EP 279 Cabernet from 4 places, same vintage and all treated with French Oak

This will be a great experiment of what The same grape with the same treatment acts like from 4 different places!

Wines tasted in this episode:

2001 Santa Rita Casa Real Cabernet SauvignonChilean Cabernet Sauvignon
2001 La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet SauvignonNapa Cabernet
2001 Leeuwin Artist Series Cabernet SauvignonAustralian Cabernet Sauvignon
2001 Isole E Olena Cabernet SauvignonTOSCANA IGT

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Allan

Too bad about the wines this time around. . . . . !

Have had the Casa in the past and sometimes it ROCKS, and sometimes it blows, so i somewhat agree with you on that review. And yes, it’s really Bordeaux like in style no question about it!

Tags: Australian, cabernet, Chile, napa, red wines, review, Video, wine, wines

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  • CNW

    Gary – Hope your having fun in Hungary. I’m totally green…. I love being abroad.

    Ok, so I’ve dropped off the face of the Vayniac world for the last few episodes – things here are nuts-o busy, I’m working WAY too many hours, and barely have enough time to do type up a quick note outside of work stuff.

    The bottom line is this. Rarely in life are you going to be all things to all people. Just like there are a million different wines to be had, there are a million (ok, maybe not a million but certainly a few) different wine tasting reports, shows, pod-casts, etc. to watch, read, or participate in.

    Not always are you, GV, going to say nice things about these said wines because as you have mentioned (including in the fantastic and now famous garyissorry.com episode) everyone has there own palate/opinions AND you have encouraged and continue to encourage this Vayniac nation to try things and form our own opinions even if your experience was less than favorable. Besides would any of us still be here if all you said was nice fluffy things about these wines… NO!

    As an American I think that is one of the most fundamental and basic rights we have – the right to free speach. This is your show GV and you can take it where you want to, you can be silly, serious, or flat out stupid… hopefully you’ll just be the you most have come to know and REALLY like.

    In addition, let’s not be stupid here folks – talks of pulling distributorship is just RUBBISH. I mean really grow up already.

    The thing for all of us to remember is that while your show does help to guide us, we each have a responsibility to taste as much wine as possible to increase our own knowledge of the world of wine. The other thing is that we are growing by leaps and bounds and as you mention, Time is just the start. We are going to have more, uughmmm, “flavored” and sometimes “spicy” characters join our VNation sooooo….

    Whomever this AV (angry vayniac) is, they obviously need to chill and have some more wine…. we are a group of lovers not fighters!

    QOTD: I am totally dissappointed by the letter that you read today. Your doing this for a variety of reasons I am sure, but primarily to help educate us and make wine fun and then we get some AV who seems to miss the point of the show… it’s a total load of crap and a complete buzz-kill for the rest of us.

  • CNW

    Gary – Hope your having fun in Hungary. I’m totally green…. I love being abroad.

    Ok, so I’ve dropped off the face of the Vayniac world for the last few episodes – things here are nuts-o busy, I’m working WAY too many hours, and barely have enough time to do type up a quick note outside of work stuff.

    The bottom line is this. Rarely in life are you going to be all things to all people. Just like there are a million different wines to be had, there are a million (ok, maybe not a million but certainly a few) different wine tasting reports, shows, pod-casts, etc. to watch, read, or participate in.

    Not always are you, GV, going to say nice things about these said wines because as you have mentioned (including in the fantastic and now famous garyissorry.com episode) everyone has there own palate/opinions AND you have encouraged and continue to encourage this Vayniac nation to try things and form our own opinions even if your experience was less than favorable. Besides would any of us still be here if all you said was nice fluffy things about these wines… NO!

    As an American I think that is one of the most fundamental and basic rights we have – the right to free speach. This is your show GV and you can take it where you want to, you can be silly, serious, or flat out stupid… hopefully you’ll just be the you most have come to know and REALLY like.

    In addition, let’s not be stupid here folks – talks of pulling distributorship is just RUBBISH. I mean really grow up already.

