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Saturday, December 5, 2009

Oct 26/09 Event: Taste Napa Valley Canada 2009, trade show

 The Time and Date: Monday, October 26, 2009   2:30 PM to 5 PM
The Event: Taste Napa Valley Canada 2009, trade show
The Venue: Royal Ontario Museum
The Target Audience: wine trade
The Availability/Catalogue: most wines were available through the
various distribution channels, or by private order. The LCBO had an on-
site ordering system for most of the wines being shown.
The Wines: I did not have the opportunity to try every wine, but here
were my faves:
**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Barlow Vineyards Barrouge Bordeaux Blend 2005, $49
-Beaulieu Georges de Latour Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2005, $109
-Blackbird Illustration Bordeaux Blend 2006, $99
-Chappellet Winery Pritchard Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
-Heitz Wine Cellars Trailside Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford
-Heitz Wine Cellars Trailside Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford
-John Anthony Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, $59
-Pahlmeyer Chardonnay 2007, $89
-Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red Bordeaux Blend 2005, $149
-Peju Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, $59
-Shafer One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District 2006,
$85.95 Vintages Dec 5/09
-Spring Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1987 Rare Wine Selection,
-St. Supery Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2008, $24
-Sterling Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
-Tres Sabores Zinfandel Rutherford 2006, $39
***1/2 Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Blackbird Arise Bordeaux Blend 2007, $55
-Cain Concept The Benchland Red Table Wine 2005, $59.95 from Rogers &
-Chappellet Winery Mountain Cuvee Meritage 2007
-Chimney Rock Elevage Bordeaux Blend Stags Leap District 2005, $69.95
from Mark Anthony
-Cliff Lede Poetry Cabernet Sauvignon 2000, $199
-Cuvaison Brandlin Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder 2006
-Folie a Deux Lewelling Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
-Grgich Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2005, $79.95 Vintages
-Napa Cellars Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
-Oakville Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville 2006
-Pine Ridge Dijon Clones Chardonnay Los Carneros 2007
-Robert Craig Affinity Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, $59
-Rutherford Hill Chardonnay 2007, $26.95 from Mark Anthony
-Spring Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District
2005, $69
-Spring Mountain Elivette Bordeaux Blend Spring Mountain District 2004,
-Stag's Leap Wine Cellars FAY Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Stags Leap
District, $99
-Stags' Leap Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 [2005 at Vintages, $49.95]
-Stags' Leap Winery Merlot 2006 Vintages $44.95
-Tres Sabores Por Que No? Red Table Wine Rutherford 2007 (2/3
zinfandel), $29
*** Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Blackbird Contrarian Bordeaux Blend 2006
-Boeschen Vineyards Estate Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena 2006
-Boeschen Vineyards Carrera Bordeaux Blend St Helena 2006
-Cain Cuvee NV
-Chimney Rock Cabernet Sauvignon 2005, $69
-Clos du Val Zinfandel 2007
-Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District 2005
-Darioush Signature Viognier 2008
-Frias Family Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District 2006, $75
-Grgich Hills Merlot 2005
-Shafer Merlot 2006
-Signorello Vieilles Vignes Estate Chardonnay 2007, $48
-Signorello Cabernet Sauvignon 2005, $64
-Silverado Cabernet Sauvignon 2005, $64
The Food: pates and cheeses, breads, dried fruit, bottled water.

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