Well lets see, it all started Saturday evening at a Holiday party in Mountainside, New Jersey and concluded last evening at a second house party in Kinnelon New Jersey. While I didn't take notes on the wines at the Saturday party, I did take notes last evening.

1999 Kay Brothers "Hillside" Shiraz- While the initial bottle rocked me, the last two were slightly less intense. Saturated ink like color. Nose offers up focused but tight aromatics suggesting black plum, licorice and hot tar. The Kay Brothers would have benefited from extended breathing but alas it was gone in short order. Palate comes across as a bit austere and certainly not as accessible as I would have anticipated. The wine shows a medium fullish concentration with impeccable balance and black raspberry and licorice like flavors. Add to that background flavors of mocha and vanilla oak. Finishes very well and should drink and improve over the next eight to ten years. Solid wine but needs a year or so of bottle age. My third tasting note, score it "92+'.

2000 Henry's Drive Reserve Cabernet- As much as I loved the '98 Henry's Drive Cabernet, the 2000 Reserve Cabernet is even a bit better. Nose opens with deeply scented aromas of crushed black currants, black plum, mocha and spice. In the mouth, the '2000 Henry's Drive Reserve Cabernet offers up a medium-full to full-bodied texture and personality with excellent balance, substantial palate weight and a long lingering finish. The wine is literally bursting at the seams with tremendous core flavor suggesting Blueberry compote and black raspberry. Tannins are mild to medium and the wine can be consumed today with a great deal of satisfaction or laid down for ten years or more. My first tasting note, score it "94+". {Sidebar} if it wasn't for the presents of the Reserve Shiraz, I would have probably given the Cab a higher score.

2000 Henry's Drive Reserve Shiraz-Let me first state that the 2000 Henry's Drive Reserve is a world-class wine that has clearly exceeded my lofty expectations. Deep, brooding purple and oil like color leading to a restrained nose suggesting road tar, crushed blackberry and dark chocolate like aromas. The palate impression mirrored the nose with exceptionally rich, ripe, SWEET fruit, tar, vanilla and a purity of core fruit flavors that simply must be experienced to be believed. Tannins were mild
to medium and ripe. But I would not be surprised if the Reserve Shiraz begins to shut down. The wine finishes with a fifty-second residual sensation. Fabulously Intense! Drink it over the next 12 to 15 years. This wine is about as good as it gets! My first tasting note, score it "99/100". Highly recommended. Get yours fast before they completely disappear clearly