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Friday, September 24, 2004

Red Wines of Chatter Creek ..... Past and Present

Red Wines
Santa Rita Valle del Rapel, Chile
       Merlot 2002
            Santa Rita is an elegant dry wine and is perfect with roasted
            grilled meats and cheese.

Carmen Central Valley, Chile
      Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
            The wine exhibits a bright ruby colour with intense aromas of
            cherries, strawberries, raspberries and cassis. On the palate,
            the wine shows intense fruit flavours, soft tannins, a medium
            body and a lingering finish.
       Cabernet Merlot 2002
            The wine shows a beautiful deep ruby colour, with intense
            aromas of ripe red fruits, cassis, cream, mint, cacao and an
            intense spicy character. The balance of fruit and tannins is
            perfect, soft and ripe. It is a full, deep and meaty wine,
            medium to full-bodied and offers a very long aftertaste.

Stone Cellars by Beringer Napa Valley, California, USA
      Cabernet Sauvignon 2000
            Nice peppery, spicy, saddle leather nose with earthy, waxy
            aromas and blackberry, cassis and mint. Expect a smooth, round
            polished structure with very light, dry tannins. Good blackberry,             earthy, cherry licorice, vanilla flavours with a touch of coffee
            mocha in the finish.

Tinhorn Creek Oliver, BC, Canada
            This Merlot is very deep in colour and tannin extraction.
            It has a rich mouthfeel and good body intensity and should
            soften over time. Berry fruits, rich oak-vanilla and spicy flavours
            dominate the taste.

Kettle Valley Naramata, BC, Canada
      Pinot Noir
            “Full bodied. This wine was fermented and aged in American and
            French oak barrels for 16 months before being bottled. Rich and
            Full this Pinot Noir has more taste and will keep you guessing.”

Calliope BC, Canada
      Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon
            “Impressing us with it's smoothness of tannin, velvety texture and
            rich fruit, 85% merlot and 15% cabernet sauvignon, the wine has
            spent 16 months lounging in American oak barrels. Full bodied, its             complexity makes this wine compatible with all rich, savoury

Ravenswood Sonoma, California USA
      Vintners Blend 2001 Zinfandel
            A well structured Zinfandel with a charming, youthful fruit
            character. This wine is an ideal complement to pasta, poultry,
            red meats or other highly-flavoured dishes.”

Casa de la Ermita Jumilla, Spain
      Purple Capsule 2000
            "This wine was aged in French and American oak for ten months
            prior to being bottled unfiltered. It is a blend of estate
            grown Mourvèdre, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Tempranillo.
            The wine offers beautiful purity, admirable ripeness, and a
            mouthfilling, fleshy personality. There are 3,000 cases of this
            blockbuster, sweet, jammy, black fruit-scented and flavored
            Tinto. This teeth-staining, seriously endowed red will drink well
            for 2-3 years."

Villa Antinori , Italy
      Chianti Classico Riserva
            “Nice peppery, spicy, saddle leather nose with earthy, waxy
            aromas and blackberry, Rich in extract with a soft, lingering
            finish. Well aged delicious with your steak or your poultry”

Château de Nages Rhone, France
      Cuvée Joseph Torres 2000
            "Remarkable silky wine from an unheralded rising-star appellation.
            Elegant, refined, sophisticated and modern, it’s full-bodied
            and balanced, with floral aromas and mineral, wet earth
            and blackberry flavors. Drink now through 2010.
            2,080 cases made.”

Nicolas Catena , Catena , Argentina
      Lunlunta Vineyard Malbec 2001
            “Once again, the house style awaits: toast and char on the nose.
            But it's not masking anything; instead, that smoky edge not only
            carries but also adds a buttery edge to the strawberry,
            raspberry, chocolate and coffee that complete this textbook

Pirrammima, McLaren Vale, Australia
      Shiraz 2001
            Bright, distinctive and stylish. Firm-textured, lithe and
            nicely muscled with ripe blackberry, cherry and dusky spice
            flavors that sail on and on, shaded with a layer of spicy oak.
            Best from 2004 through 2012.”

Liberty School Paso Robles, USA
      Cabernet Sauvignon 2000
            “The aromatic complexity of this wine is very engaging:
            blackberry brambles, layers with dark cherry, chocolate and
            cassis combine in a way typical of Cabernet Sauvignon in
            its most pure expression. On the palate, initial softness
            amplifies into a warm, supple firmness. The aromas in the
            mouth clearly evoke those found in the nose. Whole
            this wine is approachable, balanced and elegant today, it
            will drink beautifully for up to five years from the vintage date”.

Dom. de Beaurenard Rhône Valley, France
      Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2001
            "From the Rhône comes this blockbuster. Both modern and
            traditional, a full-bodied red that bridges the past and
            the present, this is packed with Turkish Delight dessert,
            ripe and sweet fruit and lush tannins, with lots of
            spicy, smoky character and a round, caressing feel in
            the midpalate … Highly Recommended.”