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Old Timers Lunch at Alexander Valley Vineyards

Alexander Valley Vineyards

Tasted September 6, 2019 by Woodbridge Brad with 62 views


Old timers is group of winemakers, wine growers, and other wine industry characters mostly over 65. Some retired, many still involved in the industry, they average 40+ of experience. We meet 3-4 times a year, usually in the North Coast, as there is only a handful of us from Lodi or other appellations. The oldest is 95 now, but there are plenty in their late 80's and early 90's. I am a youngster at 70. Since everyone brings a bottle, there is always too much wine to taste and a really interesting wine often barely makes it beyond 8 pours, but then there are usually many interesting bottle and even more conversation.

Flight 1 - Around the table (7 notes)

Table was Bo Barrett, Heidi, Dick Peterson, Dan Salomon, Pooch, Bernard Portet, Rob Davis, and myself.

2017 Alexander Valley Vineyards Chardonnay USA, California, Sonoma County, Alexander Valley
88 points
Clean and fresh without excessive oak or alcohol. Very attractive and accessible.
2011 Opus One USA, California, Napa Valley
91 points
Nice and not as overpowering as I anticipated. Solid elegant Napa Cab. Overpriced but everything up there is these days.
2016 Dutton-Goldfield Pinot Noir Dutton Ranch USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
90 points
Great RRV Pinot, the bottle was empty before once around the table, no seconds, pity. This had ample intensity and an orchestra of flavors. Really wanted a second glass to linger over.
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2016 Vermeil Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Jean Louis Vermeil Frediani Vineyard USA, California, Napa Valley, Calistoga
89 points
Ripe full Cabernet done in a classic Napa Valley style this is a very nice but overpriced wine. All sex appeal and not as much personality because of the ripeness and barrel, it joins a voiceless Vegas chorus line of similar Napa Cabernets all lovely, all alike, viewed from a far. 2019 may finally be the vintage Napa Cabernet pricing adjusts and maybe we will see some risk taking in winemaking to get more expression of place. FYI I would not age this more than a few years.
2016 Foppiano Carignane Grant Station USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
90 points
Carignane is so underrated and unrecognized but it can, properly grown make a wonderful wine and this is a good example. Full bodied with ample color, a cream soda berry nose, it is a great food wine. The acidity is typically mild as is the tannin structure but there is more than enough there. Easy to go from one glass to the second.
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2015 Orsi Family Nebbiolo USA, California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley
85 points
Good red wine but this is a tough variety for California and there was little to no varietal expression beyond having the typical lighter red color with a hint of orange. Quite drinkable but quite forgettable.
2016 Gary Farrell Pinot Noir Dijon Clones Hallberg Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
94 points
Every time I bemoan the uniformity of Napa Valley Cabernets at $100+ there is a more expressive and far more reasonable RRV Pinot to run to. Run to this one, it is wonderful. Again, at a table of winemakers the bottle barely made it around once where the Vermeil Cabernet was still half full.
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