Last night Wine Gallery celebrated their 10th anniversary with an afternoon bbq and wine tasting. They brought out the best for us from cult cabs to grilled tri-tip and everyone had a blast. I got to taste through most of the whites (the Alsace Grand Cru riesling won) but really slowed down when it came to the reds because I got distracted by a bottle of Burgundy upstairs halfway through the affair (2005 A.-F. Gros Vosne-Romanee tends to do that). The reds I did have a chance to taste were excellent though. Here's my shortlist of gems:
Pinot Noir, Domaine Serene's "Yamill Cuvee"
Willamettte, Oregon, 2006
delicate red fruits, integrated alcohol, confirmed the loved i had for this producer's wines after their anniversary dinner at Delmonico in Las Vegas this past spring
Cab blend, Rudd's "Crossroads"
California, Napa Valley, Oakville, 2006
delicious wine good for drinking young, it's nice balance of rich dark fruits, good acidity, and silky tannin deserve its retail price of around $60
Cabernet Sauvignon, Round Pond
California, Napa Valley, Rutherford, 2005
prefer the Rudd over this but still noteworthy if you can find a deal on it (retails for about $65)
Cab blend, Turnbull's "Black Label" (reserve cab)
California, Napa Valley, 2006
like a slice of flourless chocolate cake...dense, decadent, but not too sweet