Monthly Tasting Group: Blind Pinots Worldwide

Cafe Lurcat, Mpls, MN

Tasted May 19, 2013 by rocknroller with 128 views

Introduction

This event was a blind Pinot Noir tasting. No one knew any of the wines being poured other than the bottle you brought. Bottles were wrapped in standard brown paper and numbered. The bottles were revealed about 15 minutes after each was poured.

Flight 1 (1 note)

White
2011 Cave de Pomérols Coteaux du Languedoc Picpoul-de-Pinet Hugues Beaulieu France, Languedoc Roussillon, Languedoc, Coteaux du Languedoc Picpoul-de-Pinet
88 points
Very nice, light and refreshing, crisp, citrus, floral. 88+pts.

Flight 2 (11 notes)

Red
2007 Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Evenstad Reserve USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
92 points
Medium red color. PNP, drank 1 glass blind over 60 minutes. The nose was nice, cherry, sous bois, ripe berry, and spice, only later did the damp earth emerge. The palate is elegant, light-medium bodied, light tannins, berry, molasses, spices. Nice balance, really good. As good as this was, the nose was not quite as effusive as some bottles and a short decant would have been helpful.
Red
2011 Belle Glos Pinot Noir Clark & Telephone Vineyard USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Maria Valley
88 points
Very dark red color. Looked like a syrah. PNP, drank 1 glass blind over 30 minutes. This sucker was huge, cough syrupy, herbal, ripe, vanilla, blackberry, black cherry. The palate does have a creamy texture with chocolate, plum, blackberry, tart, fairly soft tannins for a young wine. Pegged this as Central Coast Cali. Not exactly your prototypical pinot. Be prepared for a monster.
Red
2010 Big Table Farm Pinot Noir Cattrall Brothers Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Eola - Amity Hills
88 points
Medium light red color. Drank 1 gloass blind over 20 minutes. This had a very distinctive nose with a marked burnt rubber quality, scorched earth, cherry, spice. The palate has a similar taste with burnt rubber, scorched earth, red fruit, mostly cherry, light body, spicy and a bit sharp on the finish. I thought this was a little different; with the burnt rubber dominating too much. Others enjoyed this more than me.
Red
2007 St. Innocent Pinot Noir White Rose Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
94 points
Dark red color. PNP, drank one glass blind over 1.5hrs. This has a really nice nose, earth, funk, minerals, iron, berries and cherries. But it wasn't until this was in the glass for at least 30 minutes (and long after it had been revealed) that is really developed the telltale floral perfume that i have come to know this wine by. For many it was long gone by then. Very, very elegant on the palate, there is some power and energy to be sure, but this is really about a deftly made, silky textured beauty. Easy to mistake for Burgundy, which I managed to do when flipping my coin and not choosing Oregon. In my pathetic defense, had we waited another 20 minutes to guess, I'd have trusted my gut...hopefully. This was still getting better through the 90 minutes i managed to hold it.
Red
2011 Belle Glos Pinot Noir Las Alturas Vineyard USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands
88 points
Very dark red-purple color. Drank 1 glass blind over 15 minutes or so. Oddly this was the second wine from the same producer and vintage, but a different vineyard. Another very atypical pinot that just sticks out like a sore thumb amongst some very good typical ones. I've have not had this vintage before, but others have benedfited by significant decanting and age, though they will never be a subtle wine. It is what it is, and for a big, syrupy wine it has some nice characteristics. It is velvety and has immense black and dark red fruits. Less herbal than the Clark and a smidge better. 88+pts.
Red
2009 Bouchard Père et Fils Corton-Le Corton France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton Grand Cru
93 points
Medium red color. PNP, drank 1 glass blind over 1.5hrs. Splendid nose with damp earth and a touch of funk that develops into a perfume of floral and red berry fruit, leather, spice, and minerals. The palate is velvety and lively, the fruit is fairly bright with berries and some cherry followed by pleasantly round tannins and and good acid. This was drinking quite well for a youngster.
Red
2009 Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Estate Old Vine Ribbon Ridge USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Ribbon Ridge
91 points
Medium red color. Drank 1 glass blind over 30 minutes. Lovely earth, ripe berries, spices, maybe a touch of cranberry. The palate is medium light in body, consistent with the nose, elegant, nice mouth feel. Medium finish. This has softened nicely since the last time I had it. Looking forward to future bottles.
Red
2005 Littorai Pinot Noir Cerise Vineyard USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley
91 points
Medium red color. PNP, drank 1 glass blind over 30 minutes. This was pretty clearly Cali, ripe and full of fruit, mixed red berries, herbs, spice. The palate was restrained with nice balance.
Red
2002 Fernand Lécheneaut et Fils (Philippe et Vincent) Nuits St. Georges Les Damodes France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Nuits St. Georges
92 points
Dark rd color. PNP, drank 1 glass over 30 minutes plus. This was fairly complex offering nice red fruit, medium body, briar, oak, spice, earth and saline, somewhat firm tannins. Nice finish.
Red
2009 Littorai Pinot Noir Les Larmes USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley
91 points
Medium dark red color. PNP, Drank 1 glass blind over 20 minutes. This was quite ripe, lush mix of red fruits, oak, herbs. Definitely Cali. Oddly, the second bottle from the same producer at the tasting, different vintage and vineyard. (which even happened twice!). Nice balance overall here.
Red
2001 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits St. Georges France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Nuits St. Georges
90 points
Bonus bottle. Medium red color. PNP, drank 1 glass blind over 20 minutes. No detailed notes. Tart, sour cherry, spice, oak.

Flight 3 (1 note)

White - Sweet/Dessert
2005 Clos Jean Loupiac France, Bordeaux, Entre-Deux-Mers, Loupiac
92 points
Consistent with previous note.

Closing

We had some outstanding food tonight along with some excellent wines. It is always fun and challenging doing these blind tastings; not to mention humbling at times.

Highlight wines were the 2007 St. Innocent White Rose, my WOTN; followed by the 2009 Bouchard Le Corton, and the 2007 Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve.