Yesterday was #Cabernetday in the wine writer’s world. And as a way to support those impacted by last week’s earthquake, we were encouraged to open and highlight some of the world’s best Cabernets, those made in Napa County.
I’ve admitted before my frugality in all areas. I have no problem splurging here and there but I am going to make sure I do so when there is time and space to enjoy said splurge. A Thursday during the first week of school when there is the chaos of (re)establishing old routines and new bedtime is not the time. So I chose to have a beer and highlight one Cab that I haven’t been able to stop dreaming of since I returned from the Wine Bloggers Conference.
I’ve mentioned that I was pouring for the Wines of Portugal event which meant a had a brief break to eat before finishing the event. I grabbed a plate and sat down. As luck would have it, I sat with a lovely couple. They had just come in and told me a little bit of their story and that they were there representing their wine from Napa.
After traveling and exploring wines from all over the world, the decided to invest in a small property on the slope of Diamond Mountain. The acre vineyard faces west and is in rocky white-ash soil. It allows them grow the quality of grapes they wanted and be near family. Win-win.
We met again the following day during the speed tasting. This is not an event for the faint of heart. I was in the weeds during the whites but a little better prepared for the reds. I was feverishly trying to keep up with evaluating, note-taking, tweeting, photographing, but when they poured, everything came to a stop. I sniffed. Wow. Swirled. Oh my. Sipped and realized that there was no way I was going to rush through this or put it in the dump bucket. This wine deserved more time and I needed an extra glass.
The 2010 Vineyard 511 Cabernet Sauvignon was, for me, one of the stand-outs for the whole conference. Aromatic with black fruit, spice, a dash of the “smoking library” notes. Incredible mouthfeel. Sturdy and smooth, silky and subtle tannins, huge fruit and many layers of yum. This is a beautiful wine and one that will stick with me.
At the end of the evening, I was chatting with some friends. My palate was shot, my mouth a little sore from the hundreds of wines we had sampled. I said no, left and right, to pours. But when Ed and Irene Ojdana approached with some leftover wine, I couldn’t say no.
A wine is always more interesting when you know the story, more enjoyable when shared with friends. Wines are more memorable when you are able to chat with those who make it happen. All of those elements came together with this wine, but I have a feeling it would have left a lasting impression regardless. If you want to be this girl’s best friend, no need for diamonds, but I wouldn’t say “no” to some Diamond Mountain.