On Tuesday, July 10, I had the opportunity to taste four new wines as a virtual participant in the Wine Industry Technology Symposium (WITS) Showcase that was held in person at the Napa Valley Marriott. According to the WineTwits website,
The Wine Industry Technology Symposium (WITS) was created in 2005 by a group of wine industry and technology professionals. The purpose of WITS is to address the unique information technology and services needs of the wine industry. WITS is dedicated to bringing the world’s leading wine industry professionals together with some of the world’s leading technology experts to foster learning and discussion. Panels of experts will discuss specific examples and case studies.
A big thank you goes to WineTwits for organzing, and to the four wineries for providing samples: Franciscan Estate, Garnet Vineyards, Hahn Family Wines, and Wente Vineyards. I was both thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to participate and taste these wines. In the process, I made some new wine friends, one being Alison Crowe, a partner and the winemaker at Garnet, who is an absolute delight. Below are brief tasting notes about each wine.
2008 Franciscan Estate Magnificat (not yet released at the time of tasting; the 2007 retails for $50.00)
This big, red blend was the boldest and richest of the bunch. It was amazing: lush and full of dark fruits, yet balanced. It was a perfect accompaniment to the steak I prepared.
2010 Garnet Vineyards Carneros Pinot Noir, retail $19.99
This Pinot was more Burgundian in style, complex, one might even say meaty, with cocoa, coffee, red berries, and spice. It, too, was great with my steak.
2011 Hahn Family Wines Nicky Hahn California Pinot Noir, retail $14.00
This wine was full of cherry, chocolate, and dark fruits, with a nice mouthfeel, good acidity, and long finish. All of that for just $14. What a great price to quality ratio.
2010 Wente Morning Fog Chardonnay, retail $12.99
This wine kicked off the event, and it was another great value, delicious wine. It had just the right balance of fruit and oak, creamy, yet lively with flavors of apple and tropical fruits.