Rick's Wine Cellar Selections - C

Cabrieres
  Chateauneuf-du-Pape
  Prestige
  1999, 1998, 1996, 1995
 
Calera Mt Harlan Chardonnay 2009

Calera Ryan Vineyard Mount Harlan Pinot Noir 2004 label





Calera Mills Pinot Noir
Calera
  As featured in the delightful wine book The Heartbreak Grape - A California Winemakers Search for the Perfect Pinot Noir by Marc Devillers about this producer and wine.
Calera Wine Label Library
  Mt Harlan
  Chardonnay
  2009
   
  Mt Harlan
  Pinot Noir
    Selleck Vineyard
1993 - Jan 18, 2003, May 3, 2005, January 31, 2009
    1991, 1992
    Jensen Vineyard
    1994 - January 31, 2009
    1993
    1992 - Nov 1, 2004
    1991
    Mills Vineyard
    2004 - January 7, 2009 , February 6, 2009
    1992
    1993 - Feb 18, 2005
    1995
    Ryan Vineyard
    2004 - January 7, 2008, October 18, 2008
  Tasting Notes:
Calera
Mt Harlan Jensen Vineyard Pinot Noir
    1994 - January 31, 2009 
    1992 - Nov 1, 2004
  Calera Mt Harlan Mills Vineyard Pinot Noir
    2004 - January 7, 2009, February 6, 2009  
    1993 - Feb 18, 2005 
  Calera Mt Harlan Ryan Vineyard Pinot Noir
    2004 - January 7, 2008, October 18, 2008
  Calera Mt Harlan Selleck Vineyard Pinot Noir
     1993 - Jan 18, 2003, May 3, 2005, January 31, 2009  
 
Carol Shelton
  Cucamonga Valley
  Lopez Vineyard
  Monga Zin
  Zinfandel
  2009
 
Chateau Benoit Carlton
  Sweet Marie
  Oregon
  1991
 
Chateau Calon Segur
  Chateau Calon Segur Wine Label Library
  Bordeaux
  St Estephe
  Grand Cru Classe
  2004 - magnum
  1997 - Aug 25, 2001, June 25, 2005
  1995 - February 14, 2009, February 11, 2011
   
   
 
Chateau Calon Segur 2003 Magnum Label on Rick's Winesite on McNees.org
Chateau Calon Segur, St. Estephe Bordeaux 1997  Chateau Calon Segur, St. Estephe Bordeaux 1995  Chateau Cantemerle Haut Medoc Bordeaux  Chateau Cantemerle Haut Medoc Bordeaux
Can Blau
  Spain
  2004
 
 
   
   
Chateau Canon de Brem Canon Fronsac 1989 label
Canon de Brem
  Canon Fronsac
  Bordeaux
  1989
 
 
       
Chante Cigale Chateauneuf du Pape 1990
Chante Cigale
  Chateauneuf du Pape
  1990
 
 
 
Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere 2003 magnum label on McNees.org/winesite
Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere
  Bordeaux
  2005 - January 21, 2008
  2003
   
   
       
Chateau Cantemerle
  Grand Cru Classe
  2005 - January 21, 2008
  1995, 1990, 1989
  1988 - July 3, 1998
  1985, 1982
  Haut Medoc
  Bordeaux
Caravan
  Cabernet Sauvignon
  Napa Valley
  2002 - November 23, 2009
  Second label of Darioush
   
Carmel Road Arroyo Seco Chardonnay 2004
Carmel Road
  Central Coast
  Arroyo Seco Vineyard
  Chardonnay
  2004
   
   
Carmenet
  Moon Mountain Estates Reserve
  Meritage
  Sonoma Valley
  1997, 1995
 
http://www.mcnees.org/winesite/labels/labels_California/lbl_CA_Joseph_Carr_napa_cab_2007_remc.jpg
Joseph Carr Wines
  Napa Valley - Carneros
  Cabernet Sauvignon
  2009
  2008
  2007
 
 
Baron Ricasoli
  Casal Ferro
  Tuscan
 
1993
1998 - Wine Spectator Review: "Wonderful aromas of blackberries, mineral, licorice and fruit lead to a full-bodied, with big, velvety tannins and a long, succulent, fruity aftertaste. Generous and rich. Mostly Sangiovese." Rating 92 - February 11, 2007
1997
   
 

Les Cailloux
  Chateauneuf du Pape
  1998, 1997, 1996, 1995
   
 
 

Chateau Cantenac Brown
  Bordeaux
  Margaux
  Grand Cru Classe
  1989
   
 
 

Castello Banfi
  Montalcino
  Brunello di Montalcino
  D.O.C.G.
  1988 - "Smooth, velvety, lush"   92 - Tasters' Choice; WS 89 - A beautifully harmonious wine"
  1987
  1985 - WS92 - "A classic wine"
 
Cavalchina Bianco Del Veneto Passito 2004 Label
Cavalchina
  Bianco Del Veneto
  Passito
  D.O.C.G.
  2004
 
