How to Celebrate Cabernet Day 2012

Personally, I can’t imagine a #Cabernet Day better than last year’s at the Burning Man Festival in the Black Rock Desert. I was joined at my Art Predator and Wine Predator camp in Kidsville by Jim Morris (aka Sonoma Wine Guy on Twitter) and Tony Fletcher (blogger, dj and author of several books on music and musicians including Keith Moon) plus author Mark Lorentzen aka Puma who always brings over $1000 worth of fine wine to Burning Man.

While all of us are heavy hitter social media users, none of us could get online. A small crowd of Kidsvillians gathered and we had a great time–as you can see from the photos of Jim and I!

Among other wines, we enjoyed a William Hill which we thought was quite nice with lots of classic cherry and some oak for around $20 for a Napa Cab (thanks for the sample!). We were very impressed with the 10 year old magnum from Michel-Schlumberger–smooth, subtle, grand; we never got around to opening the 1995 Silver Oak which Jim left for later–and I took it back home, possibly to open this year!

In addition to the Alexander Valley 1995 Silver Oak, other tempting possibilities for this year include

–a 2002 McLaren Vale S2 cab from Marquis Philips that Dan Philips chose for me in 2008

–3 more wines from Sonoma’s Alexander Valley:
2006 Frei Brothers (reviewed here)
2005 and 2009 Alexander’s Crown from Rodney Strong (wouldn’t it be fun to open both! 2009 is a sample)

–3 wines from Napa
2006 Joseph Phelps
2007 Hess–Mount Veeder
2009 Napa Cellars Stagecoach Vineyards (sample)

plus 1 wine from Lodi:
2009 Franknvine from Cantara Cellars (mostly Cabernet Franc! sample)

and 1 from Colorado:
2007 Metate from Guy Drew (cab/syrah blend)

(I do have some other cabs, including some old Bordeux blends from Michel-Schlumberger and some younger samples from Planet Bordeaux–but these were the ones easiest to put my hands on!)

Hosted by Rick Bakas, the Third Annual Cabernet Day takes place in the bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, or other Cabernet blend closest to you! You can chose a cab or cab blend from any wine growing region of the world! All you have to do is share your experience with your friends and/or on social media sites.

To see who’s hosting tastings or to see where to attend #CabernetDay events check out the event on the new Spotlight app built by the team who behind the official London Olympics event app. To get started go here on the iTunes store and download the app. Android users go here to download.

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