shiraz -- excellent
Montes "Alpha" 2005
Chile
$19
good, but disappointing compared to the Australian "Shotfire"
Malbec
Terrazas 2006
Argentina
$11
if it didn't say 'malbec' on the bottle, I would swear this is a cabernet sauvignon. doesn't have the clear inky blackness of malbec color, and has fruit notes of cabernet. enjoyable nonetheless. seems heady but lists as 13.5% alcohol. ...becomes more malbec-like if allowed to breathe, or possibly simply after getting down the first glass or two...
Andeluna 2005
Argentina
$11
a good instance of malbec. has that darkly transparent palate.
Merlot
Beringer "Stone Cellars" 2005
California
$6
light, but not thin. has a beaujolais nouveaux quality to it.
Black Swan 2006
Australia
$5
not bad for the price
Columbia-Crest 2003
Washington
$7
not so good. has a sort of musty socks kind of aroma
Beringer 2006 "white merlot"
California
$6
terrible. why do they do this to merlot?
Zinfandel
Robert Mondavi "Private Selection" 2006
California
$10
starts powerfully and impressively, but settles down (fades?) in the glass
Fetzer "Valley Oaks" 2006
California
$7
very good. amazing at this price. buy more
Pinot Noir
Cycles Gladiator 2005
California
$10
pleasant little thing... good summer wine, a touch light, a touch sweet but still has some presence
Sangiovese
Monte Antico 2004
Italy
$20
very nice! softened with 10% cabernet sauvignon and 5% merlot
Ecco Domani 2006
Italy
$10
not bad! lacking in depth, but surprisingly good at this price level
Grenache
Tinto Figaro 2004
Spain
$9
has an unpleasant initial sharpness. settles down a bit with some air, but could have been better
Barbera
Vietti 2005 "Tre Vigne"
Italy
$19
bone dry, powerful, well-balanced. could be cellared a year or two more
Tempranillo
Martin Coday 2006
Spain
$11
Heather really likes this one!
blends / unknown
Chateau Brisson 2005
France
$10
bordeaux. very good, but with an overly astringent finish. could benefit from 3 more years in the cellar?
St. Francis Winery 2004 "Red"
Sonoma
$12
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Zinfandel. strong and powerful straight from the bottle. big and forward with heady bouquet. good
Dingac Winery 2004 "Plavac"
Croatia

pale red/brown, but very dry, with pleasant astringency. good one! (a little surprised)
Marquis Philips "Roogle Red" 2004
Australia
$14
strangely syrupy upon first opening, expands beautifully with some breathing. best decanted. 80% shiraz, 20% cabernet sauvignon
Chateau Greysac 2003
France
$20
bordeaux. nice. needs to breathe
Grand Veneur Reserve 2005
France
$16
Cotes-du-Rhone, 70% grenache, 20% syrah, 10% cinsault. very drinkable. get more
Rosemount 2005
Australia
$8
70% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot. A very pleasant surprise for this price. Chewy fruit.
Mas Neuf "Compostelle" 2004
France (Rhone)
$19
better than the $11 version. strong berry notes: raspberry, blackberry. good one. not too chewy.
Mas Neuf 2004
France (Rhone)
$11
funny little number. very dark red/purple. strangely syrupy on the palate, but not overly sweet. interesting. different and good. 45% syrah, 25% grenache, 15% mouvedre, 15% carignan
Bully Hill "Love my Goat" 2003?
New York
$9
undrinkable as table wine. too sweet, could be a reasonable dessert wine but still has a kind of wrongness to it. our experience: do not buy wine that has the word "Goat" in the name
Thorn-Clarke "Shotfire - Cuvee" 2005
Australia
$20
blend of five varietals. excellent. worth it.
Thorn-Clarke "Shotfire" 2005
Australia
$19
very very good. inky purple, smooth and complex. easily worth the $5 upgrade price from the "Terra-Barossa" cab. sauv. / cab. franc blend
Thorn-Clarke "Terra-Barossa" 2005
Australia
$12
a good wine. if it had had more subtlety and complexity, it could have been a great wine, but still a good wine. Cabernet sauvignon / cabernet franc blend
Leasingham "Magnus" 2003
Australia
$9
good. drinkable