   

Caymus
Caymus Label Library
Napa Valley
Estate
Cabernet Sauvignon
  1997
  1996 - April 21, 2007
1991
  Caymus Napa Valley Special Select 2006 - May 14, 2009  
Caymus Napa Valley Special Select 1998 - Feb 22, 2003
 
Caymus Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 -
February 25, 2009, July 1, 2009
Caymus Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1999 - Feb 28, 2004

Caymus Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1998 - June 19, 2002
 
Caymus Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 - March 17, 2000, April 21, 2007
 
Caymus Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1991 - Oct 18, 2003, April 9, 2006

Caymus
Napa Valley
Special Select
Cabernet Sauvignon
1991 - Wine Spectator - WS 99. WS 97; "Another great wine from arguably California's best Cabernet maker. Bold, rich and massive, with tiers of plum, blackberry, vanilla bean, spice and tobacco flavors that unfold to reveal a wine of uncommon depth, complexity, finesse and, yes, even grace. Best from 1998 through 2008." (Wine Spectator, 04/15/1995) Rating: 99 Drink from: 1998 to
1990 - Wine Spectator 93 pts - "Aging extremely well, this is rich, sleek and elegant, with a wide range of black cherry, anise, currant, plum and earth notes that offer depth and complexity, finishing in a long aftertaste. Tannins are softening. Drink now through 2007."

94 points Robert Parker: "The 1990 Cabernet Sauvignon-Special Selection appears to be the best Caymus has produced since 1986 and 1985. Two thousand, six-bottle cases will be released in February, 1994. The wine offers a saturated, dark purple color, and a rich, spicy, oaky nose backed up by generous quantities of jammy blackcurrants. Ripe, highly extracted, and full-bodied, with copious amounts of sweet tannin and layers of fruit, this is a knock-out, flamboyantly-styled Cabernet for drinking over the next 15 or more years."

 
CC Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
CC:
Napa Valley
  Cabernet Sauvignon
  2007
 
 
Domaine Chante Cigale
  Chateauneuf du Pape
  1990
   

M. Chapoutier

  La Bernardine
  Chateauneuf du Pape
  1999, 1998
 
 

Chappellet Signature Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Chappellet Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 - Sam's Cuvee
Chappellet
Rick's Winesite Featured Producer - Napa Valley 2009 Wine Experience
Chappellet Wine Label Library
  Napa Valley
  Pritchard Hill
  Cabernet Sauvignon
  2000
   
  Signature
  Napa Valley
  Cabernet Sauvignon
  2009
  2005
  2006
  1974 - magnum
   
  Napa Valley
  Sam's Cuvee
  Cabernet Sauvignon
  2005
   
  Napa Valley
  Merlot
  2005
   
Tasting Notes:
  Chappellet Vineyards Napa Valley Chardonnay 2007 - September 11, 2009   Chappellet Napa Valley Mountain Cuvee 2006 - September 16, 2009   Chappellet Napa Valley Mountain Cuvee 2004 - July 16, 2007  
Chappellet Napa Valley Chenin Blanc 2003 - December 21, 2006
 
Chappellet Napa Valley Pritchard Hill Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2000 - May 20, 2005
 
Chappellet Napa Valley Pritchard Hill Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1999 - 10/24/03 
Chappellet Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Sam's Cuvee 2005 -
June 21, 2008
 
Chappellet Vineyards Signature Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 -
September 11, 2009, September 16, 2009
 
Chappellet
Signature Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 - October 19, 2007
 
Chappellet Signature Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2000 - Dec 28, 2003
  Chappellet Signature Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1999 - Oct 24, 2002, June 4, 2002  
Chappellet Chenin Blanc 2001 - Jan 28, 2004
 
Chappellet Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot 2006 -
September 11, 2009
Chappellet Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot 2005 - September 24, 2009
Chateau Chasse Spleen
  Bordeaux
  Moulis
  1988, 1986, 1985
  Magnums

 

