The Noble Writ in the Lion's Den of California Cabs
So, why did this fall into the category of fun for me? Once upon a time, a look at my cellar would have revealed a makeup much different from its current state. About ten years ago, it was largely composed of wines from California, with a disproportionate number of those being cabernet sauvignons of large scale dominated by names like Pride, Phelps, Beringer and Ridge.
Over time, either my palate preferences changed, or as I tasted more wines with more foods, I realized that these wines didn't complement the way I ate and drank in real life. Instead of continuing down the path I knew and had invested in, I shifted my cellar through consumption and, frankly, by selling off at auction a lot of wine that I was no longer crazy about.
The wines being offered at this tasting weren't something I'd buy today, but something I enjoy checking in on for two reasons. First, tastes are always evolving, as are wineries, so I like to explore things I don't think I'll like because it's very possible that I may find something I enjoy.
I also don't think it's fair to base criticism of particular styles or producers based on old experiences. That doesn't mean I feel the need to taste every new release from every winery out there, or that I'll be handing over my hard-earned $50 to $100 at a time to see if these wines cellar into something I like, but when an opportunity for a tasting like this presents itself, I can't resist checking in.