2nd Annual Wine & Spirits Top 100 Tasting

at the Presidio - San Francisco, CA
October 12, 2005


This was an excellent tasting event, although a bit crowded, but worth the $100 ticket cost. There was quite a variety of food, such as oysters on the balcony, and, my favorite, The Fatted Calf booth. I was not able to taste even a third of the wines available for tasting. I focused more on the foreign producers, as they're not in San Francisco very often. - Jack



1994
Antinori   Chianti Classico Riserva $32 Pleasant.
1–3
2002
Argyros Estate Atlantis   $15 I Like. Best Red Value.
3?
2004
Jim Barry The Lodge Hill Clare Valley Riesling    
?
2002
Château de Beaucastel Blanc Châteauneuf-du-Pape $80 Very nice. Smooth.
2–3
1996
Château de Beaucastel   Châteauneuf-du-Pape $50 Some stink on nose. Very nice.
2–4
2002
Château Belà (Egon Mϋller)   Sturovo Riesling $18 Great value for under $20. This is the second vintage. Nice, intergrated acids. Surprise of the show.
6
2001
Beringer   Knight’s Valley Cabernet Sauvignon $20 Promising.
2
2001
Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon $85 Tight.
?
2004
Boutari Moschofilero Macedonia $15  
0–1
2001
Boutari Evinos Macedonia $24 I Like.
3?
2003
Cantina Muzic Bianco Bric Collio $24 Field blend. Wow! Very promising, nice complexity. Interesting nose. Get some. (Both available in NY only)
3–4
2003
Cantina Muzic   Collio Pinot Grigio $21 Would drink…
1+
2000
Cesca Vicent Lo Piot Priorat $45  
2+
2000
Cesca Vicent Abat Domenech Priorat $65 Great finish, balance. Get some. (N.B., a bottle later purchased scores only 3+)
6–8+
2002
M. Chapoutier L’Ermite Blanc (Marsanne) $70 Rich, yet subtle. Good finish.
3–4
2002
M. Chapoutier Hermitage La Sizeranne (Syrah)   Young. Acids showing. Long finish.
3+
2004
François Chidaine Clos du Brueil Vouvray   Quaffer. Ready now.
3
2004
Francois Chidaine Les Argiles Vouvray   Very nice! Long finish. Great value.
3–4
2004
Francois Chidaine Les Tuffeaux (demi-sec) Montlouis Sur Loire   Has a nice sweetness.
1–2
2002
Costers del Siurana Miserere Priorat $42 Tart. Nose closed. Needs time to show.
?
2002
Costers del Siurana Clos de l'Obac Priorat $65 ????
2
2001
Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill Napa $175 Tiny pour! Very appealing.
3–5
2002
Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill Napa $175 (ditto) First time I've liked Diamond Creek wines.
3–5
2002
Merry Edwards Meredith Estate Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir $48  
2–3+
2002
Merry Edwards Olivet Lane Russian River Valley Pinot Noir $62 I really like their style of winemaking.
3+
2001
Elderton CSM (60/30/10) Barossa Valley    
2–3
2001
Elderton Ashmead Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon    
3?
2002
Flowers Camp Meeting Ridge Sonoma Coast $65  
1
2002
Flowers Andrew-Gale Cuvée Sonoma Coast $50 Almost sour.
1
2004
Bruno Giacosa   Roero Arneis $20 Nice, Smooth.
3
2004
Bruno Giacosa   Barolo $85 A bit closed.
?
2002
Maison Louis Jadot Clos de la Commaraine Monopole Pommard   Nice complexity. Needs time.
3–5
2003
Maison Louis Jadot Chateau de Lumières Côte du Py - Morgan   Very young.
1-2?
NV
Krug Brut Grand Cuvée Champagne $110  
3
NV
Krug Brut Rosé Champagne $210  
1
2002
de Ladoucette   Pouilly-Fumé $39  
1+
2002
de Ladoucette Comte La Fond Sancerre $48  
2+
2004
Leasingham Riesling Clare Valley    
0
2002
Peter Michael La Carrière Knights Valley $105 Pleasant. Good acids. Oak shows on finish. I like!
3+
2002
Peter Michael Ma Belle-Fille' Knights Valley $105 Very nice. Can drink now but will age nicely.
3
1981
Bodegas Montecillo Gran Reserva "Seleccion Especial" Rioja $75  
3
1994
Bodegas Montecillo Monticello 130 Rioja $52 Great nose. Buy!
4–6
2003
Egon Mϋller Kabinett Qmp Scharzhofberger $42 Very Spätlese-like (which, of course, also explains the price). Sweetness.
3
2001
Niebaum-Coppola Rubicon Napa $80 Extracted. Seems promising!
1–4
2001
Parusso   Barolo $60 Ok. Retaste sometime–lingering finish.
1–2
1998
Parusso Mariondino Barolo $70 More appealing and complex.
2–3
2002
Pieropan La Rocca Soave Classico $43 Something to this!
?
2003
La Pietra del Focolare Augusto Colli di Luni $28 Good!
1–2
2003
La Pietra del Focolare Villa Linda Colli di Luni $38 Good acids. Fun!
3
1998
Prunotto Bric Turot Barbaresco $76 Still very young. I like! Long finish.
4–6+
2000
Prunotto Bussia Barolo $76 Tannins dominate but aren’t harsh. Needs 5-10 years before trying again.
3?
2003
Tamarack Cellars Firehouse Red Columbia Valley $20 Did nothing for me.
 
2003
Tamarack Cellars   Merlot Columbia Valley $28 Ditto.
 
2002
Tenuta dell’Ornellaia La Serre Nuove Bolgheri Rosso $50 Bolgheri. Cab/Cab franc/Mourvedre
3–4
2002
Tenuta dell’Ornellaia Ornellaia Bolgheri $145 Harsh. Will this open someday?
?
2003
Williams Selyem   Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir $50 Very nice.
3
2002
Williams Selyem   Russian River Valley Pinot Noir $75 Better acids. Liked both.
3



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