Chateau St Jean Cinq Cepages 2005

Chateau St Jean
Sonoma County
Cinq Cepages  - 'Five Flavors'
Cabernet Sauvignon - blend
  2008
  2006
  2005 - Sept 11, 2009, October 9, 2009
  2004 - The 2004 Cinq Cepages displays an elegant, Bordeaux-like style offering aromas of cedar, tobacco leaf, black currants, cherries, and spice box. Medium to full-bodied with soft, silky tannins, and a moderately long finish.”
  2003 -  May 18, 2008 - WE 94 -  A classic Cinq Cépages, the 2003 vintage offers the signature chocolate-covered cherry and boysenberry aromas that have come to define this flagship Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon. Lush, elegant and gracefully balanced, the wine delivers sweet plum and dark berry flavors and an exotic floral note that wraps around big, juicy tannins. This highly concentrated wine has beautiful oak integration and a lushness throughout that leads to a lingering finish.
  2002 - "The 2002 Cinq Cepages is impressive. It boasts a deep ruby/purple hue as well as aromas of cedar, black currants, sweet cherries, licorice, and smoky oak. Medium to full-bodied, authoritatively flavored, elegant and impressively long with a velvety texture, it is already delicious and evolved but should drink well for at least another 12-14 years. RP 92 - There are some terrific values in the Chateau St. Jean portfolio. People complain, with justification, about the high prices of the finest California wines, but this winery releases some offerings that are actually under priced for what’s in the bottle. The values in this portfolio seem obvious, and the winery is to be applauded for that." - Wine Advocate
2001 - Jan 21, 2006 - Wine Spectator 92: "Beautifully crafted, dark, rich and layered, with blackberry, cherry, plum and wild berry fruit that zooms across the palate, holding a tight focus and finishing with a long, complex aftertaste. The tannins firm up nicely on the finish." Drink now through 2011. –JL
Robert Parker 90  notes: "The 2001 Cinq Cepages is an outstanding effort. A dark ruby/purple color is followed by an elegant nose of cranberries, cherries, red and black currants, smoke, and herbs. This elegant, medium to full-bodied 2001 is ideal for drinking over the next 12-13 years."
Wine Enthusiast 93: "A lovely Cab, elegant and harmonious. Strikes an even balance between cherry and blackberry flavors, smoky oak, sweet herbs, cocoa and spice. The tannins are beautifully ripe and soft. Of all these qualities, balance is foremost."
2000 - 89 points, Robert Parker, Wine Advocate - December 2003 - The perplexing 2000 Cinq Cepages Proprietary Red (a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec, and 2% Petit Verdot) reveals mid-ninety point aromatics ... truly a splendid bouquet that reminded me of a high-class Bordeaux St.-Emilion (dried herbs, tobacco smoke, licorice, chocolate, black currants, and cherries). However, the stunning aromas do not follow through in the mouth. This medium-bodied, dark ruby/purple-tinged 2000 starts off sweet and authoritatively on the palate, but the finish is narrow and tannic. It is typical of the 2000 vintage, which can deliver considerable fragrance, but often lacks texture and reveals a narrow, constricted aftertaste. Drink this 2000 now or cellar it for a decade.
90 points, Wine Enthusiast - May 2004 - This fine wine, which is at its best now, offers polished flavors of currants, blackberries and herbs, with smoky nuances from oak. It is smooth and polished in the mouth, with a good balance of acids and tannins. Not an ager, but complex and elegant. — S.H.
90 points, Wine Spectator - October 2003 - Smooth and harmonious, with ripe, rich, supple plum and blackberry fruit, shaded by cedar, anise, black cherry and spice attributes. Firms up and flexes its tannic strength on the finish. Very well-made. Drink now through 2010. 15,500 cases made. (JL)
1997 - Dec 16, 2000; Dec 3, 2002 - WS 96  -  'Ultrarich and chocolaty, with layers of cedar, plum, currant and black cherry, revealing uncommon depth and tiers of flavor as it picks up coffee, toffee and anise. Finishes with firm tannins.' RP 94    '...it boasts a super-complex bouquet of licorice, dried herbs, black currants, spice box, and cherry liqueur. In the mouth, notes of chocolate, new oak, and red and black fruits caress the palate in a medium to full-bodied, succulent style.'
1996 - Aug 22, 2000, Mar 9, 2000 - 1996 - Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages "The dark ruby/purple-colored 1996 Cinq Cepages (75% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the balance Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, and Petit Verdot) exhibits a moderately intense nose of black cherries, chocolate, smoke, dried herbs, and toasty oak. As reported last year, it appears to be California's version of a big, rich St.-Emilion. Offering elegance and finesse along with copious quantities of fruit, glycerin, and flavor, this medium to full-bodied wine has evolved nicely over the last year, and can be drunk now as well as over the next 12-15 years." Reviewed by Robert Parker The Wine Advocate 92 pts
1994 - Dec 16, 2000; Dec 5, 2004, Mar 31, 2006 - WS91 - A smooth, ripe and fleshy Cabernet blend, with a pretty, concentrated core of plum, cherry, currant and wild berry flavors, and a rich, fruity aftertaste echoing the fruit and light oak. Tempting now, best after 1999. A blend: 76 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 14 percent Cabernet Franc, 5 percent Merlot, 4 percent Malbec, 1 percent Petit Verdot. RP 97 - "To my mind, the Cinq Cepages proprietary red wine offerings are not as exciting as the Reserve Merlots or Reserve Cabernet Sauvignons. The 1994 Cinq Cepages (a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec, and 2% Petit Verdot) is a very good, elegant, spicy, tasty, medium-bodied wine that just misses the bull's eye in terms of being exciting. It should drink well for 10-15 years."
  1993 - WS 91
  1992 - WS 89
  1990

Chateau St Jean
  Alexander Valley
Belle Terre Vineyard
Late Harvest Special Select Johannisberg Riesling
2006
1998
375
 
 
 