White Wines
Chardonnay
Wolf Blass "Yellow Label" 2004
Australia
$11
I liked this more than I thought I would. good one.
Lindemans "Bin 65" 2007
Australia
$5
unbeatable value in a nice summer wine. a touch of sweetness adds to this pleasant entry
Clos Robert 2005
California
$10
not good. quite yellow. hopefully oxidized, to have an excuse. very appley, unfinished.
Barefoot
California
$5
ok. sweet, but drinkable
Red Bicyclette 2005
France
$9
good. nice staying power
Sky Notch 2006
California
$8
good one. a little sweeter than I prefer, but would be quite acceptable with a cheese / fruit plate.
Sebeka 2006
South Africa
$6
nice! very oakey and barely recognizable as a Chardonnay, but still quite drinkable.
Sauvignon Blanc
Columbia-Crest "Two Vines" 2005
Washington
$7
good one! light with a touch of sweetness
Brancott 2007
New Zealand
$9
pleasant. good appley notes. get more
Turning Leaf "Reserve" 2006
California
$6
sweetish with strong tones of apple. immature.
Rodney Strong 2006
Australia
$12
good one.
Veramonte 2006
Chile
$9
pale-colored, very floral. interesting and good
other / blends
Prosecco, Martini & Rossi
Italy
$13
nice!

sampled 2007

Red Wines
Cabernet Sauvignon
Charles Krug 2003
California
~$20
really nice. could have benefitted from maybe two more years in the cellar
Wyndham Estate "Bin 444" 2003
Australia
$10
a little brownish in color, and too sweet for my taste in a cabernet sauvignon. strong flavors of cherry. drinkable
McManis 2005
California
$8
McManis is putting out some quality, affordable product. very nice wine here. get more
Dry Creek 2003
California
$17
it's a year later, and this wine has become really fine. good complexity without being overpowering. get more
Lindeman's "Reserve" 2003
Australia
$8
a competent entry
Lindeman's "Bin 45" 2005
Australia
$5
surprisinging good for a wine this young. unbelievably good value at this price. impressive
Shiraz
The Little Penguin 2005
Australia
$6
drinkable
McManis 2004
California
$8
nice and peppery. outstanding value. get more
Hardy's "Nottage Hill" 2002
Australia
$9
non-threatening
Zinfandel
The Zin 2004
California
$22
thick and chewy with strong cherry notes.
Rex Goliath
California
$6
alcoholic, but thin. thought this was a weak california pinot noir rather than a zinfandel
Beringer "Clear Lake" 2001
California
$13
this one works pretty good.
Big Ass Zin 2004
California

dark, strong, balance. this wine kicked our butts, in a good way
Cellar No8 2004
California
$9
enjoyable. better with some aeration
Pinot Noir
Rex Goliath "47 pound rooster"
France
$9
no problem
Lurton "Les Salices" 2005
France
$9
non-threatening. drinkable, young. Heather really likes it.
Domaine de Regusse 2005
France
$11
Seems pale, thin and young, but actually turns out to be quite enjoyable. A pleasant surprise from a wine that doesn't try too hard to be something it's not.
Silverwing 2005
Australia
$9
overly alcoholic and a little thin. that said, a worthy entry and enjoyably drinkable
Sangiovese
Di Majo Norante 2004
Italy
$11
not bad. a little thin
Montepulciano
Tizzonero "La Caraia" 2003
Italy
$19
You can't drink Italian wine that costs less than $10. For double that price, you get a fine entry like this one.
Capestrano 2003
Italy
$7
make sangria with this. then it's really good
Grenache
Calatayud "Old Vines Garnacha"
Spain
$7
great value. highly drinkable -- just a touch rough at first
other
Louis Jadot 2005
France
$15
Beaujolais-Villages. very pleasant.
Panannoz 2005
Spain
$8
Jumilla. nice one!
Falesco 2004 Umbria
Italy

quite drinkable. dry and good. not thin and stretched like I worried it would be.
Chateau Fontenil "Fronsac" 2000
Bordeaux
$30
good, but I prefer a bit more bite. maybe should have drunk this one a year or two ago
Chateau de Segries "Lirac"
France (Rhone)
$14
strange out of the bottle. much better decanted
Leasingham "Magnus" 2002
Australia
$9
very good! pleasant cassis flavor. outstanding value -- get more. 60% shiraz, 40% cabernet sauvignon
Primus 2004
Chile
$14
enjoyable. 23% carmenere, 30% cabernet sauvignon, 47% merlot
Lindeman's "Bin 55" 2004
Australia
$5
peculiar little wine. possible to drink. 60% shiraz, 40% cabernet sauvignon

