I hosted a Pinot Noir tasting at a local San Francisco wine bar, Nectar Wine Lounge, and it brought some interesting perspectives to the table. Here’s a summary of the wines we enjoyed at my monthly wine tasting yesterday at Nectar Wine Lounge.
It was a scientific success to observe the vast range of tastes were that spanned my 20 guests, as it was my full intent in the decision to play with different regions and styles from old world to new. If you’re interested in any of the wines, I’ve got some stashed away
2007 Mongeard-Mugneret Bourgogne Passetoutgrains Le Libertin | Burgundy, France
This wine is fairly light with aromas of sour cherry, cranberry and leather characteristics. Flavors of raspberry, strawberry, cherry with an earthiness & hints of tealeaf are also present.
2009 Prinz Spätburgunder Trocken | Rheingau, Germany
Cassis and fine spice with typical thin, warm body with fine acidity characterize this classic Rheingau Pinot Noir.
2009 Fiddlehead Oldsville Reserve Pinot Noir | Willamette Valley, Oregon
Focused, fragrant and very Burgundian in style. Complex aromas suggest a sachet of delicate dried herbs, sweet pipe tobacco and rose petals. Approachable with silky, smooth tannins.
2009 Domaine Saint Nicolas Fefe Vendeéns Pinot Noir | Loire Valley, France
Restrained but very pure this wine has lovely black cherry and spice carried by a hint of graphite on the racy finish. Not traditional pinot noir country.
2011 Banshee Pinot Noir | Sonoma County, California
This pinot has brightness, purity, and a cool, Burgundian sensibility. The cool-climate fruit features a natural vibrancy and earthy, but to keep things balanced, added fruit offers extra layers of depth and refinement, with added complexity and richness.