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Ladd Cellars Dinner

Santa Rosa Fine Wine tastes a significant amount of high end wine every year. It influences to a large degree what we buy and recommend to our customers. Sometimes, we will taste wines from smaller producers for similar reasons, to keep a pulse on local wines to potentially offer and recommend to our customers.

This past week, we attended a wine dinner at Fringale Restaurant in SF with Eric Lundblad of Ladd Cellars. We have been looking forward to this dinner for some time having had the wines before at various tastings. With this producer, you get low production wines that are high quality at very reasonable prices. Brief tasting notes follow of all wines opened, sorted in order of personal preference by flight:

Flight 1 – With Hors D’Oeuvres: Foie Gras, Seared Ahi and Pate on Brioche, the two wines were brought by guests to enjoy before the Ladd Cellar wines. The Champagne was a crisp, yeasty young drinking wine that was quite enjoyable. In contrast, the German Riesling was more honey and caramel with a light waxy sweetness. Both were a great start to the evening!

1976 Michael Weber Niersteiner Gutes Domtal Spatlese
1988 Veuve Clicquot Rare Vintage Champagne

Flight 2- With Roquefort & spinach ravioli, toasted pine nuts, basil & cream sauce, tasted two different Russian River Pinot Noir from Ladd Cellars. The 2005 was deep, with raspberry, black cherry, and aged butterscotch notes, a lovely wine. The 2008 was cool and clean, ripe and well balanced, it had a nice bright cherry palate.

2005 Ladd Cellars Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
2008 Ladd Cellars Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

Flight 3- With Poached black cod, potato puree, piperade, artichokes, capers, olive tapenade, found both Moore Ranch wines to have more in common with each other than the two Russian River wines. Both were laser precise, with blue and black fruits, tighter and restrained. Given more time in the glass, would expect the wines to fill out considerably. Both were elegant and refined in style, an interesting contrast to the fuller bodied Russian River Valley wines.

2007 Ladd Cellars Moore Ranch Pinot Noir
2006 Ladd Cellars Moore Ranch Pinot Noir

Flight 4- With Braised veal short ribs, orzo, brussel sprouts, baby carrots, morel mushroom sauce, a red Burgundy side by side tasting with a Ladd Cellars Pinot Noir. Both wines were enjoyable, no question, but for different reasons. The Abigail was bigger, tannic, powerful and expressive, while the Anne Marie was more forest floor, green, and oaky in a more restrained style.

2007 Ladd Cellars Cuvee Abigail Pinot Noir
2006 Domaine Anne Marie Gille Vosne Romanee

Flight 5- After a wonderful meal and several really good wines, enjoyed a final after dinner wine from our gracious host, a bottle of 2007 Ladd Cellars Sonoma Coast! Far lighter and more toned down than earlier wines, it had riper strawberry fruit and minty, very easy to drink.

2007 Ladd Cellars Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

The Pinot Noirs of Ladd Cellars are well made, and definitely recommend them to our customers. We particularly enjoyed the 2007 vintage wines, which we have had the pleasure of tasting on three separate occasions with positive results.

Cheers to our good friends at Ladd Cellars for a highly enjoyable evening of good food, friends and wine!

Nick Wittman
Santa Rosa Fine Wine