Champagne and Pinot Noir Tasting
Tasted January 7, 2014 by Dave Dalluge with 385 views
It's been a few weeks now, but Craig asked me to post these notes. On January 7 I hosted most of our regular group to a tasting of mainly domestic pinot noir at my house. The idea was to start with appetizers and champagne as people arrived and then do a blind tasting of 12 Pinot Noirs with homemade pizzas. At the last minute Steve Sigmond informed me he had two whole truffles (one black, one white) to share with the group, so we added a simple risotto covered in truffles as a bonus course served with the first flight of Pinots.
I had originally planned to do all domestic pinot noir. However, at the last Tilia dinner Dave McMahon mentioned that there were some who had never had DRC. Since I was planning to blind the wines by pouring them into empty DRC bottle, I thought it might be fun to include the genuine article. Thanks to Steve we were able to include one in this tasting. The 12 wines (including the DRC) were blinded into empty DRC bottles and poured in four flights. From there we picked the wine of each flight, identified the top three wines of the night and saw how many can identify the DRC.
Flight 1 - Champagne (0 notes)
I didn't take any notes (busy in the kitchen!), but will post a picture for the BB. All showed really well with my favorite being the 2004 Veuve Clicquot. Hopefully others will add their thoughts to this thread. The appetizers were awesome, with a great selection of cheese, gougers, spreads, mushrooms and more.
Flight 2 - Pinot Flight #1 (3 notes)
The first flight was all California. Consensus wine of the flight was Rhys Swan Terrace, although I had a slight preference for the Home Vineyard. All three showed very well, but were pretty obviously California.
Flight 3 - Pinot Flight #2 (3 notes)
This flight set the pattern for the remaining flights, with Oregon poured first, Burgundy poured second and California poured third. Consensus wine of the flight was the Dujac, although I had a slight preference for the Kutch (which I had as wine of the night). I was really hoping for some Dujac spice on the nose to make it harder to zero in on the DRC; unfortunately it just wasn't there.
Flight 4 - Pinot Flight #3 (3 notes)
This flight was absolutely rocking and I thought pretty evenly matched. Somehow they figured out the DRC would be in the third flight (I don't know what the tell was, but am glad I don't play poker). A majority (8 of 12) called the Arterberry Maresh wine of the flight, wine of the night and most likely to be DRC, although the DRC and Copain weren't really all that far behind.
Flight 5 - Pinot Flight #4 (3 notes)
This flight was rocking too. I absolutely loved the Patricia Green (my second wine of the night), but consensus wine of the flight was the Clos des Lambrays.
Flight 6 - Dessert Wines (2 notes)
Brad Ballinger brought an awesome chocolate cake for dessert, and Leo Sioris added the '96 Banyuls. I added the Fonseca when the Banyuls ran out. Thanks to both for supplying such an awesome course and fitting finish to the night.
It was an awesome night. Thanks to everyone for their generous contributions of food and wine. I loved the blind format and am hopeful Jason Goldberger will follow through with his offer of hosting a CdP tasting using the same format.