Gift of Wine…

Earlier in my postings, I mentioned that I just moved to a new place. Well, my neighbors – Jeff and Clare Flosi, whose two sons are great friends of mine, bought me a couple of great bottles of wine. Listed below is one that a friend also HIGHLY recommended as well. Below is a review of these two particular wines. As you can see it scores over 90 and 85 respectively and is from Australia and Napa Valley, two place that have produced great vintages as of late.

WINE #1
1999 Leasingham Wines Classic Clare Cabernet Sauvignon Clare Valley
Winery: Leasingham Wines
Style: Red Wine
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Australia
Price: $36.99

Expert Ratings:
Steve Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar: 90 points
Professional Reviews
By Jeremy OliverStephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, Jul/Aug ’02 Rated: 90($39) Deep, dark red. Perfumed aromas of crushed violet, minty cassis and dark plum, with well-integrated oak tones of cedar and vanilla. Pristine, supple and long, with bright, penetrating blackberry flavor supported by generous but harmonious oak treatment. One of the finest Clare Valley cabernets of recent years, with a typical undercurrent of peppermint flavor.

San Francisco Wine Competition 2002
AWARD WINNER –
Double Gold
Leasingham Wines Best Cabernet Sauvignon 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon Bin 56 Clare Valley Australia Pacific Wine Partners – Gonzales, CA

I’m not planning on storing it. As soon as I meet a young lady that I enjoy hanging out with, well, we’re going to drink it. Yeah, so basically that means that I AM adding it to my collection!

WINE #2
2001 Rutherford Ranch Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon is a classic, rich wine with deep, ruby red color and aromas of ripe sweet, dark cherry and lush full blackberry. This wine is full bodied and wonderfully complex. Flavors of raspberry, sweet red plums, blackberry and vanilla fill your mouth. Enjoy the creamy, toasted oak and hints of mocha with smooth tannins for a long, satisfying finish.

Food Recommendation: This classic Cabernet is excellent with all red meats, chicken and spicy dishes, such as curried lamb. Don’t be afraid to try this with roasted duck for a wonderful culinary experience!

Winemaker’s Notes: The 2001 growing season was unusual because the normal gentle spring rains and cool weather were interrupted by a warm week that made a meager set of the cluster flowers known as “shatter”. This thinning and yield lessening by natural causes allowed greater flavor concentration in the remaining grapes. This intensified the fruit characteristics, enhancing the wine’s character. The autumn ripening was moderate and mild. All vineyards were picked when the sweetness and acidity came into balance and the fruit tasted the best.

AWARDS? Oh, let’s see…
2001 NAPA VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Winner of the Cincinnati Cabernet Challenge
AND theBoston Expo Cabernet Challenge

Click on the awards to see entire, full-ad of the award in .PDF format.


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