Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Tour of Napa Tasting, Part 1 #DCC A Night of #CabernetSauvignon #palmazvineyards #inglenook1879 #corisonwinery

Last week started off with a big bang Sunday night with the second preview of the musical CREEP written by our friend Donald Fowler. My friend, Marsha and I attended that event at the Brookhollow Country Club while Don, Marsha's husband and Cullum went to the Cowboy's game. It progressed from there to me not having a key to get back in the house, waiting for the game to be over, eating at Mi Cocina and shutting it down, then over to Patrizzi's and closing it down, and finally getting back in the house! Whew!

Getting up at 5:30am every morning has not been easy when you stay out late at night! Monday went off without a hitch. Tuesday morning, I hit the ground running up the toll to Pierce High School to drop off Cullum, back to the dentist, and then to an American Heart Association meeting at Clampitt Creative Center at noon.

That evening Don was in Chicago and I had signed up for the Taste of Napa, Part 1 presented by our sommelier at the Dallas Country Club. We had been asking him when he was going to share his travels with his members at the club. And so he did, in the Heritage room which has been redecorated to look more like the Ladies Lounge that is adjacent to it! It WAS dark in this room until recently when the club renovated it so that more members would use the room. I for one wish it had been as beautiful as it is now back in January when we used it for the food portion of our wedding reception. But, needless to say it was pretty in its own right!

Aaron Benson, the sommelier at the DCC, had beautiful tables set up where we could see the slide show of the wineries he visited this past year. 

Each place setting had 6 glasses of red wine to taste, plates of fruit, cheeses, and crackers. He presented all wines each winery as we tasted. Here are the wines from Napa!

The first one served upon entering the room was a 2011 Illumination Sauvignon Blanc ($40) from the Quintessa Vineyard Estates in Napa. This wine had peach, Meyer lemon, and jasmine notes. Tropical mouth and clean finish to this wine. So good on this hot evening!

 Beautiful label too!

As everyone begin to find their seats of choice, Aaron began his presentation of the Napa tour. The first red wine he began with was a 2009 Cedar Knoll Cabernet Sauvignon ($45) from Napa. This vineyard lay fallow for eighty six years after Prohibition. The Palmazes bought the vineyards, an old house badly in need of repairs, and the stone winery. Now the vineyards are alive, the house is a family home again, and the winery has been reinvented.
This elegant Cabernet combines dark blackberry and cassis with dark layers of cocoa and spice.  

The next wine was a 2009 Inglenook "Cask" Cabernet Sauvignon ($75) from Inglenook Vineyards in Rutherford, CA owned by Francis Ford Coppola. This wine needs to be decanted before all the elements come together. It has a nice balance between the fruit and the tannins. The chateau on the label is the actual old stone and iron structure which now houses two tasting rooms.

The next wine presented was a 2006 Corison Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa ($85). For some reason, I didn't see that bottle on the table, so the picture is from the internet.

Cathy Corison with be at the club in February, so this is a wine dinner we must attend. Any chance we get to meet the winegrower, we take it! Her tasting notes are here! The wine was excellent.

That is my part of Part 1 of Tour of Napa Tasting! The other wines will come in the next blog.

I have to get up at 5:30 two more days! Then my long-term sub job will end. I am retired after all. Too much work while retired might make me want to go back full time! (haha)