Chateau St Michelle Ethos 1994 label on McNees.org/winesite
Chateau St Michelle
  Columbia Valley
  Washington
  Cabernet Sauvignon
  2008
  Chardonnay
  Reserve
  1997
   
  'Ethos'  Reserve - In the world of wine, Ethos represents the pinnacle tier of Chateau Ste. Michelle. The Ethos Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah reflect the winemaker’s vision of old world complexity and elegance with concentrated Washington fruit. These wines are the ultimate winemaker expression and made from the finest fruit of the vintage. Produced in extremely limited quantities representing no more than 1% of a vintage, our Ethos wines are crafted to represent the best of a variety from our best vineyards, including our own vineyards of Cold Creek and Canoe Ridge Estate. The finest blocks within our top vineyards are identified based on their quality history, then farmed within winemaker specifications to insure the best fruit possible from each site. These small lots of fruit are harvested and vinified separately. This allows our winemakers to combine the distinct characteristics from each vineyard into layered, complex, refined wines that showcase the power of Washington fruit.
  Columbia Valley Red Wine
  1994 - February, 24, 2008 - Dark black cherry, black berry fruits, leather, anise, charcoal and a essence of cedar lingering on the firm long tannin finish.  This vintage - 64% cabernet sauvignon, 28% merlot, 5% malbec and 3% cabernet franc.
Chehalem
  3 Vineyard  
  Pinot Noir  
  Willamette Valley  
  2002  
 
Domaine de Chevalier
- Featured Producer Winemaker gala tasting dinner - Click here
  Bordeaux
Pessac Leognan
  2011
  2010
  2003
2000
1996 Tasting Notes Journal: June 12, 2004
     
Clancys
  Barossa  Valley
  Blend
  1998
 
   
Clarendelle Amberwine Monbazillac 2003
Clarendelle - Clarence Dillen Wines
  Amberwine
  Monbazillac
  Bordeaux
  2003
 
   
Clarendon Hills
  Clarendon
  Clarendon Hills Brookman Vineyard Shiraz 1999 - April 7, 2007
  Clarendon Hills Clarendon Liandra Vineyard Syrah 2001 - July 13, 2004  
  Clarendon Hills Clarendon Piggott Range Vineyard Shiraz 2004
  Clarendon Hills Clarendon Piggott Range Vineyard Shiraz 1999 - Oct 25, 2003  
  Clarendon Hills Romas Vineyard Old Vines Grenache 2003 - March 8, 2007
 
   


Clark Claudon Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon etched magnum bottle 2000
Clark Claudon
  Featured Producer at our 1999 Napa Wine Experience
Clark Claudon Wine Label Library
http://www.clarkclaudon.com/
  Napa Valley
  Cabernet Sauvignon
  2006 Winery estate notes - "This elegant 2006 Clark-Claudon Estate Cabernet takes its place among a string of beautiful, low production artisan wines.  It greets with a deep purple color & layered aromas of ripe plums, sweet cherries, wild black berries & cedar with hints of roasted almonds & vanilla. In the mouth the wine is velvety & soft while fresh & beautifully balanced with a fine structure & well integrated tannins. Layers of flavors unwind revealing ripe black varietal fruit with hints of crushed stones, roasted coffee and sweet oak.  The finish is long with hints of asian spice, minerality, dark cigar box & chocolate.  The bright aromas & velvety smoothness encourages this wine to be drunk now, while the beautiful structure assures that it can age for a long, long time."
  2005 Winery estate notes - "The 2005 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, darker than the most recent vintages, presents with heightened aromas of cassis, violets, fine cedar, & bright black cherries.  This full bodied wine fills front, middle and back pallet with round, complex layers of fruit, spice and fine textured French Oak. Give this wine a chance to breath or allow it to evolve for a long, long time; well balanced, elegant and perfectly integrated, it leaves a long signature finish of roasted chocolate; Yes, 2005 was a very good year!  Drink now-2025

The 2005 is the first Estate Cabernet influenced by new winemaker, Douglas Danielak.  Instrumental in making the final winemaking & blending decisions, his touch is evident in this classically beautiful Cabernet."

