I'm still not ready to offer my full commentary on "The Classic" but wanted to congratulate the following wineries on their "best" wins at the event:
Best Cabernet Franc and Best Red Wine: Pindar Vineyards 2005 Cabernet Franc
I haven't tasted this yet, but hope to soon.
Best Vinifera Sparkling: Osprey’s Dominion Vineyards 2002 Rose de Noir
I didn't love this when I tasted it a while back, but I have one bottle left and may have to revisit.
Best Oaked Chardonnay: Peconic Bay Winery 2005 La Barrique Chardonnay
I think I have this in my tasting queue. Will have to make sure.
Best Merlot: Bedell Cellars 2005 Reserve Merlot
Love this wine's potential. Right now it's so big and plush that it is almost California in style. With a year or two in bottle, it should settle down a little and show some of the secondary flavors, and complexity, that make LI merlot shine.
Best Vinifera Red Blend: Osprey’s Dominion Vineyards 2002 Flight Meritage
I can't find my notes on this one, but I always like their meritage and I know I liked this one as well.