Posts Tagged 2003

2003 Clos Rougeard (Foucault) Saumur-Champigny ‘Les Poyeux,’ Loire Valley, France

Over the past five years or so, with the growth of the natural wine industry, the name Clos Rougeard has entered into the hallowed pantheon of Loire estates. This is not shocking, given the consistency and quality of these wines, which like the best... Read more

2003 Sparkling Pointe ‘Brut Seduction,’ North Point of Long Island

At a little over 9 years of age, this blend of 51% Chardonnay and 49% Pinot Noir is now in its prime. It has a golden hue... a nose of toast, caramel, brioche and nuts... and refreshing fruit flavors of berries and apple. Uncork this beauty on a... Read more

2003 J Vineyards and Winery Late Disgorged Vintage Brut, Russian River Valley

The wine is a brilliant pale straw color with a fine, persistent mousse. For a 9-year-old sparkling wine that has spent more than seven years on tirage, it is amazingly youthful, vibrant and fresh. Enticing scents of almond, citrus, toast and... Read more

2003 Ch. Latour Blanche Sauternes, Bordeaux

Monster numbers from the big-name wine critics blew this off the shelves upon release. Perhaps it is in a dumb stage right now, or the bottle was a little off. Anyhoo, the ample honeyed tropical and stone fruit notes were at odds with a terpene... Read more

2003 Campo Viejo Rioja Gran Reserva, Logrono, Spain

Is it wrong to judge a wine on expectation? If aging wine was a predictable process, producers would have surely harnessed the full potential of its transformative by now. Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth, as evidenced in... Read more

2003 Fattoria Cabanon ‘Oro’ Passito, Pavia, Italy

Hazy brown, almost liquorish -- until the smell, a powerful whiff of strawberries and cream, vanilla, maple bourbon caramel and wildflower honey with very little apparent alcohol. Like the best passito-styled wines, this isn't necessarily a dessert... Read more

2003 Sebastien Riffault ‘Skeveldra,’ Sury-En-Vaux, Sancerre, France

Those that believe you can’t age natural wine are sorely mistaken. Sebastien is a “zero sulfur” producer, and yet his wines – with care and attention – can become even more complex and noble over time. Aging intensifies both the aromatic... Read more

2003 CE2V Meritage, Napa Valley

This cuvee of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc begins as a fruit bomb of spicy black cherry, fleshy plum and black currant. Once in the mouth, cocoa powder and cinnamon impressions emerge. It's a delightful wine right now, but should... Read more

2003 Hogue Cellars Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

One first notices the deep, black-purple color. The nose is a bit reticent, showing mocha, cinnamon and cedar woodspices that overshadow the fruit at this point. Still, there is a solid core of black fruits there. Give this wine a few years in the... Read more

2003 Hogue Cellars Reserve Merlot, Columbia Valley

2003 Hogue Cellars Reserve Merlot, Columbia Valley Wow! Oodles of blackberry, cherry and currant fruits, cedar, melted black licorice, roast coffee and black olive. Great sense of balance in the mouth. This is ready to enjoy now. Wine Lines... Read more