I am fortunate to be able to be part of a couple of secret, "underground" food and wine groups. One of these is the monthly get-togethers of the Saint Louis Wine Therapy group. Basically, we get together at one of our homes, and everyone brings a bottle to be tasted blind. We then ascertain as much info as we can (it's easier at the beginning of the night than at the end), and guess what the wine is. We have started doing themes- this last weekend, it was for guys to bring a malbec, and for the ladies to bring a "dealers choice" white. After those were all tried, there is inevitably a slew of other bottles opened, for research purposes of course. Here is the line-up from Saturday:
08 Grand Veneur White CDP
05 Phillipe Fleury Condrieu
08 Eternal Confidence
08 Rombauer Chard
05 Morey Coffinet Chassagne Montrachet "La Montrachet" 1er cru
04 Baumard Quarts du Chaume
88 Max Ferdinand Richter Valdenzer Elisenberg Auslese Riesling
07 Haggipavlu Moshofilero (drank out of a peron)
06 Tikal Patriota
06 Vine Cliff Malbec
05 Archaval Ferrer Finca Mirador Malbec
06 Chateau Haut Monplesir Cahors
08 Felino Vino Cobos Malbec
05 Zuccardi Zeta
04 Le Cedre Cahors
05 Leonardini Family Pinot
04 Seps Estate Napa Cab
04 Rodano Chianti Classico
06 Luca Pinot Noir
This was a great evening of fantastic wines. Nobody got too out of control (which is good, as my wife might have committed murder is anyone got sick in the freshly scrubbed bathroom), and the wines all showed really well.
I would say that my favorite white was either the Chassagne or the Condrieu. My favorite reds were the Le Cedre and the Archaval Ferrer. The most surprising was the Rombauer Chard (I have spent years making fun of this wine- it wasn't too bad), and the most disappointing was the white Chateauneuf.
All-in-all, I was excited to try several Cahors that I had never seen before, and really surprised that only 2 of the wines were 100% malbecs from Argentina! There's a ton of great juice out there, and it is so fun to try new things.