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by tami on February 24, 2010

Hello to all those who Imbibe,

Bond Estate 2-20-10

Bond Estate, February 2010

I just got back from a great three days in Napa Valley. We started our trip at Bond with our host Scott Becker who was waiting with a bottle of Krug Champagne. Let me tell you, that is the way to get things started! Scott walked us through the winery then led us upstairs to sit down and taste all the outstanding 2006 wines of Bond: Melbury, Pluribus, Quella, St. Eden and Vecina. The name Bond comes from what the grape growers and proprietor William Harlan have achieved. The geographic sites for these five vineyards represent “Grand Cru” sites in the Napa Valley. They all showed outstandingly well.  As time evolved my favorite would change from glass to glass and in the end, I would be happy to have any of these wines in my cellar. Look for these wines at Imbibe in April.

Palmaz 2-20-10

Christian Palmaz with our group at the beginning of our tour and tasting.

We followed our trip to Bond with a wonderful visit to Palmaz and were shown around by Christian Palmaz. We tasting the current releases of Cabernet and I thought the 2005 Cedar Knolls was very over-achieving at a price of $39.99/bottle. This was followed up by a BBQ at my guest house with many old friends and many great wines. My favorites that evening were the 2005 Tournesol Red Blend along with the 2006 Keplinger Grenache-based Red Slope. Simply put, WOW!

Friday morning we met for breakfast and off we went to many open houses throughout the valley. I tasted many outstanding wines but among the standouts were the following: 2008 Cliff Lede Sauvignon Blanc $21.99, 2007 Darioush Chardonnay and 2008 Darioush Viognier, 2006 Sequum Cab (Imbibe’s #1 Wine of 2010), and two of the 2006 O’Shaughnessy Cabernets, both the Howell Mountain and Mount Veeder.  I tasted over 100 wines on Friday so I must tell you, if it made an impact it must have been outstanding.

Saturday morning we met again for breakfast and were off to Flora Springs to meet with Sean Garvey and Richard Tiedemann.  Let me tell you, these guys are some of the best and most fired up guys in the valley. We tasted the 2007 single vineyards and wow, what wonderful wines. The 2007 & 2008 Trilogys were both outstanding. The 2007 Holy Smoke was out of sight and the Rennie Reserve & Hillside Reserve both showed beautifully. Look for all these wines at Imbibe in the coming weeks. All the wines from Flora Springs, including the whites, are definitely worth a try.

What a great group of guys! Thanks for the photo, Bret.

What a great group of guys! Thanks for the photo, Bret.

Our last stop before heading home was a visit with Bret Lopez and Mimi DeBlasio of Scarecrow. They were kind enough to invite us into their home and share a bottle of their 2005 vintage; this was the best wine of the trip. The day before we had tasted the 2007 which was a bit tight but you knew it was going to be a special wine after a little bit of aging. After tasting, we walked out in the vineyards and had a chance to tour Bret’s old barn where has his studio and wood shop. Check out this photo of our group, shot by none other than Bret, who is a very accomplished photographer.

Until next time, keep pulling corks!

- David

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