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So I've been asked to post my tasting notes from time to time. Please realize I'm translating this from my own shorthand, which is won't be easy<br><br>
2/28/08<br>
Peter Mondavi from Charles Krug Napa Valley<br><br>
06 Sauv Blanc-100% stainless steel, very bright. Loads of pink grapefruit and slight kiwi on the finish. Bright long acid...could be fooled for a New Zealand SB.<br><br>
06 Chardonnay-80% barrel fermented(30%new oak) 20 % stainless steel. Golden hued, a little oaky in the nose yet still tropical. Pineapple, mangos. Plenty of acid and a nice finish.<br><br>
05 Pinot Noir(caneros)Yep smells like a barnyard, a good indication for me that its not overly extracted. Chewy soft tanins and just a bit leatherized. My style of Pinot!!<br><br>
05 Cabernet- A super yummy for its price. Dark as night in the glass, bowl full of berry fruit on the nose. Pretty cinnamon and blackberry(cobbler?). Finish is fruity and long.<br><br>
03 Generations-60% Cab blended with Merlot Petit Verdot Cabernet Franc and Syrah. A beautiful wine, cedar, cinnamon and red licorice. Very soft tanins and a lasting finish. Drink now thru '12. Remember to buy some.<br><br>
05 Zin- A juice ball! lots of plum and spice with pepper. this puppy is ready to drink right now.<br><br>
Second tasting of the day coming later.
 

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2/28/08<br>
Bob Bertheau, head winemaker Ch Ste Michelle(CSM) Columbia Valley(CV)<br><br>
06 CSM Horse Heaven Hills Sauv Blanc- Crystal clear, soft floral in the nose . White grapefruit and lime with hints of herb. A delicate wine with crisp vibrant fruit.<br><br><i><span style="text-decoration:underline;">NOT YET RELEASED</span><br>
07 Eroica(Riesling) Dr. Ernst Loosen, Germany(Most acclaimed Riesling producer in the world) and Bob make this wine together. 9th vintage of this wine, always one of the top Rieslings in North America. There’s a bunch happening in this wine, citrus then opens to ripe peaches and sweet green apples. Just a tad bit of residual sugar but plenty of acid to keep it fresh. If this is like any of it’s predecessors, will age well, at least 10 years from release.<br></i><br>
06 CSM Chardonnay(columbia valley) A very fresh, soft chard with sweet citrus and just a tad bit oaky. It has a nice mouth feel and enough acid that it could be paired well with crab and scallops.<br><br>
05 CSM Indian Wells Chard(CV) This Wahluke Slope Chard has appealing tropical fruit characters, pineapple and mango aromas along with hints of fresh red apples and apricots. Good acidty to go along with all the tropical characters of this wine.<br><br>
05 CSM Canoe Ridge Chard- This wine is fresh, vibrant and elegant. Very much fruit forward with melon and gala apples on the nose with a creamy and delicate palate. The finish is refined with a light spice component. Seems like I always like this wine, must be the vineyard.<br><br>
05 CSM Cold Creek Chard- This vineyard just produces outstanding fruit every year. This chard is powerful and bold. Flavors of baked apples and lemon meringue with smokey and toast flavors. While ready to drink today, I’d love to see how it matures over the next couple of years. A wine to put on my “BUY” list.<br><br>
25 Orphelin(rhone blend) it’s the kitchen sink!! 56% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre, 10% Cinsault, 8% Grenache then minimal amounts of Cab, Petit Verdot, Touriga Nacionale, Pinot Noir and Viognier. Fruity and spicy with black cherry. You’ll only find this wine at a restaurant. It’s definetly a food wine.<br><br>
05 CSM Indian Wells Cab(CV) This baby is ripe and jammy. Its all about sweet blackberries and vanilla with loads of complexity. This isn’t a wine that will age well, but who the hell cares, its drinking awesome right now. Next time I have a steak………..<br><br>
05 Cold Creek Cab- The fruit comes from of the oldest vineyards in Washington. This wine delivers power, structure and rich concentrated black fruit. Boysenberry and brown sugar spice layered with fruit with nicely integrated yet age worth tanins. This is my standard when it comes to Washington Cabernet. I buy this one every year and lay it down, at least for 5 years. Last tasted 01 at holidays and it simply blew everyone at the table away.<br><br>
05 CSM Ethos Cabernet- Only the best lots from all over Columbia Valley go into this bottling, primarily the best lots from Cold Creek, Indian Wells and Canoe Ridge. 88% Cab, 8% percent Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot. You name its go it as far as flavors, blackberry, plum, mocha and cedar. It has a nice little pencil lead on the finish. This wine has great depth and richness while having a soft mouthfeel.
 