White Wines
Pinot Grigio
McManis 2005
California
$8
it's ok. actually quite pleasant
Kris 2005
Italy
$11
not bad. a touch pricey for what you get
Chardonnay
Echelon
California
$10
strange at first, but becomes eminently drinkable. a little lighter and sweeter than the typical in-your-face California chardonnay of the late 90's -- refreshing.
Red Bicyclette
France
$8
drinkable, but somewhat harsh. even at this price, there are better options
Columbia Crest "Grand Estates" 2003
Washington
$10
not bad. a touch sweet and strangely floral for a chardonnay
Graham Beck "Pinno" 2004
South Africa
$7
very drinkable. nice value. not too dry
Sauvignon Blanc
Concha y Toro "Frontera" 2004
Chile
$5
this is surprisingly pleasant! serve well chilled to gently tone down the sweetness. outstanding value
Gewurztraminer
Covey Run 2006
Washington
$8
nice!
other
Hugues Beaulieu "Picpoul de Pinet" 2006
France
$7
what a pinot grigio should be. very pleasant summer wine.

sampled 2006

Red Wines
Cabernet Sauvignon
Dry Creek 2003
California
$17
enjoyable. seems young yet
Graham Beck "Railroad Red - Reserve" 2003
S. Africa
$10
not bad. chewy and raisiny, a little overpowering for my taste.
Peter Lehmann "Barossa" 2002
Australia
$15
good. mature and balanced
Alexander Valley Vineyards 1999
California

nicely aged, well balanced, rich presentation. very fine.
Columbia Crest "Grand Estates" 2002
Washington
$10
pleasant enough. good value at this price. a little sweet and floral
Parkers Estate 2004
California

very pretty ruby colour. a little raw yet.
Judd's Hill 1999
California
$38
well this is a fine wine. dry, balanced, sophisticated. however... I would prefer if it were more lively; a little more forward on the palate and chewy in texture.
Bulletin Place 2003
Australia
$8
not bad for the price. a little harsh. make sangria or cook with it
Los Voscos 2004
Chile
$10
nice ruby color. overqualified cooking wine, also makes a casual drinking wine
Hogue "Genesis" 2001
Washington
$14
excellent! dark, balanced, playfully assertive. Heather says, "tastes like 'More!'" second tasting: oakey and smokey. nicely aged. very fine.
Pascual Toso 2003
Argentina
$9
heady little number. dark and strong. uncomplicated
Merlot
Pepi 2002
California
$9
drinkable
Cape Diamond 2004
Oregon
$13
very nice. good like the 2003
Cape Diamond 2003
Oregon
$12
pleasant enough. this is eminently drinkable
McManis 2004
California
$8
pleasant! has a nice chewy raisiny feel
Pepperwood Grove 2004
California
$6
pretty wine. a little light at first, but opens up nicely when allowed to breathe a little. are inexpensive California merlots starting to make a comeback?
Forest Ville 2003
California
$5
here's a very pleasant surprise -- a nice wine for $5. doesn't over-challenge itself. nicely drinkable
Hogue 2003
Washington
$9
unsettled. tried this one again and liked it.
Zinfandel
Parducci 2003
California
$9
a little muddled, but doable.
Santino "Old Vine" 2002
California
$9
can't beat it for the price. a touch of sweetness. get more
Cline "Ancient Vines" 2004
California
$14
good, but a little sweet for my taste. Heather likes it.
Cellar No8 2002
California
$9
good one! nice casual wine
Shiraz
Penfolds "Bin 28" 2002
Australia
$19
two thumbs way up! very nice
Sylvan Springs "Hard Yards" 2004
California
$18
good one. surprising maturity for a vintage this young
Tintara 2004
Australia
$16
nice. oakier than usual for a shiraz
Goundrey 2003
Australia
$13
very drinkable.
Masterpeace 2004
Australia
$10
good one!
Jacob's Creek "Reserve" 2002
Australia
$12
pleasantly oakey. breathes well. solidly enjoyable
Meridian "Reserve" 2002
California
$14
awesome. smooth and balanced.
Rosemount Estate "Mudgee Hill of Gold" 2002
Australia
$15
good, deep purple. unusually (but pleasantly) oaky for a shiraz. could probably benefit by aging a couple more years
Rosemount Estate "Diamond Label" 2003
Australia
$9
strange brownish hue. drinkable if necessary
Malbec
Lurton 2004
Argentina
$8
ok. good color but needs bigger flavor. common problem with Malbec?
Graffigna 2001
Argentina
$15
inky-purple color. not much there taste-wise.
Chianti
Tiziano 2003
Italy
$10
very good! crisply put together
Della Scala 2003
Italy
$6
ok. nice and dry, but weak
other
Hermitage 1999
France (Rhone)
$45
well-matured. enjoyable
d'Arenberg "the Stump Jump" 2004
Australia
$9
good value for the money. 50% grenache, 26% shiraz, 24% mourvedre
Tizzonero "La carraia" 2003
Italy
$20
good! not thin like some overplanted italian varieties. initially smoky then settles pleasantly
Primus "Veramonte" 2003
Chile
$15
very fine. needs a couple more years to develop. 43% merlot, 36% cabernet sauvignon, 21% carmenere
Chateau La Paws "Cote Du Bone Roan" 2002
California
$14
80% carignane, 16% syrah, 3% grenache, 1% viognier. interesting, but a little muddled
Cap de Faugeres 2001
Bordeaux
$23
awesome. just awesome.
Cotes Du Rhone 2003
France
$10
nice! remininscent of Chateauneuf-du-Pape with strong hints of cassis
Bridgeview "Blue Moon" 2002
$9
Oregon
ok. a little raw
2 Brothers "Big Tattoo Red" 2003
Chile
$8
50/50 Cabernet sauvignon / merlot. dark purple-blood color. good but seems a little unfinished. better after allowed to breathe
Torres "Sangre de Toro" 2003
Spain
$10
good dry Spanish table wine
Matthieu de Brully 2003
Rhone (France)
$12
starts weak, but ends reasonably
Massolino "Barolo" Parafada 1997
Italy
$55
nice. browny-red. not too overpowering, well-blended.
Cline Oakley "Five Reds" 2002
California
$9
pleasant! not too dry. balanced and interesting blend of Zinfandel, Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignane and Grenache.
Hermitage 1999
France (Rhone)
$45
fine. well-matured

