Posts Tagged 2004

2004 Michel Gahier Chardonnay ‘La Fauquette,’ Arbois, Jura

Gahier worked for several years under the "pope" of the Jura, Jacques Puffeney, and the duo's wines show something in common. They both strike a middle ground between "straight" Chardonnay and the kind of oxidative wine that many associate with the... Read more

2004 F.X.Pichler Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Loibner Loibenberg, Wachau, Austria

Wildflower honey, Alpine breeze, lavender, rosemary, roast chicken and freshly churned butter on the nose, with an enjoyable, not cloying sweetness. Round and full in the mouth, with a supple intensity. Exceptional Gruner from an exceptional... Read more

2004 Chateau Musar White, Lebanon

Chateau Musar's producer notes indicate that this is a "truly unique white, made from ancient Lebanese varieties Obaideh and Merwah, dating back thousands of years." Indeed, this IS truly unique stuff. Almost sherried, partially oxidized,... Read more

2004 Domaine Viticole Renouard ‘Scamandre,’ Rhone Valley, France

At least lately, I have opened far too many Rhone Valley wines, only to be a bit underwhelmed by their supposed intense / flavor-forward tendencies. Is green fruit to blame? A string of bad luck? I can't speak for more current vintages, but... Read more

2004 Meo Camuzet, Bourgogne, Burgundy, France

Transparent light ruby color, showing some orange at the rim. Seductive aromas of sweet red cherry in the nose, with whiffs of charred oak. Lithe mouthfeel, with some grip at the end. Retail Wine Cost: $27 Wine Lines rating:... Read more

2004 Domaine Aux Moines ‘Roche Aux Moines,’ Savennieres, Loire Valley

Needs a bit of time to open, especially if well chilled, but this emerges as a superbly aged example of the Savennieres terroir, with a great deal of minerality and an almost meaty finish that complements robust dishes. Yes, you read that right –... Read more

2004 Domaine de Mountbourgeau L’Etoile Savagnin, Cotes du Jura, France

Many people, even some self-professed wine snobs, are only familiar with Vin Jaune as "that cooking wine from southeast France that is always replaced with sherry." That's a shame, especially with such fine bottlings as this one from Mountbourgeau,... Read more

2004 Sebastiani ‘Secolo,’ Sonoma County

Introduced in 2004 (with the 2001 vintage) to commemorate Sebastiani's 100-year anniversary, "Secolo" is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Merlot and Petite Sirah. Even its cooperage is a cuvee, as the wine was aged in a mix of... Read more

2004 The Terraces Petite Sirah, Napa Valley

Rich, warm aromas of dark flowers, brown sugar, black licorice and black cherry fruit. It is creamy on the palate, showing fine, rounded tannins. MSRP: $35 (January 2007) Wine Lines rating:... Read more

2004 The Edge Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa

Aromas of chocolate, spicy oak, menthol, black currant and black cherries. Fat, lush and ready to drink. MSRP: $18.99 (November 2006) Wine Lines rating: 89 Group:... Read more