We missed tasting the reds because we thought an hour and a half would be plenty of time to taste and see the exhibition. We were wrong. At $35 each for 10 wines and nibbles, they poured heavy. We couldn’t have tasted all 10 and gotten safely home if we had time anyway. The wines were provided by The Country Vintner.
The whites were:
La Folie Rully Blanc, Close-St. Jacques, France, 2010. @$20-$35, depending on where you find it. Oaked and delicious.
Ken Forrester Reserve Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch South Africa, 2011. @$13, Beautiful nose, with a grassiness reminiscent of Marlborough Sauvignon blancs.
Macrostie Wildcat Mountain Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast, California, 2008. @$33, knocked our socks off. No wonder.
The sparklings were:
Antech Cuvee Emotion Brut Rose, Cremant di Limoux, France, 2010, @$15 It had a very light blush from pinot noir grapes. Nice enough. I liked the cava better.
Mont Marcal Brut Reserva, Cava, Spain, 2009, @$12, It has a much greater complexity than other cavas we’ve had.
Untasted reds were:
Domaine Paul Autard Rouge, Cotes du Rhone, France, 2011, Thelema Mountain Red, Western Cape, South Africa, 2009, Keenan Merlot, Napa Valley, 2009, Bodega Wienert Caves de Weinert, Lujan de Cuyo, Agentina, 2004, and Dehesa Granja Seleccion Red, Zamora, Spain, 2000.