11 Nov Pinot Noir Tasting Sat. 11/12
Saturday, November 12
12 to 4pm
In our Event Space
Join us for a fun tasting designed to get you in the mood for Thanksgiving! We’ll start out with a new grower Champagne (at an amazing price!!) and then we’ll highlight five awesome Pinot Noirs, including three from Oregon’s exceptional 2014 vintage and two from California. These are perfect wines to pair with your holiday meals, or with any traditional autumn fare.
NV Barnaut Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Noirs
On Sale $39.99
(100% Pinot Noir from Bouzy; 6 g/l dosage): Bright yellow. Ripe peach and pear scents are lifted by suggestions of Meyer lemon and smoky minerals. Fleshy and broad on the palate, offering bitter pear skin and peach pit flavors underscored by a gingery element. Shows very good clarity and thrust on the chewy finish, with the mineral and peach notes echoing. This Champagne has the heft and power to work with rich, strongly seasoned foods, even poultry.
91 Points, Vinous Media
2014 McKinlay Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley
On Sale $16.99
A fabulous Pinot from an outstanding vintage! This wine has dark fruit character, with notes of blackberry and bing cherry. Bottled without fining or filtration, it has a soft and rich texture and a great balance of acid on the finish. The ultimate Thanksgiving wine? Yes!
2014 Ayres Perspective Pinot Noir, Ribbon Ridge
On Sale $19.99
Very fruity aromas with hints of strawberry jam. Full-bodied, soft and fruity. A little one-dimensional and very fruit-forward. Shows the very ripe nature of the hot 2014 vintage. A little overdone but some may love it. Drink now.
90 Points, James Suckling
2014 Ayres Pioneer Estate Pinot Noir, Ribbon Ridge
On Sale $38.99
Another fruit-forward red with ripe tannins and lots of berry and cherry character. Full and velvety. Drink now.
91 Points, James Suckling
2014 Calera Pinot Noir, Central Coast
On Sale $22.99
Readers looking for a classic, incredibly well made Pinot Noir to buy by the case should look no further than Josh’s 2014 Pinot Noir from the Central Coast AVA. Supple, sexy, seamless and elegant, with classic Calera notes of raspberries, mulled cherries, spice and dried soil, it has no hard edges, a core of sweet fruit and a beautiful finish that keeps you coming back to the glass. I’m sure it will keep for 4-5 years (probably longer), but there’s no need to delay gratification. Don’t miss this fabulous effort and bravo to the Calera team for delivering this level of quality at the price.
92 Points, The Wine Advocate
2015 Schug Pinot Noir, Carneros
On Sale $19.99
This classic Carneros region Pinot Noir offers a wide range of flavors and aromas, in the tradition of the finest red Burgundies of France. “Clonal diversity” is achieved by carefully blending several vineyard lots, each retaining its own unique clonal signature in the blend. The result is a complex wine with a rich bouquet of cherries, berries and hints of spicy new oak. It has flavors reminiscent of black cherry, currant and strawberry, followed by a rich, spicy texture and a long silky finish.