Rick's Picks Wine Ratings

Sorted by Variety, descending by Rating

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Winery Variety Year Label Info Rating Comments
Lichine Beaujolais 1986 4 Nose: no nose
Taste: flat, thin, short
Drouhin Beaujolais-Village 1986 7-8 Nose: good nose
Taste: smooth, fruity, not acid
Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Village 1986 5 Nose: med nose
Taste: thin, little fruit
Drouhin Beaujolais-Village 1988 4 Nose: good nose
Taste: very acid, short, thin
Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon 1989 Alexander Valley 7-8 Nose: big, fruity cabernet nose
Taste: enormous taste, v berry
Color: dk red
General: almost overpowering
Sterling Cabernet Sauvignon 1991 Diamond Mountain Ranch 7-8 Nose: very fruity, tannic, slightly peppery
Taste: long, dry, berries in the middle, almost overwhelming fruit and spice
Color: dark purple
General: closed when cold, almost overpowering when warm
Sterling Cabernet Sauvignon 1985 Diamond Mountain Ranch 7-8 Nose: intense fruit, hi alc
Taste: intense, long, low tannin
General: wonderful, one of my favorites, bought several cases
Saint Morillon Cabernet Sauvignon 1985 Chile 7 Nose: big nose
Taste: good middle taste, sl acid, fruity
General: great value
Beaulieu Cabernet Sauvignon 1985 Rutherford 6-7 Nose: good nose, like merlot
Taste: dry, tannic, lt taste, grapy
General: smells like merlot, but 100% cab
Beaulieu Cabernet Sauvignon 1984 6-7 Nose: little nose
Taste: med taste, dry
Color: purple, grapy
General: good value
Girard Cabernet Sauvignon 1983 Napa 6-7 Nose: great grapy nose
Taste: dry, tannic, sl acid
General: opens up a lot in half hour
Sterling Cabernet Sauvignon 1991 Diamond Mountain Ranch 6-7 Nose: great, sharp, berries, cherry, high alcohol
Taste: very dry, closed
Color: v dark red
General: 1 ton tannic
Sterling Cabernet Sauvignon 1986 Napa 6-7 Nose: med nose, fruity
Taste: big taste, berries, acid
General: half ton
Gordon Grant Cabernet Sauvignon 1986 6 Nose: oaky, citrus
Taste: a little flat
General: nose like a chardonnay, believe it or not
Ravenswood Cabernet Sauvignon 1985 6 Nose: lt nose, opened after 1 hour
Taste: soft, flowery, no tannin
Color: dark, inky purple
General: won't last
William Wheeler Cabernet Sauvignon 1985 Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County 6 Nose: med, sl fruity
Taste: some fruit but some dirt, too, tannic, heavy, v dry
Color: v dk purple
General: past its prime, sorry to say; this was killer when young
Beaulieu Cabernet Sauvignon 1985 Rutherford 5-6 Nose: good nose
Taste: v dry, tannic, lt taste
Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon 1985 5-6 Nose: med nose, some cab
Taste: v dry, sl closed, little fruit
Color: purple red
General: past its prime
Neyers Cabernet Sauvignon 1985 Napa Valley 5-6 Nose: good nose, spicy, berries
Taste: closed, tannic
Color: purple
Glen Ellen Cabernet Sauvignon 1986 Proprietor's Reserve 5 Nose: lt clean nose, fruity
Taste: short, sour late
General: 1/2 ton
Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 1982 5 Nose: smoky, raisiny
Taste: dry, earthy, tannic, grapy
General: 1 ton tannic
Ravenswood Cabernet Sauvignon 1986 5 Nose: cloves
Taste: sl tannic, med long
Color: inky purple
Sterling Cabernet Sauvignon 1990 Diamond Mountain Ranch 4 Nose: closed, woody, musty
Taste: wood, no fruit
Color: v dark purple
General: 3 tons tannic
Beaulieu Chablis 1985 Napa 6 Taste: smooth, med dry, lt taste, not acid
General: great for price
Sterling Chardonnay 1985 Napa 7-8 Nose: big flowery nose
Taste: acid, buttery, thick, long
Cuvaison Chardonnay 1989 Napa Valley 7 Nose: med, oaky
Taste: smooth, even
De Loach Chardonnay 1992 Sonoma 7 Nose: oaky, hi alc
Taste: smooth, long
General: v typical Calif chard, alc 13.5%
Raymond Chardonnay 1993 Amberhill 7 Nose: apple, grape, sweet fruits
Taste: oaky, chardonnay, sl sour late
Color: sl green
Robert Mondavi Chardonnay 1989 Napa Valley 7 Nose: big nose, fruity, sl citrus
Taste: clean taste, sl sweet, long finish
Sterling Chardonnay 1986 Napa Valley 7 Nose: good nose, rich
