Thursday, July 11, 2013

Rutherford Dust Society Tasting - In Photos

The Rutherford Dust Society held its annual tasting for trade and press today with several hundred people attending.

There was exquisite if sparsely distributed food - tiny bites prepared by Meadowood, sumptious when you could find them, but delivered parsimoniously to the crowds - and toilets that one would not expect to see in a posh (primarily) Cab tasting event -
portapoddies in an outdoor loading area adjacent to the Beaulieu barrel room. Paradox city.

Highlights/new to me:

Jody Hill of Caspar Estate
Caspar Estate - a knockout Cabernet from legendary Julien Fayard, who used to work with Phillip Melka, the French guru, after working in renowned French Bordeaux houses. Restrained. It's the boutique winery's third vintage and will be released this fall. Highly recommended for those who want to see that Napa's not just about fruit bombs. Only 320 cases. It's $325 for a 3-bottle box.

Tres Sabores Rose
Tres Sabores 2010 Zin
Tres Sabores - Rose and Zin were knockouts.

The 2010 Zin from Tres Sabores (their Zin is always noteworthy) is a particularly fine vintage. It will be released later this year.

Sampling Raymond's estate Cab
Raymond Vineyards - Certification completed as of May 2013! Another great winery goes organic and biodynamic in the vineyard. Spicy notes in the Cabernet.

Flora Springs - Also completed 100% certification of two of its estate vineyards (for its estate wines). Four of Flora Spring's current wines are from organic vineyards including its flagship Trilogy.

Shari Staglin of Staglin Family and Cory Gowan of JJ Buckley
David Heitz of Heitz Cellars 
Frog's Leap's Sauvignon Blanc on offer
Frog's Leap's winemaker Paula Moschetti with the Rutherford Cabernet
Julie Johnson of Tres Sabores 

No comments:

Post a Comment