Posts Tagged 1995

1995 Ch. Smith Haut Lafitte, Pessac-Léognan, France

A dark ruby color with highlights of orange bricking just starting. Decanted for an hour, it still seemed closed in and monolithic, with ample cassis and sour cherry fruit framed by leather. But it brightened up with the crispy duck dish, and even... Read more

1995 L’Ecole 41 Merlot, Walla Walla, Washington

Minerals, pencil lead, fleshy fruits (plum, tomato). A nice mouthfeel, then dries out at the back. MSRP: N/A (May 2003) Wine Lines rating: 86... Read more

1995 Justin ‘Isosceles,’ Paso Robles

Light color, with a touch of heat on the nose initially. There is ample sweet red fruit and menthol. A bit drying out on the finish. Drink up. MSRP: $30 (April 2003) Wine Lines rating:... Read more

1995 The Pyramids Ranch Vineyards Chardonnay, Sonoma County

A delicious Chardonnay from a relatively unknown winery... so far. Winemaker Gregory Graham, who also works for Napa Valley’s acclaimed Rombauer Winery, put this wine through 100 percent malolactic fermentation, which accounts for the creamy oak... Read more

1995 J. Fritz ‘Dry Creek Estate’ Merlot, Dry Creek Valley

If you like the taste of fresh berries, you'll love this wine. And if you enjoy the floral aroma of Cabernet Franc, this also is the wine for you; Cab Franc comprises 20 percent of the blend. Balance is provided by just a hint of vanillin oak. A... Read more

1995 Stonestreet Merlot, Alexander Valley

If it didn't say Merlot on the label, one could confuse this wine for a Cabernet. It's big and bold, and the fact that it's unfiltered allows all the aromas and flavors of the fruit to shine. It smells like a combination of coffee roasting at... Read more

1995 Cline Cotes d’Oakley, Contra Costa County

A blend of Rhone varietals from a Sonoma County winery specializing in the genre. Surprisingly full bodied, with in-your-face berry flavors. The grapes come from out-of-county, but they’re blended and aged to perfection at the winery. Great with... Read more

1995 Preston Cuvee de Fume, Dry Creek Valley

Sauvignon Blanc is the primary grape of this blend, with the varietal grassy quality smoothed out by the addition of Semillon. Apple, pear and mild herbal flavors round out the taste spectrum. MSRP: N/A (January 1998) Wine Lines rating:... Read more

1995 St. Clement Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

A deeply extracted wine with ripe red berry and cherry fruit and spicebox qualities. In impeccable balance, it’s eminently drinkable now, but capable of aging gracefully for 20-plus years. This should be the benchmark wine that raises winemaker... Read more

1995 St. Clement Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

The black color correctly reflects the massiveness of the blackberry, cassis, cedar, coffee and anise in this fruit-packed Cab. Still a year-and-a-half away from release. Watch for it. MSRP: N/A (December 1997) Wine Lines rating: 95... Read more