Village Pub Wine List Review

The Village Pub

2967 Woodside Road

Woodside, CA 94092

P: 650.851.9888

www.thevillagepub.net

 

VinoServant’s Village Pub Wine List Review

I have eaten at this place several times and it has always been a wonderful experience.  Now let’s look at the wine list.  If money is not an issue, then this is a great place to wine and dine because the list is packed with some real gems from France and Italy.  Although we have focused this review on wines on the list that are priced under $100, there are some exceptional values at higher price points.  We have included several wines from Bordeaux that sell for over $100 at the end of the review.  As with all of our reviews, you will see the price at the restaurant followed by the mark-up over retail (2010 Lieff, Napa Valley, Sauvignon Blanc | $54 | 2.1x | This translates into a retail price of $26).

VINOSERVANT’S TOP WINE VALUES UNDER $100 A BOTTLE AT THE VILLAGE PUB 

Sauvignon Blanc

  • 2010 Mount Nelson, Marlborough, Sauvignon Blanc | $32 | 1.6x | TOP PICK
  • 2010 Foppiano, Russian River Valley, Sauvignon Blanc | $34 | 1.9x | TOP PICK
  • 2010 Daniel Chotard, Sancerre, Loire Valley, Sauvignon Blanc | $48 | 2.2x
  • 2010 Lieff Napa Valley, Sauvignon Blanc | $54 | 2.1x | TOP PICK

Chardonnay

  • 2008 Trevor Jones, Virgin, South Australia, Chardonnay | $34 | 1.5x
  • 2008 Ojai, Bien Nacido Vineyard, Santa Maria, Valley, Chardonnay | $58 | 2.2x
  • 2007 Freestone, Sonoma County, Chardonnay | $90 | 1.6x | TOP PICK

Other Whites

  • 2009 Argiolas Costamolino Vermentino | $34 | 2.1x
  • 2009 Elk Cove Vineyards, Williamette Valley, Pinot Blanc | $38 | 2.2x 

Pinot Noir

  • 2009 Mount Eden Vineyards, Domaine Eden, Santa Cruz Mounains, Pinot Noir | $60 | 2.0x
  • 2009 Ojai Vineyards, Santa Barbara, Pinot Noir | $64 | 2.1x
  • 2004 Domaine Michel Gros, Vosne-Romanee | $68 | 1.7x | TOP PICK
  • 2009 Willakenzie Estate, Thibaud’s Cuvee, Willamette Valley, Pinot Noir | $70 | 1.8x | TOP PICK
  • 2008 Ojai, Presidio Vineyard, Santa Barbara County, Pinot Noir | $88 | 2.2x | TOP PICK
  • 2007 Domaine Ramonet, Clos Saint Jean, Chassagne-Montrachet | $94 | 2.4x
  • 2007 Domaine Roulot, Monthelie | $96 | 2.1x
  • 2008 Le Cadeau, Cote Est, Willamette Valley, Pinot Noir | $98 | 2.0x
  • 2008 Tendril, Willamette Valley, Pinot Noir | $100 | 2.0x

Zinfandel, Syrah & Sangiovese

  • 2008 Dashe, Dry Creek Valley, Zinfandel | $46 | 2.3x
  • 2008 The Ojai Vineyard, Santa Barbara County, Syrah | $48 | 2.0x
  • 2007 Silvio Nardi, Rosso di Montalcino | $54 | 1.9x | TOP PICK
  • 2009 Neyers, Old Lakeville Road, Sonoma County, Syrah | $65 | 2.4x
  • 2008 Domaine les Pallieres, Les Terrasses de Diable, Gigondas | $78 | 2.5x
  • 2007 Jemrose, Cardiac Hill, Sonoma Country, Syrah | $88 | 2.1x | TOP PICK

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • 2007 Mario Perelli-Minetti Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon | $48 | 2.1x
  • 2005 Chateau Loudenne, Medoc | $58 | 2.3x | TOP PICK
  • 2008 Fistcuffs, Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon | $58 | 2.1x
  • 2003 Corison, Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon | $62 | 1.2x | TOP PICK
  • 2004 Chateau Pibran, Pauillac | $76 | 2.2x

