Tasting Notes - Joanne

Russian River Barrel Tasting Weekend
Russian River Valley, Sonoma
County, CA
March 4-6, 2005

Day One - March 4, 2005

Siduri
2002 Siduri Muirfield Vineyard Pinot Noir
Hot, bright finish. Acids overwhelm. Bright nose. Lighter style.
2003 Siduri Russian River Pinot Noir
Bitter. Hot. Don’t like as well as Muirfield.
2002 Siduri Rosella’s Vineyard Pinot Noir
Very hot. Oaky and wood. Medium body. Bitter finish.
2003 Siduri Garys’ Vineyard Pinot Noir
Very bitter. Hot. Thin and weak with searing acids.
2003 Siduri Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir
Most Burgundian of those tasted. Still too hot for me.
2004 Siduri Lewis Vineyard Pinot Noir (in barrel)
Bacon on nose. Really smokey. Very acidic. Sweet and sweet finish. The vineyard is near Starr Road.
2004 Novy Van der Kamp Vineyard Pinot Meunier (in barrel)
Grapefruit and Hazelnuts on nose. Fruit punch nose. Finish too smooth. Puckering. Creamy.



Joseph Swan
2000 Joseph Swan Steiner Vineyard Pinot Noir
Cherry. Very tannic finish. Very tannic with minerals on nose.
2000 Joseph Swan Trenton Estate Syrah
Slightly bitter. Tannic. Not showing much.
1998 Joseph Swan Steiner Vineyard Sonoma Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Wow. Turkey wine. Sage, herbs. Spicy and meaty. Really good!
2004 Joseph Swan Trenton Estate Syrah (in barrel)
Very blackberry. High alcohol. Bitter finish.


Porter Creek
2002 Porter Creek Hillside Old Vines Pinot Noir
Shorter finish. Very balanced. Very pleasant.
2004 Porter Creek Hillside Old Vines Pinot Noir
Funky smell. Stinky nose. Bright.
2002 Porter Creek Fiona Hill Pinot Noir
Bright. High acids. Cream soda. Balanced.
2003 Porter Creek Fiona Hill Pinot Noir
Very creamy. Very balanced. Drinkable but ageable. Still a young wine.
2004 Porter Creek Fiona Hill Pinot Noir
Tannic. Very appealing. Good acids. Long finish.
2004 Porter Creek Reserve Pinot Noir
Funky nose. Very concentrated/extracted, lightly mouth coating but good acids. Tannic.
2003 Porter Creek Estate Pinot Noir
Very medicinal. Creamy.
2003 Porter Creek Angeli Vineyard Carignane
Light. Spicy. Very appealing.
2004 Porter Creek Angeli Vineyard Carignane
Blueberry Jam. Really creamy. Bright. Slightly spicy.
2001 Porter Creek Timbervine Syrah
Very extracted. Very sausagey. High acids. Balanced but bright.
2002 Porter Creek Timbervine Syrah
Very different than other 2 vintages. Everything more integrated. Blackberries. Chewy and meaty.
2003 Porter Creek Timbervine Syrah
Very, very creamy and very, very smooth.


Rochioli
6192 Westside Rd., Healdsburg, CA 95448, (707) 433-2305

2004 Rochioli
Estate Sauvignon Blanc
Very oaky. Malolactic.
2003 Rochioli Mendocino Chardonnay
Slightly sweet. Pineapple. Good acids. Drinkable!
2003 Rochioli Estate Pinot Noir
Cherry with a chewy center. Creamy. Good acids. Good!


Roshambo
2003 Roshambo Sauvignon Blanc
Pineapple. Smooth. Good acids. Ok.
2003 Roshambo Rock paper Scissors Chardonnay
Ohmigahd – get this out of my mouth. ICK. Malolactic.
2001 Roshambo Syrah
Ohmigahd. Oak Bomb. Liquid wood chips.
2001 Roshambo Zinfandel #1
Very Sweet. Acidic. Creamy. Appealing. Not too alcoholic.
2001 Roshambo Zindandel #2
Bitter. Toasted Almonds. Very balanced.


Thumbprint Cellars
2002 Thumbprint Cellars Schneider Vyd Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Sweet. Very tannic. Good acids. Balanced. Not quite “right” – maybe just youn? Stinky nose.
2003 Thumbprint Cellars Schneider Vyd Pinot Noir
Lighter style. Creamy. Smooth. Balanced. Slight herbal undertones. Long long finish.
2002 Thumbprint Cellars Threesome Alexander Valley
V/A on nose. Really concentrated. Biting acids. Very extracted. Very young?
2003 Thumbprint Cellars Beasley Vineyard Dry Creek Zinfandel
Good acids. Very tannic. Creamy. Chocolatey coffee finish. Not too sweet.
2002 Thumbprint Cellars Sonoma Cabernet Franc
Stinky nose. Very extracted. Cheesey center. Not to my taste.
2002 Thumbprint Cellars Schneider Vyd Pinot Noir
RR Pinot-like. Coriander. Spirces/. Long finish. Good acids. Very Olivey.
2004 Thumbprint Cellars 4Clone Russian River Pinot Noir (in barrel)
Still very oaky. Sweet. Tannic. Will even out? Good fruit.
2004 Thumbprint Cellars Altes Vineyard Sonoma Co. Syrah (in barrel)
Very tannic. Hard to judge. Really hard to say what it will be like. Very high alcohol. 16.3%


Afternote: We purchased 9 bottles of wine on our tour. 3 of the Joseph Swan Cab. 2 each of the Porter Creek 2002 Hillside Old Vines, & 2002 &3 Fiona Hill. Plus a case of Rochioli Estate Pinot Noir.



