Sunday, June 17, 2012

Pinot Noir Tasting at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse

I went to the Pinot Noir Tasting at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse on Friday evening. It had been awhile since I had attended a Pappas wine event so I was looking forward to meeting some friends up there. As usual, it was a sold out event so it was quite crowded in the tasting room. Master Sommelier Drew Hendricks was on hand to oversee the tasting and pour the Grand Cru Burgundy.
For me, this evening was more of a social occasion with the opportunity for gathering more sensory impressions rather than a focused tasting, so I didn't take any photos or formal notes, I just scratched out a couple of general impressions on a few of the wines.

The lineup for the evening:
  • NV Paul Bara "Grand Rose" Grand Cru a Bouzy Brut Champagne  - Yummy
  • 2009 Novy Family Winery Blanc de Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley -  crisp & clean
  • 2009 Spatburgunder Rose August Kesseler, Rheingau
  • 2008 De Ponte Cellars Estate, Dundee Hills
  • 2008 Beaux Freres "The Beaux Freres Vineyard", Ribbon Ridge
  • 2009 Brick House "Cuvee du Tonnelier", Ribbon Ridge - very floral, VIOLETS
  • 2009 Loring Wine Company "Rosella's Vineyard", Monterey County
  • 2009 Auteur, Sonoma Coast - good
  • 2009 Relic Wines "Avion Vineyard", Sonoma Mountain - good
  • 2006 Chambolle-Musigny, Domaine Francois Bertheau, Burgundy - a little thin
  • 2001 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Aux Combottes, Domaine Dujac, Burgundy - very good
  • 2004 Morey-Saint Denis, Domaine Gerard Raphet, Burgundy - very basic
  • 2007 Chassagne-Montrachet V.V., Domaine Guy Amiot et Fils, Burgundy
  • 2003 Volnay "Vendanges Selectionnees", Domaine Michel Lafarge, Burgundy - tight & tannic
  • 2006 Corton-Bressandes Grand Cru, Domaine de La Pousse d' Or, Burgundy - very nice, complex aromas, lighter weight
As expected, the selection of wines was fantastic for showing the many styles of Pinot Noir and the servers at each table were very knowledgeable about each of the wines they were pouring. The snacks and passed hors d' oeuvres were all delicious. As it says right under their name, they are "known for quality". I would highly recommend the wine events at Pappas Bros Steakhouse.