Sunday, January 27, 2013

New Year's wines

We spent New Year's Eve party near San Jose. Putting aside that people in San Jose consider driving to Napa a "long trip" and it took us 1.5 hours, I do think that they privileged proximity to the fountains of Napa and Sonoma should give them an unfair expertise edge.
Then of course some of them who really enjoy wine, have an expensive wine cooler and take trips to Napa multiple times a year should have some really nice wines. And what is a better event to take a good bottle of wine out then during New Year's Eve party after we just came from 10 days in Napa and Sonoma, and we talk about wine a little bit too much.
One never knows what that will yield. But to my happiness that yielded some of the best wines we tried in the entire trip. Happy ending to a wonderful trip.

During our trip we were told to go visit Del Dotto's. We went, we tried. We moved on. But clearly we hadn't tried the really good stuff.

Our host had a  2006 Del Dotto Rutherford Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (from Napa of course) which was wonderful with the meal, I strongly recommend it.

It seems to be hard to find, the winery doesn't have it on its website ... but maybe there is some left. Here is how the label looks :

Beautiful Cab from Del Dotto:

2006 Del Dotto Rutherford Estate Cabernet Sauvignon at $50

If you can really find it

And of course before this we had a few Napa Chardonnays. 2 of them to be precise. Both were really good. I think my favorite was the 1st one, but , honestly, given time has passed, and regretting I didn't take notes, it could have been any of the 2.

Here they are :

Maybe my favorite of the 2:

2006 Mi Sueno Chardonnay Pugash Vineyard Sonoma Mountain at $45 or so

I can't find the 2006 anymore anywhere, but the 2008 is $45 :
Note: I have NOT tasted the 2008 and there is absolutely no guarantee that it's even coming from the same vineyard as wineries can rename things for marketing purposes.
But here is the link :

and the 2nd :

2006 Kali Hart Chardonnay Monterey County at $16

Given the price difference it really makes me believe that most likely the 1st one was indeed my favorite. But as you know, the price doesn't make the wine, especially not according to my taste.

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