Last week trekked to Mendocino with my dear colleague Cailan to pour at the annual WineSong charity auction. I have always known wine is good but it was great seeing it be used for good.
We had a blast pouring for Lambert Bridge Winery during Saturday’s Grand Tasting in the Botanical Gardens in Fort Bragg. With its cool climate, Mendo is perfect for Pinot and so there was a lot of Pinot pouring. I got a chance to taste some terrific Pinot from Waits-Mast Family Cellars, which I highly recommend. My taste of the Oppenlander Vineyard was hauntingly beautiful. We were the anchovy swimming the wrong way – the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon we poured was a hit. The wine had an amazing nose, the kind that makes you go “ahhh.” On the palate there was also a lot going – had structure and complexity to keep one’s interest – but IMHO it needed a few more years before it would all come together. If only we had a decanter! (Added to the checklist for next year – we want to come back.)
Worth checking out if you find yourself in Northern California in fall 2016. Tickets go on sale in the spring. Mighty popular event for a reason, and while in town you have to eat at Patterson’s Pub – great oysters and clam chowder!
On the long windy trip back we stopped in Cloverdale and noticed ash on the car – a reminder of the raging fires, which will surely affect the 2015 harvest – how could it not? Was it a sobering end to an uplifting weekend? No, dark thoughts did not linger because I am, after all, an optimist.
“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill