At 6 p.m. Thursday, The Wooden Floor will throw a huge party called Keep the Promise at the exclusive Big Canyon County Club in Laguna Beach. Tickets are $350 per person. For more information, contact 714-541-8314 or click here.
There will be a dozen extremely hard-to-find wines available for tasting. Below is a full list of bottles to be poured, with my opinion on each.
Domaine Bonneau du Martray Chardonnay, Corton-Charlemagne, Burgundy, FR 2007
This wine is incredible, a benchmark producer from Corton-Charlemagne. With the right amount of age, this chardonnay sings.
Guigal Viognier, La Doriane, Condrieu Rhône, FR 2010
The most noble region for viognier in world is the microscopic village of Condrieu. Aromas of toasted yellow plums, perfume, and honeysuckle make Guigal’s La Doraine hard to resist.
Kistler Chardonnay, Hudson Vineyard, Los Carneros, CA 2010
Among the greatest chardonnay producers in the entire world, Kistler is regarded as one of the best. Rich silky flavors of fresh cream and ripe Golden Delicious apples are framed by the perfect balance of acid.
Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay, Art Series, Margaret River, Western Australia 2011
If Meursault were made in California, it would taste like this wine.
Miani Friulano, Buri, Friuli, Italy 2011
An extremely rare wine and becoming one of the cult white wines of Friuli.
Nikolaihof Riesling, Federspiel-Steinriesler, Wachau, Austria 1998
No one in Austria does aged dry riesling better then the famed house of Nikolaihof. This is because they have been making wines for almost 2000 years!
Casanova di Neri Tenuta Nuova, Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy 2006
Rated 100 points by James Suckling. One of the best brunellos out there.
Cheval des Andes Cabernet Blend, Mendoza, Argentina 2006
A malbec and cabernet blend created by the famous Cheval Blanc and Terrazas house.
Courbis Syrah Les Eygats Cornas, Rhône, FR 2010
Les Eygats is the prized single vineyard from the Courbis estate. Smoked charcuterie, black olive tapenade, and worn leather are just some of the complex flavors this great Cornas syrah has to offer.
Eldridge Estate Pinot Noir, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia 2010
Every great wine-tasting has to have a pinot noir; Eldrige Estate should be an exciting example of classic Aussie pinot.
Robert Craig Cabernet Blend, Affinity, Napa Valley, CA 2007
This cabernet-dominated Bordeaux blend hails from the amazing 2007 vintage. Fresh tobacco, black currant bud, and baking spices are just a few of the flavors you can expect in this wine.
Smith Haut Lafitte Cabernet Blend, Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux, FR 2009
With a history of making wine that dates back to the 14th century, Smith Haut Lafitte became immortalized when it became a member of the Grand Crus Classé in 1953. This vintage will be sure to impress, as it received 100 points from Robert Parker Jr.