Bruce Ballard, Heather Gerstenkorn, Ted Davis, & Louis McClam w/ the collection.
Silver Oak 17-Year Vertical Tasting and Dinner
For many wine lovers, a "Bucket List" milestone is a vertical tasting. A so-called "Vertical" is a succession of vintages of the same wine. It is a rare event in itself, but the assembly of seventeen vintages of Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon comprises what several attendees termed "the wine event of a lifetime..."
An assemblage of three different and distinct vineyards: Red Tail, Miraval, and Geyserville, Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet is one food-friendly and cellar-worthy wine. It showcases rich boysenberry, chocolate and cherry-liqueur fruit, some of the hallmark flavors of estate grown California Cabernets. We often marvel how the best of these wines contain those unmistakeable flavors and this lineup didn't disappoint. Highlights among the wines were the 1993, 1995, 1997 and 2008 vintages although all of the wines drank well without sediment or noticeable past-prime flavors.
Guests dined on the following menu paired with a flight of selected wines to accent and enchance each in turn:
Lobster, Pistachio & Vanilla-Mandarin Orange "Taco" in Lettuce Wrap, Chilled Fresh Shrimp "Remoulade" & Cajun Caviar
Flight I 1993-1997
Cashews, Macadamias & Fresh Roasted Pecans
Edamame Hummus & Artichoke Tapenade
Parmesan Stravecchio, & Triple Gouda Cheeses
Wild Boar Salami, Spanish Iberico Ham, Air Dried Beef
Fresh Baked Breads
Flight II 1998-2001
Gumbo w/ Duck & Jacob's Andouille Sausage
Arancini w/ Asiago, White Truffle & Chive
Flight III 2002-2005
Loin Lamb Chops w/ Pesto & Arugula Salad
Anson Mills Creamy Polenta w/ Morel & Porcini Mushroom Ragu
Herb Crusted Prime Rib of Beef
Yukon Gold Gratin Dauphinoise
Flight IV 2006-2009
1985 Delaforce Porto
& 2001 Chateau Rieussec Sauternes
Chocolate Truffles, Gorgonzola Dolce,
Fresh Pears, Moravian Ginger Cookies
Our thanks to all the attendees and everyone who helped make this event possible:
Bob and Jillian Mack, John and Lisa Cogar, Edie and Walter Holland, Ron Lutz, Matt Misenar, Bill and Ginny Henderson, Bruce Ballard and Heather Gerstenkorn, Ted Davis, and Louis McClam. Also to Jamie Venable, Teresa Cornacchione, Sal Cornacchione and David Elam.
Special thanks to Penny Peirce, E.C. Jones and Graddie Lane!