Thanks David for memorializing this wonderful event. It was a lot of fun. Anyone who hasn't tasted wine with David Raccah has not tasted wine! He is a combination of Yoda-like wisdom and "Cat in The Hat" like insanity. Great stuff! I'm looking forward to the full Roses Camille report later.
I was more impressed with the 2004 Clos Vougeot from Chateau de la Tour than David was. I never had the thrilling experience with the 2003 or 2002 for that matter, as every time I've tried them they have been DOA to say the least. The fact that the 2004 was very enjoyable and only got better as the hours (and days) went on, was a real victory for this label.
Jonathan Hajdu brought an obscenely generous amount of his wines and we were all greatly appreciative. The Petite Sirah is a real winner. Outstanding, varietally correct blueberry and pepper flavors. Not merely a flavor, but it actually tasted like blueberry. Furthermore it was drinking very well 5 days out, after being kept in the fridge. Also, everyone needs to keep a case of his new Carignan handy for every day drinking. It's fun, bold, yet light bodied and approachable. Superb. I look forward to visting with his Petite Verdot and Besomin in the near future.
More great stuff as usual from Shirah; having finally tasted the Thompson, which was good in its own right, I am more of a McGinley guy. But, I had two bottles with leftovers, so I combined them to make PTTP v 2.0, which is marrying in the fridge. I will be sure to check on them later. Bummer about the 04 Ortal, but last summer the '04 Ortal Syrah was also started to brown a bit, so maybe these single vineyards can only go for so long.
Anyway, I would encourage forumites concentrated in various regions to get together and do some blind tasting, get to know one another, and have fun! I can't wait until the next one.