“The 2000 Vinsanto 12 Years Barrel Aged is the traditional blend (80% Assyrtiko, 10% each of Athiri and Aidani), aged in used French oak for 144 months. It comes in at 238 grams of residual sugar and 13.5% alcohol. Sourced from the winery's oldest parcels, this is another fine 12-year-old. When I first saw the winery's older Vinsantos, I gravitated to the 20s, but I'm increasingly coming to believe that the 12-year-olds are really the sweet spot in the lineup. (Of course, there are some vintage differences, too, and some of this is certainly personal preference.) Showing fine concentration, remarkable grip, tension and a tannic-like pop on the finish, this is filled with flavor, and its structure does not let the baked peaches and baked apricots, with a bit of molasses in the background, fade very easily. It is surprisingly fresh, as well as vibrant, perfect the next day too. The price, as is the case with all of these this issue, applies to a 500-milliliter bottle."
“The 2000 Aloxe-Corton from Domaine Tollot-Beaut is a creditable achievement in a challenging vintage. Notes of red fruit and loamy soil precede a medium-bodied wine with a sweet core of fruit and a chewy chassis of typical Aloxe tannins that will continue to drink well for another handful of years.”
“Tasted at the Batailley vertical tasting at the château, the 2000 Batailley displayed youthful vigor on the nose with boysenberry and damson fruit, incense and iodine. As I remarked when I last tasted this in 2011, there is an opulence here that this estate rarely produced up until this period. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin; this bottle is more backward than others, with firm tannin providing sturdy backbone. It remains a "burly" Pauillac for the vintage, and it is certainly masculine in style. Then again, that is a leitmotif of the millennial vintage. As such, I can envisage this mellowing in four to six year's time, whereupon it will have the substance to give drinking pleasure over many years. Tasted April 2016.”
Medium red with an amber edge; less saturated than the 1999 and 1997 vines. More advanced on the nose, showing a distinct empyreumatic aspect to its aromas of smoked plum, roasted meat, underbrush and burning tobacco. Nicely fine-grained but quite dry, with a touch of greenness suggesting incomplete ripeness. A wine of modest sweetness and concentration, with a dusty, drying, edgy finish making it clear that it's in decline. Drink up.
Ruby red with an amber rim. Very ripe aromas and flavors of redcurrant jelly, red cherry jam, milk chocolate and potpourri. Very smooth initially, then toughens up slightly on the long back, with mounting, chewy tannins and a strong whiff of alcoholic heat. The 2000 vintage was an extremely hot one and this very opulent, showy wine delivers warm weather characteristics in spades.
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Nussbaumer Gewürztraminer Alto Adige DOC
“Light yellow; aromas of dried pear, elder flowers and a hint of banana. Medium-full with very good concentration. Very good complexity and balance. Nearing peak, but still with 2-3 years of drinking pleasure ahead. Note that the 2000, a 14 year-old wine when tasted that day, was still in good shape, while the 2005, a nine-year-old wine at the time, should be drinking well for another 5-7 years, meaning the Nussbaumer in the best vintages can age for 12-15 years.”
Quinta do Monte d'Oiro - Wine Advocate
“The 2000 Reserva, a wine I have not commented on before, was aged for approximately 18 months in new, Seguin Moreau French oak. While this is not overly concentrated, at least at this moment in its life (even with the dried out, hard-to-extract cork from Bottle #1), it showed amazingly well. It is still tight in terms of tannins early on, but this is about maturity and complexity now. More than any wine in this vertical, it is a dead-ringer for a Northern Rhone, with all of those earthy nuances and hints of game that have we admirers of the region have come to know and love, plus that graceful mid-palate and bright demeanor. The oak overlay did come to the fore a bit after it woke up, but it is not particularly distracting. Listed at 13% alcohol, it is also easy to drink and a pleasure to consume. Its texture is silky and appealing. It has aged very gracefully, in short. It easily has life left, too. It held nicely in the glass for 90 minutes. It is likely to drink well for the next several years, although I do suspect that there is a point coming in the not too distant future where it tips from mature-and-complex to a bit tired. Those who prefer sweet and flashy, to be sure, won’t gravitate to this at all, but those who love it, will adore it. Drink up. If you’re holding it, we’ll see where we are when we get there.”
“Zenato’s 2000 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva Sergio Zenato continues to develop beautifully in bottle. There is plenty of freshness, clarity and nuance in the fruit as the wine has begun to move into its second decade. Vibrant mineral notes underpin the articulate finish. The 2000 isn’t a huge version Riserva, but it is among the most refined. Hints of chocolate, mocha, graphite and black cherries wrap around the persistent finish. This is the first vintage in which the estate started using slightly smaller barrels in addition to casks. This is a superb effort from Zenato.”
The 2000 I Sodi di San Niccolò comes across as soft, supple and totally engaging. It is an excellent choice for readers who want to enjoy a bottle today. Sweet dark cherries, freshly cut flowers, spices and mint are layered into the generous, enveloping finish. I don’t see the 2000 as a legendary Sodi, but it is immensely enjoyable today. Stylistically, it is a smaller scaled version of the 1990 or 1997.