by Joe Roberts
August 3, 2016
“Personally, I didn’t need any more evidence that Sonoma generally has its mojo working and is making some of the best wines ever to come out of the region. But I got a thoroughly inundating reminder of that when I visited the second (2016) incarnation of the Sonoma County Barrel Auction as a media guest this past April (and yes, I’m just getting around to writing about it now)….
And so, here are some of my faves from SoCoBA 2016, in order of auction lot number (links are to as-close-as-I-could-manage-to-commercially-available-versions of the wines featured, or otherwise to previous 1WD coverage of the same producers):”
Bacigalupi / Dutcher Crossing / Flanagan Wines / Gary Farrell / MacRostie Winery Judgement of Paris 40th Anniversary Barrel Chardonnay 2015 Lot #7
“In typical ‘we are family’ mojo fashion, there were several ‘we’re-in-this-together’ lots that were crafted jointly by more than one winery, but few that had this many working on them, and few that were as fantastic as this Chardonnay blend. Probably the best white wine on hand at the auction; honeyed, toasty, ripe, long, heady, and yet finessed and electric.”