Redwinger wrote:2000 Francine & Olivier Savary Chablis
Nice straw color with a bit of nuttiness and somewhat surprisingly something akin to grapefruit and lime on the nose. This wine is just about in its' sweet spot, the minerality is still present with refreshing acids, but the wine has filled out in the mid-palate to give lots of lemon rind and a lingering finish. Delightful... and a joy at the close-out in price of $9. Excellent QPR even at the full retail if $18.
1997 Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon
A friggin joy to drink!
I have been more than slightly disappointed with most of the 1997 Napa Cabernets I've pulled from the cellar lately. I found this orphan (I don't recall buying it) under a pile of stuff and figured I'd better pull the trigger. Glad I did as this is at peak (don't you love it when you time things right). Black cherry, eucalyptus/mint, restrainded acidity and integrated tannins. NJ, she of the great palate, said it reminded her of the first breath of a cool Minnesota morning. I guess I'd call this balanced, but regardless, it was a fine sip on a cool autumn evening. Drink 'em if you got them as I don't think they'll improve much.
Savary's not a producer I'm familiar with, but sounds like one worth seeking out
Tom N. wrote:Hi Red,
My brothers and I had a Cab tasting in August and the wine I brought was a 2002 Seqouia Grove Cab. It was not ready to drink when opened and it changed so much from the time opened to the actual tasting (about 2 hours) that I did not recognize it. It went from a fruit dominated Cab to a much more nuanced Cab during that air time, with nice herbal notes added to the dark fruit notes that we really liked. It was a joy to taste and the ever crictical Brother Bob really liked it too, although it did not have a classic cab profile. At about $30 I would buy it again.
Mark Lipton wrote:Thanks for the notes, RW. Savary's not a producer I'm familiar with, but sounds like one worth seeking out. As for the Sequoia Grove: thanks for the update. I was quite impressed with it upon its release (I think that I may have tasted it at the Indy Wine Fest back in '00 or something) and opened my only bottle a couple of years ago, at which time it was quite appealing but still quite primary. Good to hear that it's doing so well.
As Rashaan points out this is a Kermit Import and I picked it up at Hamilton Beverage a couple of years ago at one of their "buy one at full price and get the second one for a penny" sales. I suspect that with that store now under new ownersahip (United Package) those promotions will be a thing of the past.
Mark Lipton wrote:...So, does the sale mean that Rod is no longer running the show?
Redwinger wrote:Mark Lipton wrote:...So, does the sale mean that Rod is no longer running the show?
I haven't been there since the sale to UPL. I heard that the staff was offered a chance to stay on, but I doubt that offer was extended to owners, but I could be very wrong about that. I need to go to that part of town later this week and will try to drop by.