A lucky bunch of us got warmed up for the big Pinot Days tasting on Saturday June 21, 2014 with a good sampling of Pinots last night at the San Francisco Wine Center. The big buzz was about the wines from Cirq, Michael Browne of Kosta Browne fame, has made a fine new project. Expect 2 Pinots, the Treehouse and Bootlegger. The 2011 Treehouse was poured at SFWC and it was pretty and densely packed with Russian River fruit.
Dutton Goldfield brought 4 excellent Pinots, each with a different sense of soil and weather, each from 2012. They ranged from the light-bodied, full flavored Angel Camp to the cellar pick, Freestone Hill. I particularly liked the Marin County Pinot from the Petaluma Gap area. Great balance.
Kathleen Inman was also there, pouring first the apperitivo of the evening, a 2013 Rosé of Pinot, which I really enjoyed. She brought a mini-vertical of her OGV Pinot - 2009, 2010, 2011, and her 2011 Thorn Ridge. The 2009 evolved slowly in the glass to reveal some great black friut. The '10 was quite light but nicely perfumed. '11 OGV was cool and smoky. Her '11 Thorn Ridge was awesome.
Thanks to Brian for hosting this excellent casual event.
Another great reason to keep your wine at the SFWC!