23 Feb Pinot Noir Tasting this Saturday!
Pinot Noir Tasting
Join Bill Kniep of Pinnacle Imports as we taste Pinot Noirs (and two Pinot Gris) from around the world. Bill has traveled extensively to Oregon, California, and France, and represents the largest portfolio of Pinot Noirs in the state. Hear first hand the differences and challenges of each region, while sampling different versions of these wines!
2014 Wagner Stempel Pinot Blanc Rheinhessen, Germany
On Sale $16.99
This selection offers a rich aromatic perfume of cashew, honeydew melon, and mineral. On the palate the wine is elegant, displaying a fine mineral structure, a touch of oak with delicate floral notes, and flavors of lemon, melon, and apple.
2014 Siduri Pinot Gris Willamette Valley Arbre Vert Vineyard, Oregon
On Sale $20.99
The 2014 Pinot Gris Arbre Vert, which did not undergo any malolactic and aged in 50% oak and 50% stainless steel, has very fine intensity on the nose with clear honey and quince aromas, almost like a Sauternes! That’s is not the case on the palate, with its crisp grassy entry, racy acidity and a dab of lemongrass toward the finish. This is a fine, aromatic Pinot Gris.
The Wine Advocate
2014 Nicolas Rossignol Bourgogne Rouge, France
On Sale $23.99
100% Pinot from the Burgundy region of France. The fruits are soft and silky in the mouth with a touch of raspberry with fine tannins. The finish is firm but fresh. Excellent pairing with game, red meats, roasted vegetables and risotto.
2014 St. Innocent Pinot Noir Villages Cuvee, Oregon
On Sale $20.99
Ruby-red. Fresh cherry and dark berries on the nose, complicated by dark chocolate, dried rose, sassafras and peppery spices. Plush and broad but focused as well, with black raspberry and bitter cherry given a tangy edge by juicy acidity. Closes spicy and long, with an echo of cherry and fully integrated tannins. This vivacious pinot is, along with the excellent 2010, the best example of this bottling that I’ve had to date.
90 Points Vinous Media
2012 Colene Clemens Pinot Noir “Adriane,” Chehalem Mountains, Oregon
On Sale $45.99
Distinctly spicy and peppery, this is layered, complex and harmonious, with generous cherry and floral flavors on an open-weave frame. The tannins are well-submerged in the mix, and the finish echoes beautifully. Drink now through 2022. 1,096 cases made.
94 Points, Wine Spectator
2013 Ojai Santa Barbara Pinot Noir, CA
On Sale $29.99
(made from fruit grown in the Kick On, Puerta del Mar and Solomon Hills vineyards): Vivid red. Highly perfumed aromas of fresh red berries, potpourri and Asian spices are complemented by deeper-pitched hints of cola and licorice. Shows excellent clarity and lift on the palate, offering spicy raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that gain sweetness with air. Classically bright and focused pinot, with silky tannins coming up late and adding grip to the spice-laced finish.
91 Points, Vinous Media
2013 Bruno Clair Savigny Les Beaune 1er Cru La Dominode Burgundy, France
On Sale $72.99
I have been vinifying la Dominode since 1979 and it has undoubtedly the most consistent vines of the domaine – always low yields and beautiful maturity of the grapes. The quality and the age of the vines contribute to this consistency. There are, naturally, annual variations according to the vintage and the weather, but the variations are fewer than in other vineyards. The color is always deep, tannins are full and rich.