    The thing for all of us to remember is that while your show does help to guide us, we each have a responsibility to taste as much wine as possible to increase our own knowledge of the world of wine. The other thing is that we are growing by leaps and bounds and as you mention, Time is just the start. We are going to have more, uughmmm, “flavored” and sometimes “spicy” characters join our VNation sooooo….

    Whomever this AV (angry vayniac) is, they obviously need to chill and have some more wine…. we are a group of lovers not fighters!

    QOTD: I am totally dissappointed by the letter that you read today. Your doing this for a variety of reasons I am sure, but primarily to help educate us and make wine fun and then we get some AV who seems to miss the point of the show… it’s a total load of crap and a complete buzz-kill for the rest of us.

  • Wmiree

    You don’t have to apologize when the wines you taste don’t pan out to your expectations. You didn’t make the wines, and it appears you have not tasted the vast majority of the vintages of the wines you have on the show. I admire your integrity in giving us your honest opinion. Otherwise, I wouldn’t bother to watch your videos.

    I am basically an optimistic and forgiving person. It is rarely that I go into a tasting thinking badly of the wines to be presented. But when a wine for which I had reason to have high hopes turns out to be disappointing, ….well, I take the position that it ain’t a perfect world and wine making is still more of an art than a science. My main reason for tasting wines in the first place is to see if I like it, which gives me the opportunity to pass on it before I buy several bottles of it. As you say, “Taste wine before you buy it,” and “never buy more than a case of anything.”

  • Wmiree

    You don’t have to apologize when the wines you taste don’t pan out to your expectations. You didn’t make the wines, and it appears you have not tasted the vast majority of the vintages of the wines you have on the show. I admire your integrity in giving us your honest opinion. Otherwise, I wouldn’t bother to watch your videos.

    I am basically an optimistic and forgiving person. It is rarely that I go into a tasting thinking badly of the wines to be presented. But when a wine for which I had reason to have high hopes turns out to be disappointing, ….well, I take the position that it ain’t a perfect world and wine making is still more of an art than a science. My main reason for tasting wines in the first place is to see if I like it, which gives me the opportunity to pass on it before I buy several bottles of it. As you say, “Taste wine before you buy it,” and “never buy more than a case of anything.”

  • http://blog.randy-hall.com/ Randy

    Oh man, Gary crying at the end of his episode. Not something I envision Gary doing.

    Moving on.

    QOD: When you’re in the job market (even peripherally, as I am), it’s a major letdown to drop your resume over and over on jobs that you can do standing on your head and not get a single response. Not even, “hey, thanks for sending in your cover letter and CV”. Nada.

  • http://blog.randy-hall.com Randy

    Oh man, Gary crying at the end of his episode. Not something I envision Gary doing.

    Moving on.

    QOD: When you’re in the job market (even peripherally, as I am), it’s a major letdown to drop your resume over and over on jobs that you can do standing on your head and not get a single response. Not even, “hey, thanks for sending in your cover letter and CV”. Nada.

  • Alos Diallo

    My physics class, I love physics however the class is a major let down the prof is unskilled in the ways of electricity :-(.

  • Alos Diallo

    My physics class, I love physics however the class is a major let down the prof is unskilled in the ways of electricity :-(.

  • Winodontist

    Whoever wrote that email JUST DOESN’T GET IT!!! Plain and simple. Disagreeing on wines we dislike is one thing, but to call you out and say you should lose your wine shipment is reminiscent of what I hate about society, “if I disagree with you then I’m taking you down”. Way to be open minded!

    Bummer on the 0 for 4, you can’t hit a homer every night.

    QOTD: I went to one of my favorite restaurants and the quality had gone down since there chef moved on, very disappointing.

  • Winodontist

    Whoever wrote that email JUST DOESN’T GET IT!!! Plain and simple. Disagreeing on wines we dislike is one thing, but to call you out and say you should lose your wine shipment is reminiscent of what I hate about society, “if I disagree with you then I’m taking you down”. Way to be open minded!

    Bummer on the 0 for 4, you can’t hit a homer every night.

    QOTD: I went to one of my favorite restaurants and the quality had gone down since there chef moved on, very disappointing.

