Tasted August 6, 2011 by brigcampbell with 507 views
What a perfect day for an event named "suntacular", slight breeze coming up the canyon from the ocean, low 80's, and no humidity which is almost always the case in California. This being the inaugural sister event to the falltacular, I was excited to attend. Falltacular is a superb event, massive in scale and opulence, and raises lots of money for Laura's House. Suntacular is much smaller and intimate and you can actually see Frank and Jill's beautiful home. I guess what I appreciate the most is the simple elegance of the Spanish architecture and design and the warmth of color, perfect pairing for "Sol-tacular". Chris and I strolled around the backyard looking at the plants, it reminds me of a garden/courtyard you'd see in a B&B in Italy. It probably looks just like something you'd see in Spain but I've never been before, it's definitely on the list.
Let the party start; As you'd expect, there were very knowledge wine people there. I like talking with, and better yet, listening to people that really know what they're talking about. I'm a guy with a 1,000 questions about anything so when the party started with the whites and quite a few from France, I was all ears. I like French wine but I really don't know much about it. The science of French wine is massive topic but you have to start somewhere, Chablis it is, so I followed Perry around the white burgs and chatted as we tasted. Probably the best way to learn is just stand next to the table of wines and as people come up you'll find all kinds of interesting nuggets and there's always the staple question "What's good?" brings loads of information.
Flight 1 (18 notes)
2007 Alban Vineyards Roussanne Estate
Very interesting wine. If this was served blind in a dark glass I bet everyone would guess it to be red. Fairly weighty wine and a very pronounced incense taste turning to clove at the finish. You'd could pair this with lamb or seafood buried in a a heavy sauce no problem. I liked it more than Chris.
2003 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate
Bummer, tainted. So I grabbed a decanter and placed two sheets of plastic wrap inside and dumped in the wine for the grand experiment. After 5 minutes or so it noticeably reduced the nose and palate of TCA/wet newspaper. Was it enough to enjoy the wine? Probably not, there was still a hints of taint but it was "drinkable" by some. Others, no chance.
1998 Albert Pic Chablis 1er Cru
This wine was quite unique, don't know if it was heading down hill or that's just the way it is but not my cup of tea. Color was really starting to darken to a burnt gold. Fun to try and the bottle is excellent.
1995 Calera Pinot Noir Jensen Vineyard
Quite enjoyable when served straight out the bottle. Color beginning to fade and bricking around the edges. Good complexity and still lots of fruit although an hour later the fruit was more stewed and rhubarb was dominate . Thanks Bruce.
2007 Two Hands Shiraz Bella's Garden
bummer, last bottle! I wish I had bought a case when it was on sale for $29... ugh. Big and powerful, tons of fruit and alcohol showing on the back end, which blew off later. Excellent long finish. This is the kind of wine that grabs your attention.
2008 Loring Wine Company Divergence
although I didn't take detail notes I want to mention the wine is showing completely different than when I tasted it just 8 months earlier. I didn't get lots of raisin but still the chocolate. I enjoyed it much more this time.
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