Vinography & Tasting Notes

My wife and I started out heavy devotees of California Cabernets and Zinfandels. Over time we've broadened our tastes quite a bit, though we're still largely devoted to red wines. By the way, I call this a "Vinography" because I feel it's a descriptive and more pleasant term than "Wine Inventory." Given the way wines are enjoyed and cherished, it's closer in my mind to the concept of a "discography" or music we like, or a "bibliography" of books we've read to reach an idea or conclusion. It's also important to note that there is a website called "www.vinography.com" which is a most excellent blog on all things wine. Check it out!

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Tasting Notes

1992 Penfold's Grange Hermitage This was the first really gourmet wine I ever tried, courtesy of my friend Stephen Kahn. He served it rather matter-of-factly, but I remember being surprised at just how good it was. That would have been back around 1990.
1961 Chateau Latour

Another taste courtesy of Stephen Kahn. In this case we were celebrating the successful sale of our startup, Integrity QA Software at Star's Restaurant in Palo Alto (no longer exists, I believe). What an amazing vintage, and it's also the year Kathy and I were born. Purchasing this vintage is prohibitive any more, but I do recall that amazing meal where we also sampled Chateau Y'Quem with Foie Grax for the first time as well. This had to be sometime in1997.

Thank you Steve!

 

Vinography

Here is my cellar inventory, though often not up to date!