  2004 Winery estate notes - "Using only 70% of our production our 2004 Estate bottling is a pure varietal expression of Cabernet Sauvignon. A compelling mixture of cassis, violet and cherry dominate the aromas while 24 months of aging in French oak imparts a fine-grained texture and lingering chocolate finish. The hallmark of this vintage is an elegant, silky texture that is imparted from mature vines and gentle handling in the cellar. At the table enjoy this wine with richly flavored beef dishes, lamb, earthy wild mushrooms and savory cheese. Drink now-2020."
  2003 CG 91 - ..Hints of black loam and green olive amidst the ripe, sweet black cherry and curranty fruit. Nicely balanced with a fair dose of tannins and the promise that better will come with bottle age, this is one that can be hidden away with confidence, Connoisseurs Guide 91 points
  2002 WE 91 - From lower Howell Mountain, this 100% Cab has big time tannins and tremendous authority. It is slightly rustic now, with an edgy feel, but the core of ripe Cabernet fruit suggests that it will blossom and improve by 2008, and then hold until at least 2015. —Wine Enthusiast, Cellar Selection 91 Points
  2001 RP 92 - Reminiscent of a great vintage of Chateau Margaux, Clark-Claudon’s 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate boasts notes of flowers, graphite, black currants, raspberries, and plums. This tannic, backward 2001 possesses a Bordeaux-like structure as well as a deep, rich, full-bodied personality. Still playing it close to the vest, give it 3-4 more years of bottle age and drink it over the following two decades. Score: 92. —Robert Parker, February 2005.
  2001 Magnum - "This winery has not missed a beat since its debut vintage, and their 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon, from a difficult year, is outstanding. A dense ruby/purple color is accompanied by sweet aromas of blueberries, blackberries, and hints of minerals, graphite, and spice box. Supple-textured and elegant with a rich, long, medium to full-bodied finish, it will drink effortlessly for 10-12 years." 90 points Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, December 2003
  2000 November 30, 2007 - RP 90 - "This winery has not missed a beat since its debut vintage, and their 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon, from a difficult year, is outstanding. A dense ruby/purple color is accompanied by sweet aromas of blueberries, blackberries, and hints of minerals, graphite, and spice box. Supple-textured and elegant with a rich, long, medium to full-bodied finish, it will drink effortlessly for 10-12 years." 90 points Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, December 2003
  1999 January 8-9, 2010 - RP 92+ - Another brilliant effort from this up-and coming Napa estate, Clark-Claudon's 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits an opaque blue/purple color, and a sweet perfume of minerals, blue as well as black fruits. Medium to full-bodied, it possesses outstanding purity in addition to well-integrated tannin, acidity, and wood. Vintages to date have blended grace, power and subtlety, resulting in extremely impressive Cabernets. More over, they are built to last. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2022." 92+ points Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, August 2002 885 cases produced
  1998 RP 94 - If the '98 was a spotty vintage Clark~Claudon Vineyard must have been in the right spot! "An incredible 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon…an opaque purple color is accompanied by a fabulous bouquet of blackberries and cassis intermixed with camphor and new wood. This beautifully balanced, rich, full bodied Cabernet is a model of symmetry and purity. A seamless classic, it can be drunk now or cellared for another 15+ years. " 94 points Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, June 2002, 886 cases produced
  1997 June 19, 2005, Sept 21, 2002; Nov 7, 2000 - RM 93 RP 92 Neither up-front nor accessible, readers will need a degree of patience, although it would not be infanticide to drink it now. A serious, concentrated, opaque purple-colored effort, it boasts a moderately intense nose of pure cassis, gravel, vanillin, and blackberries. Full-bodied and impressively built, this deep, powerful, concentrated Cabernet begs for cellaring. It is the second impressive effort from this newcomer to the high end Cabernet Sauvignon sweepstakes. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2020. Bravo!
  1996 July 6, 1999 - RP 93 - "A brilliant successor to the 1995, dark purple color, followed by classic Bordeaux-like bouquet of cassis, lead pencil and smoky new oak. A wine of considerable complexity and elegance, with outstanding purity, richness and nicely integrated wood and tannin.. Can be drunk early or cellared for 15+ years. Impressive!" 93 points Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, August 1999 404 cases produced.
  1995 July 6, 1999 - RP 93+ - "Another limited production (300 cases) wine made from a vineyard on the eastern side of Howell Mountain, this brilliantly made Cabernet suggests this winery knows what to do with top quality fruit. While the 1995 will be hard to find, readers who are interested in profound California Cabernet Sauvignons should seek out future releases. This opaque purple-colored wine boasts knock-out aromatics of smoke, charcoal, black currants, lead pencil, minerals, and high quality French oak. Impressive on the palate, with a classy richness married to well-integrated wood, acidity, and tannin, this is a full-bodied, fabulously rich, expressive, impeccably-balanced Cabernet Sauvignon. Anticipated maturity: now-2015." 93+ points Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, August 1998, 298 cases produced.
  1994 'Effusively fruity, with pretty floral aromas and a dense, concentrated core of currant, black cherry and wild berry flavors. Finishes with a solid dose of tannins and a rich aftertaste. '
   
 
Chateau Clerc Milon 1982 label on McNees.org/winesite

Chateau Clerc Milon
  5e cru classé du Médoc
  Bordeaux  
Pauillac
  2004  
  2003 December 8, 2007
  1999 Feb 29, 2004
  1997 June 30, 2007
A delicious Pauillac, fruity and already evolved : blackcurrant and chocolate aromas, associated with spicy and smoked notes. 1855 Notation: Parker Notation: 89 / 100
From the Wine Spectator: "Very aromatic red. Interesting aromas of ripe berry and spices. Medium-bodied, with firm tannins and a slightly short finish. Best after 2000."
  1995  
  1990  
  1989 July 3, 1998
RP 90 - The 1989 Clerc-Milon is a wonderfully hedonistic wine. It is deep ruby, with an intense, roasted, smoky bouquet of plums and currants. This full-bodied wine is packed with fruit, is chewy and opulent as well as very soft and alcoholic. In spite of the precocious impression, the tannin levels are high, similar in fact to the 1986. For the first time in my experience, I actually prefer the Clerc-Milon to Mouton-Rothschild! A great value. Anticipated maturity: Now-2010.
  1986

