At Ann and Gordon Getty’s iconic Pacific Heights mansion, a few select guests were invited to a private luncheon with Jeff Owens, who is the youngest winemaker to receive a perfect 100-point score for his first vintage from Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate.
The four-course lunch was specially prepared by the Gettys’ private chef to pair perfectly with the wines. Of course there was caviar, which was a match made in heaven when served with Owens’ Odette Chardonnay. The pièce de résistance was the 2012 Odette Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, for which Owens received his perfect score.
The winery is operated by the PlumpJack Group and is owned by Gordon Getty, Gavin Newsom and John Conover. Getty says that the name Odette, much like PlumpJack, is a fictitious character. Coincidentally, however, there was also a real Odette—and she happened to be a wine judge. Odette Kahn was a leading authority on wine and editor of La Revue du Vin de France. She’s infamous for her 1976 “Judgment of Paris,” when she was mortified to discover that she had voted for a California wine as the “Best in Show.” While telling the story, Mr. Getty’s eyes light up and a mischievous grin fills his face. “We couldn’t think of a better name for a winery we knew was going to be award-winning,” he says.
Although most people won’t be invited to lunch with Mr. Getty, they can visit the winery. Odette Estate is tucked away in the rolling hills of the Stag’s Leap District, and features a historic 36-acre vineyard and a 5,000-square-foot winery with 18,000 square feet of caves. Visit odetteestate.com to learn more.