Yea Eric, i think it came out in '97 or '99 because it supposedly wasn’t producing anymore, but I don’t know any details. I should have initially said that these wines were brought by Darrell Corti who is one of only a few people who would know the details on this.
Larry, I don’t have any formal notes, but some general impressions of the group:
pretty much every wine was a favorite of someone, and they were all good to great.
Turley Cinsault might have been most people’s favorite, it was very elegant, juicy, and aromatic.
The Carlisle “The Derivative” was extremely well received and had great freshness, weight, texture, and a touch of phenolic bitterness we all thought added an interesting dimension (and we thought could serve the wine well as it ages.)
Harbor semillon was over the hill, but was interesting.
ridge geyserville was good, but was a bit reticent and didn’t seem to be showing as well as I had hoped it would be at 8 years old
Seghesio had some good richness to it, but there was some obvious oak overshadowing the rest of the wine.
Bedrock was one of my favorites of the night with a really nice balance between power and finesse, that I imagine will develop nicely with age (but i do not have experience with prior vintages, so that’s just a guess.)
The Ravenswood was really nice and very perfumed. We were all happy to see that Ravenswood is still making some great wines after so many years of going at it.
Bucklin was about as big of a wine as you can imagine with huge power, with some noticeable heat you would expect out of a 16.3% wine, but had a great savory aroma and flavor (lots of eucalyptus, bay leaf,
carraway, mint, etc. being thrown around as descriptors)
Carlisle Zin was definitely in my top wines, showing off a ton of acidity that was totally unexpected from a wine with as much ripeness as they achieved in the grapes. Would love to revisit this wine in 7 years and see what’s going on.
Biale was great with lots of fruit, richness, and really nice mineral (graphite) note on the finish.
Turley Petite was a revelation to me about what Petite Sirah can be. So much power without being overbearing, and had a great balance between sweet fruit and a savory meaty characteristic.
Mission del sol is tough to describe as it is just a totally different beast, but was sweet, oxidized, with an interesting burnt caramel character that many people enjoyed. I would guess none of us have had a wine before made in this style, so there was no basis for comparison (continuously adding conc throughout the ferment, followed by 20+ years in barrel).
These notes do the tasting zero justice as the wines were only a portion of what made the night interesting. If only we had recorded the conversations and debates that emerged throughout the tasting - that would be the good stuff.