Bottles of Bordeaux over $100

  • 2005 Chateau Margaux | $1,850 | 1.5x
  • 1997 Chateau Mouton Rothschild | $500 | 1.1x | TOP PICK
  • 1983 Chateau Lafite Rothschild | $1,150 | 1.0x | TOP PICK

Sauvignon Blanc

 2010 Mount Nelson, Marlborough, Sauvignon Blanc

Retail Price: $20 at Wine.com

Rating: See comments below

  • $32 at The Village Pub | 1.6x | TOP PICK

Winemaker’s Notes: Sixty percent of the fruit for Mount Nelson Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from the estate’s vineyard, which is situated just 18 meters (60 feet) above sea level on the banks of Taylor River near the mouth of Cloudy Bay. The soil consists of free-draining alluvial loams over deep, stony river deposits. Thirteen hectares (32 acres) are planted to the single varietal, Sauvignon Blanc, using mass selected clones. The remaining fruit is purchased from the adjoining Meadowbank vineyard.  Clear and bright with pale green and straw highlights. Fragrant and intense with passion fruit, grapefruit and lime on the nose. An excellent balance between crisp acidity and concentration with a long, clean finish.  Alcohol 13.2%.

2010 Foppiano, Russian River Valley, Sauvignon Blanc

Retail Price: $18 @ the Winery

Rating: See comments below

  • $34 at The Village Pub | 1.9x | TOP PICK

Winemaker’s Notes: Our Sauvignon Blanc grapes were harvested at night to ensure cool temperatures and to minimize oxidation of the fruit. Winemaker Natalie West believes in using the more gentle method of whole cluster pressing and, to maintain the flowery aromatics, she cold ferments the juice in stainless steel tanks. The finished wine was kept in tank until bottling.  Food Pairing: Seafood Ceviche, raw oysters, shrimp with citrus.  Alcohol 13.9%.

2010 Daniel Chotard, Sancerre, Loire Valley

Retail Price: $20 at NapaCabs & $24 via Wine-Searcher

Rating: See comments below

  • $48 at The Village Pub | 2.2x
  • $54 at Alexander’s Steakhouse Cupertino | 2.4x

Napacabs Description: Daniel Chotard 2010 Sancerre – Aged on the lees – brilliant pale yellow in colour – very pure nose reminiscent of citrus and white blossoms – refreshing and full-bodied on the palate – typical and elegant, well-balanced with good length – serve with saltwater and freshwater fish, seafood, white meats, and goat’s cheese

 

2010 Lieff, Napa Valley, Sauvignon Blanc

Retail Price: $25 at Lieff Winery

Rating: See comments below

  • $54 at The Village Pub | 2.1x

Winemaker’s Notes: The nose on the 2010 Lieff Sauvignon Blanc absolutely soars.  Open aromatics of ruby grapefruit, lemon curd, and key lime are prevalent in the gorgeous aromas of this wine.  The palate is refreshingly light and nimble and opens up to a smooth, lush mid-palate full of tropical fruits that leads into a long mineral finish.  Bright acidity brings balance and freshness to this food-friendly wine. Alcohol 14.4%.

Chardonnay 

2008 Trevor Jones, Virgin, South Australia, Chardonnay

Retail Price: $22 at Wine.com —- SOLD OUT

Ratings: Robert Parker 90

  • $34 at The Village Pub | 1.5x

Winemaker’s Notes: Tropical fruit nose with nuances of stone fruit, fig and melon. The palate is rich and full bodied. Chardonnay fruit characters dominate and are supported by creamy, buttery texture due to 20% MLF and 100% “sur lees” maturation with regular battonage. In 2008, several new clones have been incorporated from some young growers with a refreshing approach to growing premium Chardonnay.

Robert Parker – “The gold-colored 2008 Virgin Chardonnay offers up a fragrant perfume of pear, spiced apple, and tropical fruit aromas. Vibrant, balanced, and lengthy on the palate, it will drink well for another 2 years. “

 

2008 Ojai, Bien Nacido Vineyard, Santa Maria, Valley, Chardonnay

Retail Price: $25 at The Wine House & $28 at Wally’s Wine & Spirits

Rating: Robert Parker 90 | 2011 to 2018

  • $58 at The Village Pub | 2.2x

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate – 90 pts, Antonio Galloni – The 2008 Chardonnay Bien Nacido is gorgeous, vivid and creamy in the glass, but never loses sight of its essential minerality. The wine blossoms beautifully, with layers of citrus, white peaches and flowers. A vibrant finish rounds things out nicely. The old vines in Bien Nacido are mostly Clone 4. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2018.

