A couple of nights ago with a handful of the MD crew: Big Napa Cabs theme.
2015 Arnot Roberts Chardonnay Trout Gulch Vineyard; one of the better domestic chardonnays around. Very approachable and balanced with minerality, citrus acidity, and very little oak.
2006 Domaine Ponsot Cuvee des Alouettes Morey St Denis 1er cru; just a knockout of a wine, smoky, black cherry, with lingering acidity and a long finish. A bit of funk blew off after about 15-30 minutes.
2002 Joseph Phelps Insignia; just fantastic, balanced, seamless, no hard edges.
2002 Spottswoode Estate vineyard; the most Bordeaux like of them all, a bit of cedar wood, oak and vanilla, red currants, perhaps the wine showing more tannins and the more restrained wine. would love to try at year 20.
2005 Araujo Eisele Vineyard; was fun to try side by side with the Insignia as they share fruit from same vineyard. Classy classy wine that felt quite young still. Has all the ingredients to be great.
2006 Continuum; surprisingly drinking so well, balanced, silky and fruit with ultrafine tannins. Might have just edged the Insignia for WOTN but they were all so good it is hard to pick
2007 Outpost Howell Mountain; a bit of the outlier of the bunch. Still a baby, dense deep dark fruit punch that just slams the palate upfront. With more air it got significantly better. Will be a great wine but its just a baby now despite it showing no tannins.
We had the big cabs with a terrific prime strip roast cooked by cometspider.