July 11th, 2014

red wine

Clos Du Val Winery ~ Napa Valley

I swapped onto a San Francisco flight, and took off a few hours after I made my previous entry. I told my dinner date from that evening that I was going to try to find the 2009 merlot, and his instructions were "buy them all!"

Of course, that was already my plan.

With the help of antivert, I made a reservation for a tasting, just before I flew out. On Sunday, the 6th of July, I picked him up at an Amtrak station, and we drove to Napa.

Clos Du Val is a pretty place.

First label of first wine.

People played games.

Splendor, Mirth, and Joy

Vines, and people looking at vines.

Pinot noir room, for hovering over pinot.

Tasting room, with tasters.

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And here's the prize. They thought at first they didn't have a single bottle of 2009 merlot remaining, but then they noticed four half-bottles. I nearly hesitated to buy them out, but the man behind the counter said "if you buy them all, we will be very happy." And so, with glee, I did. I'm happy that it came in four half bottles instead of two full bottles, since now I will be able to enjoy this wine on four occasions, rather than two.

Mission accomplished!
red wine

Château d'Armajan des Ormes Sauternes 2007

I've been curious about Sauternes, as I serve one at work, and when I pour it, it smells like a harvest festival covered in honey. The one we serve is around USD $200 for a half bottle, and I haven't had the opportunity.

I found this 2007 Château d'Armajan des Ormes for around $30 a half bottle, and it tastes like a dream. Honey and oranges and crystallized ginger and apricots. It smells heavy, but tastes light and citrussy.

From Wikipedia: "By the end of the 18th century, the region's reputation for Sauternes was internationally known: Thomas Jefferson was an avid connoisseur. Jefferson recorded that after tasting a sample of Château d'Yquem while President, George Washington immediately placed an order for 30 dozen bottles."

Be right back, placing an order for 30 dozen bottles.