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May 23, 2012 05:00 PM

Wine Recommendation 2002 Vintage

Hi all,
I am new to CHowhound, and had a question for you. My wife and I are celebrating our 10th anniversary next month, and I was looking for a wine from the year of our marriage. So, could you please recommend a great wine from 2002, that would be very drinkable this year. We are Red Wine lovers, so that would definitely be our preference. I found a thread on here from a few years back, but wanted a more up to date one.
I would prefer to spend less than $150 on the bottle, so please recommend something that you think is great bang for your buck in that price range.
Here are a few I found that received very good reviews from that Vintage, that fit the price range:



Thoughts? Suggestions?

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  1. Any red wine preferences? I would say the Verite Muse from 2002 is a good pick based on what I know (I have personally not tried it). Though majority Merlot makes me question its age worthiness slightly. I wouldn't go with a shiraz, as its been 10 years since 2002, and I tend to be skeptical about how they turn out over time...

    Are you sure you wouldn't want to do Champagne? For example:

    Bordeaux varietals (cab, cab franc, maybe merlot) are probably your safest bet. 10 years is not quite enough time for Riojas or Brunellos. 2002 Burgandies, which would just be coming into their own around now, but not everyone likes Burgandies. . .

    A Burgandy that might work:

    CellarTracker is your friend! I would definitely use it and see what people are saying about your intended bottle in the last year.

    1. Great Champagne vintage. You can probably still find many in your price range.

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      1. re: Brad Ballinger

        We are not huge Champagne lovers, so I wouldn't want to spend that much money on it. Red Wine is definitely what we are looking for. As far as a specific preference: we really like most reds. So, I am trying to keep an open mind to the specific wine, and choose one based on recommendations and reviews.

        1. re: SuperTrooper00

          Then next I'd look to Burgundy, which also did well in 2002. A Premier Cru from Mugneret-Gibourg (Chambolle-Musigny Les Feusselottes, or Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Chaignots) would be a great wine to have. Their Grand Cru Burgs would be out of your price range.

          1. re: Brad Ballinger

            Yes agreed with the Burgandy, but only if you have had Burgandies and liked them before, this would not be the time to try a Burgandy for the first for many it is an acquired taste...

      2. It somewhat depends on what you are planning to serve it with. Assuming it's beef, I'd probably go with a Bordeaux. A 2002 Leoville Las Casas, a Super Second, should be drinking great now and would probably run about $150 for a bottle (or at least that was the price the last time K&L Wines had it in stock). You may want to go to a good wine store and ask for their recommendations though because it's not always the easiest thing to hunt down an old vintage of a particular wine. K&L is one of the better wine stores in the country and I can see from their inventory online that they don't have this in stock now and only have one Bordeaux from 2002 that would fit your price range, and its not one that I'd feel comfortable recommending.

        1. I have also considered the 2002 Phelps Insignia (as mentioned in another thread). I have found a few places online that sell it for a tad more than my price range, but it gets great reviews.

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          1. re: SuperTrooper00

            It's a commonly available Bordeaux blend that receives great reviews. Ten years is often the perfect point to drink a Cali Cab assuming it was made well, and assuming you like primary fruit flavors instead of the earthy secondary flavors that will be revealed as another ten years come along.

            I would be very careful where you get this bottle from. 10 years is a long time, and wine is very sensitive to heat/poor storage conditions over time. Make sure you are going through a reputable place, and that there was some effort on the part of the vendor/site to ensure the bottle was stored properly, and will be shipped to you properly refrigerated (esp. this time of year). Exposed to one 80 degree plus day and the wine will very well taste cooked.

            1. re: goldangl95

              I agree with you. Some Cal-Cabs do need a bit more time, and some a bit less, but that is why I recommended the Diamond Creek wines. If a bit young (though should not be by THAT much), a few good swirls of the decanter, should bring them into line.


          2. I have had the '02 Diamond Creek, from the Gravelly Meadow and Red Rock Terrace, and with a decanting (actually, considering the age, more of a caraffing), both were very good. Have not had the Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill '02, but would think that it was similar.

            The per bottle price should be close, though I cannot recall what I paid at the winery, back when.

            I WOULD allow about 45 mins. in a decanter, and even give that a few good swirls.

            These are Cabernet Sauvignons, with some big, bold tastes - little "subtle" with Diamond Creek.

            Enjoy, and happy anniversary,