Along with a dozen of my fellow Berserkers and a couple straglers, we descended upon Anderson’s Conn Valley this past Friday. Met The Todd out by his jacked up Hummer, and he immediately knew who I was…don’t know if that is a good thing or a bad thing at this point. After funning around, we went up to the caves to taste some wines…all from barrel.
2007 Estate Reserve Cab–Very good, yet still primary. Don’t remember the oak treatment, but it was not at all obtrusive.
2007 Eloge–Well made wine, but not really in my wheelhouse.
2007 Right Bank–2/3 merlot and 1/3 cab franc. Reminds me of a Pavie blend without being overripe like some people see Pavie. I would probably pic some of these up to see how they progress.
2008 (?) Syrah–Way green and had a hard, metallic taste. Was not a fan at all.
2005 Petit Sirah–Exceptional wine, best of the ACV wines we had in the cave. Dark and brooding despite its age in barrel. Long, long life ahead of this bad boy.
After a good & lengthy discussion about winemaking, growing and all things grape related, we finally made it behind the cage to see the Ghost Horse.
2006 Ghost Horse Spectre–As good a wine as I had all trip at any level. Very good fruit concentration and integration of oak and tannin. At $3500 a bottle, I am not a buyer. At $3500 a bottle is it worth it…I don’t know. Can it keep up with other ultra high dollar and rare bottles…without a doubt.
During a nice lunch spread of carne asada and pollo al carbon, we also had a decent 2007 ACV chard as well as another bottle of 2005 regular cuvee of Ghost Horse. But that wasn’t the high point of lunch. One of The Todd’s hired hands just passed his US Citizenship exam…so we all did shots of Tequila…epic. Then came cigars.
For all the shit we piled on The Todd last year, I must appologize as his hospitality and generosity is unmatched. Sure, he has an ego bigger than mine and he is larger than life. But, he does deliver on his promises of a unique and fun filled experience. Some of the crew even went back up there for dinner, more Ghost Horse and who knows what else.