I got an email from the French Laundry offering their wine today. Anyone tasted any of these? I thought it was curious.
$115 a pop
"We are pleased to be able to offer you The French Laundry’s Modicum Wine; the Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon, 2004 and 2005 vintages along with the St. Helena Red Blend, 2006 vintage.
The meaning of modicum is “a small amount of something unique.” To us, Modicum represents a small amount of the very best fruit attainable.
The Cabernet Sauvignon, 2004 and 2005, comes from a dramatic site located in the Rutherford appellation. This vineyard which has sandy loam soils coupled with its locale above the valley floor, composes a site that yields distinct fruit with remarkable ripeness.
The Napa Valley Red Wine Blend, 2006, is a blend of three vineyards in the St. Helena appellation which is planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. The unique terroir of each site is apparent in the complexity of this blend. The backbone of the wine is from a rocky, highly elevated parcel east of St. Helena . Two additional vineyards in the western hills complete the blend; one parcel is north of St. Helena planted in dusty red soil, the other is nestled against the base of Spring Mountain amongst decomposed river rock.
As originally conceived, the Modicum project is extremely small in its production. Only 135 cases of the Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon, 2004; 110 cases of the Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon, 2005 and 160 cases of the St. Helena Red Wine Blend were produced"