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- wondersofwine - 06-20-2006

I just a few days ago found some notes from the April weekend. I mentioned earlier that at the Vintners' Tasting (an outdoor event) I liked the Melka Metisse, a proprietary red blend. The labels are based on Matisse and the wine is usually a Bordeaux blend but has been made in 2001 with all Cabernet Sauvignon. Has received ratings in the 90's from Robert Parker and Steven Tanzer and costs over $50.
From my very brief notes, some other wines that impressed were the Hook and Ladder (new Cecil De Loach company) 2003 The Tillerman, a red blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc; 2001 Three Rivers Syrah from Washington State (Columbia Valley; 2004 Dutton Goldfield Pinot Noir; 2004 Clos du Val Pinot Noir; 2003 August Briggs Napa Valley Zinfandel and the 2002 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Many of these retail for under $30 (not the Silver Oak or Dutton Goldfield).
Phillipe and Cherie Melka were in town for the event, also Micheal De Loach, Joe Briggs, Daniel Baron of Silver Oak, Pete Perry of Dutton-Goldfield, Jennifer Horsley of Clos du Val, Bud Stocking of Three Rivers, etc. (and Allen Meadows, Burghound, who moderated a panel on a tasting of Pinot Noirs.)