Posts Tagged 2005

2005 Heitz Cabernet Sauvignon, Martha’s Vineyard, Napa Valley

Opaque purple/black in the glass, just beginning to lighten at the rim. After 90 minutes of decanting and aeration, the nose nearly leapt from the glass, full of lush cassis and other black fruits, eucalyptus/mint, and Christmas spices. With more... Read more

2005 Fattoria Le Pupille, Tuscany, Italy

Opaque dark crimson color. Oodles of smoke, earth, and nuts, which gives way to show dark chocolate, cherry liqueur, citrus, and anise. The tannins at the end are chewy. Cellar for a few more years. Retail Wine Price: $50 Wine Lines rating:... Read more

2005 Feudi della Medusa Cannonnau di Sardenia

Better known as Grenache, Cannonnau wouldn't probably be my first choice for a single-varietal wine from Sardinia. But in this case it works, making for an unusual wine destined for some legendary food-pairings. Smoke, garrigue and even a bit of... Read more

2005 Domaine de la Pinte Savagnin, Arbois, Jura, France

Richly oxidized, persistent nose of apple cider, roasted fennel and hard sheep's cheese. Surprisingly light and acidic in the mouth, with a lush, enveloping taste of Anjou pear, honeysuckle, pickled elderflowers and a hint of irony, stony soil. At... Read more

2005 Baileyana ‘Cuvee 1909’ Blanc de Blanc, Edna Valley

Medium straw color, with a fine mousse. A wonderful welcome sparkler, it delivers aromas and flavors of bread dough, lemon and toasted almonds. The wine is clean in the mouth, with a racy acidity that leads to a juicy finish. MSRP: $40 (August... Read more

2005 Merry Cellars Merlot, Stillwater Creek Vineyard, Columbia Valley

Decanted for 30 minutes, allowing this under-priced wine list gem to show off its underlying, well-matured fruit and tobacco notes. The nose is piquant and spicy; there's a hint of roasted red pepper, cigar box, cumin and cowhide. In the mouth, it's... Read more

2005 Chateau de Chasseloir Comte Leloup de Chasseloir “Cuvee des Ceps Centenaires” Muscadet de Sevre et Maine Sur Lie

Despite its age, this Muscadet is still showing its youthful colors. Its mineral-y citrus notes and slate-inflected edge are a foil to grassy greenness and more than ample acidity. Whereas some ‘dry’ Loire white wines of this age might reflect... Read more

2005 Isole e Olena Cepparello, Tuscany, Italy

At first subdued, slightly underwhelming and relatively young in its common synthesis of greenish cherry fruit, menthol notes and mouth-coating chocolate sauciness. After 30 minutes, though, something entirely different appears: A voluptuous, wild... Read more

2005 Segura Viudas ‘Mas D’Aranyo,’ Penedes, Spain

Red blend of 80 percent Tempranillo, 15 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and 5 percent Carinena is the definition of food-friendly wine. Easy to drink, with well-integrated alcohol and smooth, Merlot-esque tannins, its flavors of ripe plums, port-soaked... Read more

2005 Segura Viudas ‘Tore Galimany’ Brut Nature, Cava Gran Reserva

What a shame Segura Viudas’ distribution of ‘Torre Galimany’ is currently limited to European markets; it universally impressed American travelers during my visit to Penedes. As a well-aged 100 percent Xarel-lo wine turned sparkler thanks... Read more