Taking Notes at Dinner

Table 11-We got shushed

Table 11-We got shushed

At the Wine Blogger Conference, I may have been made fun of mercilously for my constant attention to my notebook. (Ahem, Lenn.)  I’ll give everyone this much: I rarely put my notebook down when there is wine about.  I use it to try to document every wine I’ve tasted and I almost always type those notes up here for you.  Writing it down once, and then typing it up here really helps cement the wine in my mind.  Plus, seriously, who can make fun of someone at the Wine Blogger Conference when they are also attending?? 😛

The Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley sponsored the dinner the first night and provided the wines.  Our keynote speaker for the evening was Gary Vaynerchuck of Wine Library, who talked about, well, basically, pimping out your blog to anyone and everyone any chance you get.  He’s an animated and passionate person and was interesting to listen to.

2007 Dry Creek Vineyard Fumé Blanc: Grapefruit, citrus, lemon, crisp in the mouth, dry, nice acidity, good structure.

2006 Quivira Grenache: Strawberries, spice, red fruit, nice earthy notes, flowers.

2006 Truett Hurst Red Rooster Zinfandel: Blackberry, cracked pepper, dark fruit, vanilla, cream, jammy, nice fruit.

2004 Michel Schlumberger Estate Cabernet Sauvignon: Dark berries, earth, leather, spice, dark fruit, tannic, really well done.

2003 Pedroncelli Winery “Four Grapes” Vintage Port: Tinta Madeira, Tina Cão, Touriga, Souzao. Raisins,  liquor, blackberry, dark, some blue fruit.

I also had the pleasure of attending the Winegrowers of Dry Creek tasting early that afternoon, but only tasted a few wines. I’ll include them here as well. I’m quite familiar with many of the Dry Creek Valley wineries, I believe I belong to at least 5 Dry Creek winery clubs, and have visited many other members in the past. So I went straight for the few wineries I hadn’t yet had the chance to try.

2006 Nalle Zinfandel: Cinnamon, spice, dark, earthy, black fruit, tannic, nice fruit.

2006 Dry Creek Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel: Vines are 114 years old. Currants, blackberries, herbal, earthy, smooth, chocolate, classic Zinfandel.

2005 Del Carlo Old Vine Zinfandel: Blackberries, vanilla, juicy, black fruit, dark, a bit tannic, nicely done.

As always, I love the wines of Dry Creek, and will continue reporting on them here!