For all you pinot lovers out there, our Tuesday Tasting on March 10 will be a real treat as we try 3 very different version of the varietal: pinot noir.
- Schlumberger Pinot Blanc, France—Made from a naturally occurring genetic mutation of the pinot noir grape that results in a cluster of white grapes on the normally black vine, the resulting white wine is full-bodied, tasting of yellow plums with a hint of yeast.
- Bellula Pinot Noir, France—An elegant example of a French pinot, this soft and well-balanced red tastes of cherry, red fruits and a hint of vanilla.
- Sileni Pinot Noir, New Zealand—This award-winning pinot from Hawke’s Bay (the oldest wine producing region in NZ) packs quite a punch for such a delicate grape, tasting of concentrated berries and spices with a surprisingly smoky finish.
Red & White, Part II
The second Tues Tasting with this fun theme on March 17 takes another varietal—grenache—out for an exciting spin with 3 very different types of wines made from this popular grape.
- Bodegas Langa Pi White Grenache, Spain—One of the most exciting wines we’ve tasted recently this white wine is made from the red grape (not a grenache blanc or grenache gris) but the juice is allowed only a few minutes of contact with the skin. The result? A full-bodied, complex white tasting of tropical fruits and citrus.
- Evodia Old Vine Grenache, Spain—An elegant grenache made from 100% old vine (some 100+ yrs), displays notes of strawberries, cherries, with a hint of clay.
- Herencia Altes Garnatxa Negra, Spain—This critic’s darling (ranking 90+ points with Stephen Tanzer and Robert Parker 3 years running) strikes a fantastic balance of intense purple and black berries, earthiness, with an elegant finish.