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I love how detailed your notes are. When I have wine, I am not able to distinguish the flavors like that. My notes are more along the lines of "a bit too sweet for my likes" or "nice full bodied grape flavor" . Must be something that comes with lots of wine drinking experience eh?<br><br>
Keep giving us your notes as well as any of our other wine drinkers. When I go looking for a new bottle of wine, I'll refer to this list to get a recommended one.
 

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<i>Asking WineJunky</i><br><br>
I ran across a bottle of 03 CSM Ethos Merlot.<br>
You had mentioned the 04 was quiet nice.<br>
Would I have been well served with the 03?<br>
Or in this case, is the variance between vintages substantial?<br><br>
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I'd have to look at some old notes, but I'm gonna have to say yes. I believe thats the first year CSM went from calling it Reserve to Ethos, as it was 2003 that Bob Bertheau took over winemaking responsibilties, and he was tired of seeing the world Reserve on bottles. 2003 was a wonderful vintage for Washington, at the time I believe one of the largest harvest the state had seen. The Canadian and I had a bottle of the 03 CSM Indian Wells Merlot, and like the father in "a river runs through it", we pronounced as "And it was good"
 

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Great info here wj! I'm very intrigued by you notes for some of the cabs. I feel about 90% of cabs are not very good, but the 10% that make the grade are better than just good; they're outstanding. So I am often looking for that 10%. The last one I tried that I was in love with was from <a href="http://www.nataliesestatewinery.com/" target="_blank">Natalie's Estate</a> and was their 2004 Hillside Vineyard.<br><br>
I may have to get the 2005 Pinot Noir from Mondavi just so I can understand your tasting notes. I don't think I've ever heard <i>any</i> of those words use to describe a Pinot!<br><br>
I've had both the CMS Canoe Ridge and Cold Creek chards. I remember <i>really</i> liking them both, but since I don't take notes, I can't remember why...<img alt="cool.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/cool.gif">
 

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WJ, thanks for the notes! Gotta love a good barnyard-y Pinot!!<br>
And that Horse Heaven Sauvignon Blanc is one of my faves!!<br><br>
Our last trip to Napa gave us a new appreciation for the Merlot being produced there these days... my DH and I liked some of the merlots better than the cabs! Have you noticed this trend? Also, nice to see wines like Sangiovese and other typical Italian varietals in the Napa/Calistoga/Sonoma regions.<br>
Looking forward to your next installment.
 

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..thanks winejunky//........any thoughts on Reisling??
 

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Tom...of course lots of thoughts on Riesling...my favorite, maybe the most misunderstood varietal of them all. The italicized mention Eroica is all about riesling. I'll be tasting more soon.<br><br>
Henrun...Oregon Pinot has gotten a bit out of hand for me, mostly because of price. That being said, I'll always be a fan. The problem with Oregon pinot is that lately most of the producers are putting out overextracted wines. The number one cause of this is hotter vintages. I'm of the belief that pinot noir is elegant, subductive, and light(just like a woman). I'm a big fan of Eyrie as they age so well. I generally don't drink his wine upon release, but with 4-5 years of age, they are just gorgeous. Rule of thumb for me: DON"T DRINK PINOT UNTIL 3-5 YEARS FROM VINTAGE.
 

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This is inspiring me to take a wine tasting class. Thanks, WJ!
 

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I'm bumping this because I don't want to lose it.<br><br>
Hey WJ, now that you have entered the blogging realm, perhaps you could add another dimension to your blog that has your wine tasting notes in it. just an idea.
 

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Hey, WJ...<br><br>
Been meaning to tell you that DH and I visited our <a href="http://www.chathamvineyards.net/" target="_blank">first vineyard</a> while in Virginia. We had a nice time tasting wines with another couple and bought a few bottles to squeeze into our suitcase.<br><br>
Adding your notes to your blog is a great idea.
 

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and he actually beat me to it. I just checked out his blog again and see that yesterday he put in his newest wine tasting notes!
 

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I ran across the title of this new book and thought it sounded interesting:<br><br><br><b><i><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=kickrunners-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FWine-Trials-everyday-brown-bag-tastings%2Fdp%2F0974014354%2Fref%3Dpd_bbs_sr_1%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1207685819%26sr%3D1-1" target="_blank">The Wine Trials: 100 everyday wines under $15 that beat $50 to $150 wines in brown-bag tastings</a></i></b>.
 
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