2003

Trimbach 2003 Riesling Clos Ste. Hune Alsace

Founded over 400 years ago, Domaine Trimbach produces the definitive Alsatian dry white wine, thanks to the limestone-rich soils of Ribeauvillé. This vintage exhibits reserved grapefruit, limestone, and pear flavors and should age gracefully for more than a decade

Taylor Family Vineyards 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District

Tasting notes: A dark, sultry infusion of chocolate, cherry, ripe black plum, and fragrant cedar, this velvety red’s color, scent, taste, and texture are guaranteed to enrapture four of the five senses. Worth knowing: Though the first winery in Napa Valley’s Stags Leap District opened its doors in 1878, California’s best-known varietal, cabernet sauvignon, did […]

Merry Edwards 2003 Klopp Ranch Pinot Noir

Tasting notes: Exhibits the dark color and rich texture of a cabernet, yet its lively acids and wonderful rose-petal aromas remind one that this is pinot at its purest. Worth knowing: Merry Edwards is a maverick, having persevered in her goal of becoming a winemaker at a time when the profession boasted few women. Today, […]

Domaine Christian Moreau 2003 Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos

Tasting notes: An exercise in subtlety, with lovely ripeness, firm acidity, great length, and rich floral notes. Worth knowing: Vines older than 50 years give complex minerality to the wines of Christian Moreau, which are made with great attention to detail both in the vineyard and in the chai.

Château Suduiraut 2003 Sauternes

Tasting notes: Ripe, dense, creamy, toasty, and amazingly supple, this vintage will only improve with age. Worth knowing: This property has gone through many hands since it passed from the ownership of the Suduiraut family in the early 19th century. Suduiraut is remarkably consistent from year to year and always a superb value.

Beckman Vineyards 2003 Purisima Mountain Vineyard Grenache

Tasting notes: A mischievous medley of tart berry, pomegranate, and vibrant acidity—an intense and fun complement to well-spiced paella. Worth knowing: Focusing primarily on Rhône varietals (except for a cabernet sauvignon and a sauvignon blanc), the Beckmen family, despite their considerable acreage, work with small vineyard blocks to produce their portfolio of boutique wines.