Vincent Girardin 2005 Corton Charlemagne

Tasting notes: This silky, intense Corton Charlemagne from the stupendous 2005 vintage shows pure, amazing chardonnay fruit laced with deep notes of oak and minerals. Incredibly rich and complex, its many shimmering layers of flavor are all set on creamy texture and a firm base of acidity that keeps the wine fresh in the mouth […]

Château Cheval Blanc 2005 Saint-Émilion Grand Cru

Tasting notes: As might be expected, Cheval Blanc outperforms, exhibiting a heady nose of lush black fruit and spice followed by complex notes of cocoa, vanilla and berry on the palate. It finishes as seamlessly as it begins. Worth knowing: Château Cheval Blanc was owned by the Fourcaud-Laussac family for 166 years. They sold the […]

Celani Family Vineyards 2005 Ardore Cabernet Sauvignon

Tasting notes: The Celani Family Vineyards 2005 Ardore Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits fruit and sarsaparilla aromas and an alluring blend of boysenberry, black-cherry, and currant flavors. The French-oak barrels used for aging lend spice to a long finish that promises great cellaring potential. Worth knowing: Theories about the function of the punt—the depression in the bottom […]

Dana Estates Helms Vineyard 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon

Tasting notes: This dark red brims with black-cherry, black-currant, and blackberry flavors that give way on the finish to soft tannins accented by earthy clove and red apple. Only 440 cases were produced. Worth knowing: Although its inaugural wine was released to collectors only late last year, Dana Estates has deep ties in Napa Valley. […]

Howell at the Moon 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon

Tasting notes: Brooding, dark, and fragrant, this reveals blackberry, blueberry, and raspberry on the nose. Earthy cedar and clove, attar of rose, and mineral precede a long finish of sweet red apple. Worth knowing: Howell at the Moon is a Napa cabernet sauvignon whose name alludes punningly to an activity of Tysie, the Jack Russell […]

Quinta do Vallado 2005 Adelaide Douro Red

Tasting notes: A blend primarily of tinta roriz, touriga franca, and tinta amarela varietals, this wine is unctuous, black-red, and redolent of rose hips, grape lozenges, and sarsparilla. The palate melds sultry flavors of sweet mesquite smoke, black plum, chocolate, and coriander into a generous finish. Worth knowing: Although Quinta do Vallado was founded by […]

Dolce 2005 Napa Valley

Tasting notes: The Dolce 2005 Napa Valley, though lavishly textured and dense, remains surprisingly light on the tongue, with flavors of lemon meringue, coconut custard, and torrone. Worth knowing: Ever since the late 17th century, when Hungarians discovered the ability of botrytis cinerea, or noble rot, to transform the juice of a simple grape into […]

Château de Tracy 2005 Pouilly-Fumé Haute Densité

Tasting notes: The Château de Tracy 2005 Pouilly-Fumé Haute Densité is a masterfully delineated rendition of sauvignon blanc—silky smooth, with juicy citrus, bright acidity, structured minerality, and tremendous depth and style. Worth knowing: The flinty, chalky, 76-acre estate of Château de Tracy, near Sancerre in the eastern Loire Valley, has a long and noble history. […]

Dr. Loosen 2005 Auslese Ürziger Würzgarten

Tasting notes: A polished and stylish Riesling that explodes with apricot, honey, and racy lime and possesses amazing depth. Worth knowing: An archaeologist by training, Dr. Ernst Loosen remedied many of the ills that plagued his family’s estate when he took it over in 1987: reducing crop yields, halting all chemical fertilization, and revising cellar […]

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