White Wines
Sauvignon Blanc
Kumala 2005
South Africa
$6
enjoyable. super value at this price
Chateau Ste. Michelle 2003
Washington
$9
drinkable
Casa Lapostolle 2005
Chile
$10
kinda funny-tasting. strong honey tones
SIMI 2004
California
$11
this is more like it! snappy and refreshing
Covey Run 2004
Washington
$8
drinkable
Covey Run 2003
Washington
$8
disappointingly dull. not lively enough
Montes "Reserve" 2004
Chile
$10
it's ok. a softer feel would be an improvement
Kenwood 2004
Sonoma CA
$11
Very nice!
Chardonnay
Robert Mondavi "Private Selection" 2005
California

good entry
Jip Jip Rocks 2005
Australia
$15
much too harsh for this price
Dog House 2004
California
$8
good one!
Blackwing 2003
Australia
$9
good! not too dry, interesting flavors. pleasantly finished
Alamos 2004
Argentina
$9
nice. better than most tried recently. retried: good!
Louis Pierre & Fils 2004
France
$9
ok, but has rough edges
Argyle 2003
Oregon
$12
hard to believe this is a chardonnay. more like a very full-bodied sauvignon blanc. fruity, with a touch of sweetness works very well with fruit and cheese, not well with fish. very interesting
Hardy's "Nottage Hill" 2004
Australia
$9
ok. kinda harsh
Estancia 2003
California
$8
it's ok.
Columbia-Crest "Two Vines" 2002
Washington
$7
drinkable if a little harsh
Reisling
Leasingham Magnus 2004
Australia
$10
pleasantly sweet but lacking in complexity
Danting 2003
Germany
$16
very good
Pinot Grigio
Campanile 2004
Italy
$8
pleasant summer wine. lemony tones