1996 E&E Black Pepper Shiraz Australian
1992 Penfold's Grange Hermitage Australian
Stanton & Killeen Australian Muscat
2004 Dominique Piron Beaujolais Nouveau
2004 Dominique Piron Village Beaujolais Nouveau
Mumm-Cuvee Napa Blanc De Noir
1986 Chateau Lafite Bordeaux
1970 Chateau Latour Bordeaux
1975 Chateau Latour Bordeaux
1983 Chateau Margaux Bordeaux
1982 Chateau Vin de Leoville Bordeaux
1959 Haut Brion Bordeaux
1989 Montrose Bordeaux
1998 Columbia Crest Cab/Merlot
1998 Rosemount Traditional Cab/Merlot
1998 Bargetto Cabernet
1994 Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet
1996 Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet
1995 Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet
1993 Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet
1994 Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet
1995 Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet
1992 Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet
Bob's Really Good Wine Cabernet
1995 BV Georges de Latour Pvt Reserve Cabernet
1997 Cain Cuvee Cabernet
1993 Caymus Cabernet
1997 Caymus 760ml Cabernet
1991 Caymus Special Selection Cabernet
1992 Caymus Special Selection Cabernet
1992 Caymus Special Selection Cabernet
1994 Caymus Special Selection Cabernet
1994 Caymus Special Selection Cabernet
1995 Caymus Special Selection Cabernet
1995 Caymus Special Selection Cabernet
1996 Chateau Montelena Cabernet
1995 Chateau St Jean Cabernet
1996 Chateau St Jean Cabernet
1996 Chateau St Jean Cabernet
1996 Chateau St Jean Cabernet
1990 Dalla Valle Cabernet
1991 Dalla Valle Cabernet
1996 Dalla Valle Maya Cabernet
1997 Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet
1997 Diamond Creek Red Rock Terrace Cabernet
1997 Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill Cabernet
1987 Dominus Cabernet
1987 Dominus Cabernet
1990 Dominus Cabernet
1991 Dominus Cabernet
1991 Dominus Cabernet
1994 Dominus Cabernet
1994 Dominus Cabernet
1987 Dominus Cabernet
1992 Dominus Cabernet
1996 Dominus Cabernet
1994 Dominus ex. Lg Cabernet
1996 Dominus Napanook Cabernet
1994 Dominus Napanook Cabernet
1986 Dunn Cabernet
1990 Ferrari Carano Cabernet
1995 Groth NV Reserve Cabernet
1997 Hans Fahden Cabernet
1995 Joseph Phelps Insignia Cabernet
1996 La Jota Howell Mountian Cabernet
1996 Oxford Cabernet
1998 Raymond Reserve Cabernet
1990 Renaissance Cabernet
1990 Ridge Montebello Cabernet
1992 Ridge Montebello Cabernet
1994 Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Researve Cabernet
1998 Robert Mondovi Reserve Cabernet
1999 Robert Mondovi Cabernet
1994 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet
1994 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet
1994 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet
1994 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet
1994 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet
1995 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet
1993 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet
1994 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet
1995 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet
1995 Silver Oak Alexander Valley - Large Cabernet
1994 Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet
1993 Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet
2001 Soquel Vineyards Cabernet
2000 Soquel Vineyards Cabernet
1994 Soquel Vineyards Cabernet
2001 Sterling Vintners Collection Cabernet
1990 Bollinger Grande Anee Champagne
Bollinger Special Cuvee Champagne
Chandon Brut Champagne
1992 Dom Perignon Champagne
Henri Germain Champagne
2000 Korbel Time Square Brut Champagne
Louis Roederer Brut Premier Champagne
1982 Maison Deutz Brut Champagne
Nicolas Feuiuatte Brut Champagne
Perrier Jouet Champagne
Piper Heidsiek Brut Champagne
Piper Sonoma Brut Champagne
Pol Roger Brut Champagne
2000 Taitenger XLG Champagne
1997 Beringer Private Reserve Chardonay
1999 Soquel Vineyards Chardonay
2000 Soquel Vineyards Chardonay
2003 Soquel Vineyards Partners Reserve Chardonay
2002 Soquel Vineyards Private Reserve Chardonay
Roudon Smith Claret
Bollinger Special Couvee
Eden Roc Dry Sherry
1998 Windsor Vineyards Fume Blanc
2002 Beringer Gewurztraminer
2002 Inniskillin Ice Wine
2001 Quail's Gate Riesling Ice Wine
2001 Catena Malbec
1996 Opus One Meritage
1996 Opus One Meritage
1996 Opus One Meritage
1992 Opus One Meritage
1996 Opus One Meritage
1996 Opus One Meritage
1994 Opus One - Lg Meritage
2001 Bargetto Merlot
1992 Beringer Howell Mountain Bancroft Ranch Merlot
1998 Rutherford Hill Merlot
2002 Soquel Vineyards Merlot
2001 Soquel Vineyards Merlot
2003 Soquel Vineyards Merlot
2000 Soquel Vineyards Merlot
2001 Soquel Vineyards Partners Reserve Merlot
2001 Soquel Vineyards Partners Reserve Merlot
1999 Soquel Vineyards Partners Reserve Merlot
1999 La Famiglia Moscato Bianco
2002 Quady California Black Muscat
1999 La Famiglia Pino Grigio
Roudon Smith Pinot Noir
2003 Soquel Vineyards Partners Reserve Pinot Noir
2003 Soquel Vineyards Pinot Noir
1996 Beringer Port
1995 Graham's Malvedos Port
1998 BV Reserve Red
2003 Vigneti Villa Franca Red
2003 Bonny Doon Ca' Del Solo Sangiovese
1988 Chateau d'Yquem 375ml Sauterene
1993 Chateau d'Yquem 375ml Sauterene
1997 Chateau d'Yquem 375ml Sauterene
1990 Chateau Y'Quem 375ml Sauterene
1998 Robert Mondovi Sauvinion Blanc Botrytis
2002 McLaren Vale Shiraz
1997 Penfolds Grange Shiraz
2000 Kartuli Vazi Sweet Red
2003 Soquel Vineyards Trinity
2000 Soquel Vineyards Trinity
2001 Soquel Vineyards Trinity
Kirigin Cellars Vino De Mocca
1963 Cockburn's Vintage Port
1967 Cockburn's Vintage Port
1963 Dow Vintage Port
1970 Dow Vintage Port
1966 Dow Vintage Port
1970 Fonseca Vintage Port
1970 Fonseca Vintage Port
1977 Fonseca Vintage Port
1977 Fonseca Vintage Port
1977 Graham Vintage Port
1985 Graham Vintage Port
1977 Graham Vintage Port
1977 Graham's Vintage Port
1994 Graham's Vintage Port
1985 Graham's Vintage Port
2001 Hunter Hill Vintage Port
30yr Presidential Porto Tawny Vintage Port
40yr Presidential Porto Tawny Vintage Port
2000 Quinta Do Vesuvio Vintage Port
1957 Sandeman's Vintage Port
1963 Sandeman's Vintage Port
2000 Smith Woodhouse Vintage Port
1983 St. Amanti Vintage Port
1960 Taylor Vintage Port
1977 Taylor's Vintage Port
2003 Bonny Doon Cardinal Zinfandel
1996 Martinelli Zinfandel
1997 Ridge Geyserville Zinfandel
2002 Rosenblum Cellars Zinfandel
2002 Roudon Smith Zinfandel
2003 Soquel Vineyards Zinfandel
2001 Soquel Vineyards Zinfandel
2002 Soquel Vineyards Old Vine Zinfandel
2002 Soquel Vineyards Zinfandel
2001 Soquel Vineyards California Old Vines Zinfandel
1997 Turley Grist Vineyard Zinfandel
1997 Turley Tofanelli Vineyards Zinfandel
1997 Turley Zinfandel
1997 Turley Aida Zinfandel
1997 Turley Black Sears Zinfandel
1997 Turley Duarte Zinfandel
1997 Turley Moore Earthquake Zinfandel
2002 Turley Zinfandel
1982 Grand Vin de Leovile

Wines I'd Like to Try

Brown Estate Zinfandel: Recommended by Alder Yarrow who runs the excellent www.vinography.com web site.

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