The Wine Club - Pinot Heaven with Mark Luna

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Time: 07:00pm - 08:30pm

Type: Class

Location: The Wine Cabinet

Once a month, promptly at 7:00 pm, we get together to examine an element of the wide world of wine. We sample 6 or 7 wines with the knowledgeable help of a winemaker, an importer, a distributor or one of our staff.

Kate prepares some culinary delights that match well with the wines we're trying or come from the region at hand. It's a relaxed evening with plenty of opportunity to ask questions, share experiences and develop new friends and broader palates.

The fee offsets the cost of the class and ranges from $25 to $50 per person, $40 to $75 per couple. We limit the attendance so that we can properly handle the event. Classes usually fill about a week before the event.

 Call us at 703-668-WINE(9463) to reserve your seat!!

Pinot Noir
Pinot noir (French: [pino nwa?]) is a red wine grape variety of the species Vitis vinifera. The name may also refer to wines created predominantly from pinot noir grapes. The name is derived from the French words for pine and black. The word pine alludes to the grape variety having tightly clustered, pine cone-shaped bunches of fruit.

Pinot noir grapes are grown around the world, mostly in the cooler climates, and the grape is chiefly associated with the Burgundy region of France. Pinot noir is now used to make red wines around the world, as well as Champagne, and such sparkling white wines as the Italian Franciacorta, and English sparkling wines. Regions that have gained a reputation for red pinot noir wines include: the Willamette Valley of Oregon, the Carneros, Central Coast and Russian River AVAs of California, the Elgin and Walker Bay wine regions of South Africa, Mornington Peninsula, Adelaide Hills,  Great Southern, Tasmania and Yarra Valley in Australia and the Central Otago, Martinborough and Marlborough wine regions of New Zealand.
Pinot Noir is the most-planted varietal (38%) used in sparkling wine production in Champagne and other wine regions.

Pinot noir is a difficult variety to cultivate and transform into wine.The grape's tendency to produce tightly packed clusters makes it susceptible to several viticultural hazards involving rot that require diligent canopy management. The thin skins and low levels of phenolic compounds lends pinot to producing mostly lightly colored, medium-bodied and low-tannin wines that can often go through phases of uneven and unpredictable aging. When young, wines made from pinot noir tend to have red fruit aromas of cherries, raspberries and strawberries. As the wine ages, Pinot develops complexity and balance.

The Wines!!
Foris Pinot Gris, Rogue Valley, Oregon $16.99
Foris consistently produces a meticulously crafted, value lineup of Alsatian-inspired white wines.
As with its siblings, this is crisp, detailed and balanced.
Apple and pear fruit is lined with citrus rind. Give it a light chill and it will delight.

Domaine Bott-Geyl Cardinaux Métissés D'Alsa, Alsace, France $19.99
blend: Pinot Auxerrois, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir.
Formerly labeled as 'Pinot d'Alsace Metiss'.
Critics have scored this wine 86 points. 

Willamette Valley Rose' of Pinot Noir $21.99
Electric pink in color with aromas of juicy strawberry, watermelon and nectarine accented by a touch of floral honeysuckle.
Dry with a medium-bodied, round mouthfeel and excellent balance of fruit and acidity.
Flavors have good length. Drink by 2020

Sass Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Unfiltered $26.99
A big wine, yet still elegant and nuanced. Dark fruit (blackberry, black cherry) notes with elegant red-cherry brightness;
white pepper spice and truffly earth underneath; fine tannin, silky texture, lingering finish.

Alcohol 14.40%

Michael Shaps Bourgogne Rouge $26.99
Our Pinot Noir is grown at two different sites in the Haute Cote de Beaune.  Both sites provide fresh red fruit notes and moderate structure.  
We ferment the Pinot to full dryness on the skins with extended post fermentation maceration. The wine is aged in neutral oak for nine months prior to bottling.  
We look to bring out bright red fruits with moderate tannins and to produce an easy approachable wine.

Ken Wright Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley $29.99
An incredibly well balanced and lush wine with beautiful structure and acidity.
It is medium bodied, with fresh fruits of bright cherry and marionberry that mingle with notes of warming spices, rose petals, fresh turned earth, cola and tobacco.

Wine Enthusiast Score: 91
Wine Spectator Score: 88

Soliste Narcisse, Sonoma California $44.99
We speak often about what Soliste means. Not because we need the reassurance; to the contrary, we are quite clear in our mission to craft the best possible wines in the new world.
For us, Soliste represents a way of life. It is a humble and elusive quest for excellence based upon a shared vision rooted in deep friendship.
In Burgundy, a winemaker may reserve a special barrel for friends and family. They call this barrel Soliste. 

The journey that is Soliste reflects the passion and commitment born of old world beliefs and traditions joined in a way that transcends individual ideas. We are particularly inspired by winemakers who have challenged the status quo to elevate their region or cépage to grand cru level. Central to our philosophy is to be bold, experimental, and take risks; not arbitrarily, but with intent, diligence, and a long term vision. The rebellious voice of the Master of St Andelain, the self-taught iconoclast Didier Dagueneau, echos in our winery, “If you want to be the best, you need the methods and techniques to get you there: Your vines must bear the best grapes; your vinification must be the most rigorous. There are no recipes. It's all in the details of viticulture and all the details of winemaking, the assemblage of little things, 100 details and commitments which makes for the minute differences between a good wine and a great one.”