Here are the Cork BoardÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s favorite reader comments for April 2007Ã¢â‚¬Â¦
This month we heard again from “Brian”, who weighed in on our review of the Clos Du Val winetasting experience with a review of his own:
HereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s my over-wordy ramble, as I visited mid-Afternoon today (I played hooky from work and went bicycling up the Silverado Trail). Mid-afternoon, I was alone, basically. The woman doing the tasting was reasonably personable and willing to talk about the wines. No problems there. I can see where they might hurry you along if they were busy, though.
I like Clos Du ValÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s house Ã¢â‚¬Å“style.Ã¢â‚¬Â From your post, you didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t like the 2004 Cab? I actually liked it more than you did, but I like the less fruit-forward, very dry tannic, rather austere style they seem to specialize in. Rather than pay the $10 fee, I bought the cab. She also poured their 2002 StagÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Leap Cab, which is kind of a middle point between the base bottling and their high end Ã¢â‚¬Å“Reserve.Ã¢â‚¬Â It was showing very well-lots of mineral and structure and acid and blackberry and olive. Very nice! A classic, but given how much I like the base bottling (at $32) IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not sure itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s worth twice as much. Some wineries you have to buy the pricey stuff to get anything good. To CdVÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s credit, thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not the case here.
I love their Merlot, too. I like the big Ã¢â‚¬Å“structuredÃ¢â‚¬Â feel of the wine. I would buy the merlot, and have in the past.
The Chard didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t excite me too much-itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not a grape I love. At least it wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t drowning in butter.
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not big for Pinot, but your description is right on and this would be one of the few Carneros pinots I could see buying. I like it better than Reynolds, for example.
They were very busy when I came back to pick up my wine, but she was still very friendly (at closing time to boot). Like every service business, I guess, employees vary and even good people have bad days. I would give them a solid ***
Nice write-up but it had me wondering if the tasting fee was $10 or they had poured you another couple wines, you would have given them 4 corks. Seems they did everything right and the wines you did taste were solid so I was wondering if that extra cork was value related?
Groan. That was one of the best post-work happy hour joints for a beer and some guacamole.
Until next month…