Complementary Cabernets? Napa and Bordeaux, Compared
A wine seminar in Delafield on Thursday, January 30, 6 to 7:30 pm.
Bordeaux and Napa Valley: The world’s premier Cabernet Sauvignon wine growing regions. Located in different countries, with disparate cultures and distinctive terroirs. But are their wines so different from one another?
Are the Bordelaise cultivating their Cabernet grapes for more ripeness, making their wines more concentrated, and aging more of them in new oak? Are the Californians seeking more balance, elegance, and acidity from theirs? Is Bordeaux becoming more like Napa? Is Napa becoming more like Bordeaux?
This tasting explores the idea — an idea the two regions’ vintners wouldn’t publicly entertain — that Napa and Bordeaux are now more alike than ever. By comparing pairs of wines from the two regions, we’ll taste what’s old world and what’s new, what’s traditional and what’s modern, and whether or not the regions are more alike than you might’ve thought.
Whether you’re just beginning to explore wines from Bordeaux and Napa, or whether you’ve collected them for years, this tasting will be a revelation.
Wines to be tasted:
2015 Joseph Phelps Insignia $260
2015 Le Comte de Malartic Pessac-Leognan $55
2015 Conn Creek Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon $40
2015 Chateau Le Sales Pomerol $40
2016 Dominus Estate Napanook $80
2015 Belgrave Haut Medoc Fifth Growth $50
2015 Petite Freylon Cuvee Leah $40
2015 La Garde Pessac Legonan $50
2014 Inglenook 1882 $55
All wines will have a substantial discount this night only! And there will be a bonus wine for those who arrive before 6 pm.