  • anthony bruno

    Hey G Man, Im a lurker coming out of the cellar because I had to respond to the guy who represents to me what the problem with the wine world is. When someone takes a review as seriously as he did he holds the reviewer to a standard he or she can never live up to and makes wine less accsessable to those who want to drink and enjoy the Nector of the Gods. The reviewers role is that of a road map. Not a document to fear if one doesnt agree.

  • anthony bruno

    Hey G Man, Im a lurker coming out of the cellar because I had to respond to the guy who represents to me what the problem with the wine world is. When someone takes a review as seriously as he did he holds the reviewer to a standard he or she can never live up to and makes wine less accsessable to those who want to drink and enjoy the Nector of the Gods. The reviewers role is that of a road map. Not a document to fear if one doesnt agree.

  • Louis S

    Oops. For some reason I thought it was the ’03, but I meant the 2005 Ca Del Solo Sangiovese.

  • Louis S

    Oops. For some reason I thought it was the ’03, but I meant the 2005 Ca Del Solo Sangiovese.

  • Jeff

    QOTD: The Freedom Trail in Boston. I was really pumped to walk it and maybe it’s just me…maybe I forgot my history…maybe I should have paid more attention in school…but it just didn’t do it for me. The highlight of the day was stumbling on to Salumeria Italiana http://www.salumeriaitaliana.com/ and buying biscotti.

  • Jeff

    QOTD: The Freedom Trail in Boston. I was really pumped to walk it and maybe it’s just me…maybe I forgot my history…maybe I should have paid more attention in school…but it just didn’t do it for me. The highlight of the day was stumbling on to Salumeria Italiana http://www.salumeriaitaliana.com/ and buying biscotti.

  • Todd Shusterman

    Noob question here…
    Where are we suppose to send our answers to “The Question of the Day”?
    If this is the place then my answer has to be. While visiting my sister in San Rafael, CA (a short 30 miles from Napa) I fount it amazingly difficult to find a great wine selection. I figured I would find a better selection in their grocery stores than I do in the wine shops in Denver, where I live.

  • Todd Shusterman

    Noob question here…
    Where are we suppose to send our answers to “The Question of the Day”?
    If this is the place then my answer has to be. While visiting my sister in San Rafael, CA (a short 30 miles from Napa) I fount it amazingly difficult to find a great wine selection. I figured I would find a better selection in their grocery stores than I do in the wine shops in Denver, where I live.

  • wayno da wino

    YOOOO GARY !!

    Dhose wines sounded pretty lame, time
    to crack out da Australian Shiraz
    Fruit Bombs !!

  • wayno da wino

    YOOOO GARY !!

    Dhose wines sounded pretty lame, time
    to crack out da Australian Shiraz
    Fruit Bombs !!

  • Mason

    Sorry that you didn’t get any real winners today, Gary. I am going to a Cabernet / Sauv Blanc tasting Saturday, so I am hoping I get some better ones there.

    QOTD: No let downs here. Your show still rules.

  • Mason

    Sorry that you didn’t get any real winners today, Gary. I am going to a Cabernet / Sauv Blanc tasting Saturday, so I am hoping I get some better ones there.

    QOTD: No let downs here. Your show still rules.

  • vibemore

    No real good guys here. Too bad.

    QOTD: My wine shop guy here recommended the Molly Dooker Maitre D that you panned. No good. Didn’t mean to doubt you. It’s just the trust your own palate thing. So I tried. It was not good.

  • vibemore

    No real good guys here. Too bad.

    QOTD: My wine shop guy here recommended the Molly Dooker Maitre D that you panned. No good. Didn’t mean to doubt you. It’s just the trust your own palate thing. So I tried. It was not good.

  • JayZee

    Good show but OUCH! 0 for 4 is never a good day at the ballpark.

    QOTD: Went to see the last “Pirates of the Carribean” movie (finally) and it wasn’t that good. I’d keep the original and throw out the two bloated sequels. Oh well.

  • JayZee

    Good show but OUCH! 0 for 4 is never a good day at the ballpark.

    QOTD: Went to see the last “Pirates of the Carribean” movie (finally) and it wasn’t that good. I’d keep the original and throw out the two bloated sequels. Oh well.

  • mcj

    QOTD: My trip to Hungary was terrible.

