November 29th. and December 1st. Tasting

1999 D’Arenberg “Coppermine Road” Cabernet- A brooding giant! The monolithic bouquet of the '99 Coppermine Road was so tight and ungenerous that I could not get much out of it. In the mouth, the wine was a brute and definitely closed for business. What it did show were primary core fruit flavors suggesting currants and plums. Add to that black pepper, earth, and leather. The wine appears to possess all the components to be great and just requires a bit of bottle age to come around. Hold for two years. My first tasting note, score it “94”.

1999 Kay Brothers “Hillside” Shiraz- This bottle was not as stunning as the first one sampled back on October 28th. Nonetheless it was excellent. Deep, dark color leading to a tight aromatic impression. Palate shows medium fullish concentration with impeccable balance and dense, core fruit flavors. Appears to be ever so slowly closing down. My second tasting note, score it “92+”.

1999 Henry’s Drive Reserve Shiraz- dark purple and ink like color. The take no prisoners bouquet offers up a fabulous mix of cocoa, licorice, spice and toasty new oak fragrances. Add to that a compelling earthy and leathery component. In the mouth, the Henry's Drive is ever so slowly coming together and is beginning to hit stride. The palate impression mirrored the nose with layers of exceptionally ripe Blackberry and Raspberry flavored fruits, tar, licorice, mild to medium dry tannins, oak and a roasted/toasty texture that was just first rate. The '99 Henry's Drive Reserve Shiraz also finishes very well and should drink effortlessly over the next ten years or more. My fourth tasting note, score it "94+".

1998 Wild Duck Creek “Springflat” Shiraz- While the 1998 “WDC” Springflat has had its share of detractors in the past, I’m here to tell you that the wine has shifted gears and is now showing better than ever! It took top honors at this tasting as it did the third time I served it at the March 1st. 2000 Shirazathon tasting featuring 18 other “OZ” heavyweights. Link below. http://www.geocities.com/NapaValley/Vineyard/6506/shirazathon.html
 
Saturated ink like color showing no signs of age. The deeply scented bouquet suggests ripe black fruits; licorice and spicy vanilla bean like aromas. Add to that the “Springflat’s” hallmark scented nose of Menthol and dark cherry. Gorgeous palate of concentrated but sweet Raspberry/Blackberry fruit and pepper and underlying toasty oak melt in the mouth. Add to that a fat sweetness to its taste. Medium to fullish texture and personality with excellent balance, stunning extract and a wonderful mouth-feel. Finishes with a 30 to 40second residual sensation. My fourteenth tasting note, Score it "96+" Well, I’m certainly glad that Steve and I stocked up.