Prompted by the film Bottle Shock, there is a lot of talk these days about the famous Paris tasting in 1976. It was then that everyone realized that Napa Valley could compete on a wine world stage. In 1998 a similar tasting was repeated in San Francisco with some new additions, including the 1995 Clark-Claudon Cabernet.
The tasting was organized by Gordon Getty in conjunction with the Headlands Foundation Wine Auction. A stellar panel of wine gurus blind tasted 42 wines including each French First Growth & every California Cult Cabernet. In addition, a number of up and coming wineries were included.
We were pleased just to be invited to participate. That pleasure turned to pure thrill when we heard that our 1995 Estate Cabernet took a very strong first place. Again, a Napa Cabernet won the tasting, but not just any Napa Cab, it was ours!
If that tasting was repeated again today I wonder what the outcome would be. As Eric Asimov deftly discussed on August 19th; New York Times, The Pour, “The prevailing style of Napa Cabernet today emphasizes power, weight and extravagance.” A very different animal from the wines that won in ’76 or our 1995 … Read more