Taste: smooth, lt taste, not over-flowery
General: overall very good
Villa Mt Eden Chardonnay 1984 Napa 7 Nose: v good nose, grassy
Taste: v dry, late taste
General: good balance
William Wheeler Chardonnay 1984 Sonoma 7 Nose: big nose
Taste: big taste, sl too acid
General: sour aftertaste when warm, dandy at 50-60 deg F
Black Opal Chardonnay 1989 Southeast Australia 6-7 Nose: lt nose
Taste: lt taste
General: almost sauvignon blanc
Buena Vista Chardonnay 1989 Napa Valley 6-7 Nose: sl nose, toast
Taste: good, clear taste, long, citrus late
Chateau Ste Michelle Chardonnay 1989 Columbia Valley 6-7 Nose: lt nose, sl veggie, hi alc
Taste: sl sour, sl astringent
General: more like sauvignon blanc
Cuvaison Chardonnay 1987 Napa Valley 6-7 Nose: medium, oaky, a little butter
Taste: good chardonnay, acid finish, long
Color: gold
General: past its prime, used to be sweeter
Cuvaison Chardonnay 1987 Napa Valley 6-7 Nose: med
Taste: acid, sl sour, grassy
General: end of life, last bottle of case
Dry Creek Chardonnay 1992 Sonoma 6-7 Nose: big nose, citrusy
Taste: grapefruit, good acid
General: sl like fume blanc, alc 13.5%
Lindemans Chardonnay 1987 Australia, bin 65 6-7 Nose: good nose, butter, oak
Taste: sl sweet early, tangy when warm
Mark Swann Chardonnay 1986 Australia 6-7 Nose: med nose
Taste: big fruity taste, sl sour
Color: sl green
Turning Leaf Chardonnay 1994 California 6-7 Nose: good varietal chardonnay nose, oaky
Taste: med taste, smooth
Color: gold
General: great value, fine for sipping with appetizers; grocery store instead of wine store, surprisingly good
Vichon Chardonnay 1986 Napa Valley 6-7 Nose: good nose, buttery
Taste: long, sl cloying, low acid
General: serve warm, won't last
Buena Vista Chardonnay 1987 6 Nose: oaky
Taste: good acid, but sl sour
Color: sl green
Carneros Creek Chardonnay 1987 Los Carneros 6 Nose: lt nose, flowery
Taste: long, good acid, like chablis
DeLoach Chardonnay 1993 Sonoma Cuvee, Sonoma County 6 Nose: oaky, grassy
Taste: sweet at first, vanilla, long, sour late
General: good bargain
Mark Swann Chardonnay 1986 Australia, Barossa Valley 6 Nose: great nose
Taste: tangy, not super-long
Matanzas Creek Chardonnay 1993 Sonoma Valley 6 Nose: wonderful chardonnay, oaky, vanilla, a little smoke
Taste: long, acid, slightly sour
General: taste disappointing after the aroma
Sterling Chardonnay 1992 6 Nose: good chard nose
Taste: good acid, some citrus aftertaste
General: very complex taste
Sterling Chardonnay 1990 Diamond Mountain Ranch 6 Nose: grassy, citrus
Taste: grapefruit
Color: sl green
Vichon Chardonnay 1993 Coastal Selection 6 Nose: good, strong, oaky
Taste: acid aftertaste
Rutherford Hill Chardonnay 1985 Napa, Jaeger Vineyards 5-6 Nose: med nose, oaky
Taste: lt taste, sour late
General: okay
Wolf Blass Chardonnay 1987 Australia 5-6 Nose: good nose
Taste: smooth, not v flavorful, okay acid
Buena Vista Chardonnay 1989 Carneros 5 Nose: lt nose, oaky
Taste: lt taste, smooth, buttery, some aftertaste
Fetzer Chardonnay 1989 Sundial 5 Nose: nose sweet & German
General: v peculiar but not bad
Franciscan Chardonnay 1991 Oakville Estate 5 Nose: smoky, oaky
Taste: long, sour late
Color: gold
Franciscan Chardonnay 1991 Oakville Estate 5 Nose: smoky, oaky
Taste: long, sour late
Color: gold
Rosemount Estates Chardonnay 1992 South Eastern Australia 5 Nose: v light, a little oak
Taste: some fruit, sl sweet, sour late
Color: gold
General: adequate for appetizers
Wyndham Estate Chardonnay 1986 Oak Cask, Australia 5 Nose: good nose
Taste: long, sour taste, sl sweet
Brown Brothers Chardonnay 1987 King Valley 4-5 Nose: big nose, oak, butter
Taste: acid, sour undertaste
Chateau Ste Michelle Chardonnay 1983 Reserve, River Ridge Vineyard 4-5 Nose: lt nose
Taste: tart, sharp
Montrose Chardonnay 1987 Australia 4-5 Nose: like sauvignon blanc
Taste: tangy, fizzy, acid
Neyers Chardonnay 1987 4-5 Nose: strong, smoky nose, hi alc
Wyndham Estate Chardonnay 1987 Australia, oak cask, Hunter Valley 4-5 Nose: woody, oak, butter
Taste: steely, like chablis, acid when cold
