I have wanted to try the wines from RdV since I first read about them, yet getting to do so has not been so easy. Hard to find them at retail as most is sold direct or to restaurant and visits are by appointment only on weekends and generally only part off the year. So when I got an e-mail that they were going to do blind tasting of their wines against California and Bordeaux we got an appointment and finally visited yesterday.
For a trip report better than I could write and including pictures of the place see Aaron's blog here: http://hogsheadwine.wordpress.com/2013/02/15/a-visit-to-rdv-vineyards/
Its obvious that they have put the time and money into the place and are trying to do something special but the question is if the wines are worth the price. Boxwood has attempted a similar approach of only Bdx blends and famous consultants but for the wines I have tasted they have yet to deliver. The RdV wines are more than twice the price of the Boxwood wines.
The tasting was four wines. We knew that all were 2009 vintage, two were the RdV and there was one Cal Cab and one Left Bank Bdx.
Wine 1. More earth and herb on the nose. Fruit is lurking underneath but not as prominent. Medium body, red fruit. I guessed RdV Rendezvous as it was the only wine less than 75% Cab. It was the 2009 Lynches Bages
Wine 2. Spicy nose. Balanced. Low acid. Nice texture. My favorite of the four so guessed the Bdx. It was the 2009 RdV Lost Mountain
Wine 3. Shy on the nose initially but started giving up a little fruit with some time. Medium frame. Most acid of the bunch. Touch of heat on the end and a finish that lingers. Guessed the RdV Lost Mountain but it was the 2009 RdV Rendezvous
Wine 4. Smells ripe. Black fruit. Plush texture. Oak showing through. This I pegged as the Calinornian and it was the 2009 Caymus Special Selection
We walked away impressed. Both my wife and I felt the Lost Mountain showed the best of the four. We brought a few back to follow them over the years. I think that they will only get better with about 5 more years.