We know that I’m not terribly fond of massive tastings. I did thoroughly enjoy myself at Premiere Napa Valley, however, even if I didn’t get to try all 200 of the wines, mostly because the experience, with lots of people in close proximity to wine and to each other, is uber-social. For a gadfly like me, it’s like social crack, only with ultra-premium wines and the opportunity to catch up with friends, chill with industry folk, and ask geeky questions of winemakers.
In other words, it’s like super wine crack for me.
I’ve decided not to rate any of the wines I tasted at PNV, because a) you’re unlikely to find them, and b) we are talking some of the best-of-the-best in CA winemaking here, and the scores on my cheesy A-F scale for are in the A- to A+ range for all of these wines; there’s no real point in sharing those subtle shades of differing scores, now is there? I mean, I’m not getting into a 94 vs 96 points discussion, thankyouverymuch.
Anyway, following are some of my favorites among a field of very, very impeccably made wines (in PNV auction lot order):