sampled 2005

Red Wines
Merlot
Carmenet 2001
California
$8
not bad
Cabernet Sauvignon
Smoking Loon 2004
California
$9
very pleasantly surprised by this one. well blended and balanced
Casa Lapostolle 2002
Chile
$11
not notable, but still a nice one
Covey Run 2002
Washington St.
$9
starts strong, but fades in the stretch
Kaiken (Montes) 2002
Argentina
$11
Wine Spectator gave it 91. Not so sure. A good wine but doesn't jump out and say, "I am special!" to me
Wyndham Estate "Bin 444" 2001
Australia
$8
nice! fragrant and not too dry
McManis 2003
California
$9
very drinkable! excellent everyday wine
Shiraz
Tintara 2003
Australia
$16
very nice! deep purple colour
Peace 2003
Australia
$9
sweetish. tastes strongly of cherries.
Annie's Lane 2002
Australia
$11
nice!
Red Bicyclette 2003
France
$9
nice! surprising, in a good way
Lindemans "Bin 50" 2003
Australia
$6
Still good. Continue to buy.
Malbec
Kaiken 2002
Argentina
$11
Good malbec. Better than the Kaiken cabernet sauvignon.
Trapiche 2003
Argentina
$7
This is a pretty wine out the bottle. Nice start. Slightly less solid on the finish but very pleasant. Cannot go wrong at this price.
Zinfandel
Francis Coppola 2003
California
$13
drinkable, but on the harsh side. there are better choices for this price
Renwood 2002
California
$11
nice. peppery
Woodbridge "Fishnet Creek Old Vine" 2001
California
$9
Memorable. Get more.
Buena Vista 2001
California
$8
Nice one! Very smooth. Quite enjoyable, with some staying power. Heady little number. Chill slightly to keep it under control. Seemed light and pale on second tasting
Pepperwood Grove 2001
California
$7
Slightly peculiar, but better after the first glass. Heather likes this one.
Nero d'Avola
Morgante Sicilia 2002
Italy
$16
good
Periquita
Tamara 2001
Portugal
$9
good - like a zinfandel/cabernet sauvignon cross
Nero d'Avola
Morgante Sicilia 2002
Italy
$16
Very nice; quite enjoyable and a nice change of pace
Amarone
Zenato 2000
Italy
$25 1/2
chewy, raisiny. densely flavoured and not overly sweet

Blends
Lyeth 2002
Sonoma
$14
Ok. Not flawed, but not special. 62% cabernet sauvignon, 29% merlot, 9% cabernet franc "meritage"
Vincent Girardin Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "Morgeot" 1999
France
$49
An older wine. Dry, very nice bouquet, a touch of smoke. Dark, unfiltered. Very good but just a touch of chalkiness detracted somewhat.
Saladini Pilastri "Pregio del Conte" 2001
Italy
$20
very nice. solid and powerful
Graham Beck "Railroad Red" 2002
South Africa
$9
good: must be allowed to breathe before drinking
Cuvee des Galets 2001
Bordeaux
$11
oxidized. unfortunate

White Wines
Pinot Grigio
Campanile 2003
Italy
$9
not bad. a bit thin
Gabbiano 2003
Italy
$8
good one! a little more substantial than most pinot grigios
Sauvignon Blanc
Rosemount Estate 2003
Australia
$8
very nice. lightly fruity
Pascual Toso 2003
Argentina
$10
ok, but seemed a little harsh
Casa Lapostolle 2003
Chile
$8
pleasant
Chardonnay
Louis Pierre & Fils 2004
France
$9
not up to the better California chardonnays, but easily drinkable
Concha y Toro 2001 "Casillero del Diablo"
Chile
$11
good
Blackwing 2003
Australia
$10
still good
Robert Mondavi 2003 "Private Selection"
California

very nice! solid Chardonnay
Callaway 2001
California
$7
pale and thin. ok to drink
Beringer 2002 "Stone Cellars"
California

very good!
Columbia Crest 2002 "Grand Estates"
Washinton
$10
not memorably good or bad. I kind of expected more from this one.
Pinot Blanc
Valley of the Moon 2003
Sonoma
$14
a little sweet for my taste. reislingesque
Blends
Vin de Savoie "Abymes" 2003
France
$10
nice, light
Falesco "Vitiano" 2003
Italy
$10
Heather says: "this is what a pinot grigio should taste like"

Rose
Marques de Cacenes 2003
New Zealand
$7
Nice! Dry and well-balanced. Much better than I expected.

sampled 2004

Red Wines
Pinot Noir
Acacia 2002
Napa Valley
$25
complex and subtle. slight edge to the WillaKenzie 2000 "Aliette" but the Acacia is fully worthy
Pinno - Graham Beck 2003
South Africa
$10
interesting and drinkable
Au Bon Climat 2001
Santa Maria Valley
$20
very heady and a touch thin in development. sweetish
Rodney Strong 2001
Sonoma
$15
adequate, but not exciting.
Cabernet Sauvignon
McManis 2001
California
$9
good one. nice oakey undertone. could be a little firmer
Columbia-Crest "Grand Estates" 2001
California
$10
good wine. nice oak tones
Indigo Hills 2000
California
$8
not too memorable
Hanwood Estate McWilliams 2002
SE Australia
$9
very nice. improves when allowed to breathe. buy more
Kendall-Jackson "Vitner's Reserve" 1999
California

excellent! smooth and balanced
Jacob's Creek 2001
Australia
$7
Good value for the price. Quite drinkable but a little too "in your face". Resampled: VERY nice. incredible steal for $7
Black Swan 2003
Australia
$9
Mostly harmless. Not distinguised.
Coppola Black Label Claret 2002
California
$15
Good. 2001 is a better bargain.
Coppola Black Label Claret 2001
California
$10
Nice entry.
Casa Concha 2001
Chile
$13
Excellent value. Smoky, oaky solid cabernet with subtle black cherry. A shade light on nose.
Stonehedge 2001
California
$9
Nice. Light cabernet lacking in forward flavour but finishes well.
Rothbury Estate 2001
Australia
$6
Very aggressive and perfumy. A nice cabernet, if a trifle overpowering. Chill this one slightly to calm it down.
Merlot
Cape Diamond 2002
Oregon
$13
It's ok.
Montes Special Cuvee 2002
Chile
$10
A nice merlot. Nothing special but quite drinkable.
Santa Ema Reserve 2001
Chile
$10
Good. Not too cloying as merlot can sometimes be.
Malbec
Montes 2002
Chile
$10
Good drink; a little different, not just another cabernet sauvignon.
Pascual Toso 2002
Argentina
$10
Nice wine! Earthy like a zinfandel but a little more organic. resampled: still like this one
Tempranillo
Fuentespina 2001
Spain
$9
Somewhat thin.
Chianti
Gabbiano 2002
Italy
$8
Ok, but lacks substance.
Zinfandel
A⋅Mano 2001 (primitivo)
Italy
$11
Still nice. Well rounded.
Rosenblum Vitners Cuvee XXV
California
$11
Very pleasant. Well blended: almost non-varietal in nature.
Rancho Zabaco "Dancing Bull" 2001
California
$9
Nice! Surprised by how pleasant this entry is. Deep purple color.
Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Domaine Bois de Boursan 2000
France
$37
Overpowering bouquet of cassis. Could have benefitted from some cabernet sauvignon blending (heretical)
Petite Syrah
Bogle 2002
California
$10
Interesting. Resembles a plain but drinkable merlot.
Shiraz
Lindemans "Bin 50" 2003
Australia
$6
Nicely plummily drinkable. Awesome price.
Bordeaux
Chateau Fontenil "Fronsac" 2000
France
$30
Excellent! Smooth richness. Not too dry.
Blends
Zenato "Superiore" Valpolicella 2000
Italy
$12
pleasant and non-threatening
Falesco's Vitiano Umbria 2001
Italy
$36
Substantial, powerful, typical dry Italian entry. A little light on nose could open up a bit more.
Bolla's Valpolicella 2002
Italy
$9
Overly stretched wine. Not as bad as the 2001, but still no reason to drink this.
Comme a Cayenne 2001
France
$15
Sharp taste. Oxidized? Not drinkable. French table wine.
Hardys 2002
SE Australia

Nice wine. Good presence. Listed as cabernet merlot, but merlot predominates and cabernet modifies.
Domaine Puydeval 2000
France
$10
Like an oakey, mellowed cabernet sauvignon. much better after allowed to breathe. great buy for $10. 60% Cabernet Franc, 30% Syrah, 10% Merlot
Goats do Roam 2002
South Africa
$10
Good, but a little unfinished. Pinotage, Shiraz, Cinsault, Grenache, Carignan.

