The Date and Time: Monday, October 19, 2015 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
The Event: Portfolio tasting of Rogers & Company
The Venue: George Restaurant
The Target Audience: sommeliers, private clients.
The Availability/Catalogue: everything is available by the case.
The Quote/Background: There was a one-hour seminar by Eric Baugher, Director of Winemaking for Ridge Vineyards; he discussed viti- and vinicultural processes at Ridge, along with a brief tasting. Other principals were there in support of the tasting for Pio Cesare, Domaine Serenes, Continuum, Duckhorn, Astrolabe, and Ehlers Estate.
The Wines: I did not try every wine. Prices are Licensee.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva 2012 $41.10
-Altesino Brunello di Montalcino 2010 $54.95
-Falchini Paretalo 2010 $27.95 my FAVE of the tasting
-Pio Cesare Ornato Barolo 2011, $112.95
-Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage Rouge 2013, $36.95
-Chateau Fortia Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee du Baron 2012, $38.95
-Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir 2012, $112.95
-Dominus Estate Napanook 2011, $79.95
-Grgich Hills Napa Valley Chardonnay 2012, $60.95
-Shafer Napa Valley Merlot 2012, $77.95
-Cain Five 2010, $156.95
-Ovid Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, $414.95
-Ridge Vineyards Estate Chardonnay 2013, $77.40
-Mer Soleil Santa Barbara County Chardonnay 2012, $32.95
-Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, $88.95
-Maison Alex Gambal Chassagne-Montrachet 2013, $79.95
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Lis Neris Pinot Grigio Isonzo 2014, $26.95
-Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva Coltassala 2011 $58.95
-Giovanni Rosso Barolo Serralunga 2011, $49.95
-Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve IGT 2011, $105.95
-Fontodi Chianti Classico Riserva Gran Selezione Vigna del Sorbo 2011, $69.95
-Pio Cesare Il Bricco Barbaresco 2011, $112.95
-Pio Cesare Barolo 2011, $69.95
-Domaine Roger Luquet Pouilly-Fuisse 2013, $29.95
-Maison Alex Gambal Vosne-Romanee Vieilles Vignes 2013, $107.95
-Chateau La Mission Lalande de Pomerol 2010, $38.95
-Martin Ray Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, $28.95
-Astrolabe Valleys Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2014, $22.95
-Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve Chardonnay 2013, $85.95
-Continuum 2012 Napa Valley Red, $277.85
-Ehlers Estate St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, $68.95
-Ehlers Estate "1886" St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, $160.95
-Faust Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, $56.95
-Duckhorn Three Palms Napa Valley Merlot 2012, $99.95
-Schafer Napa Valley Relentless 2012, $131.95
-Forman Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, $139.95
-Chateau Montelena Estate Calistoga Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, $129.95
-Altamura Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, $137.95
-Shafer Hillside Select Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, $361.95
-Ridge Vineyards Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, $68.95
-Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello 2012, $184.20
-Emmolo Napa Valley Merlot 2012, $63.95
The Food: cheeses and breads, goat cheese with roasted vegetables on platters, hot arancini, deep fried zucchini flowers, and may be more!
The Downside: I had another Port tasting after this, so my time here was short but sweet.
The Upside: a chance to taste some really high calibre wines, with Dr. Joseph Rogers himself.
The Contact Person: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 90.