Montana's Steak House (Hermitage, PA)
Tasted Monday, May 14, 2012 by Loren Sonkin with 209 views
Last Saturday, I drove over to Pennsylvania where my friend Humberto had organized a dinner for Brian Loring. I hadn't seen Brian in about a decade and was looking forward to seeing him and trying his wines. Berto had organized a huge event with about 40 people in the back room. It was a lot of fun and great to meet a lot of new people. It was worth the drive (including a long detour as I went to the wrong restaurant at first 40 minutes away)
The wines were served non-blind and progressively in very small wine glasses. Luckily, there was plenty of wine to go around which made it easy to get a good impression of the wines. Brian makes no excuses for his wines. He is trying to make California Pinot Noir that is fruit filled, exuberant, fun and easy to drink. He is not trying to make a wine that needs to be laid down for a decade before it is "ready". While it seems his wines are a bit more toned down, that could be the vintage or he could just be finding his sweet spot. In any event, the wines all showed well and the crowd loved them.
I had a great time and really enjoyed the wines. At the end of the evening, there were a few more BYO bottles opened. A 98 ZH SGN was good but seemed a bit past prime to me which was surprising. A 99 Yquem was outstanding if not up to the heights of some of the great years. As I had a long drive home, I passed on the others.
Many thanks to Berto and Brian for the event.