2002 Barnett Vineyards Sangiacomo Vineyard Chardonnay

I did this one back in October. It is worth mentioning again.

I think that I paid less than $15 for this one. It has a lot of what the more expensive ones are known for. A lot of vanilla, butter, oak (probably French oak), a touch of minerals. I really like this one. I had it with a salad that contained greens, tomatoes, onions, carrots, dried blueberries (I’m glad that I had some!), topped with some kosher beef brisket (that was stewed in yesterday’s Buckeley’s Shiraz along with some white potatoes, carrots, onion and spices.)

This is very nice.

2002 Buckeley’s Shiraz

2002 Buckeley’s Shiraz $9

A lot of fruit in the nose. Very pleasant. And then a lot of what you like in an Australian Shiraz. A touch of pepper, a bit of red fruit, somewhere between raspberry and plum. This goes well with a nice roast beef or even perhaps a little dark chocolate.

I remember with fondness, the 1999. This is almost as nice, and definitely worth buying if you need to fill in a couple of bottles to make a full case.