at Provence Restaurant, Albany, NY (3/4/2010)

The WCC got together to taste 2004 Cali Cabs blind. I only knew the wine I brought (the EMH Black Cat) but not which wine it was. I was also told that these were all either 100% Cab or Bordeaux blend. Unless otherwise noted, all wines were decanted for 24 hours.

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Flight 1

With Duck Confit Ravioli [sic, should be Raviolo!] with Celeric Puree, Hedgehog Mushroom and Madeira Sauce.


Flight 2

With Petit Braised Black Angus Boneless Short Rib with Braised Short Rib Turnover, Confit of Garlic and Fresh Rosemary.


Flight 3

With Braised Sweetbreads Basquaise with Roma Tomato, Roasted Garlic, Sage, and Tuscan White Bean Ragout.
Consistently very good wines. A variety of profiles, but almost all with big rich fruit and high alcohol. Nice mix of classic names and less well-known wines. No cult cabs.

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Chocolate Chaud with White Chocolate Molten Center and Raspberry Coulis


WOTN Voting (3pts each person for #1, 2pts for #2, 1pt for #3)

1(tie)112004 Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red, Napa Valley
1(tie)112004 Buoncristiani OPC Proprietary Red
392004 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon Poetry, Stags Leap District
482004 Etude Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville
5(tie)62004 Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve
5(tie)62004 DeLille Cellars Harrison Hill, Washington, Columbia Valley, Yakima Valley
7(tie)32004 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate
7(tie)32004 Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Georges de Latour Private Reserve
7(tie)32004 Jordan Vineyard & Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley
10(tie)22004 Cloud View Pritchard Hill
10(tie)22004 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
10(tie)22004 EMH Cabernet Sauvignon Black Cat, Napa Valley




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