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DSC00476.JPG (29454 bytes) Woodward Canyon

2000 Merlot Columbia Valley
: 84% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Cabernet Franc.
Bottling Date:
November 20, 2001
Release Date:
Spring 2002
1,977 cases (750ml), 40 cases (1.5L), 55 cases (375ml)
asting Note:
The wine shows extraordinary definition and focus for such a young wine.  The ability to blend with such incredible components has allowed the wine maker to produce a spectacular wine with deep color, ripe Bing cherry and concentrated cassis, chocolate and mocha.  Vanilla spice from new barrels makes for a surprisingly complex red wine.  The finish is long and generous. Wine Spectator 91 Points

5200 yen
DSC00479.JPG (20263 bytes) Glen Fiona

2001 Syrah Bacchus Vineyard
Columbia Valley
Varietal Percentage: 100% Syrah; Bacchus Vineyard, Pasco, WA
whole-berry fermentation; 72-hour cold maceration followed by a 17-day primary fermentation using multiple Côtes-du-Rhône isolates; pneumatage employed for cap management; bladder-pressed prior to complete dryness; finished in cask
Fermentation: spontaneous inoculation; 100% complete
: six weeks in near-neutral American and Oregon oak barrels for settling and ML inoculation; not fined nor filtered
Winemakerfs Notes:
Typical of the Bacchus Syrah is its wild cherry and black cherry components, but this year those are overlain by a red raspberry essence, a characteristic of many Rhône-style wines.  An un-wooded wine intended for early consumption, the Bacchus Vineyard Syrah consistently succeeds in providing great enjoyment of foods with which it is paired. Favorite pairings include peppercorn New York steak, cubed leg of lamb and shitake mushroom kebabs, spicy red sauces atop penne pasta, and al fresco lunches of coppacolla sausage, Gorgonzola cheese and salt-cured black olives.

4150 yen
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Glen Fiona

Syrah Walla Walla Valley

Appellation: Walla Walla Valley
Varietal Percentage:
90% Syrah; Pepper Bridge Vineyard, Morrison Lane Vineyard, Cailloux Vineyard. 10% Viognier; Morrison Lane Vineyard.
whole berry co-fermentation of both varieties; 72-hour cold maceration followed by an 18-day primary fermentation using multiple Côtes-du-Rhône isolates; pneumatage employed for cap management; bladder-pressed before complete dryness; finished in cask.
Malolactic Fermentation:
spontaneous inoculation; 100% complete.
Winemakerfs Notes:
In this wine one finds bakerfs cocoa, ripe blackberry and even white peppercorn, a pleasant and piquant alter-ego of the black spice. It easily succeeds in providing a sensational addition to the Rhône-style section of your cellar. Glen Fionafs benchmark wines are made from Walla Walla Valley fruit, and they continue to be the wineryfs finest offerings in its range of appellation-based Syrahs. An age-worthy, finely structured wine, the 1999 Glen Fiona Walla Walla Valley Syrah is fully capable of reaching its peak from 2007 to 2009.  If you canft wait, it shows well now and will be a pleasant and perfect accompaniment to peppercorn steak, grilled vegetables, salmon, lamb chops or kebabs.

2600 yen
DSC00475.JPG (12695 bytes) Waterbrook

2001 Melange Columbia Valley
31% Sangiovese, 25% Syrah, 23% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon
Aged in 30% new oak for 10 months. 54% American and 46% European oak.
July to mid-August 2002 
Cases Produced:
Tasting Note: Rich in texture, almost explosively flavorful, more in the mouth than on the nose, bursting with berry, floral and spicy character that lasts and lasts on the generous finish. 

2500 yen
DSC00477.JPG (20948 bytes) LfEcole No. 41

2001 eBarrel Fermentedf Semillon Columbia Valley
89% Semillon, 11% Sauvignon Blanc
Yakima Bend Ranch, Klipsun, Charbonneau, Seven Hills Vineyard, Vanessa, and Fries.
aged in 2nd year French oak with 65% aged sur lie for 6 months. Malolactic fermentation introduced in barrel.
Alcohol: 13.9arrel.cedonarstdk.ivan.comery f% by volume
Tasting Note: Remarkably brilliant and buoyed by crisp acidity, this wine shows loads of ripe citrus layered nicely with floral notes of orange blossom, honeysuckle and sweet nectar. 

2580 yen
A little about the producer of the first 4 wines we have here.

Giuseppe Quintarelli

Established early 1900s Owner Giuseppe Quintarelli Production 4,500 cases Vineyard area 30 acres (12 ha)

Quintarelli is often termed Valpolicella's magician. His approach is strongly traditionalist with few concessions to modernity. Although his wines, technically, can display faults--and bottle-to-bottle variance--they are so weighty, multi-layered, full of personality and, well, unique that any faults seem to enhance their character rather than detract from it. The "standard" Valpolicella is a ripasso, the Amaroneis nothing short of stellar.


amarone_della_valpolicella_95.jpg (33320 bytes) Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Superione 1995
Giuseppe Quintarelli

Behind the wine:
Giuseppe Quintarelli is one of the wine world's great individualists, making his wine his way, which is far from the modern way, involving as it does many years of finishing in large old Slavonian oak barrels. The grapes are dried till March, then pressed, giving a final yield far below that obtainable from fresh grapes.
23,500 yen
alzero_94.jpg (28086 bytes) Alzero Cabernet Franc 1994
Giuseppe Quintarelli
I just recently had the great pleasure of tasting this wine, in a word it is OUTSTANDING! It is slightly sweet, and packed with power. Every trip to the the glass is a new look at this wonderful wine. Has a fresh kind of young Port taste to it, but it is very much it's own unique wine, very much off the beaten track, and very memorable. It is still quite young, but it is also VERY drinkable now. I can imagine it aging beautifully for 20 to 30 years!! Only 265 cases made!
21,000 yen
recito_della_valpolicella_93.jpg (25664 bytes) Recieto della Valpolicella Classico 1993
Giuseppe Quintarelli

Best Drinking: 2000 to 2015
Drink with: Drink it when you'd drink Port; and suffer less the next morning
Wine background
14% plus 3% residual sugar. Made as Amarone, except that less of the sugars are transformed into alcohol. Quintarelli does not try to force wines in any direction, lets them take their own course in barrel.

Nicolas Belfrage MW Apr 04 2000 Rating: 90 out of 100
Redolent of ripe cherries on the nose. Great richness of ripe cherry, cherry liqueur fruit on palate, sweet and scrumptious but with a satisfying bitter twist at the back which prevents anything cloying. Acidity also helps give balance.

14,300 yen
@ Valpolicella 1995
Giuseppe Quintarelli
4650 yen
@ Primofiore 2000
Giuseppe Quintarelli
3800 yen
brancaia_2000.jpg (33661 bytes) La Brancaia Il Blu IGT 2000

Robert Parker 90 points

The 2000 Il Blu boasts a dense ruby/purple color in addition to aromas of espresso, sweet, toasty French oak, new saddle leather, black currants, and blackberries. Deep, medium to full-bodied, and powerful, it requires 2-3 years of cellaring, and should last for 12-15.

brancaia_chianti_2000.jpg (23249 bytes) La Brancaia Chianti Classico 2000

Robert Parker 89 points

The deep ruby/purple-colored 2000 Chianti Classico reveals a seductive, sexy bouquet of sweet black cherries, leather, camphor, licorice, and cedar. Medium to full-bodied, earthy, round, and heady, with no hard edges, it will drink well for 4-5 years.

3300 yen
@ Macon-Vergisson "La Roche" 2000
1980 yen