Vintage Description from Wine Spectator 86 – Drink: Frost and fire didn’t spoil the vintage, though quality is variable. Tight, concentrated wines.

2007 Freestone, Sonoma County, Chardonnay

Retail Price: $55 @ the Winery

Rating: See comments below

  • $90 at The Village Pub | 1.6x | TOP PICK

The 2007 Freestone Chardonnay has all the minerality and terroir characteristics that the 2006 Chardonnay possessed, but with an added weight and purity that expresses all that we are trying to achieve at Freestone. The long, dry growing season yielded smaller than typical clusters and grapes, so juice yields were lower than expected overall for the 2007 vintage, resulting in wines with great concentration and precision. Steely, yet unctuous, this wine generously offers up aromas of smoked cedar, wet earth, honeysuckle and fresh tangerine, while on the palate it provides mineral-driven citrus, nectar, honey, and an acid structure that contributes power and persistence.

Vintage Description from Wine Spectator 96 – Drink: Ripe, complex, balanced and ageworthy wines. Many brilliant bottles from all appellations.

Other Whites

2009 Argiolas Costamolino, Vermentino

Retail Price: $16 at Wine.com

Rating: Robert Parker 89 | 2010 to 2012

  • $34 at The Village Pub | 2.1x

“The 2009 Vermentino di Sardegna Costamolino is a clean, precise white that seems to have acquired an extra level of textural richness in this vintage. Beautifully delineated throughout, the Costamolino shows off lovely balance and a pure, crystalline finish. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2012.”

 

2009 Elk Cove Vineyards, Williamette Valley, Pinot Blanc

Retail Price: $17 via Wine-Searcher

Rating: See comments below

  • $38 at The Village Pub | 2.2x

Winemaker’s Notes: The Willamette Valley has a suitable climate for this delicate grape variety—enough sunlight and warmth for ripening and cooler night temperatures to retain varietal character. To preserve the freshness, it is whole-cluster pressed, and then fermented at very cool temperatures in small stainless steel tanks, which accentuates aromatics and enhances the richness and viscosity. The fruit is hand-harvested from select hillside vineyards in the northern Willamette Valley.

 

Pinot Noir

2009 Mount Eden Vineyards, Domaine Eden, Santa Cruz Mounains, Pinot Noir

Retail Price: $30 at K&L Wines & $32 at Mount Eden Winery

Rating: Robert Parker 91 | 2012 to 2017

  • $60 at The Village Pub | 2.0x

91 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: “The Domaine Eden 2009 Pinot Noir is a pretty, accessible wine laced with red fruit, flowers and spices. I especially admire the mid-palate sweetness and pliancy here. A soft, graceful Pinot, it is an excellent choice for drinking over the next few years. Lovely mid palate sweetness. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2017.” (08/11)

Vintage Description from Wine Spectator 98 Points – Drink or Hold: Almost perfect, with scores of ripe, polished, deeply flavored wines.

2009 Ojai Vineyards, Santa Barbara, Pinot Noir

Retail Price: $30 at K&L Wines

Rating: See comments below

  • $64 at The Village Pub | 2.1x

Notes: This wine blends fruit from some fantastic Santa Barbara County vineyards, including Solomon Hills, Bien Nacido, Presidio and Kick On Ranch. All of the fruit is fermented in smaller lots, and then blended and left to age for 15 months in French oak casks. The resulting wine is fresh and bright with great texture and just a suggestion of wood spice. Red and black berried dominate, with lavender and sage accents and plenty of acidity to make this at home at your dinner table.

Vintage Description from Wine Spectator 94 Points – Drink or Hold: Almost perfect, with scores of ripe, polished, deeply flavored wines.

