Prosecco Colfòndo is always a great excuse to get together and reconnect. It was super fun to taste with you.
Of course, I tasted a lot of wines while out in California. Here are some of the highlights.
It was also great to see that Carolina Gatti’s Prosecco Col Fondo is now available in my home state. There are now a handful of Col Fondo wines in the U.S. and the number continues to grow. Hers fall on the crunchier side of the category and I love them (she’s also the sweetest lady and very active on social media).
The 2009 Clos du Jaugueyron was another thriller for me, with brilliant fruit and rich but balanced earthy notes. I tasted it with my friend Anthony who moonlights as a wine rep when he’s not busy winning Grammys (for real). Definitely one of the best expressions of Bordeaux that I’ve tasted beyond the wines I’ll never be able to afford in my lifetime.
The 2008 Cirò Colli del Mancuso Riserva by Ippolito was showing beautifully and I was impressed by its clean, focused savory notes and dark red fruit flavors. Man, I would have loved to crack a bottle of this Gaglioppo with a steak.
I was fortunate enough to get to drink a bottle of the Meggiolaro 2013 Gambellara Sarò at Jaynes after our tasting on Saturday night. This wine has it all: clarity in its fruit, minerality, restrained alcohol and just the right balance of acidity to spin its flavors into harmonious elegance. A wonderful discovery for me and a wine I’ll look forward to drinking over the years.
What a thrill for me to get to drink the 2008 Barolo Bricco Boschis by Cavallotto! Jon at Jaynes generously poured this for us. Its fruit is still present but it’s starting to be dominated by the wine’s tannin. The 2008 vintage is going to be a great one for this wine but the wine still needs time in the bottle. Having said that, with a Jaynes Burger in one hand and a glass of this superb expression of Nebbiolo in the other, I found myself in enograstronomic heaven.
Michael joined us on Saturday to show us his new vintages of Los Pilares. Thanks to adventurous tasters like John (who was among the earliest to recognize the quality of Michael’s wine) and winemakers like Michael, San Diego is making a name for itself in the overcrowded world of California winemaking. Michael regularly sells out each vintage of his courageous wines and it was a blast to taste with both of them.