This past weekend was the conclusion of our 2016 Monte Bello Collector Assemblage events. In keeping with this year’s theme, the weekend was cool and wet. However, that didn’t deter our dedicated members from making the trek up the mountain for an afternoon of wine tasting, delicious hors d’oeurvres, and quality conversation.
For those not familiar, our Assemblage events are a series of weekend affairs at our Monte Bello Estate that occur throughout the spring in the months of March, April, and May. The events coincide with our assemblage process of the newest vintage of Monte Bello and provide attendees an opportunity to taste the wine as it is being assembled.
This final May edition of the Assemblage events just happened to land a couple of days prior to the 40th anniversary of the Judgment of Paris tasting. We took the opportunity to feature a very special library offering of the 2000 Monte Bello. This vintage took first place during the “young reds” version of the 30th anniversary festivities ten years ago. Needless to say, the wine was showing beautifully and our guests seemed to really enjoy the opportunity to sample this special wine.
In addition to showcasing the 2000 Monte Bello and a preview of the 2013 Monte Bello, the event also featured the release of the newest Historic Vineyard Series wines from Monte Bello; the 2013 Torre Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2013 Perrone Merlot. The Historic Vineyard Series wines are small bottlings from the Monte Bello vineyard, sourced from one of the four historic ranches that make up the Monte Bello Estate. They are typically single varietal and are only made when the quality of the fruit is distinctive enough to bottle on its own. These two wines were just released to our members and the small remaining quantities will be shared with all attendees at our upcoming Release Weekend at both Monte Bello and Lytton Springs.
Many thanks to Kirstin Jackson, author of It’s Not You, It’s Brie, Fatted Calf, and Gayles Bakery for once again providing their wonderful products and expertise to these events. Be sure to check out Kirsten’s blog post about the event here. We would also like to thank all of our members that were able to join us for this year’s run of Assemblage events and we look forward to seeing you all at the various upcoming events throughout the year.