Beringer Chardonnay 1985 Napa Valley 4 Nose: good nose, sweet grass
Taste: very sour, flat
Burgess Cellars Chardonnay 1985 Napa Valley, Vintage Reserve 4 Nose: very slight, closed
Taste: sour, thick
Color: gold
General: way past its prime, we let it go too long
Mirassou Chardonnay 1992 Monterey County 4 Nose: cabbage, woody
Taste: flat, sl sour
Villa Mt Eden Chardonnay 1987 Napa 4 Nose: musty, old socks
Taste: acid, sour
Wyndham Estate Chardonnay 1987 Bin 222, Hunter Valley, Australia 4 Nose: simple
Taste: short, v light, greenish taste
Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay 1986 Vintner's Reserve 3-4 Nose: weak nose
Taste: sour, long sour aftertaste, acid
Color: green
Conn Creek Chardonnay 1986 Napa Valley 3 Taste: short, sour, bitter
Vichon Chevrignon 1985 Napa 6 Nose: med nose
Taste: sl sour
Color: sl green
Roo's Leap Fume Blanc 1987 Barossa Valley 7-8 Nose: wonderfully smooth nose, toward chardonnay, sl grassy
Taste: long, complex
General: great value
Turning Leaf Fume Blanc 1994 California 6 Nose: med nose, not sour
Taste: more like chardonnay than sauvignon blanc, oak, not citrus, not grass
General: another great value for sipping;
Robert Mondavi Fume Blanc 1992 Napa Valley 5-6 Nose: grapefruit, vanilla
Taste: sl sweet early, sour mid
General: okay for sipping
Dry Creek Fume Blanc 1992 Sonoma County 5 Nose: sl citrus, oak
Taste: acid, sour mid, not long
Color: v pale
General: in Bordeaux-style bottle
Penfolds Fume Blanc 1986 Australia 5 Nose: good nose
Taste: flat, sl fizzy
Beringer Fume Blanc 1987 Napa Valley 4 Nose: musty, smoky, vegetables
Taste: sour late, moldy, sweet blackberry when warm
Chateau Ste Michelle Fume Blanc 1985 2 Nose: nose like a sewer
Color: green
General: swill
Wente Gamay Beaujolais 1985 3-4 Nose: no nose
Taste: thin, little flavor, short, not sour
Leclerc Gevrey Chambertin 1981 Combe aux Moines 7 Nose: light, less than expected
Taste: classic burg, sl flowery
Color: dk red
General: less wonderful than 3 yrs ago, maybe past its prime
Murphy-Goode Merlot 1992 Alexander Valley 6 Nose: good, medium
Taste: very dry, strong, tannic
Color: purple
General: un-Merlot taste
Louis Jadot Moulin-a-Vent 1986 5 Nose: big fruity nose when warm
Taste: flat
General: disappointing on the tongue
Heitz Pinot Noir 1982 Napa Valley 2-3 Nose: closed, almost none
Taste: sour, veggie
Color: lt red-brown
General: way past its prime, if it ever had one
unknown Pommard 1982 Clos des Epenots 7-8 Nose: lt nose
Taste: v burgundy, sl spicy
Color: dark red
General: distinctly better than the '80 now, but not better than the '80 was
unknown Pommard 1980 Clos des Epenots 6-7 Nose: closed, unfortunately; used to be very open, spicy, flowery
Taste: v burgundy, v spicy
Color: dark purple-red
General: prev bottle was fabulous 5 yrs ago
Sterling Sauvignon Blanc 1986 Napa 7-8 Nose: med nose
Taste: long, well-balanced taste, med acid
Caymus Sauvignon Blanc 1987 Napa Valley 7 Nose: good nose, citrus, grass
Taste: not dry, long, grapefruit late
Kendall-Jackson Sauvignon Blanc 1989 Lake County 7 Nose: like a riesling
Taste: sl sweet
Color: v light
Rutherford Hill Sauvignon Blanc 1985 6-7 Nose: good nose
Taste: acid when warm
General: good value
Sterling Sauvignon Blanc 1986 6-7 Nose: nice med nose, hi alc
Taste: sl sour, long, dry, grassy when warm
William Wheeler Sauvignon Blanc 1985 6-7 Nose: great nose, grassy
Taste: sl acid, long aftertaste
Robert Pecota Sauvignon Blanc 1987 Napa 5-6 Nose: good nose, like chardonnay
Taste: smooth, sl acid, sl sweet
Beaulieu Sauvignon Blanc 1987 Napa Valley 5 Nose: good nose, clean, lemon
Taste: tart, simple
Robert Pepi Sauvignon Blanc 1987 4 Nose: med nose, smoky
Cakebread Sauvignon Blanc 1986 Napa 3-4 Nose: med nose, grassy
Taste: very sour, acid, sulfurous
Mark Swann Sauvignon Blanc 1987 3-4 Nose: chardonnay, toasty
Taste: v sour, citrus finish
Cakebread Sauvignon Blanc 1987 2-3 Taste: raw, grassy
Color: extremely green

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Extracted from database on 1996/03/27