Inspire Napa Valley 2019

When wine industry tastemaker Kerrin Laz’s mother was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s in 2014, she knew that she had to do something to help fight this disease. In 2017, Kerrin founded Inspire Napa Valley to raise critical funds and awareness of Alzheimer’s disease in the Napa Valley, with proceeds directed to support the Alzheimer’s Association. Since its inception Inspire Napa Valley has raised over $1 million to support the cause. The Second Annual Inspire Napa Valley Wine Weekend will be held on May 3–5, 2019. The inaugural event brought together wine enthusiasts and the most exceptional Napa Valley wineries to advance research to end Alzheimer’s and dementia and enhance care for those living with the disease, and raised over $1 million to support the cause! Inspire Napa Valley Founder Kerrin Laz and Presenting Benefactor & Co-Chair Bettina Bryant, alongside Honorary Committee members Antonio Galloni, Vinous Founder, and Ray Isle, Food & Wine magazine's executive wine editor, invite you to an epic wine weekend benefiting the Alzheimer's community. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ VIP WELCOME DINNER FRIDAY, MAY 3, 2019 - 6:00PM Intimate VIP Oakville Neighborhood Block Party at Rudd Estate, featuring wine from Rudd and their neighbors including Dalla Valle Vineyards, Futo Estate, and Screaming Eagle with dinner prepared by Abreu Vineyard's winemaker Brad Grimes, Antonio Galloni, PRESS Restaurant's executive chef and renowned winemakers, vintners and viticulturists in the outdoor kitchen. VIP SEMINAR & TASTING SATURDAY, MAY 4, 2019 - 10:30AM - 1:00PM VIP wine tasting seminar of ten unique wines at The Napa Valley Reserve in St. Helena. The seminar will be moderated by Antonio Galloni and features Ray Isle, Andy Erickson, Remi Cohen, and more, with each of them choosing two wines that inspire them. One of the wines chosen will be a wine they helped to produce and the other will be from a winery that inspires them but is not one they are affiliated with. Alzheimer’s Association’s Chief Science Officer, Maria Carrillo, will begin the VIP seminar with an update on Alzheimer’s research followed by a Q&A session. WINE TASTING, DINNER & AUCTION SATURDAY, MAY 4, 2019 - 4:30PM - 12:00AM Evening primary event at The Estate Yountville featuring a walk-around tasting including 30 of the most legendary wineries in California, a seated wine country dinner, a live auction of 10-12 lots, paddle raise, and an after party with live entertainment and specialty cocktails made and donated by Distillery No. 209 and Savage and Cooke. VIP FAREWELL BRUNCH SUNDAY, MAY 5, 2019 - 11:00AM - 2:00PM VIP Farewell Brunch at Ad Hoc + Addendum in Yountville featuring Chef Thomas Keller’s Fried Chicken and Waffles, seasonal fare and Bouchon Bakery pastries along with a Bloody Mary and Mimosa bar and wine bar. You can purchase tickets to Inspire Napa Valley events here .

Bryant Family Vineyard

Proprietor Grown Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2000

Good after an hour, great after two...this had the classic sticky sweet red fruit characteristic of this vineyard but more subdued than other vintages. Still my favorite Napa Cab! — 2 years ago

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Best 2000 Napa anything.
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Oakville Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2011

Greg Ballington

Deep and dark ruby red with a purplish core. Started to open up after an hour with subs intense aromatics. Dark fruits, black cherries, cherry liquor, twigs, dark cocoa and deep purple floral undertones. Moderate plus oaky tannins (7.5/10) and full bodied. Completely grips the palate from the attack through the finish. Mouthwatering acidity, delicious. Dark and rich on the palate; dark spices, tons of dark cocoa, cinnamon. Notes of black raspberries and cherries. A little toasty too. Started to get a bit more rounded on the palate as it opened up. Stunning wine that will only improve with time. Drink till 2033. (95+) — 3 years ago

Sean BallingtonIndia Okoh
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Cliff Lede Vineyards

Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2002

Hello, there. You were so ostentatious in your youth - now you are regal and refined. So much black fruit for a 15 year old wine! Great structure remains, but I would drink up in the next two or three years if you have had the patience to keep a bottle of this one around. Sadly, it was my last. #clifflede — 3 years ago

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Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

My buddy @Mike R and his lovely wife drove all the way out to the sticks to meet me and my daughters on our country vacation and we met at a little diner and brought a few wines to share....I meant to bring the ‘13 Scarecrow but mistakenly grabbed the ‘14 because of the damn tissue wrap. No worries with the vintage mix up—it absolutely shined bright like a diamond as did Mike and Rhonda who immediately make you feel at ease and happy when you see them. The Scarecrow was resplendent in dark chocolate, Jamaican coffee, rich soil, smoke and buoyant sweet purple fruit. Astonishing purity, acceleration through the mid palate and a very lengthy velvet coated finish. Superb performance for such a nascent wine and the company was beyond compare. @Mike R drove me home to my farm afterword and we hit a deer (it and his car are OK) on the way and we ended the evening shooting off fireworks on the back porch. Pure country goodness. — 2 years ago

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Thank you @Phil A and as always love the satire @TheSkip is funny but sadly no shooting this time
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Bill just a quick thank you for your kind Birthday wishes. Yeah can't lie. 60 is thought provoking 🤔
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And Mike R. Rocks!

Bench Vineyards

Circa 64 Stags Leap District Red Wine 2015

INV wine auction — 2 years ago

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Dalla Valle Vineyards

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Tight, rich and juicy-perfumed red currant and pure cherry leap from the glass. Voluptuous mouthfeel, anise, crushed blackfruits and minerals round out the finish. — 3 years ago

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@Shawn R i didn't make my way over to this one last night!😔. So much wine and such little time!!
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Maybe a little soft on the score. Doing my best!

Vine Hill Ranch

VHR Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

A wine that I brought tonight and felt strongly about. Incredible pedigree, winemaker is from Araujo which is insane great! Beautiful 12 but I committed infanticide., should laid it down another few years but it did open up like a million bucks after a few hours. Truly opulent Napa wine which is well structured and loved by all tonight. A new rockstar on the block vs the the old rock stars that were drinking in full stride tonight. It's was awesome tonight but I can't wait for it to evolve a little and become STELLAR in the future. I highly recommend this wine. The preliminary rating is 96 to 98 and the 13 is even better if you can imagine that! — 4 years ago

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I would uncork one now to see it's evolution. Decant minimum of 3 hours and it will blow you away!
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Great note- looking for some of this now @Martin G Rivard !
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@Eric Shanks You definitely won't be disappointed!! Pick up the 13 as well since I think it's even better than their insanely great 12. You can't go wrong with either vintage!👌


Oakville Estate Red Blend 2008

Shay A

Just a few bottles from an awesome Open That Bottle Night celebration this past weekend.

So young, and that was after this being open an hour or so. Gripping. Currant, blackberry, plum and underripe black cherry. Tannic and powerful on the palate. This is still on an upward trajectory.
— a year ago

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@Shay A Shay Leslie Rudd produced so many great wines To Leslie Cheers 🏒
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@P A : Agreed, and well put!

Screaming Eagle

Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Of course this bottle would be presented at the 100 point collectors dinner. Simply stated: complete elegance! My favorite style of Bordeaux. Complex aromatics and palate with notes of blackberry liqueur, fennel, pencil violets and sweet toasted oak. A perfect bottle! — 3 years ago

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Spectacular line up! Josh is a great guy (now working for Addax)
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Great guy indeed. He is good friends with a good friend of mine, Weston Eidson (owner of Montagu Wines) and I've had the privilege of sharing wine with him...and thankfully he has brought Addax! Though the Addax SauvBlanc is phenomenal, I'm anxious to see how the Chardonnay turns out.
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Lail Vineyards

Blueprint Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Lail is nailing it on multiple varietals. Infatuated with the Sauvignon Blanc and now the Cab comes along ... — 5 years ago