The Magnum Party at Taste of Tulalip – Totally Awesome

I waited on pins and needles for the Magnum Party at the Taste of Tulalip. The line up of wines was outstanding. In case you didn’t see my earlier blog article, here is the lineup.

Wines at the Magnum Party

  • Opus One 1998 – Magnum
  • Penfolds Grange 2003 – Magnum
  • Shafer ‘Hillside Select’ Cabernet 3 liter
  • Domaine Leflaive Batard Montrachet 2003 & 2008
  • ZD Abacus XII
  • Chateau Mouton Rothschild, 2005
  • Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon – Magnum
  • Betz Family La Serenne Syrah,
  • Pere de Famille Cabernet – Magnum
  • Molly Dooker ‘Velvet Glove’ Shiraz
  • Gaja Barbaresco ‘Sori Tilden’
  • Louis Roederer Cristal- Magnum
  • Levy & Mcclellan Cabernet

The event was held in the mPulse Lounge.  Sheik furniture, amazing wines, and food to enjoy the wines with.  What else could you ask for?  I didn’t take any detailed notes; it was just not possible.  It was a time to just live in the moment and experience these wines.  So enjoy the following few pictures and the tidbits of notes by me.

Chateau Mouton Rothschild Pauillac 2005

Chateau Mouton Rothschild is an iconic wine maker from Bordeaux.  And 2005 was a great year for wine in Bordeaux (and Burgundy BTW).

Batard Montrachet Grand Cru 2008

If you are a Burgundy lover, here is one for you, Batard Montrachet Grand Cru.

Penfolds Grange 2003 Magnum

Penfolds Grange 2003; One of my favourite wines at the Magnum Party.  An iconic Shiraz from Australia.  Velvety smooth and full bodied. Did you notice it is in a numbered bottle?

Shafer Hillside Select 2007 Magnum

Shafer Hillside Select is a big Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. This is the 25th vintage from the Stags Leap District. “… one of the New World’s most profound Cabernet Sauvignons …” – Robert M. Parker, Jr., The Wine Advocate

Molly Dooker Velvet Glove Shiraz

The Molly Dooker “Velvet Glove” Shiraz was also exceptional.  Great ripe fruit flavours.  This is the wine you may have heard about having a palette accident in Australia, destroying many of the bottles that were on route around the world.

Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Magnum

The Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon is from Washington State.  This was another big Cab.  Napa doesn’t have big Cabs cornered in the USA.  Give this wine a try.  It’s very high quality.

Rochioli Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2009

If you like Pinot Noir, the Rochioli Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2009, is full bodied, silky with black cherry and spice.

I hope you enjoyed these wines vicariously and hope you have a chance to try them in person some day as I did. Enjoy!

California Russian River Valley Pinot Days Aug 20-22, 2010

I recently received this notice from the Pinot Days people. If you are going to be in the San Francisco area on August 20-22, 2010, you may want to attend. FYI, the Russian River Valley produces some very elegant Pinot Noir wine. Here’s the notice:

We wanted to let you all know about the upcoming Grape to Glass Weekend in the heart of the Russian River Valley. Why? Because it’s also Pinot Country, where many of our favorite producers turn the noble grape into great wine! While there are sure to be a number of other grape varieties represented at Grape to Glass, we suggest that you skip straight to the pinot and dive in! Steve and I will look for you there.

15th Annual Grape to Glass Weekend – Where Creative Juices Flow Russian River Valley, California August 20–22, 2010 Head to Northern California’s wine country for three days of wine and food tasting, music, recreation, and out-of-the-ordinary vineyard tours. Hosted by the grape growers and winemakers of the Russian River Valley, this wine country lifestyle event gets you into the vineyards, a down home barbecue, romantic concert, cycling to farm stands and Sunday brunch of pink wines and bubbles. Reserve your tickets today at, Or call 707-521-2535.

Wine Spectator’s Top 100 List for 2009

Today was an interesting and surprising day. I opened up the Top 100 list for 2009 from Wine Spectator, expecting to find a European wine as #1, but it was actually a wine from Washington State. Congratulations go to Columbia Crest and their Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Reserve 2005 (US$27).

Some other observations about the Top 100 list for 2009:
Numanthia-Termes Toro Termes 2005 (a Spanish Tempranillo) gets number 2 spot
Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau 2007 gets number 3. This is the first European wine on this list, and it’s not Bordeaux. The Rhone Valley produces very good wines. I hope more people enjoy them.
– the first white wine shows up at number 9. Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc from the Russian River Valley 2007 (not a Chardonnay). Very interesting. Merry Edwards though, is a known premium producer.
No BC wine was listed. Hopefully next year!
– 16 of the top wines are from Italy. Lots of Brunello and Chianti.
– the first Chardonnay shows up at 21 and it’s not from Burgundy. Neyers Chardonnay Carneros 2007
– the first bubble shows up at 18 and it’s not from Champangne. Argyle Extended Tirage Willamette Valley 1999
– the first Chilean red shows up at 57 spot. Viña Santa Rita Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo Valley Medalla Real Special Reserve 2006 (one of the wineries I visited in October this year. One of my recommended wines.)

Well there are many other things I can glean from the Top 100 list for 2009, but I’d suggest that you get a copy of the list and see if there is anything interesting or surprising for you. Enjoy!