Dec 10, 2005
Robert Parker - The 1986 is among the greatest Clerc-Milon in my memory, and continues to represent one of the better values of the 1986 vintage. Dark ruby/purple with a super bouquet of sweet, toasty new oak, plums, black currants, licorice, and cedar, on the palate, the wine is very concentrated, rich and powerful, yet atypically soft and fleshy for a 1986. While this wine should age well for another two decades, it can be drunk much earlier than many of the 1986 Pauillacs. It is a sleeper of the vintage. Anticipated maturity: Now-2006. Last tasted, 1/91.

  1985  
  1982 - Robert Parker : 84/100 (Ed 1998) The 1982 Clerc-Milon is a charming, forward, ripe, fruity wine with an open-knit, lovely bouquet of ripe berry fruit, and oaky, vanillin scents. Medium to full bodied, with soft, light tannins, this wine is ready to drink.
- Wine Spectator: 86/100 (11-1998) Fading a bit, but delicious. Dark ruby-garnet color. Wild raspberry and blackberry, with a hint of cedar. Medium-bodied, with medium, slightly drying tannins and a tobacco and berry finish.
  1981
Wine Spectator (15/03/1992) : 96 - Superbly made, giving the essence of Cabernet Sauvignon. Lots of cassis and earth aromas and flavors, spiced with excellent new wood; there is a classic backbone of well-integrated tannins.
 
Cliff Lede Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Cliff Lede
  Napa Valley
  Stags Leap District
  CabernetSauvignon
  2006
  Sauvignon Blanc
  2007
2008
2009
2011
Cliff Lede Sauvignon Blanc 2007
 
 
 
Chateau Climens
  Bordeaux
  Barsac
  Sauterne
  1991
1990
 
Clos du Marquis
(Leoville Las Cases)
Bordeaux
St Julien
2005
2000, 1990, 1989, 1986, 1985, 1982
 

RP 91
WS 94/ No. 14 in Top 100

2000 - "One of the great sleepers of the vintage and probably the best Clos de Marquis I have ever tasted, this wine could easily compete with many of the vintage's classified growths. Dense, opaque purple-coloured, with créme de cassis, vanilla and cherry notes, medium to full body, an unctuous texture, low acidity and a more evolved style than its bigger sibling. Léoville Las Cases, this dense, chewy and remarkably concentrated and stylish wine should be at its best between 2005 and 2018." 91/100pts (Robert Parker - Wine Advocate - April 2003)

     
Clos L'Eglise Cotes de Castillon
Clos L'Eglise
  Bordeaux
  Cotes de Castillon
  2005
 

Clos Fourtet1er Grand Cru St Emilion 2004

Clos Fourtet
  Bordeaux
  Saint Emilion
  Grand Cru
  2004
   
   
 
 

Cloud View www.cloudviewvineyards.com
Cloud View Wine Label Library
  Napa Valley Pritchard Hill
  Red Table Wine  
  2005  
  2004  
  2003  
  2002 Cabernet Sauvignon 52%, Merlot 48% - November 6. 2006
  2001
  2000
 

Cloverdale Ranch
  Sonoma
  Alexander Valley
  Cabernet Sauvignon
  2002
   
   
 
     

   
 

Cockburn Director's Reserve 20 Year Old Tawny Port label

Cockburn's
  Portugal
  Director's Reserve
  Twenty Year Tawny Port
  NV
   
   
 
   
Cockburn Vintage Porto 2003
Cockburn's
  Vintage Porto
  2003
   
 
Colonial Estate
  Barrosa Valley
  l'Explorature
  Shiraz
  2004
  Steven Tanzer - 90 pts - Inky ruby. Pungent, almost medicinal aromas of bitter cherry, blackberry, iodine, violet and lavender. Fat, round and extracted, the rich dark berry, tobacco and espresso flavors well framed by dusty, fine-grained tannins. Long and sweet on the finish.
Columbia Crest
  Columbia Valley
  Walter Clore Vineyard
  Private Reserve
  Red
  2000

 

 
Concha Y Toro Central Valley Sunrise Merlot 1997
Concha y Toro
  Chile
  Central Valley
  Sunrise
  Merlot
  1997 - 5 liter
 
Coniglio Diamond Mtn District Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Coniglio
  Napa Valley
  Diamond Mountain
  Cabernet Sauvignon
  2005
   
 
 
Conn Valley Vineyards  
  Right Bank Proprietary Red Wine Cuvee
  Napa Valley
  2006
  2005
  2004
 

92-95 points, Robert Parker, Wine Advocate December 2005, The consistently fine Right Bank cuvee is an homage to Bordeaux’s Pomerols and St.-Emilions. Usually a core blend of 60% Cabernet Franc and 40% Merlot, there are approximately 625 cases of this terrific offering. Like all Anderson’s wines, it spends 24-30 months in French oak before being bottled without filtration. Fashioned from a slightly different blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Franc, the 2004 Right Bank’s deep blue/purple color is followed by a sweet nose of vanilla bean, espresso roast, chocolate, plums, creme de cassis, and licorice. Opulent, full-bodied, and seriously-endowed with no hard edges, this beauty should drink well for 10-12 years.