White Wines
Sauvignon Blanc
Torlesse Waipara 2003
New Zealand
$11
a little sweeter. pleasant once you get rolling with this one
Graham Beck 2003
South Africa
$11
fruity and fairly sweet, but not overpoweringly so. very drinkable. good value at this price
Carmenet 2002
California
$8
a little overpoweringly sweet
Dry Creek 2002
Sonoma
$12
pleasant
Pascual Toso 2003
Argentina
$10
A little overly-fruity and light on the palate. Not bad.
Montes Reserve 2003
Chile
$10
Nice! Citrusy and a slight touch of pleasant metallic sharpness. Tried again -- nothing special here.
Pinot Grigio
Falesco "Est! Est!! Est!!!" 2003
Italy
$11
listed only as white table wine, resembles a very light pinot grigio
Campanile 2002
Italy
$10
another non-special pinot grigio
McManis 2002
California
$9
nothing special
Zenato 2002
Italy
$11
acceptable, but lacking in charm
Ecco Domani 2002
Italy
$9
Unbeatable for the price. Get more of this one.
Chardonnay
Blackwing 2003
Australia
$10
a little sweeter; nice. Good with cheese
Rothbury Estate 2002
Australia
$6
good, a little bit lighter, a touch of sweetness, very affordable
Echelon 2002
California
$10
kind of nasty
Haizas 2001
Chile
$12
sweet. pleasant enough
Hess Select 2002
California
$10
good one. solid performer
Woodbridge "Ghost Oak" 2001
California
$9
passive on the palate but acceptable for casual use
Carmenet "Cellar Selection" 2001
California
$8
Pleasant when properly chilled
Smoking Loon 2002
California
$9
acceptable
Villa Mt. Eden 2000
Monterey CA
$9
Average.
Pascual Toso 2002
Argentina
$10
No problems, but a little thin. No reason to switch from the excellent California chardonnays
Frei Brothers Reserve 2001
Russian River Valley, CA
$17
Excellent chardonnay. Not too forward.
Meridian 2001
Santa Barbera
$9
Another typically solid chardonnay entry from California. Excellent house wine.
Chateau Souverain 2002
Sonoma County
$14
Good chardonnay.
Chenin Blanc
Snoqualmie 2001
Columbia Valley (WA)
$6
surprisingly pleasant, medium sweet.
Reisling
Hogue 2002
Columbia Valley
$9
Reasonable reisling.
Blends
Zeller Schwarze Katz 2001
Germany
$8
Nice summer wine. Just a shade too sweet.
Borgo Buon Natale 2000
Santa Maria Valley, CA
$17
Very drinkable. Nice blend -- more substantial than a pino grigio with less attack than a chardonnay. 40% Tocai Friulano, 33% Pinot Grigio, 27% Pinot Bianco.

sampled 2002-2003

Red Wines
Merlot
Delicato 2001
California
$6
Drinkable. A little harsh, but good value for the money.
Casa Julia 1999
Chile
$10
"Wow" Okay, it's not fabulous, but I think it's about as good as you can get for ten bucks. Buy it if it's still available.
"La Colline" 2001
Cecile Pichelin (Rhone) France
$5
Surprisingly good entry. Full, smooth, with a strong cassis note. Flavors are "muddy", but for $5, this is a damn impressive wine. Goes well with spaghetti, would be a very good cooking wine.
Blackstone Merlot 2000
California
$12
Not bad but not terribly complex. A little sweeter than some.
Cabernet Sauvignon
Chateau Ste Michelle 1999
Columbia Valley
$17
Nice wine, but not noteworthy. Wine Spectator gave it a 90.
Smoking Loon 2000
California
$10
VERY nice, very dry Cabernet. Heather says she can really get blasted on this one. we have tried several bottles
Smoking Loon 2000
California
$17
different label from the other Smoking Loon 2000. Is it the same? This entry is not nearly as dry, and while good, is not exceptional.
Armador 2001
Valle del Maipo, Chile

Nasty and brutish.
Bogle 2000
California
$12
Nice entry. Medium sweetness. Good nose, good flavor, slightly muddy finish.
Chateau Ste. Michelle 2000
Columbia Valley
$18
very good. a little more sweet and more complex than Smoking Loon 2000, but also twice the price. 90 rating from Wine Spectator
Black Opal 2000
SE Australia

soft and plummy. good.
Amberhill 1999
California

Heather calls this one "skunky". tried another bottle... better. Not skunky. Has a slight metallic aftertaste but works well with steak.
Columbia Winery 1999
Columbia Valley, Oregon

a good cabernet sauvignon with no major flaws, but doesn't grab you with how great it is either.
Rosemount Estate "Show Reserve" 1999
"Coonawarra" Australia
$24
excellent. very enjoyable. substantive
Zinfandel
Stevenot Old Vine 1999
Calaveras, CA
$14
Very pleasant selection with good balance and a fine finish.
Rancho Zabaco 2000
Sonoma, CA
$13
Very nice. A little more sweet.
Makor 2000
California

