Something else interesting, but also “verifying.” The replies received to the question, “What was your favorite wine?” revealed no true “winner.” This verified, and reinforced, that palates differ! That is, what works for one person’s palate may not be another’s preference. Does it matter? No! As the saying goes, if it tastes good to you, then it is a good wine for you. This is OK!
So, in reviewing the comment cards, there was a pretty even division between the 2009 Januik Merlot and 2011 Alexander The Grape Conqueror. Other favorites were the 2012 Alexander The Grape Inventor and the 2006 JM Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. However, interestingly, ALL the wines had votes! Again, palate differences prevail! And, all the wines were great!
A wonderful array of foods complemented the 9 wines. A personal favorite was the braised short ribs over creamy polenta and red wine mushrooms. Yum!
The presenters gave valuable information about vineyard management and water rights on Red Mountain along with the history of wine in that area. Alexander Gelles engaged the crowd in helping write his tasting notes for the 2012 Inventor, a blend of one-third Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. Participants used descriptors such as pomegranate, lingering after-taste and floral nose to describe the wine.
A very special thank you to Anelare winery and their beautiful setting overlooking Red Mountain, as well as to their chef, Uncle Earl, and tasting room manager, Kim Gravenslund, for their outstanding work to make the event classy and enjoyable!