After 34 years, the famous Paris tasting (an event that shook up the wine world — especially the French) in which two Napa Valley wines bested the legendary wines of Bordeaux and Burgundy still gets press.
On Saturday, Oct. 9, Jarvis Winery held a tasting with seven invited wine journalists to the winery for a “world tasting . . . to experience an audacious comparison of the leading wines from four countries with wines from a leading Napa Valley winery.” William Jarvis said that this was not another Paris tasting but more of a “coming out” for the Jarvis Winery. The tasters were asked to rank the wines. All of the wines were tasted blind, and no one connected with the Jarvis was in the room. Here are the results along with the prices of the wines:
First place, tie: 2006 Jarvis, Lake William, $105 and 2006 Premier Cru Chateau Latour, $550; second: 2006 Jarvis, Science Project, $105; third: 2006 Jarvis, Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, $145; fourth-place, tie: 2006 Premier Cru Chateau Margaux, $550 and 2006 Chateau Haut Brion, $520; fifth: 2006 Jarvis, Cabernet Sauvignon, $95 and sixth: Premiere Cru Chateau Mouton Rothschild, $600.
First: 2008 Jarvis, Tempranillo, $53; second: 2008 Dominio de Pingus, Flor de Pingus, (Spain), $75 and third: 2008 Dominio de Pingus, Psi, (Spain), $35.
First: 2007 Jarvis, Reserve Chardonnay, $95; second: 2007-Leeuvwin, Art Series Chardonnay, (Australia) $89; third: 2007 Grand Cru Bouchard Chevalier-Montrachet, $250; fourth-place, tie: 2007 Jarvis, Finch Hollow Chardonnay, $95 and 2007 Kumeu River, Matés Chardonnay (New Zealand), $39.
The lesson here is, even if you do not put much faith in “experts’ ratings,” you must conclude that the Jarvis Winery is making world-class wines. When the results were made known, William Jarvis commented, “It was a good coming out. I’m happy with our wines that placed first but it doesn’t lessen my respect for the other world wines; they all were great as always.”