Day Two - March 6, 2005 (the wineries on Limerick Lane)

Christopher Creek

641 Limerick Lane, Healdsburg, CA 95448
, 707-433-2001

2004 Christopher Creek
Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel (in barrel)
Very tannic and bitter. Decent acids. Pretty balanced.
2004 Christopher Creek
Russian River Syrah (in barrel)
Bitter biting acids. Thin fruit. Not much taste. Ja: pretty smooth for syrah.
2004 Christopher Creek
Russian River Petite Sirah (in barrel)
Hot! Vanilla and cassis. Good tannins. Perfumey with chicken sausage.
2003 Christopher Creek
Estate Russian River Syrah
14.4%. Very accessible. Syrah-like. Vanilla Cherry cream. Likeable but maybe too creamy?
2001 Christopher Creek
Russian River Zinfandel
Stinky nose. Tannic biting acids. Bitter finish. Not that appealing.
2002 Christopher Creek
Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel
High acid. Hot but pretty integrated with fruit. Red berries. Pretty good.
2003 Christopher Creek
Finlay’s Vineyard Dry Creek Cabernet Sauvignon
Very cherry. Can’t identify it’s Cab. Slight grassy undertones. Acidic finish.
2003 Christopher Creek
Estate Russian River Petite Sirah
Extremely tannic, even on finish. Average fruit. Slightly bitter center with dry pinenutty finish.


Limerick Lane
1023 Limerick Lane , Healdsburg, CA 95448, (707) 433-9211

2002 Limerick Lane Collins Vineyard Syrah
Jack: enh. Not an attractive wine. More tannic and bitter – burnt cherries.
1999 Limerick Lane Collins Vineyard Zinfandel
Very oaky and vanilla-y. Hot and sweet. Ja: didn’t seem zinfandel-like – just wine.
2001 Limerick Lane Old Vine Zinfandel
Slight oak on nose. More integrated than 1999. Brighter, tart red cherries. Tasty. Jack: Dried cherries. Almost a thin wine.
2002 Limerick Lane
Collins Vineyard Zinfandel
Acids! This is a food wine? Thin on fruit. Jack: Almost like the other wines tasted aren’t fresh. This one is. The other wines are wimpy.
1999 Limerick Lane 1023 Syrah/Zinfandel
Vanilla Cherry 1 st note. Chewy center. Spicey. Jack: Doesn’t appeal to me but could see it appealing to others maybe most of all the wines we tasted here.
1999 Limerick Lane 1023 Syrah/Zinfandel (in barrel)
Port Salut/soft cheese nose. Very cherry with cheese (cheesecake?) creamy. Not to my taste. Jack: Bright red fruits.


Christie Estate Winery & Vineyards
851 Limerick Lane, Healdsburg, CA 95448, (707) 431-0662
Note: This was debut day for this new winery.

2003 Christie
Dry Creek Zinfandel
Biting acids. Sandalwood on finish. Strangely appealing though it tastes – cheap?
2003 Christie Russian River Merlot
Grass on nose. High acids. Merlot-like with little oak.
2003 Christie Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Creamy. Good acids. Thin oaky finish.
2004 Christie Estate Russian River Merlot (in barrel)
Jack: Most tannins of anything tasted today. Pretty balanced- sweet finish.
2004 Christie Dry Creek Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (in barrel)
Stinky. Sweet center. Bitter – but integrated. Jack: Easily best wine here.


Meitz Cellars
602 Limerick Lane, Healdsburg, CA 95448 707-431-7671

2003 Meitz Sonoma County Pinot Noir
Very sweet. Too sweet. Good acids. Thin fruit on finish.
2001 Meitz Sonoma County Sangiovese
Really acidic. Bitter. Varietal unidentifiable. Strange component – don’t know what it is.
2000 Meitz Sonoma County Merlot
Roasted figs with thyme. Great acids. Goat cheese tannic finish.
2001 Meitz Sonoma County Merlot
Very acidic. Fruit punch nose. Goat cheese finish Fruit really integrated. Not as exciting as 2000.
2000 Meitz Dry Creek Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Thyme! Sausages. Lamb. Yum!
2001 Meitz Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon
Thinner than 2000. Good acids. Still has goat cheese finish.
2004 Meitz Sonoma County? Cabernet Sauvignon (in barrel)
Balanced. Fig on finish. Not that distinctive. A bit tannic.
2004 Meitz Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel (in barrel)
I get herbs slightly on finish. Vanilla-y. Thin center. Finish too hot.


Malm Cellars
Healdsburg, CA 707.364.0441

2001 Malm Cellars Cross Blend Rhone blend
$15. Sausagey. Meaty. Like unseasoned sausage. Salty.
2002 Malm Cellars Cross Blend Rhone blend
$20. Very different. High acids. More berries. Like raspberries - fresh. Red cherry. Interesting. Jack liked it better than ’01.
2003 Malm Cellars Dunnsden Vineyard Syrah (in barrel)
$25. Very acidic. Tannic. Too Hot!
2003 Malm Cellars Barrel Select Syrah (in barrel)
$50. Vanilla. Too much oak. Tannic dry finish.




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