  • mcj

    QOTD: My trip to Hungary was terrible.

  • KimG

    Funny about the Santa Rita, I never tasted the 2001, but all of them have been very very good for me. But when I think of it, I always tasted it together with other wines and retasting the Santa Rita always won the tastings (with reasonable wines I should stress.) Perhaps I am just too old world… (Danish too…)

  • KimG

    Funny about the Santa Rita, I never tasted the 2001, but all of them have been very very good for me. But when I think of it, I always tasted it together with other wines and retasting the Santa Rita always won the tastings (with reasonable wines I should stress.) Perhaps I am just too old world… (Danish too…)

  • http://corkd.com/people/ibrahimss Sam I

    I love the education episodes. QOD: L’Espalier, which is the top rated restaurant in Boston accoring to Zagat. What a (EXPENSIVE) disappointment!!!

  • http://corkd.com/people/ibrahimss Sam I

    I love the education episodes. QOD: L’Espalier, which is the top rated restaurant in Boston accoring to Zagat. What a (EXPENSIVE) disappointment!!!

  • http://www.myspace.com/chateaumiller Brandon M

    CJM is tearin it up!

  • http://www.myspace.com/chateaumiller Brandon M

    CJM is tearin it up!

  • Brendan L

    Gary, why are you wearing a French cuffed shirt with no cuff links?! Been in NJ too long, huh?

  • Brendan L

    Gary, why are you wearing a French cuffed shirt with no cuff links?! Been in NJ too long, huh?

  • thefanjestic

    My dad just bought a 1988 La Jota Cab Franc for $9 – and they have 4 more bottles! How solid is that?!

  • thefanjestic

    My dad just bought a 1988 La Jota Cab Franc for $9 – and they have 4 more bottles! How solid is that?!

  • Dan Manu

    Margaret River is not THE place for Cab Sav in Australia… Ever heard of the Coonawarra?

  • Dan Manu

    Margaret River is not THE place for Cab Sav in Australia… Ever heard of the Coonawarra?

  • Dessert Wine Nerd

    A.K.A. the BEST show on the INTERNETZ!!!! Whats up with the 0-4’s lately? Ive been watching several episodes a day to catch up, but it seems like in the last 3 weeks youve had nothing but 0-4’s everytime you tsate 4. Maybe a change is in order? I liked the concept of todays show though. Very cool to see all the differences in the wines, even though they didnt bring the thunder. QOTD: Nothing comes to mind. I avoid bad TV, music, movies, etc, so Im usually not getting my hopes up. Of course what I find bad, others may love. But I cant thing of anything recently that dissapointed me when I had high hopes for it.

  • Dessert Wine Nerd

    A.K.A. the BEST show on the INTERNETZ!!!! Whats up with the 0-4’s lately? Ive been watching several episodes a day to catch up, but it seems like in the last 3 weeks youve had nothing but 0-4’s everytime you tsate 4. Maybe a change is in order? I liked the concept of todays show though. Very cool to see all the differences in the wines, even though they didnt bring the thunder. QOTD: Nothing comes to mind. I avoid bad TV, music, movies, etc, so Im usually not getting my hopes up. Of course what I find bad, others may love. But I cant thing of anything recently that dissapointed me when I had high hopes for it.

  • richardvinifera

    QOTD: CloverfieldZZZZZ, i didn’t get the DVD where there’s an easter egg where you can see the version with a plot.

  • richardvinifera

    QOTD: CloverfieldZZZZZ, i didn’t get the DVD where there’s an easter egg where you can see the version with a plot.

  • johnboston

    heath bar, no question

  • John_Kenneth_J

    qotd : caught terminator 4 at a friends house recently, that was a big disappointment, not that I had real high hopes for it anyway

  • corkscrew

    Have had the Leeuwin was good (not this yr). http://www.winelx.com

  • A dumb Rhein king

    QOTD: An adventure on a party bus that ended up to be not such a great experience.

  • Allan

    Too bad about the wines this time around. . . . . !

    Have had the Casa in the past and sometimes it ROCKS, and sometimes it blows, so i somewhat agree with you on that review. And yes, it’s really Bordeaux like in style no question about it!

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