Very well organized event. At 11am until 2:30pm. Plenty of space. Excellent temperature. Many wineries had 2 or 3 wines. RP was at the entrance to receive everyone. Good food table, good chesses.
01 Gemstone: Very good length, fruity, needs about 5 years.
01 Shafer 25th Anniversary Sunspot vineyard Magnum: Very big wine in need of many years, slightly bitter/close. Not close to the flavor profile from the Hillside.
01 7 Vineyard Red: Close nose, a lot of tannins but low in fruit
01 8 Vineyard Chardonnay: good fruit, burgundy style, very good
01 ZD CS: too acidic
01 Rudd Estate:Full body with plenty of fruit
02 Rudd Chardonnay Bacigalupi: soft in style
01 Cloud View: 57%merlot, 43%CS Excellent nose, tasty, good body and complex
01 Clark Claudon: 100%CS Very strong tannins
00 Clark Claudon: more approachable, less fruit than the 01
01 Montelena CS: typical Napa Cab, well balance
03 Leeuwin Riesling: too light and dry
01 Leeuwin Chardonnay Art Series: light but very good
03 D'Arenberg Laughing Magpie: 94% shiraz, 6% viogner. Light but good taste
00 E&E Black Pepper shiraz: close nose, full body, not very peppery
02 Reynalla Basket Press Shiraz: med body
01 O'Shaughnessy: 94%CS. 6% merlot. Estate. Good body and balance $55
01 Marston CS: 100%CS full body, good flavors
01 Hendry Block S CS: high tannins
01 Hendry Red: 38%malbec, 42% merlot, 8-10% CS, 8-10% CF, 4% petit verdot. Good wine, complex
01 Parry CS: 100% CS estate. 190 cases. Goof fruit. Located about 1.5 N of Deer Park Road on Silverado
01 Sbragia CS Rancho del Oso: very good
02 Sbragia Chardonnay Gamble? Ranch: 100%new oak. Tastes with much oak
02 Beringer Chardonnay Private Reserve: smokey nose, good flavor.
00 Beringer Bancroft CS: from Howell Mt, close nose, good tannins, some fruit
00 Beringer Chabot CS: much more fruit than Bancroft
01 Merryvale Beckstoffer 10 Oakville: good fruit
01 Merryvale Clone 6 Rutherford: tight
01 Merryvale Profile: 65%CS, 25% merlot, 10% CF and PV. More tannins, with less fruit
02 Downing Family Zinfandel: very good fruit and flavors
01 Downing Family CS: 97% CS, 3% petit syrah
02 Downing Family CS barrel sample: good flavor and good potential.
01 Hartwell merlot: good fruit, good taste
01 Hartwell CS: Full body with high tannins, need about 4-5 years.
01 Corison: good
01 Jocelyn Lonen CS: 75%CS, 25% merlot
02 Jocelyn Lonen CS: 100% CS closed nose, good flavors
02 Jocelyn Chardonnay: $25
02 Jocelyn Lonnen Chardonnay: better, more buttery $45
01 Ch St. Jean Cinq Cepages
01 Ch St. Jean Chardonnay, Robert Young: non malolactic
01 Landmark Dameris Chardonnay: too light
01 Numanthia: 70-100 years old vines. Light in body if compared to Termanthia
01 Termanthia: very ful body and complex
01 Allende: typical tempranillo
01 Calvario: Very good
01 Halo (Allende): good
01 Finca Sandoval: very good
02 Finca Sandoval: bitter, less fruit than 01
00 Diamond Terrace CS: good but light
01 Diamond Terrace CS: very good
02 Diamond Terrace CS: very good, 400 cases. All are 100%CS
Overall, an excellent tasting and for a good cause.