It was great. Beautiful drive out there and wonderful facility and people. Overall I thought the wines were very well made, but I wanted them to be better; I wanted then to be exceptional. The Roussane carried some alcoholic heat, the Patelin rouge was good, the Patelin blanc was very nice, and I really liked the mourvedre. I enjoyed comparing the Côte de Tablas and the Patelin rouge - one so clearly and classically a Grenache dominated Rhône and rhe other smelling like warm weather Syrah. The Esprit de Beaucastel was the standout. The rosé tasted good because it was hot but I would have liked it a bit more acidic. Very true to style though. Very, very nice wine. I took a bottle of the '10 mourvedre home to squirrel away for eight or so years.
Turned out my old boss had been out there the day before chatting with their winemaker. The wine world is a small one.
Tonight I had a little of a 2010 Rhys Family Farm Pinot noir. Simply orgasmic. Waves and waves of complex aromas, with startlingly fresh red fruit, lovely, lithe texture, a satisfying savory character, and tannins that aren't nearly as stiff as I had feared. Superb wine. I'm saving most of it for a piece of salmon I plan to acquire in Santa Cruz tomorrow. I figure it will be even better.