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WTN: Recent California Wines


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2001 Ravenswood Zinfandel Old Vines Sonoma County

Sonoma County, California

Medium-ruby red. Aromas of cherry, red fruit, cotton candy. Medium-full boided with black fruit, alcohol, spice, pepper, and candied orange peel. Very tannic. Long, dry finish, ~30-40s with spice notes. 87 points (03/28/2004).

2000 Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley, California

Crystal clear ruby red. Aromas of tobacco, roasated coffee bean, cherry, earth. Medium-bodied with coffee and tobacco replays along with red sliced plums. Moderate finish with tobacco continuing through. 86 points (03/28/2004).

2001 Blackstone Syrah


Deep garnet/purple colour. Aromas of barnyard, black cherry cough syrup, and oak. Full-bodied with oak, pepper, alcohol, and plenty of tannins. Rough on the edges. Needs to smooth out. Moderate length finish. 82 points (03/28/2004).

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