Wine highlights from last week in California

jeremy parzen prosecco col fondoThanks to everyone who came out to my Bele Casel tastings in California! And special thanks to Jill at DomaineLA in Los Angeles and Jayne and Jon at Jaynes in San Diego for hosting.

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.

praesidium 1998 montepulciano abruzzo bestThe 1998 Praesidium Montepulciano d’Abruzzo was stunning, fresh and bright in the glass with evolved tannin. So glad to see these compelling wines in California.

gatti prosecco col fondoIt 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).

clos du jaugueyronThe 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.

best gaglioppo ciro calabrian wineThe 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.

meggiolaro gambellaraI 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.

2008 bricco boschis cavallotto baroloWhat 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.

john rikkers michael christianAnd post scriptum, I just have to give a shout-out to two of my favorite San Diego wine people and friends, John Rikkers (left) and Michael Christian.

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.

4 thoughts on “Wine highlights from last week in California

  1. ciao Jeremy, sono contenta ti sia piaciuto il 2011, dovresti assaggiare le batterie vecchie, sono uno spettacolo :)). ps: non sono più tanto attiva nei social, ho chiuso quasi tutto quello che mi riguardava (facebook, twitter ecc) perchè ci ho provato a fare la social, ma alla fine era noioso. molto meglio sfuggire ai più, chi vuole sa dove trovarmi.ciao!

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