Cline, “Ancient Vines” Zinfandel, California 2003 ($11) – Garnet color, boysenberry nose with some oak, “thick” plum, blackberry and oak flavors with moderate tannins and a long finish. An excellent value, tasting as good as wines at twice it’s price. Score: 8.5/10
Archives for April 2005
Today’s show is focused on the red grape of the Rhone: Syrah. I taste three wines made from this grape from 3 different continents, give you background on the origins of Syrah, why Aussie’s call their wines “Shiraz”, review the book, “Wine for Every Day and Every Occasion”, by Dottie Gaiter & John Brecher and share some listener comments.
– Greg Norman Estates, Limestone Coast, Shiraz 2002 ($11)
– Cave de Tain l’Hermitage, Crozes Hermitage, “Nobles Rives” 2001 ($14)
– Vina Robles, Estate Syrah 2001 ($12)
Just finished my tasting for the Syrah show and the Crozes Hermitage was corked. Since this is my 20th show and the wines of the Northern Rhone define the Syrah grape, I will be picking up another bottle tomorrow and recording the podcast. On a good note, I had 2 awesome Syrah’s from California and Australia that both rated 9 of 10 points!
Seghesio, Zinfandel, Sonoma County 2003 ($17) – Dark garnet, intense plum and current aromas with oak, jammy blackberry flavors — almost over the top ripeness at 14.9% alcohol — but somehow pulls off a nice, long finish of plum and oak. Medium tannins complete the package nicely. Delicious now but good for 4-5 more years in the cellar. A wine that tastes as good as some Ridge bottlings at 2-3 times it’s price. Score: 9/10.
“Alcohol may have beneficial effects when consumed in moderation. The lowest all-cause mortality occurs at an intake of one to two drinks per day. The lowest coronary heart disease mortality also occurs at an intake of one to two drinks per day.”
Good news for wine lovers, but I woundered what other governments were saying on the issue. A bit of Googling later turned up some interesting findings from around the world.