  2003
 
WA 92 Pts. - The consistently fine Right Bank cuvee is an homage to Bordeaux’s Pomerols and St.-Emilions. Usually a core blend of 60% Cabernet Franc and 40% Merlot, there are approximately 625 cases of this terrific offering. Like all Anderson’s wines, it spends 24-30 months in French oak before being bottled without filtration. The full-bodied 2003 Right Bank exhibits big, juicy aromas and flavors of blackberries, espresso roast, currants, licorice, smoke, and barbecue spice. Its finish is long and heady.
 
Connor Park
  Bendigo, Australia
  The Honour
  Shiraz
  2002
  Robert Parker 95 Points  - The Honour, a dense off-the-chart, potent Shiraz that spent 18 months in French oak. Readers looking for restrained Euro-styled wines should steer clear of this behemoth. It offers blackberry and cassis fruit intermixed with lead pencil shavings, smoke and high quality toasty oak. Full-bodied, massively rich, dense and well balanced for a wine of this weight and power. It should be at its finest in 2-3 years and last for 10-15.
 
     
Constant Diamond Mountain Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
 Constant Diamond Mtn Vineyard - Queen of Diamonds Estate - Northern Sonoma Syrah 2006
Constant Diamond Mountain Vineyard
  Napa Valley
  Cabernet Sauvignon
  2006
  2004
  2002
  1999
  1998
  1997
   
  Red Blend  Cabernet Sauvignon
  1995
   
  Cabernet Franc
  2007
   
  Queen of Diamonds Estate
  Northern Sonoma
  Syrah
  2006 
   
Corrina Rayment Shiraz Expatriate Oliver's Taranga 2005  
Corrina Rayment
  Expatriate
  Oliver's Taranga
  McLaren Vale
  Shiraz
  2005
   
 
Corison
  Napa Valley
  Cabernet Sauvignon
  1999
  Tasting Notes Journal: July 16, 2005
 
Corton Les Bressandes Grand Cru Corton Bressandes
Grand Cru
1992
 
 

Chateau Cos d'Estournel 1988 label on McNees.org/winesite

Chateau Cos d' Estournel 2ème cru classé
  Bordeaux St Estephe
  Chateau Cos d' Estournel Wine Label Library
Vintages Tasting Notes Journal/Reviews:
  1995   July 3, 1999
  1994 - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: 91 points - "A word of admiration and praise is in order for Bruno Prats. One of St.-Estephe's most forward thinking producers, Prats is never content with merely making outstanding wine. Over the last few years he has improved Cos d'Estournel, already one of the great wines of Bordeaux, by eliminating any filtration at bottling, and replacing the standard paper label with one made of plastic so it will not disintegrate in damp, humid cellars. Additionally, the quality of his wines in such difficult vintages as 1992 and 1993 has been remarkable. Readers should also note that a second wine, the beautifully packaged Les Pagodes de Cos, has been implemented with the 1994 vintage. It appears to be a fine second wine. While tasting through Cos d'Estournel's wines, it was interesting to taste the unfiltered 1994 against the same cuvee of wine that was put through the normal filtration. The filtered cuvee was an excellent wine (I rated it 88), but as Bruno Prats and several other people at the tasting could easily see, it had less opacity, color, and aromatic interest, and far less volume and mid-palate. Most Bordeaux chateaux continue to do too much fining and filtering, but some of the more seriously run estates are curtailing the most abusive clarification procedures, and are finally opening their minds to the negative impact too much fining and filtration can cause. Sadly, most of my colleagues have fallen hook, line, and sinker for the standard response from oenologists and producers on this issue "fining and filtration have no effect on a wine."" Feb/97
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
89-92 points - "The 1994 and 1995 vintages of Cos d'Estournel are slightly different in style, but are virtually equivalent in qualitative terms. The 1994 is one of the top wines of the vintage. It reveals a dense, opaque purple color, and a ripe, sweet nose of black fruits, smoke, vanillin, and licorice. Extremely well-made, this medium to full-bodied wine possesses surprising size, yet accessibility, and admirable purity. It will require 2-4 years of cellaring after its release, and promises to keep for 20 years." Apr/96
Wine Spectator:
91 points - "Outstanding quality for the vintage. A full-bodied Bordeaux that offers wonderful aromas of tobacco, berry and cedar, loads of refined tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Better from 2000. 22,000 cases made. (JS)" Jan/97
  1991   Feb 27, 2002
  1990   June 25, 2001
  1989 - 95 points Wine Spectator. According to Robert Parker: "The 1989 Cos d'Estournel will, in all likelihood, prove to be an outstanding wine... It is a medium-bodied, rich, concentrated wine displaying an impressive color, and a nose of super-ripe black fruits, toasty oak, and licorice. It tastes like a blend of the 1985 and 1982... The finish is long, alcoholic, and lush."
  1988   July 4, 1998, Sept 12, 2001, July 3, 1998
  1986 - 95 points Robert Parker: "Highly extracted wine, with a black/ruby color and plenty of toasty, smoky notes in its bouquet that suggest ripe plums and licorice. Evolving at a glacial pace, it exhibits massive, huge, ripe, extremely concentrated flavors with impressive depth and richness. It possesses more power, weight, and tannin than the more opulent and currently more charming 1985. Anticipated maturity: 1996-2010."
  1985 - Magnum, Dbl Magnum   Sept 30, 2001
  1981 - 750, Magnum   Aug 6, 2005, January 20, 2008
  1979   July 4, 1998
     
