Posts Tagged 1997

1997 C.H. Berres, ‘Urziger Wurzgarten,’ Auslese, Mosel, Germany

Whoa -- even at 15 years old, this slightly sweet Riesling packs a wallop. Wines this hedonistic are few and far between; there's a lack of restraint here that is simply impossible not to appreciate. Georgia peach -- if Georgia peaches were actually... Read more

1997 David Arthur Merlot, Rutherford

Still young. The chocolatey tannins are just now starting to clump together. Good black fruits, vanilla, a tobacco note and a hint of anise. Continued to improve over three hours. MSRP: N/A (October 2003) Wine Lines rating:... Read more

1997 St. Clement Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa

The wine is drinking at it peak right now. The wood notes of cedar and roast coffee, so prominent upon release, are now well integrated with the black fruits. There is still a thickness on the palate, but no tannic bite. Everything is married... Read more

1997 Ch. Pavie, St. Emilion Grand Cru Classe

Light color. Old nose. Bell pepper. An okay quaffer for the near-term. MSRP: $35 Wine Lines rating:... Read more

1997 Ch. Monbousquet, St. Emilion Grand Cru

Some French barrel stink. Still shows lots of oak. Not a lot of fruit. Minerals. Elegant on the palate. The stink is being called “truffles” by the owners. Bacon fat. Mocha. Drink soon; won’t improve. MSRP: $38 (September 2003) Wine... Read more

1997 Penfold’s Grange Hermitage, Shiraz, Australia

1997 is widely thought of as a bad year in Australia. Well, you would never guess that from this bottling. More forward than any other Grange bottlings we have had this young, it oozes eucalyptus/mint, blueberry and boysenberry syrup, black... Read more

1997 Staglin Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford

Another case of infanticide, slowly unfolding to show dark cherry and currant fruit, coffee and cedar. It needs at least another five additional years of cellaring, and should go for 15. MSRP: N/A/ (April 2003) Wine Lines rating:... Read more

1997 Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa

Nice cellar funkiness in the nose, that matches well with the cassis, cedar and smoke notes. Medium-bodied; well balanced. Ready to drink now. MSRP: N/A (New Year’s Eve, 2002) Wine Lines rating: 89 Group:... Read more

1997 Pine Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford Cuvee

Already throwing sediment. The nose starts out tight, with wisps of smoky, toasty French oak. It slowly opens up, becoming perfumed, showing berry fruit, dark chocolate and black licorice. Drinking well now. MSRP: N/A (New Year’s Eve,... Read more

1997 Spring Mountain Miravalle-La Perla-Chevalier Red, Napa

Easily recognizable, even when tasted blind, with a lot of French barnyard in the nose, followed by ample black fruits, coffee, black olive, dill and smoke. The tannins are fine grained. The group was more taken aback by the funkiness in the... Read more