Tasting 2016 Cabernet at Premiere Napa Valley
…With a score around 9
2016 CAMi Vineyards “THS” Red Wine, Calistoga.
Some people run a marathon once each year. That’s not my speed. Instead, I knuckle down and taste 200 Cabernets for breakfast on one particular Saturday morning.
Each year, the Napa Valley Vintners Association pulls out all the stops to host its annual fundraising event known as Premiere Napa Valley. Not to be confused with its star-studded charity auction in the spring (known as Auction Napa Valley), Premiere Napa Valley is a more focused event. It is a barrel tasting and auction, in which the wines on offer are all unique creations made specifically and only for this event, offering purchasers the opportunity to own an incredibly rare wine that often represents the very pinnacle of the winemaker’s efforts in that vintage. All the invited bidders are ostensibly in the wine trade (retailers, distributors, etc.), while other attendees include the media and winery staff. The proceeds from the auction of more than 200 unique lots of wine go to help fund the Vintners Association itself.