'01 Peter Michael Les Pavots: Dark. Casis, mild anise on the nose. Built well but acidic and tight at this point but showing classic Napa cherry fruit and dark oak. Big, mildly astringent mouth-puckering finish. Lots of potential but tough to evaluate at this point.
'01 Sine Qua Non Midnight Oil: Dark. Exceedingly strange wine showing violets, bubble gum, and other oddities. Balanced and mouthfilling with a long soft finish. Very good, just strange. A friend of mine said this wine "contained too many flavours that just don't belong in a wine". After trying this I can see what he meant.
'00 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc: Light with a greenish hue. Mild, coating nose showing plenty of character but little fruit. Minerally with lemon rind. Full and round mouthfeel, maybe due to a fair amount of semillion? Really good wine.
'50 Domaine de Rancy Rivesales "Cuvee de Demi-Seicle": Almost somewhere between a tawny and a ruby color. A bit Recioto-like in the nose showing anise and prunes but with a burnt, aged character. Cream Sherry like in texture with an alcoholic bite. Really young flavour. Very good.