Friday, October 28, 2011

2000 Seavey Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley)

Nose is pure and focused with red-black fruits high-lighted by black cherry and black currant, and spring flowers. Pretty spring flowers. There is a creamy cola note peeking out as well. Palate shows a pretty and elegant wine thats balance defies the vintage which it hails from. Purity is really key here. There is a certain breed that really plays well here; lead pencil, worn leather and slight cedar-box is present. This has the lilty acidity that does well with food. I am shocked that such a great wine can come from such a disaster vintage. The really has enjoyment on its side. If I had to find a flaw (and really now, must I?), there is just a hint of mid-palate dryness that really does not distract. Finish really goes long and those fruits stays alive, long time. One of the best 2000s I have had, ever. 92pts

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

2000 Two Hands Shiraz McLaren Vale (Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu, McLaren Vale)

Some browning on the edges give away its age. Nose is all infused blueberry and cherries. Palate shows a fully resolved and pure-plush Shiraz with cherry-cola, the new recipe. Lots to really like here: pure and large boned but this weightlifter knows its needs to behave. Tannins are in full bloom and acidity runs a tad high, but does not really distract from the joy this brings tonight. Deep black hole of blackberries, black raspberries and black plum, with a light note of of blueberry compote. There is also worn leather and just a hint of spiciness,....just a hint. The key to this wine, and it's obvious is the ability of the wine-maker to bring this wine to the precipice of something else, something that would possibly not appeal as much. They have evoked the full soul from these grapes. There is no mistaking this for anything but what it is. It will not make you think California. You know where you are with this and also embrace it for what it isn't as much as what it is: It's Shiraz, here it roar. Kudos goes out to Mike and Rich on this, the inaugural vintage of their Two Hands Shiraz. 92pts