Celebrating CellarTracker's Fifteenth Anniversary

Seattle, WA

Tasted April 25, 2019 by Eric with 1,754 views


On April 25, 2004 we (it was just ME at the time) officially launched CellarTracker for public access. A whopping 13 people registered on that first day...

Today we celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of that occasion. As a community we have now registered nearly 600,000 users, tracking more than 100 million bottles and 7 million tasting notes. Last year more than 10 million unique people visited our website. We have come a long way, and we have so much further to go.

Dan Polivy and his family came over for a last minute dinner with our family, and we popped three bottles from 2004. Given the recent fire at Notre Dame, we decided to have all of the wines be from France.

Flight 1 (1 note)

As I finished up dinner, we gnoshed in the last of my chopped liver from Passover. We started with the obligatory Champagne toast.

White - Sparkling
2004 Dom Pérignon Champagne France, Champagne
95 points
Simply lovely bottle of Dom. Broader shouldered than many vintages, bubbles relaxing with some age, this reminds me a bit of the 1996, sort of a white Burgundy with some bubbles. It drank well and unfolded beautifully for hours.
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Flight 2 (2 notes)

And then with dinner and hours of conversation and reflection.

2004 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
94 points
This has always been one of my favorite vintages of Pegau, and this opens up as an exceptionally meaty and vibrant bottle. Absolutely screaming of garrigue yet with a different energy than many other vintages. As I recall, in this vintage the entire white production went into this red wine. The only troubling note was some funkiness and a hint of oxidation that crept in as we sat with the bottle. I have every reason to believe it was a proper example (I have been drinking bottles from this same case for years and the cork was perfect), but there was just a hint of tiredness that started to show up in the wine. No matter, it is always a treat, but I am going to start drinking up my last ones while this is still a background note.
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2004 Château Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
97 points
Wow. Wow. Wow. I don't have a lot of Rayas in the cellar, and I don't often open them, but they are such a treat. Light in color, almost pale, and faintly cloudy, this is a surprisingly powerful wine that is far more intense than the color would suggest. Screaming of white pepper, pine needle and cherry. Hyper-cherry. This is such a joyous and pure expression of Grenache, faintly sweet on the approach but more spicy and savory as you sit with it. Just haunting. This is still extremely primary. Very pure.
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Thank you to the entire CellarTracker community. In the summer of 2003 when I decided to make CellarTracker a public website, I knew that the vast bulk of the utility of the platform needed to come from the community itself. It warms my heart and soul to see how far my hobby has come across 15 years, and there is so much work and potential for it to go further in the future.


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