While we adore Burgundy here at The Fine Wine Experience, there are other regions of the world that also make outstanding Pinot Noir. We put this tasting together to help you learn about some of the best regions in the U.S. for Pinot Noir and some of its most renowned producers for this grape.
The tasting will feature wines from Oregon’s Willamette Valley as well as the following regions in California: Sonoma Coast, Russian River Valley, Santa Rita Hills, and Santa Cruz Mountains. Then, for producers we will focus on a range from the well-established like Marcassin and the winemaking talents of the legendary Helen Turley to the latest project from another outstanding duo of female winemakers - Véronique Drouhin and Isabelle Dutartre. These ladies are some of the most talented winemakers in the world, so I’m excited to share these wines with you. What is likely considered the best wine producer making wine from the Santa Cruz Mountains – Rhys Vineyards – is in our lineup as well as the winery that likely started the buzz about Pinot Noir from the Santa Rita Hills American Viticultural Area (“AVA”) – Sea Smoke. In addition, we will be including stellar examples from Sonoma in the lineup with Kosta Browne’s Gap’s Crown from Sonoma Coast and a more recent producer on the California wine scene – Lucunda from Sonoma’s Russian River Valley.
For vintages, we’ve selected some youthful examples like 2017 and one of California’s outstanding Pinot Noir vintages – 2014. And then a few wines with more mature character showing from the 2009 and 2000 vintages respectively. If you are keen to explore Pinot Noir beyond Burgundy because you are like me and really love the grape in all its expressions, come out and join me on the 8th of May at our K11 MUSEA Shop and discover Pinot Noir from the U.S.
Wines to be served:
2017 Lucunda Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
2014 Caballus Pinot Noir Willamette Valley
2014 Kosta Browne Gap's Crown Pinot Noir
2014 Rhys Vineyards Alpine Vineyard Pinot Noir
2009 Sea Smoke Southing Pinot Noir
2000 Marcassin Estate Blue Slide Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir