The SSU Wine Tasting Club met recently to taste some of the magnificent wines of Michel Schlumberger located in the Dry Creek AVA of Sonoma County. This winery specializes in Bordeaux varietals and organically grown grapes. When I visited you enter through some very impressive gates, and are invited to go on a vineyard tour to learn how they farm organically. Afterwards you enjoy an informal tasting of their wonderful wines. You must call in advance to schedule an appointment, but the tasting and tour are definitely worth it! (http://www.michelschlumberger.com/)
The two favorite wines of the 53 Millennials tasting at SSU were the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Michel Schlumberger Dry Creek ($40) with rich ripe plum notes and spices of cinnamon and nutmeg. The wine was aged 24 months in 35% new French oak. The second top favorite of the evening was the 2005 Estate Merlot Michel Schlumberger Dry Creek ($28) which is a big serious merlot with black fruit, cocoa and leather. It was aged 16 months in French oak and includes a small percentage of some of the other Bordeaux varietals (Petit Verdot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, and Carmenère).
Two other fun facts about the evening with Schlumberger. They announced that they are hosting a Halloween (Hallowine) Open House tonight (Oct. 29th), and they also let attendees taste their 2006 Pinot Noir which is made from the ONLY pinot noir wines in Dry Creek!