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Premiere Napa Valley Day 3

March 15, 2014

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.

Over the next few weeks we will be bringing you the highlights of Premiere continuing this week with Anderson’s Conn Valley and Turnbull.

Anderson’s Conn Valley is well up Howell Mountain and we had to do at least one 5-point turn to get there (great driving *cough*). The fabulous tasting was in their cave, and we tasted through: Sauvignon Blanc 2012 (very good), Chardonnay 2012 (typical Napa), Pinot Noir 2011 (above average), Right Bank 2011 (outstanding), Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2011 (needs time), Eloge 2010 (also needs time), and the Signature 2010 (truly great!)

We had the luck and privilege of bumping into Robert Hunt, the winemaker, and he was more welcoming that we should have expected. We tasted multiple vintages of upcoming wines (which we will keep in confidence). We thank Robert for the private look we were given. He ushered us out after all the offerings with “now get out of my cave”, which was an epic end!

Turnbull has a bit of history with Josh and I. On my first visit to Premiere (in 2005), we hit Turnbull and fell into Merlot Fortuna 2001 (which turned out to be one of the greatest Merlot’s made in this countries history). This year we were warmly welcomed with the following wines:

Turnbull Sauvignon Blanc 2012 (typical Napa), Syrah 2010 (stunning…very reminiscent of northern Rhone Valley), Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville 2010 (absolutely amazing!), Cabernet Sauvignon Black Label 2010 (one of the best cabs of this vintage!!)….

…it didn’t end there really. Because of our past experience, we were given the privilege of purchasing a bottle of Merlot Fortuna 2007 and Merlot Fortuna 2010. We brought them home and had them with some canapés over a solid game of Settlers of Catan, and while the 2010 was great, the 2007 was nearly on par with the 2001. Sadly, all the Fortuna Vineyard Cabs and Merlots are only available to list members of Turnbull. We cannot recommend these wines more enthusiastically!

Thank you so much to the staff of both Anderson’s Conn Valley and Turnbull, you were appreciated.



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