Diamond Creek, with dear Boots Brounstein. As usual, Diamond Creek showed well - dark, cool, mountain fruit with good structure, one of my favorite Napa Valley wineries, recently highlighted on this blog.
Dominus, with Tod Mostero, who hosted me several years ago at the estate. This was the second time I tasted the 2011 Dominus, and my opinion improved. The wine has some grippy tannins and herbs, slightly leaner than usual, thanks to the 2011 vintage. I like how the slight austerity and a leaner body give it a Euro-inclined balance. I believe it will age well.
I ran into Burgundy's vunderkind of Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair in Vosne Romanee, Loius Michel Liger-Belair, in an elevator. He is making the most exciting reds in Burgundy right now, including the iconic La Romanee grand cru in Vosne Romanee. Louis-Michel is consulting with one of the Oregon wineries at the event - Chapter 24 Vineyards.
More memorable sights:
|Too "new world" for me. I much prefer Drouhin's burgundies.|
|Enjoy Moric blaufrankisch every year.|
Wonderful smoky Austrian reds.
|The 2010 "Ursules" rocks! Excellent QPR.|
|The iconic Penfolds Grange. Very refined.|
|Beaucastel nailed it in 2011, both red and white.|
|Hard to choose between these two.|
For me, the 2000 perhaps was tastier. But both are great!