Once again an amazing weekend with incredible wines and an even better group of guys. Each year it gets tougher to hang in with these young hooligans and my strategy of taking small pours has become a survival instinct. We go through the wines so quickly it is often a challenge to pick favorites or write notes with so many great wines but some do seem to stand out in each of our memory banks. These stand out in mine
2012 Aubert Lauren Sonoma Coast Chardonnay (my favorite domestic chard it paired well with the seafood extravaganza)
2002 Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne 3L (also paired well with the seafood extravaganza)
1934 Vieux Chais Maconnais Clos de la Roche Grand Vin de Bourgogne (memorable for being alive and well)
1992 Dunn Vineyards Petit Sirah (such a unique wine. I dont usually care for PS but this drinks beautifully)
2004 Schrader Old Sparky (Magnum) a beautiful wine and great expression of To Kalon
1978 Petrus - truly memorable and grateful for the opportunity to drink this iconic wine. Thx TPE
1978 Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow - the older DC always seem to stand out in a crowd. Would love to add some to the cellar as they like Dunn HM never seem to disappoint
1963 Sebastiani Cabernet Sauvignon North Coast - who knew something my age from Napa could still be alive - Thx PS!
1996 Robert Mondavi To Kalon I Block Fume Blanc - just a wow wine unknown to most of even the most avid wine drinkers. Never had such a complex white wine from CA let alone anything close to this old. Thx to AM for smuggling it out of the Mondavi cellars
2007 Araujo Eisele Vineyard - BOOM! Araujo Eisle always seems to be in WOTN conversation every time I have it.
1991 Philip Togni Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - a mere lad, wish I had this 10 to 20 years in the future. Its built to last
2011 Macdonald - always a treat these have quickly become my favorite Napa Cabs once they get some age on them
2006 D'Yquem - just love the bountiful aromatics this wine always shares with me
2003 Juge Cornas Magnum - first time drinking this I get the hype.
1997 Altesino Montosoli Brunello Magnum - what aged BDM should be. Just hitting its stride with life ahead
1996 Guigal La Mouline - a treat to drink all the La La's side by side the La M stood out for me closely followed by the La T.
Probably not a surprise that the list was shorter on day 3 as pallet fatigue was setting in.
In addition to all the wines above we consumed at least a case at each of the tastings. I dont have a list from the Bedrock tasting but at Martinelli the tasting included
2007 Three Sisters Chardonnay
2014 Three Sisters Chardonnay
2004 Bondi Home Ranch Pinot Noir
2016 Moonshine ranch Pinot Noir
1999 Jackass Vineyard Zinfandel
2016 Giuseppe & Luisa Zinfandel
2016 Jackass Hill Zinfandel
Lastly a big shout out to Sarbuze, Danyull, Thirsty Man, Double D, Gigabit and the good people at Round Table Pizza for ensuring we ate like kings all weekend!