Thought it best to wait a day or two to bring you the second installment of my “Wine Tasting Tell All” from the recent industry tasting I attended to let the first one sink in, or maybe let you decide if you want to read more about the event.
Once I moved on from the first table I visited, remember it was the last table on the program, I started my usual walk-about (no, I’m not an Aussie, I just like the term). Interestingly, at least for me, was a table I visited early on. What caught my eye was one wine on the table that, just coincidentally, I had poured only two days earlier at a tasting at a wine shop.
As per my usual attentiveness to a tasting and the wines I am pouring, I researched this particular wine, determining that the pedigree was showing some impressiveness. What was even better was when I opened the wine at the tasting and had the opportunity to try the wine. To shed light on the wine, it was the Day Zinfandel Sonoma County 2016. I had also learned that it had been rated a very nice 92 Points from Wine Spectator, an assessment I would hardily agree with and maybe even bump it another point (I do strive for being as accurate as possible).
What made me take note of the wine prior to pouring was the winemaker behind it, Ehren Jordan, the name associated with such amazing labels as Turley, Neyers, and Failla (the latter being a line of his own). He was also the San Francisco Chronicle’s Winemaker of the Year 2008. Here’s where my research kicked in at the industry tasting. First off, at this particular table not only was there the Day Zin (and no disrespect here, but say it fast enough and it sounds like days inn, which at the wine shop tasting a couple of people had to have me say it a couple of times to make sure I wasn’t referring to some hotel chain) but two of the Failla Pinot Noirs and two of the Failla Chardonnays. While they were all excellent, I did fall in love with the Hudson Vineyard Chardonnay 2017. Rich, gorgeous and so well balanced with just the right amount of oak. The Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2017 was the winner across the Pinot selections. Nice fruit with the right amount of rustic edge to it to make it a wonderful wine in general but also a great wine for food.
Pouring me the wines was the National Sales Manager for Failla, Cat Fairchild (I just loved that name, sounds like an actor or musician). A discussion ensued between us and she then proceeds to introduce me to the fellow next to her. Ehren! Unfortunately, for my research I rarely worry about pictures of employees from the winery as I don’t usually happen to run into those folks and as “Erin” could be considered a somewhat common name, I took a chance and after introducing myself I positioned my next word with a little trepidation “Jordan?” He acknowledged in the affirmative (short for yes), and from there on all was right with the world. (Too much I know, but great for effect) Another lively discussion with Ehren commenced and I walked away happy to not only “Meet the Winemaker” (another column of mine) but to have enjoyed the wines being presented. Rather than tell you about him, click here to read his bio.
Still early on, I proceed to other tables gaining even more stories to tell, but for now, so ends the second edition of “Wine Tasting Tell All” from my recent industry tasting. Not to worry, look for the third installment next week.