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Premier Napa Valley 2015 BYOBB

February 27, 2015

Well, we are just back from 6 days of wine tasting at Premiere Napa Valley and, while we can barely think about any more wine, we did find some gems that we are excited to talk about.

Each February, hundreds of top wine professionals gather in Napa Valley for the must-attend trade event of the year: Premiere Napa Valley. The annual grand tasting and futures auction, held at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, helps to promote, protect and enhance the Napa Valley appellation. Premiere Napa Valley is an invitation-only event for members of the wine trade and media.

This year we were thrilled to get into some extremely exclusive wineries including Hourglass, Shafer, Chateau Boswell, Stonestreet and Cimerossa.

Over the next few weeks we will be bringing you the highlights of Premiere starting this week with a bit of a lark…the BYOBB (bring your own best bottle) tasting at Cliff Lede

This tasting was purely for fun, where every attendant brings a bottle of their choice and all the bottles are opened and shared. Below is a list of what we tasted (I am not going to include notes as they were ALL world-class wines).

Sassicaia 1998 and 2008

Chateau Prieur Lichine 1998

Pride Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2007

Dunn Howell Mountain 2005 (unbelievably drinking well now)

Groth Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 1995

Penfolds Grange 1998 (very peculiar, not bad at all, just…peculiar)

Casanova di Neri Brunelli di Montalcino Riserva 1997 (bad bottle)

Concannon Petite Sirah 1965 (yeah, you read that vintage right)

Lewis Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 1997

Roagna Barolo La Pira 2005

We want to extend our heartfelt thanks to Cliff Lede, who we ran into at Auberge de Soleil and extended us a personal invitation. His winery is astounding, his staff impeccable and the event was an amazing way to kick off the week.

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