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UNLVino- An Impressive tasting 4/10/10

Posted by VegasOenophile, Apr 13, 2010.

Every year, UNLV has a big wine tasting to benefit scholarship for the hospitality programs and hotel school.  I had never gone, as it costs $75 for the grand tasting and last year, I decided instead to spend my money on the Wine Spectator Grand Tour which was within a few weeks of UNLVino.

I hadn't anticipated going this year either, but while at Marché Bacchus, doing my regular Saturday tasting, the owner had two industry passes and asked my friend and I if we wanted to go.  Of course, we jumped at the opportunity!

We got there a tad late as we were given the passes 15 minutes before start time.  All in all, a lot of wineries and parent companies had booths as well as restaurants and wine shops.  They had some really great food laid out.  Cheeses, meats, patés, fruit and finger sandwiches.  Helpful.  I think I counted over 150 wines I tasted and obviously I was spitting (most of the time).  Still wound up with a lovely wine buzz.  There were some truly remarkable wines.  A few standouts were wineries at which I gave high marks to everything they poured (or that I asked for a pour of).  Carrefour, Adobe Road, Caymus/Belle Glos, Rodney Strong, Trefethen and a few others.  I will attempt to link every review.  Hopefully it works.

337 Cab

181 Merlot

Irony Chardonnay 2008

Loredona Riesling 2008

Pahlmyer Chardonnay 2006

Jayson Napa Red 2005

Pahlmeyer Merlot 2005

Pahlmeyer Jayson Pinot 2006

Grgich Hills Merlot 2004

Grgich Hills Cab 2005

Grgich Hills Chardonnay 2007

Grgich Hills Fume Blanc 2008

Grgich Hills Violetta Late Harvest 2006

Fess Parker Riesling 2009

Fess parker Chardonnay 2008

Fess Parker Pinot S.B. 2007

Fess Parker Syrah S.B. 2007

Fess Parker Pinot Noir Ashley's SRH 2007
Bernardus Chardonnay 2008

Bernardus Pinot Noir 2007

Bernardus Marinus 2004

2007 Late Harvest Sauv Blanc Griva VY

Coppola Sofia Rosé 2008

Coppola Sofia Blanc de Blancs 2009

Votre Santé 2007 Chardonnay

Votre Santé Pinot Noir 2007

Coppola Director's Cut Chardonnay 2008

Coppola Director's Cut Cab 2007

Coppola Director's Cut Dry Creek Zin 2007

Coppola Director's Cut Sonoma Cab 2007

Oyster Bay Sauv Blanc 2009

Oyster Bay Chardonnay 2008

Oyster Bay Pinot Noir 2008

Cosentino Chardonnay 2007

Cosentino Novelist 2007

Cosentino The Zin 2007

Cosentino Cigarzin 2006

Cosentino The Poet 2005

Beringer Alluvium Red 2006

Etude Deer Camp Pinot

Sbragia Chardonnay Home Ranch 2006

Chateau St Jean Belle Terre Chardonnay 2006

Chateau St Jean Robert Chardonnay 2007

The Crusher Petite Sirah 2008

B Side Cab 2007

Aquinas Pinot Noir 2007

Aquinas Cab 2007

Cecchi Chianti Classico 2006

Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay 2007

Luigi Righetti Amarone 2006

Volteo Nero D'Avola 2008

Pierre Sparr Alsace One 2006

Heidemanns-Bergweiler Riesling Premium 2007

Villalta Amarone 2003

Casa Silva Carmenére Riserva 2006

Cusumano Nero D'Avola 2007

Clos LaChance Chardonnay 2007

Mondavi Napa Cab 2006

Kim Crawford Pinot Noir 2008

Mondavi Napa Chardonnay 2007

Trefethen Chardonnay 2007

Trefethern Merlot 2006

Trefethen Cab 2006

Argyle Pinot Noir 2008

Argyle Reserve Pinot Noir 2006

Argyle Nuthouse Pinot Noir 2006

BR Cohn Sonoma Chardonnay 2008

BR Cohn Silver Label Cab 2007

Kali Hart Chardonnay 2008

Kali Hart Pinot Noir 2007

Logan Chardonnay 2007

Logan Pinot Noir 2008

Talbott Chardonnay 2007

Talbott Pinot Noir 2007

Mark West Pinot Noir 2008

Cline Ancient Vines Zin 2008

Cline Big Break VY Zin 2007

Flora Springs Trilogy 2006

Flora Springs Cab 2006

Flora Springs Rutherford Reserve Cab 2007

Charles Krug Sauv Blanc 2008
Charles Krug Chardonnay 2007

Frey Cab 2008

Frey Natural Red

Braccesca Sabazio Rosso Di Montepulciano 2007

Solanes Priorat 2005

Renwood Fiddletown Zin 2006

