Last night I volunteered to pour at the Voices For Children fundraiser...a 100 point wine tasting event at the gorgeous home of Jori Potiker and Michael Brown in Rancho Santa Fe. I was lucky enough to get to pour AND TASTE, as a friend was not able to make the event at the last minute.
Steve, Woody (thanks for the picture), and I were busy at the "France" table where we poured 1982 & 2000 Chateau Leoville-Las Cases, 1990 Chateau Latour, 2000 Chateau Pavie, 1989 La Misson Haut Brion, 1982 Chateau Mouton Rothschild, 1998 Domaine de Marcoux CdP VV, 1998 Guigal Cote Rotie La Turque, and 1991 Chapoutier Cote Rotie la Mordoree.
My personal favorites were the Latour and La Turque. Thought the Mouton was starting to fall and the 2000 Pavie was a little big for me. 2000 Leoville was still young but perfect for those who love indulging in the primary flavors of Bordeaux.
I bounced around a few more tables after the tasting finished. Other standouts were the 1994 Bryant Family Cabernet (much more delicate and disciplined than the other cabs present 97 Shafer Hillside Select, 03 & 05 Quilceda Creek, etc). My favorite part of this event was that everyone got a card with assigned wines for a 1.5 ounce pour. I loved that there was no rush and you could taste in the order you prefer. The wines were well distributed so everyone got a taste of France (Bordeaux & Rhone), Italy (Barolo & Brunello), and the newbees (Cab & Shyrah/Shiraz). Thanks for planning a fabulous event, Robin. Hopefully, a lot of money was raised for this great charity!