 
Consentino
 

CE2V

  Napa Valley
  Meritage
  1999
  Feb 18, 2006
Consentino
  Cigarzin
  California Zinfandel
  2004

 
Cornerstone Cellars
  Napa Valley
  Howell Mountain
  Cornerstone Vineyard
  Cabernet Sauvignon
  1997 - "This is an explosive, succulent, disarmingly thick, opulent effort, the dark purple Cabernet Sauvignon is a hedonist's dream. It offers a combination of powerful black cherry and cassis flavors presented in a flamboyant, full-bodied style with extravagant layers of fruit, glycerin, and extract. New oak aging is noticeable, but its impact is subtle. The tannin is well-concealed by a wealth of fruit. Drink this beauty over the next two decades." Robert M. Parker, Jr., The Wine Advocate (12/23/00) 94 points.
James Laube, The Wine Spectator (10/31/00)  - 96 points "An immense yet elegant wine—dark, ripe, rich, flavorful—with concentrated currant, black cherry, anise and wild berry, turning rich and polished on the finish. Best from 2002 through 2012."
  Beatty Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 - RM 90 RP 94 WS 96 - Perhaps this wine was 'closed' at this time. I found it a bit uninspiring relative to or not up to the hype and hyperbole of the pundits ratings. Too early? Let's hope so as I have several more bottles so time will tell. (This seemed to be the case with some other recent tastings of 1997 Napa Cabs - 97 BV Tapestry below). It was good never-the-less -  balanced, medium bodied, black cherry, black berry, anise and leather with moderate firm tannin and a hint of oak. Tasted w/ L, Ryan & Michelle with beef tenderloin on the deck. - July 19. 2008
Chataeu Coutet Grand Cru Classe Sauterne 2000 Label
Chateu Coutet
  Sauterne Barsac
  Bordeaux
  Premier Cru Classe
  2000
 
Craneford John Zulm Barossa Shiraz 2003 Label on McNees Winesite
Craneford
  John Zulm
  Barossa Valley
  Shiraz
  2004
   
Craneford
  Allyson Parsons Artist Series
  Barossa Valley
  Shiraz
  2003
  March 21, 2006 - RM 88 - $16 - Dark berry, black cherry and leather predominate with hints of spice and dark chocolate. Artist series label featuring painting by Australia artist Allyson Parsons - part of proceeds go to cancer research at Royal Adelaide Hospital.
 
Croft
  Vintage Port
  1997
1990
1985
1982
   
 
 
La Couspaude St Emilion Grand Cru Classe 2005
La Couspaude
  Bordeaux
  St Emilion Grand Cru
  Grand Cru Classe
  2005
   
 
 

 

Culler Howell Mountain Napa Valley Caberrnet Sauvignon 2005

Cullen La Pallette Napa Valley Red Wine 2005 Label
Culler
Culler Wine Label Library
  Napa Valley
  Howell Mountain
  Cabernet Sauvignon
  2005 - “This sensational mountain-styled Cabernet Sauvignon was made with excellent precision as well as freshness.” Robert Parker, 95 points
Napa Valley La Palette Red Wine
2005
- Karen Culler's La Palette is a blend of 91 Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Petit Verdot. It is densely saturated on both nose and palate, definitely due to the addition of the Petit Verdot. The wine is rich in flavor with a touch of sweet black cherry fruit and cassis and a touch of toasty vanilla. The wine is lush and elegant and flows over the tongue like expensive silk! This well-structured wine could use some time in the cellar, although after decanting for a good hour, this wine start showing its true colors! Should age well for a good 10 years! 900 cases produced
 
 
Cuvaison
  Napa Valley
  Cabernet Sauvignon
  1988
  Tasting Notes Journal: Sept 1, 2003,  Feb 9, 2003, Apr 10, 2004
 
 
Cyrus
Alexander Valley
Cabernet Sauvignon
2003
2002
 
 
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