Pinot Showdown | Monthly Wine Tasting

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.

Next Up, Pinot Showdown Tasting Event

“Burgundy makes you think of silly things: Bordeaux makes you talk about them, and Champagne makes you do them.”-Brillat-Savarin

“Cork dork” sommelier, Chris Potter and myself will be hosting the next wine tasting soiree at Nectar wine lounge next Tuesday, August 28th.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about the exquisitely elegant varietal and mingle with other wine lovers.

We will be featuring 5 pinot noirs from across the world. Come identify your true style of pinot, from Burgundy to the Sonoma Coast.  We are excited for this pinot showdown! To RSVP please reserve your tickets here.

2007 Mongeard-Mugneret Bourgogne Passetoutgrain | Pinot Noir | Burgundy, France

2009 Fiddlehead Oldsville Reserve | Pinot Noir | Willamette Valley, Oregon

2009 Prinz Spatburgunder, Trocken | Rheinghau, Germany

2009 Domaine St Nicolas | Pinot Noir | Loire Valley, France

2011 Banshee Pinot Noir | Sonoma, California