Category Archives: Taste – Red Wines

OH, IF WE COULD ALL ONLY AGE THIS GRACEFULLY!
Here at Madroña, we taste our way through hundreds of different wines every year. Needless to say in the over 30 years we’ve been making Madroña wines, we’ve tasted more wines than we can count. Truly, one of the great aspects of my job is getting to taste the wines we have made over the years. In each wine, live memories of a particular harvest year that recall friends and family, food and wine, and lots of hard work. So here I sit, with glasses spread out in front of me experiencing the wines – and that harvest – once again. My dilemma is always which wine to highlight.

2008 Shiraz/Cabernet

Having just finished bottling all of the ’08 Bordeaux and the ’08 Reserve Syrah, my hands are stained black with wine.  A wonderful vintage whose hallmark will be its opulence, the 2008 reds are outstanding and lush.  The 2008 Shiraz/Cabernet … Continue reading

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2004 Syrah – Reserve (March 2010)

March 2010 – Cheery and earthy spice with big fruit.  Intense, rich and bold, full-bodied with a hint of black pepper.  Age 3-5 more years.

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1999 Syrah – Reserve (May 2010)

May 2010 – The 1999 Syrah Reserve is aging beautifully, with dense cherry characters layered with some gaminess and a hint of tobacco.  The palate is holding up well, medium-bodied and finishing up with some bigger tannins.   Drink now … Continue reading

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2002 Quintet – Reserve (March 2010)

March 2010 – Cherry and dark berry, with a hint of cedar spice, rich palate textured, finish lingers with black berry fruit.  Drink or age for 4-6 more years.

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1998 Quintet – Reserve (December 2009)

December 2009 – Tobacco and hints of spice (clove, cinnamon, plum, cherry) in the nose.  For the palate, think freshly picked cherry with a hint of tartness.  Aging nicely, Drink or hold 2-3 years.

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1997 Cabernet Sauvignon (December 2009)

December 2009 – dark cherry nose with hints of herbal, and olives (kalamata).  Opens nicely.  Nice fruit on the nose and palate.  Leaner body, showing some age.  Drink or lay down 1-2 years.

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2007 Cabernet Franc (March 2010)

March 2010 – slight reduction in nose, vanilla coffee, cherry , high ton cherry fruit up front, big tannins, cherries.  This is a big wine.  Hold 2-3 years more.

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