Posts Tagged 2002

2002 d’Arenberg Shiraz-Viognier ‘The Laughing Magpie,’ McLaren Vale

This is a traditional Rhone-style blend, with 5% Viognier added to the Syrah/Shiraz to smooth the wine and uplift the aromatics. It is still a youngish-looking red, opaque crimson/black in the glass, with a slight lightening at the rim. Perfumed... Read more

2002 d’Arenberg ‘The Galvo Garage’ Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Petite Verdot/Cabernet Franc, McLaren Vale/Southern Fleurieu

Many years before the garagiste movement of the last two decades, the Osborn family of McLaren Vale has been making their own non-traditional blends in their “garage,” a galvanized, corrugated shed built in 1927. This particular blend of four... Read more

2002 Weingut Hirsch Riesling Gaisberg, Kamptal, Austria

Smoked nuts, gasoline and tropical fruit prove an unusual but alluring combination in this wine, which speaks to a very good harvest year. Dry and crisp, it's clear that this is a "different kind" of Riesling, far unlike the sweet and floral stuff... Read more

2002 Eppalock Ridge Cabernet-Merlot, Australia

If you don’t mind the strong eucalyptus nose, there is a lot to enjoy here: blueberry, currant, licorice and cream, all in a fat, accessible style. MSRP: $29.99 (September 2006) Wine Lines rating: 90 Group:... Read more

2002 Schlumberger Gewürztraminer, “Fleur,” Alsace

A woodsy nose gives way to ample white grapefruit, rosewater and honey. MSRP: $22.99 (May 2006) Wine Lines rating: 89 Group:... Read more

2002 Elvis Lives Cabernet Sauvignon, California

Sweet, candied black cherry and berry fruit, with notes of tobacco, anise and leather. MSRP: $16.99 (March 2006) Wine Lines rating: 80 Group:... Read more

2002 Kumeu River Chardonnay, New Zealand

With almost three years of aging in the bottle, this white is hitting its stride. The popcorn butter in the nose gives way to perfumed tropical fruits, green apple, melon and a solid balance. This is a food Chardonnay, not a fern bar California... Read more

2002 Miner Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa

Tightly wound, slowly unfolding to show dark fruit flavors framed by oaky notes of cinnamon, mint and vanilla. Despite a big structure, it is light and tripping on the palate. A nice touch of chocolate on the finish. MSRP: $39.99 (March... Read more

2002 Livio Felluga Sauvignon Blanc, Italy

Zippy acidity and high minerality, with lemon undertones. A great match for shellfish. MSRP: $18.99 (March 2006) Wine Lines rating: 89 Group:... Read more

2002 Zenaida Chardonnay, Paso Robles

Light and bright, belying its age. Aromas and flavors of sweet butter and ripe peach, with a floral note. MSRP: $14.99 (February 2006) Wine Lines rating:... Read more