truly excellent zinfandel. not too earthy
Bogle Vinyards "Old Vine" 2001
California
$12
Good zinfandel, but not outstanding.
Nalle 1999
Sonoma, CA
$22
Excellent zinfandel. On par with the 2000 Makor.
Seghesio "Home Ranch" 2000
Alexander Valley CA
$25
Excellent Zinfandel. Very "zinfandel-ly", in a good way. -- tried another bottle: disappointing; almost no nose
Cline 2001
California
$9
quite drinkable, but nothing special
Primitivo (zinfandel)
A⋅Mano 2001
Italy
$10
Excellent entry. very drinkable, not too earthy
Pinot Noir
Castle Rock 2001
Russian River Valley, CA
$12
Very pleasant and a little sweet.
Camelot 2001
California
$10
Nice, light pinot noir. Works well with fish. Does not make Heather depressed(!)
Fleur de Carneros
Napa

Nice, light pinot noir. uncomplicated.
Omaka Springs "Reserve" 2000
Marlborough, New Zealand
$16
Good pinot noir entry. Firm flavors and nice finish.
WillaKenzie Estate "Aliette" 2000
Oregon
$27
nice, substantial yet subtle. not sure it's worth the price though
Shiraz/Syrah
Canyon Road
California
$9
Very nice shiraz, a little sweet and smoky (in a good way).
Thomas Hyland 2000
South Australia
$15
Quite pleasant. Nice plummy undertones.
Sangiovese (chianti)
Di Majo Norante 2001
Italy
$9
Don't like it, but hard to say why. slighly metallic taste?
Qupe
Central Coast CA
$16
Soft and plummy. A touch sweet. Very good.
Blends
GSM 2000
Barossa Valley, Australia
$27
Very nice, well balance. Very perfumy, possibly overly so. (40% Grenache, 38% Syrah, 22% Mourvedre)
Santa Barbara Winery 2000
California
$15
Very nice. Sturdy - needs strong food. (59% zinfandel, 29% carignanae, 12% sangiovese)
Hogue Fruit Forward 1999
Columbia Valley-Washington State
$10
Heather really liked this wine.. "rich, fruity, and smooth with a nice finish. It probably cannot stand up to spicy food, but it would be nice with savory dishes or as a stand-alone wine (51% Cabernet Sauvignon - 45% Merlot - 4% Cabernet Franc)
Rosemount Estate 2001
Australia
$8
Too sweet with the cabernet a bit overpowering. No major flaws but still seems lacking in presence. (55% Shiraz, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon)
Buckleys's 2000
South Australia
$11
Nice. Didn't particularly work with lamb but would have been nice with beef. (55% Cabernet, 45% Shiraz )
Covey Run 2000

$9
Drinkable, but seems a little unfinished. (42% Cabernet sauvignon, 41% Merlot, 17% Cabernet franc)
Bolla's Valpolicella 2001
Italy

A confused wine. Dry but random tasting, in a mostly bad kind of way.
Penfolds 2001 "Koonunga Hill"
SE Australia
$12
Surprisingly nice. The Merlot mellows the Cabernet just the right amount. Not stunning, but quite drinkable. (84% Cabernet 16% Merlot)
REDS 2000
California
$10
Generic drinkable table wine. Nice for the price. Zinfandel, Petite Syrah, Carignane, Barbera and Grenache.

White Wines
Riesling
Ockfener Bockstein 2002
Germany
$14
Very nice riesling.
Pinot Grigio
Tiefenbrunner 2001
Pinot Grigio delle Venezie/Italy
$11
A nice entry...a very dry, crisp light wine. Andy says, "enjoyable, nonthreatening...a nice summer wine"
Cavit Collection 2002
Italy

plain and pale but drinkable.
Bordeaux
Chateau Daubrin Sainte Crox-du-Mont 2001
Bordeaux

extremely sweet -- dessert wine only
Chardonnay
Saint-Aubin 2001
Burgundy
$15
Dry, pleasant.
Geyser Peak 2001
Sonoma County

Good chardonnay. Not too dry.
Sauvignon Blanc
Kenwood 2001
Sonoma
$10
good nose, not too sweet, pleasant to drink, like a very nice pinot grigio
Kenwood 2002
Sonoma
$10
a little sweet, floral, good. even better than the 2001

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