Los Angeles and San Francisco
Tasted Friday, January 18, 2008 - Saturday, January 19, 2008 by Richard Jennings with 992 views
One hundred Chateaux were on hand for this UGC tasting, up from 85 to 90 over the past few years. Below are my TNs on the 110 wines I tasted.
This is a unique event for giving one a deep overall sense of the vintage in a great region. I spent nearly three and a half hours at the L.A. tasting, and a little over two hours at the San Francisco one. The temperature of the room (and wines) in San Francisco was much colder than in Los Angeles, and the glasses in Los Angeles had a larger bowl. The wines I had a chance to re-taste in San Francisco nearly all had shown better in Los Angeles. I also had a chance to taste several of these at a K&L dinner at the Clift Hotel the preceding Sunday. There the wines were double decanted and nearly all showed better than they did at the walk-around tasting (not surprisingly). If I had the benefit of sitting with a lot of these bottles over an evening, or going back to them after a day or two, I have no doubt many would rate higher scores than I’ve indicated below. In sum, a very impressive, very strong vintage, if not as superlative and powerful as the 2000s were at this stage.
Merlot seems to have done particularly well in this vintage, and the Right Bank produced a number of gorgeous wines, along with several over-amped, extracted oaky ones. I was a little underwhelmed by the white Bordeaux, and have heard from some who have had a chance to try them that ’06 is a better vintage for Bordeaux blanc. Along with St. Emilion and Pomerol, St. Julian and Pauillac appear to be stars of this vintage. And the Sauternes were quite good, rich and with long finishes, if lacking some of the acidity one expects from the very top years.
David Launay, Managing Director of Gruaud Larose