As any of you who have been to both Lytton Springs and Monte Bello know, we pour different menus at the two different locations (unless we’ve unified up for an event); the reasons for this our manyfold, not the least being the singular whims of the respective tasting managers.
So I was on the phone with Sandy Johnson yesterday, Tasting Room Manager at Lytton Springs, and it turns out that we’re overlapping on a particularly interesting offering this weekend. Which might not seem unlikely, except for the fact that the wine is the 2007 Pagani Ranch, which doesn’t happen to be the current release. Perhaps in the recent aftermath of the 2008 Fall Releases, a little bit of sentimentality is creeping in? I’m more inclined to think it’s a quest for compare/contrast; I think it’s safe to say that the 2008 Pagani Ranch seems to be first out of the gate in terms of generating early excitement, and accordingly, I find that I’m all the more interested in tasting the 2007 now, which I haven’t done in some time.
For similar reasons, we’ll be having a look at the 2007 York Creek here at Monte Bello as well, and up at Lytton Springs, the 2007 Lytton Springs will be on offer. So now that the Fall Release hysteria has settled slightly, this should prove to be a nice chance to step back, enjoy a little bottle maturation, and add some context and history to the oenological palate analytics.
We’ll both also be pouring the 2007 Santa Cruz Mountains Estate Cabernet/Merlot blend, which is an undoubtably still-young wine that is just now starting to open up and offer some expressive fruit and a delectable herbaceousness; something we only first spotted on the palate quite literally just last weekend, and with much internal fanfare.
These are just a few of the delicious wines we’ll be showcasing this weekend, and if you’re anywhere near either Lytton Springs or Monte Bello, we’re hopeful you’ll join us. Cheers!
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