2004 Domaine Michel Gros, Vosne-Romanee

Retail Price: $40 at JJ Buckley

Rating: Wine Spectator 90

  • $68 at The Village Pub | 1.7x | TOP PICK

90 Points Wine Spectator: There’s sweetness to the blackberry and violet aromas and flavors. Supple and very harmonious, with nice length. A 2004 to enjoy over the next few years. Drink now through 2012. 440 cases made. –BS 

Vintage Description from Wine Spectator 88 Points – Drink: Best are elegant, pure and balanced, despite difficult growing conditions

 

2009 Willakenzie Estate, Thibaud’s Cuvee, Willamette Valley, Pinot Noir

Retail Price: $38 at the Winery

Rating: See comments below

  • $70 at The Village Pub | 1.8x

Winemaker’s Notes:Our 2009 Thibaud’s Cuvee is very approachable for being so young. The nose is generous with blackberries, dried cranberries, rhubarb and sandalwood. The palate is juicy and ripe with red currants, raspberries, sweet caramel and thyme. This wine can easily age for 5-8 years and, if enjoyed within the next year, decanting along with a service temperature of 60-64 degrees Fahrenheit is suggested.

This wine very versatile when it comes to food pairing: grilled fish, poultry, pork, roasted vegetables, Stuffed Mushrooms with Prociutto, but try steak frites!

Vintage Description from Wine Spectator 89 to 92 Points – Drink or Hold: Light structures, bold flavors.

2007 Domaine de Montille, Aux Saint-Juliens

Retail Price: $45 via Wine-Searcher

Rating: Allen Meadows 88

  • $80 at The Village Pub | 1.8x | TOP PICK

 Vintage Description from Wine Spectator 90 Points – Drink or Hold: Meticulous sorting resulted in very good grapes; fruity, vivid, elegant reds for early to midterm drinking. Good success in Gevrey-Chambertin

 

2008 Ojai, Presidio Vineyard, Santa Barbara County, Pinot Noir

Retail Price: $40 at K&L Wines

Rating: Robert Parker 92 | 2012 to 2020

  • $88 at The Village Pub | 2.2x

92 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: “The 2008 Pinot Noir Presidio impresses for its highly nuanced inner perfume and silky tannins, both of which serve to add considerable complexity to the bold fruit. This is a truly striking, beautiful wine. Presidio is a biodynamically farmed vineyard. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020.” (08/11)

Vintage Description from Wine Spectator 90 Points – Drink or Hold: Reduced crop and uneven growing season; mixed quality, but the best are complex, fruity and delicate.

2007 Domaine Ramonet, Clos Saint Jean, Chassagne-Montrachet

Retail Price: $39 at K&L Wines

Rating: Wine Spectator 89

  • $94 at The Village Pub | 2.4x

89 points Wine Spectator: Light in weight, with sweet fruit and intensity to its cherry, berry and spice notes. Starts out silky, ceding to firm, ripe tannins underneath. Lingers nicely on the finish. Best from 2012 through 2022. 80 cases imported. (2010)

Vintage Description from Wine Spectator 88 Points – Drink or Hold: Good ripeness and structure, especially in Beaune, Pommard and Volnay; some wines lack balance and depth.

2007 Domaine Roulot, Monthelie

Retail Price: $45 via Wine-Searcher

Rating: Allen Meadows 87 | Drink through 2011

  • $96 at The Village Pub | 2.1x

87 points Allen Meadows: An elegant nose of earth-infused wild red berry fruit aromas complement the supple, round and attractively intense middle weight flavors that possess good vibrancy on the delicious and reasonably persistent finish. This should be approachable young and offer 2 to 3 years of upside development.Burghound: 87 Drink: 2011+

Vintage Description from Wine Spectator 88 Points – Drink or Hold: Good ripeness and structure, especially in Beaune, Pommard and Volnay; some wines lack balance and depth.

 

2008 Le Cadeau, Cote Est, Willamette Valley, Pinot Noir

Retail Price: $48 via Wine-Searcher

Rating: Wine Spectator 91 | Now to 2018

  • $98 at The Village Pub | 2.0x

Wine Spectator Review: Fresh and vibrant, this delivers cherry, raspberry and peppermint flavors that sing on a medium-weight frame, lingering enticingly against polished tannins. Drink now through 2018. 351 cases made. –HS

Vintage Description from Wine Spectator 97 Points – Drink or Hold: Perfect balance of light textures and rich, vivid flavors.

