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Napa Valley Tasting

Posted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:05 am
by hans martin gesellmann
Hi all,

I will organize a Napa Valley tasting in Vienna this weekend and it would be great if you can give me some feedback on the wines which will be poured, the decanting time and the order of flights.

Flight 1
Arietta Red Wine H Block Hudson 2013
Abreu Red Wine Capella 2012
Colgin Cariad 2011

Flight 2
Screaming Eagle 2011
Dominus 2011
Opus One 2011

Flight 3
Carter Cellars Beckstoffer To Kalon The O.C. 2014
Realm Cellars Houyi Vineyard Pritchard Hill 2014
Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Flight 4
Buccella Cuvee Katrina Eileen 2012
Bond Quella 2012
Bond Pluribus 2012

Flight 5
Continuum Estate 2013
Ridge Monte Bello 2013
Schrader Cabernet Sauvignon Las Piedras 2013

Many thanks in advance for your help!

Re: Napa Valley Tasting

Posted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:45 am
by Jeff Leve
HI Martin

Sorry for not responding yesterday. But I have been swamped with a project. What a great selection of wines How did you get all the California Cabernet Sauvignon wines in Europe?

If it was me, I'd decant all wines about the same, 2 hours each. I'd probably remove flight #1 and place the 11 with the other 11's, the 12 with the other 12's and the same with the 2013.

Personally, I like to go from light to heavy, so I would start with 2011, go to 2014, 2012 and finish with 2013.

Some wines like Ridge and Togni could use a longer decant, but you'll be fine with 2 hours for all the wines. I'm a little jealous!