Tasted Friday, May 18, 2012 - Saturday, May 19, 2012 by GalvezGuy with 769 views
I feel sorry for whoever has to follow YoDaddyO. This event was one to remember for a lifetime. Not just for the wines but for the wonderful surroundings. The Friday night dinner at Hudson on the Bend was simply spectacular. However, none of that compared to the experience at the Castleman family ranch which was Hill Country opulence at its finest. I don't have words to describe the setting and our pictures will never do it justice.
Dinner was great wonderful appetizers that included rattlesnake-stuffed cremini mushrooms, duck diablo with a sweet chipotle dipping glaze, and breaded shrimp with an aioli that I wanted to chug. That was followed by a nice salad and I had the smoked duck shingled with diver scallops. WOTN was definitely the 03 mon Aieul for me with the 74 Mondavi and Flora Springs Triology right on its heels. The bar is set pretty high so far and there is a lot of weekend left.
The wines were all served blind, which is a great equalizer as it removes label prejudice. The mix was mostly Bordeaux and California Cabs with an Italian sneaking in there. WOTF for me was the 85 Dominus with the 81 Margaux, 85 Mondavi, and 86 Meyney separated by mere whiskers. The consensus #1 for the group was the 85 Dominus with the 85 Mondavi edging out the 81 Margaux for 2nd.
With great generosity, the YoDaddyO family opened their ranch to the group. It was a beautiful setting and everything you would expect in a Hill Country ranch with deer and turkeys roaming in plain site. The opulence of the ranch and its furnishings was only surpassed by the natural beauty of Barton Creek. Dinner was amazing with the steak tartare crostini standing out as the starter. The first course was Chilean Sea Bass on Lobster Risotto, followed by a salad with smoked duck for the 2nd course. The third course as a Prosciutto wrapped Rabbit Tenderloin with a Marsala sauce, followed by Weygau tenderloin with anejo tequla peppercorn sauce. The dessert was a chocolate Tres Leches cake. The catering crew from Verdes did a fantastic job and I don't know how so much high quality food was served for so little money.
Once again, thank you to Mr. Mike and Maggie for opening their ranch home to us. Thank you to everyone that shared their fantastic wines. Thank you to Hudson's on the Bend and Verdes for fanstastic food and service. Finally thank you to YoDaddyO and Carol for putting together such a great event. WE"RE NOT WORTHY!!!