 

2008 Tendril, Willamette Valley, Pinot Noir

Retail Price: $48 at K&L Wines

Rating: See comments below

  • $100 at The Village Pub | 2.0x 

For the past 10 years, Tony Rynders was the winemaker at Domaine Serene, but now he’s struck out on his own. This 2008 Tendril Pinot Noir is the first vintage from his own label, and how fortunate. The 2008 vintage in the Willamette Valley was fantastic, and the cool, long growing season shows through in the wine. Currant, cherry and Oregon blackberry on the nose, and all of the same sweet fruit on the palate, plus minerals and foresty herbs. The texture is firm right now and in need of a little time in your cellar, but if you’re incredibly impatient, try it now with a couple of hours in your decanter.

Vintage Description from Wine Spectator 97 Points – Drink or Hold: Perfect balance of light textures and rich, vivid flavors.

Zinfandel, Sangiovese & Syrah

2008 Dashe, Dry Creek Valley, Zinfandel

Retail Price: $20 at  K&L Wines

Rating: See comments below.

  • $46 at The Village Pub | 2.3x

From Wine Enthusiast Magazine: “A pace off the 2007, but a pretty good Zin. Despite being a little too soft and candy-sweet, it sure is tasty, offering an array of ripe wild red berry, currant, licorice, cocoa, spice and sandalwood flavors.” (Nov. 2010) This classic and balanced Zinfandel showcases Michael and Anne Dashe as masters of their craft. Spicy, rich, supple and juicy, it is a great summer wine to pair with grilled hamburgers.

Vintage Description from Wine Spectator 93 Points – Drink or Hold: Eccentric growing season, but wines show surprising richness and balance.

2008 The Ojai Vineyard, Santa Barbara County, Syrah

Retail Price: $22 at K&L Wine Merchants & $25 via Wine-Searcher

Ratings: Robert Parker | 2013 to 2023

  • $48 at The Village Pub | 2.0x
  • $52 at Wayfare Tavern | 2.2x

According to Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: “The 2008 Syrah presents a decidedly masculine expression of blue and black fruit. Deceptively medium in body, the Syrah shows excellent depth and balance. This is mostly Bien Nacido Syrah, with small amounts of Grenache and Mourvedre. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2023.” (08/11)

Vintage Description from Wine Spectator 95 to 98 Points – Drink or Hold: A tough start ended with glorious wines statewide, rivaling 2007 for complexity, depth and finesse.

2007 Silvio Nardi, Rosso di Montalcino

Retail Price: $28 at JJ Buckley

Rating: Stephen Tanzer 89

  • $54 at The Village Pub | 1.9x | TOP PICK

89 points Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, Oct 09: Bright red with a pale rim. Woodsy aromas of dried flowers and underbrush are nicely lifted by lovely floral and redcurrant notes. Medium to full in the mouth, with very good volume and the typical freshness of sangiovese, this features excellent concentration and precise, sappy red fruit flavors complicated by minerals and licorice. Pure and sharply focused on the moderately persistent finish, it’s a delicious example of Rosso.

Vintage Description from Wine Spectator 92 to 95 Points – Drink or Hold:  Hotter and riper than 2006; fruit-forward and rich.

2009 Neyers, Old Lakeville Road, Sonoma County, Syrah

Retail Price: $27 at Artisan Wine Depot & $28 at K&L Wines

Rating: Robert Parker 91 | Drink through 2019

  • $65 at The Village Pub | 2.4x

91 points Robert Parker: ‘The 2009 Syrah Old Lakeville Road has lots of smoky lard, bacon fat, blackberry and cassis, a dense purple color, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, elegant, soft flavors, and a delicious finish. This wine is already showing complexity and should continue to drink well for 7-8 years.” (02/11)

2008 Domaine les Pallieres, Les Terrasses de Diable, Gigondas

Retail Price: $31 via Wine-Searcher

Rating: Stephen Tanzer 91

  • $78 at The Village Pub | 2.5x

91 points Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, Jan 11: Deep red. High-pitched aromas of red berries and potpourri, with a vibrant mineral quality and a hint of anise. Lively and precise on the palate, offering sweet strawberry and raspberry flavors and a hint of candied flowers that gains strength with air. Impressively elegant wine with lovely finishing clarity and spicy persistence.