Renwood Grandpere Zin 2006

Summerland Chardonnay 2006

Summerland Bien Nacido Chardonnay 2006

Summerland Pinot Noir 2007

Daou La Capilla Cab 2006

Daou La Capilla Celestus 2006

Daou La Capilla Old Vine Zin 2007

Joseph Carr Chardonnay 2007

Joseph Carr Merlot 2006

Picket Fence Pinot Noir 2006

Steelhead Sauv Blanc 2008

Steelhead Zin 2006

Wilson Creek Almond Champagne

Wilson Creek Decadencia

Chalk Hill Chardonnay 2007

Chalk Hill Sauv Blanc 2007

Robert Hall Cab 2007

Robert Hall Chardonnay 2008

Robert Hall Meritage 2006

Robert Hall Rhone de Robles 2006

Robert Hall Syrah 2007

Dry Creek Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2008

Dry Creek Vineyard Zin 2007

Dry Creek VY Cab 2006

Loken Cab 2005

Loken Syrah Reserve 2005

Viño Zaca Riserva Rioja 2006

Mazzoni Toscana Rosso 2008

Rutherford Hill 2005

Cuvaison Chardonnay 2008

J Brut Rosé

J Pinot Noir 2007

Castle Rock Chardonnay 2008

Girls in the Vineyard Cab 2005

Castle Rock Columbia Cab 2007

Sterling Vintner's Collection Pinot Noir 2007

Sterling Napa Cab Reserve 2005

Jacob's Creek Reserve Shiraz 2006

Brancott Sauv Blanc 2009

Graffigna Malbec 2007

Graffigna Cab Reserve 2007

Mumm Napa Brut Prestige

Mumm Napa Cuveé

Mumm Napa Blanc de Blancs 2006

Peachy Canyon Incredible Red 2007

Peachy Canyon Westside Zin 2007

Carrefour Pinot Noir 2006

Carrefour Cab 2006

Carrefour Sauv Blanc 2007

Carrefour Cab Franc 2006

Carrefour Merlot 2006

B Cellars Blend 24 2006

B Cellars Blend 25 2006

B Cellars Blend 26 2006

Sebastiani Sonoma Chardonnay 2007

Sebastiani Pinot Noir Sonoma 2007

Kuleto Zin 2007

Kuleto Cab 2006

Rodney Strong Pinot Noir Reserve 2007

Rodney Strong Chardonnay Reserve 2007

Rodney Strong Cab Reserve 2006

Rodney Strong Chalk Hill Chardonnay 2007

Davis Bynum Pinot Noir 2007

Davis Bynum Chardonnay 2007

Adobe Road Knights Valley Cab 2005

Adobe Road Napa Cab 2005

Adobe Road Sonoma Pinot Noir 2006

Adobe Road Sonoma Zin 2005

Fantesca Chardonnay 2008

Fantesca Spring Mtn Cab 2006

Hess Cab Allomi VY 2007

Hess Chardonnay Su'Skol VY 2007

Heavyweight Red 2007

Belle Glos Meiomi VY 2008 Pinot Noir

Belle Glos Pinot Noir Las Alturas VY 2007

Belle Glos Pinot Noir Clark & Telephone VY 2007

Caymus Napa Cab 2007



Reply by dmcker, Apr 14, 2010.

Herculean labors, Vegas, and thanks for the post. What were the absolute standout three or four wines of the night?

Any impressions on the difference between wine reviews under those circumstances versus when you have time to sit at dinner with a bottle or two?

Reply by Mark Angelillo, Apr 14, 2010.

Vegas, this is super helpful. Thanks!

Tasting 150 wines in a row sounds like fun to a lot of people but I bet it was hard work, and especially since you kept your notes and wrote them all up.

I know I've found my reviews from previous events I've attended helpful, so I continue to do this, but just recognizing your hard work.

I visited Trefethen a few years back and really enjoyed their wines.

Reply by VegasOenophile, Apr 14, 2010.

Yes it is tedious to keep track but I insist on keeping notes, at least a 1-5 star rating of what I am drinking so I know to look it up later if I want to buy some.  It's also a nice tracking of what I have drunk and done.  Of course it's all about spitting and snacking, but a few special ones did make their way down my gullet. 

I'll admit I don't taste anywhere near as in depth when working through so many, but instead of only trying a few for a while of close study, something in me wants to try everything.  I like to broaden my palate and experience all that's out there, good or bad.  Naturally, you can't taste as succinctly when attacking such a broad range and number.  But alas, we all have to make sacrifices.  Just wait, another big tasting this past Monday.  Posting to come soon.

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