Sage in Newport Beach, CA
Tasted Sunday, February 4, 2007 by Frank Murray III with 629 views
Held for the OC/LA gang, using the pay it forward philosophy. Also had some surprise new releases provided by KB. Big ass thanks to the 2 RJS (Ryan Johnson and Rick Joyer) for organizing such a wonderful meal and gathering for all of us. Big props, men!
This flight included the not yet released 2006, which I found (as did a few other I overheard talking) shows a difference in style to the 2005.
Bummer, no 2002 to try but nice to have these stacked up on top of each other at the same time.
These RRVs really sing for me, between the aromatics and the great palate intensity. The SCs seem more earth and structure driven when laid next to the RRV.
The SURPRISE flight, gifted by KB. These 2 pinots, both brand news wines, are being released next week and we are told that we are the first people to really taste these publicly from bottle, as they were just bottled up 10 days ago. What an honor--thanks Mike and Dan. The syrah is also coming out , but has been in bottle for some time.
2 750s of this were provided by Uncle Jay to finish the night.