Vintage Description from Wine Spectator 88 Points – Drink or Hold: Cool, wet spring and humid growing season saved by the mistral; a small crop, with many producers eliminating cuvées. Quality very heterogenous, but some excellent wines can be found; stick to top names

 

2007 Jemrose, Cardiac Hill, Sonoma County, Syrah

Retail Price: $42 Release Price

Rating: Wine Spectator 88 | Drink Now through 2014

  • $88 at The Village Pub | 2.1x | TOP PICK

88 points Wine Spectator: Pleasing aromatics of wilted rose, ripe plum, blackberry and pepper are supple and spicy, picking up depth and complexity and ending with an elegant, full-bodied mix of earthy, spicy berry flavors. Drink now through 2014. 550 cases made. –JL

Vintage Description from Wine Spectator 95 Points – Drink or Hold: Rivals 2006. Tremendous quality and uncommon complexity statewide; Santa Barbara’s finest.

Cabernet Sauvignon

2007 Mario Perelli-Minetti Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon

Retail Price: $23 at Wine Globe

Rating: See comments below

  • $48 at The Village Pub | 2.1x

This wine was created from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon fruit from the hills of Napa Valley, 75% from Pope Valley and 25% from Atlas Peak. Combined together this fruit creates a rich and well-balanced wine with fort nuances of chocolate, dark berries, and spice that coat the tongue from top to bottom. this wine was aged for 26 months in a combination of French and American oak barrels. This is a high powered wine with layers of oak and tannins. “This by far is our best value wine, you can’t go wrong with this Cab.” –Andrew Perelli-Minetti Gold Medal Winner, San Francsico Chronicle Wine Competition, and Gold medal in North of the Gate Wine Competition. 2650 cases were produced.

Vintage Description from the Wine Spectator 97 – Hold: Textbook growing year; small crop, ideal ripening, with scores of amazing wines defined by enormous complexity and plush tannins.

 

2005 Chateau Loudenne, Medoc

Retail Price: $25 via Wine-Searcher

Rating: Wine Spectator 90 | Best after 2011

  • $58 at The Village Pub | 2.3x

Wine Spectator Review: Delivers blackberry and pretty, toasty oak, with flowers. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long, long finish of ripe fruit, espresso and a hint of licorice. Balanced and refined. Best after 2011. 16,665 cases made. –JS

Vintage Description from the Wine Spectator 98 – Hold: Fabulous aromas and great length; wines with depth, structure and finesse.

 

2008 Fistcuffs, Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon

Retail Price: $27 at Napacabs

Rating: See comments below

  • $58 at The Village Pub | 2.1x

Winemaker’s Notes: Fisticuffs elicits classic Napa Cabernet characteristics. Enticing aromas of Bing cherries, dark chocolate, spice and roasted espresso beans lead to a concentrated palate of blackberry and cassis. Ripe refined tannins provide a full bodied, lush mid-palate texture and a lingering finish noted with spice and black cherry. Very well balanced, this Cabernet should age over the next 10 years, but why wait Jeff and Carolyn Smith (Hourglass) have joined forces with Rob and Pavi Lawson (Napa Wine Co., Pavi) for this big, bold, fruit-forward Cabernet that offers gobs of berry fruit and plush tannins. A lot of wine for the money.

Vintage Description from the Wine Spectator 96 – Hold: Frost year lowered yields but not quality. Rivals 2007; unique for its depth and concentration.

2003 Corison, Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon

Retail Price: $50 at The Wine House

Rating: See comments below

  •  $62 at the Village Pub | 1.2x | TOP PICK

Winemaker’s Notes: Picking the delicious 2003 Corison Cabernet Sauvignon was a challenge, but luckily I had my last picking scheduled just as the long, wicked late September heat spike hit. The fruit got to the winery in excellent shape and without the sugars going through the roof. The otherwise even ripening season from veraison through the middle of September delivered complex flavors and inky color.

