Tuesday, October 20, 2009

BAWDY: Old Cabs/Old Bordeaux Tasting

I'm catching up on past tastings, as you will see. This was a February 2009 tasting of one of my wine groups, BAWDY ("Bay Area Wine Drinkers and-a-Y"). Hosted by Brian and Jill Oana at their Alameda CA home, the theme they chose for this BYOB was "OLD CABS/OLD BORDEAUX."

Well, who's going to miss a thing like that??

Of course, this means "old" in affordable terms -- we're not rich and our cellars are relatively lacking in age-depth. But here's what we 20 or so people came up with -- and a remark by me about the ones that jumped out at me. If I didn't remark on it, I either didn't get to taste it, or I don't remember it.

Here they are, listed by age:

1974 Inglenook Cab Limited Cask A-3, Napa
--over the hill but not awful

1986 Simi Cab Commemorative Edition, Alexander Valley

1991 Cline Mourvedre, Contra Costa County (CA)

1995 Chateau Clerc Milon Grand Cru, Pauillac
--very good

1995 Sterling Vineyard Reserve Cab blend, Napa

1996 Lolonis Cab, Redwood Valley, Mendocino

1997 Kiona Cab, Washington State

1997 Inniskillin Gamay Noir, Niagara Peninsula
--a whaaa? but tasty!

1998 BV Rutherford Cab, Napa
--outstanding -- no surprise!

2000 D’Agostini Cab, Alexander Vly

2000 Close Du Bois Merlot, Sonoma
--very good

2001 White Oak Cab blend, Napa

2001 William Hill Reserve Cab, Napa

2002 Retzlaff Cab, Livermore Vly

2002 St. Supery Cab, Napa

2003 Mount Eden Vineyard Cab blend, Santa Cruz Mtns

2005 L’Ecole No 41 Perigee Seven Hills Cab blend, Walla Walla, Washington
--this is supposed to be fab, but I didn't get to taste it, darn it.

2005 Rodrigue Molyneaux Cab, Livermore CA

2006 Chateau Haut-Sorillon, Bordeaux Superieur

2006 Educated Guess Cab, Napa

2006 Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz-Cab, S. Australia

2006 St. Francis, Chard, Sonoma

2006 DeCanal Montepulciano D’Abruzzo (unopened--just too many wines!)

2007 Robert Mondavi Private Select Cab, Calif.

Great evening!

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