November 2008 Napa Trip

Tasted Friday, November 7, 2008 - Monday, November 10, 2008 by Clarkmeister with 441 views


4 days, 3 nights with Mike L, Chris and DaveR. Great time. MIke rented a house just off the main drag in St. Helena that was basically perfect for our needs. Despite me procrastinating til the last minute, we were able to pull together a pretty fun, robust itinerary.

Few notes, but did keep general scores for personal reference. Will add in color when appropriate.

Of note, we bought three 1997 Cali Cabernets on the first day and did one each day with dinner. These were definitely the funnest wines, just because of the comparison.

Flight 1 - Day 1 (11 Notes)

Landed and headed straight to Napa hoping to rendezvous with Daver. Kevin came through for us at the last minute and we ended up with a great "toe in the water" light but fun first day. Started at Kuleto which had a killer view, and then hooked up with Daver and went to Vineyard2 29. A stop at a wine store, then fabulous dinner at Press and we had a great start to things.

Flight 2 - Day 2 (25 Notes)

Full scale session. Terra Valentine to start, and it was the pleasant surprise of the trip. Last minute appt at Keenan, followed by picinic in the rain and some great Pinot at Barnett. Then on to Pride and dinner at Terra. Terra had a fried quail that was absurdly good.

Flight 3 - Day 3 (35 Notes)

Ad lib day. Started down south at Stats Leap and that was perfect. Extra pours of the Cask 23 sent us on our way. Then to Pine Ridge, Plumpjack, Cult Wine, Turnbull and Del Dotto as the capper. Dinner at Bouchon was a great way to end our last full day.

Flight 4 - Day 4 (4 Notes)

Swung by Sherwin Family on the way out of town. Very cool as we not only got to taste the current release, but also had a tour by Steve of the cellar, including a barrel taste of 2006 and a sample of 2008 that was not quite done fermenting (sitting at 2 brix). The 2008 stuff was a cool blend of super sweet grape juice with the undertones of actual wine able to be tasted. Very neat.