The resulting wine is packed with luscious Bing cherry and plum chutney fruit and rendered rich and complex with undertones of cocoa, nutmeg, white pepper and “Rutherford dust”. Trademark floral highnotes are already beginning to develop in the bottle. Lush with gentle, mouth-coating tannins, it gracefully walks the line between power and elegance, perfectly balanced for a long, distinguished life.

Vintage Description from the Wine Spectator 85 – Drink: Uneven ripeness; austere and tannic in style. More like 2000 than 2001 or 2002.

 

2004 Chateau Pibran, Pauillac

Retail Price: $34 via Wine – Searcher

Rating: Wine Spectator 87

  • $76 at The Village Pub | 2.2x

87 points WineSpectator: Offers aromas of licorice and sweet tobacco, with blackberry. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a medium finish. A bit hollow midpalate, but fresh, clean and pretty. Best after 2009. 4,500 cases made. –JS

Vintage Description from the Wine Spectator 89 – Drink or Hold: Northern Médoc shines more in a less-than-ideal vintage.

Bottles of Bordeaux Over $100

2005 Chateau Margaux

Retail Price: $1,100 at Sherry-Lehman & $1,343 via Wine-Searcher

Rating: Robert Parker 98 | 2015 to 2060+

  • $1,850 at The Village Pub | 1.5x
  • $2,000 at Spruce | 1.7x

98 points Robert Parker: Another celestial effort from Paul Pontallier and Corinne Mentzelopoulos, the 2005 Margaux, a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot, boasts a dense opaque blue/purple color as well as an extraordinary bouquet of spring flowers, blueberries, black raspberries, creme de cassis, licorice, and, despite its having spent two years in 100% new wood, only a subtle touch of toasty oak. Although full-bodied, the wine seems light on its feet because of the silky tannins as well as the great gravel terroir from which it comes. Beautiful purity, length, and nobility define this modern day classic. Is it better than the 2000, 1996, 1990, or some of the vintages from the decade of the eighties? Who knows, but it is unquestionably one of the all-time great wines made at Chateau Margaux. -Robert Parker

Vintage Description from the Wine Spectator 98 – Hold: Fabulous aromas and great length; wines with depth, structure and finesse.

1997 Chateau Mouton Rothschild

Retail Price: $400 at iBuyWineOnline.com & $483 via Wine-Searcher

Rating: Robert Parker 90 | Now to 2015

  • $500 at The Village Pub | 1.1x
  • $850 at Meadowood | 1.9x

Robert Parker – Only 55% of the harvest was utilized for the 1997 Mouton-Rothschild. One of the most forward and developed Moutons over recent years, it possesses all the charm and fleshiness this vintage can provide. A blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot, the wine exhibits a dense ruby/purple color, and an open-knit nose of cedar wood, blackberry liqueur, cassis, and coffee. Fleshy, ripe, and mouth-filling, with low acidity, soft tannin, and admirable concentration and length, this delicious Pauillac will be drinkable in 2-3 years, and should age for 15+. It is an impressive effort for this vintage

Vintage Description from the Wine Spectator 85 – Drink: Tropical August, light and pleasant wines.

1983 Chateau Lafite Rothschild

Retail Price: $1,050 at Belmont Wine Exchange & $1,175 via Wine-Searcher

Rating: Robert Parker 93 | Now to 2030

  • $1,150 at the Village Pub | 1.0x

93 points Robert Parker: “Finally, the 1983 Lafite is beginning to shed its tannin. The wine exhibits a deep ruby/garnet color with only a slight lightening at the edge. The intoxicatingly perfumed nose of lead pencil, pain grille, red and black fruits, minerals, and roasted herbs is provocative. In the mouth, this wine displays considerable body for a Lafite, plenty of power, and a fleshy, rich, sweet mid-palate. Long, elegant, plump, and surprisingly fleshy, this outstanding example of Lafite seems largely forgotten given the number of high quality vintages during the golden decade of the eighties. Anticipated maturity: Now-2030. Last tasted 3/97” – Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book, 3rd Edition (1998)

Vintage Description from the Wine Spectator 86 – Drink: Rich and ripe in fruit and tannins; some overly tannic.

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2 Responses to “Village Pub Wine List Review”
  1. Ron Russo says:

    Josh this is fantastic. I look forward to helping add some Palm Beach and NYC reviews.

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