Monthly Archives: January 2011

Pinot to the people!


Always one of our most adored tastings, join us for another edition of “Pinot to the People”.  We love Pinot Noir and usually so does most of Miami. Friday January 21st  7-9 PM… RSVP 305-445-4567

Pinot Noir may be the toughest grape to grow, but the effort is well worth the investment. It is a fickle grape that demands optimum growing conditions, calling for warm days consistently supported by cool evenings. Pinot Noir is a lighter colored and flavored red wine, well-suited to pair with an array of foods. Its flavors are reminiscent of sweet red berries, plums, tomatoes, cherries and at times a notable earthy or wood-like flavor, depending on specific growing conditions

Cantina Las Vis Dipinti, Trentino 2008 With a ruby red robe and aromas of red berry fruits that are mimicked on the palate. It is long in savor-flavor, with hints of black licorice, anise and a hint of cinnamon bark. Medium-bodied and soft tannins this is the perfect party pinot to the people.

Les Hexagonales, Lorie Valley 2008 – Jean-Francois farms utilizing natural, sustainable methods. Merieau waits to pick his fruit until a point of full maturity is achieved. His vineyards face south and contain many 50+ year old vines. This aspect to the sun is preferable in the Loire because in cooler regions vines often struggle to collect enough radiant heat over the course of a season to fully ripen fruit. Old vines naturally produce smaller quantities of more concentrated, flavorful grapes. Merieau ferments in stainless steel to maintain freshness. The family cellars are carved deep into rock, creating a perfect environment for storage and ageing of component parts prior to the assemblage of their wines. Fresh and lively, with good acidity driving the friendly cherry, red currant and violet notes, followed by a nice unadorned finish

Block Nine “Caiden’s Vineyards” 2009, – Block Nine starts out with a young blast of strawberries in the bouquet and subtle damp earth.  After it opens up, a distinctive fresh raspberry begins to dominate with a background of cola that slowly dissipates.  Because it has a relatively low alcohol level, its acid base balances with new fruit and soft spice flavors making this wine works very well with an array of dishes

Sean Minor Carneros 2009– medium-bodied with cherry, strawberry and plum; surrounded by light toast flavors. On entry, the wine displays blue fruit characters that are balanced with spicy and earthy notes that frame the mid-palate. The vanilla and toast integrates well with the silky round tannins on the lengthy finish.

Russian Hill, RR Valley 2007–  True to its place of origin, this Pinot is bold in its bright expression of Bing Cherry and cola flavors. The texture is luscious and a touch of acidity adds grace and elegance. This Pinot has beautiful ruby red tones and great clarity; overall it is a classic Russian River Valley Pinot noir         

Copain Tous Ensemble, Anderson Valley 2007– Ripe, elegant and pure red and blue pinot fruit trimmed in a discreet touch of earth merges into rich, round, naturally sweet and solidly well-detailed middle weight flavors that possess good mid-palate concentration and fine length on the moderately complex and persistent finish. This is very well balanced and fashioned in a generous yet understated style

Chehalem 3 Vineyard, Willamette Valley 2008– Bright ruby. Black raspberry and flowers on the nose, with a strong undertone of musky spices that gains strength in the glass. Pliant, palate-coating dark berry flavors are appealingly open-knit. Nicely ripe but quite light on its feet, finishing very good clarity, spiciness and lingering sweetness

Evesham Wood, Willamette Valley 2009–    Fruit sourced 40% from Illahe Vineyard (coast range foot hills), 30% Eola Springs Vineyard and 30% (combined) from: Hidden Rocks Estate, Crowley Station, and Greenwood Vineyards, all in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA. The wine was bottled without filtration following 2 rackings in August 2010. The 2009 vintage in the Willamette produced fairly soft and elegant Pinot noir with good varietal character and lip-smackingly good cherry pie tones        

J. Christopher Dundee Hills 2008– The J. Christopher Dundee Hills Cuvee is a blend of some of the most pedigreed vineyards in Oregons coveted Dundee Hills. The Dundee Hills Cuvee shows layers of bing cherries, strawberry cream and a pleasant rose petal note. On the savory side, this wine has elements of shitake mushrooms, with hints of straw and crushed rock that combine well with the subtle note of cedar. The wine has a sleek structure that is showcased by its bright acidity

Mac Forbes Yarra Valley 2008  – very pale garnet, with a pretty nose, floral with red cherry and creamy, ripe strawberry hints which follow through in the mouth.  It’s very pretty and delicate in the mouth, well defined thanks to a freshness, giving it a lightness of touch.  Lovely