50 Shades of Pinot tasting, April 17, 2015

APRIL 17, 2015
Eric Southward

Another great night of wine at The Kensington Wine Market.  Sorry to all of those who were expecting leather whips and racy language.  Luckily, the room was full of fans of wine from the Pinot family of grapes.  The night started out on the right foot as the Dumangin Brut Champagne 1er Cru “La Grande Reserve” was showing incredibly well out of magnum.  And the night seemed to climax – see what I did there?! – with the absolutely stunning Dumol Pinot Noir “Finn.”  From the cool region of the Sonoma Coast, the wine was explosive, loaded with… everything.  It had everything.  What a wine.  It was the overwhelming winner of the night as voted by the group.  A lovely Pinot Blanc from the Pfalz region in German by Dr. von Bassermann-Jordan took home the silver medal, and the Dumangin was voted the third favourite of the night.

Thank you for everyone who attended – you made the night special.  Here are some notes on what was tasted.  Cheers.


NV Dumangin Brut Champagne 1er Cru “La Grande Reserve” 1.5L (Champagne, France) – $109.  “Light-weight and graceful, showing floral, apple and lemon notes that stay lively and persistent courtesy of its bright structure. The supple texture holds it all together. 4,000 cases made.”  – Wine Spectator.

2013 Dr. von Bassermann-Jordan Weisser Burgunder (Pfalz, Germany) – $29.  Another name for Weiss Burgunder is Pinot Blanc.  You need to drink more Pinot Blanc.  It’s such an underappreciated grape variety that is a great value alternative to varieties like Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris (Grigio), or unoaked Chardonnay.  This wine from a German region known for its dryer wines is loaded with yellow apple, mineral and pear skin flavours.  Refreshing, intense, and finishes long.

2013 Casa Girelli Pinot Grigio “La Borgata” (Veneto, Italy) – $18.  This is a great value patio crusher.  Nice, approachable flavours of green apple and pear.  Really nice before a meal with appies, and fantastic with anything lighter.

2012 Domaine Weinbach Pinot Gris “Cuvee Ste Catherine” (Alsace, France) – $78.  Biodynamic.  This is a wine for people who love rich, decadent and low acid wines.  This is loaded with flavours of peaches, honey and peanuts.

2012 Barra Pinot Noir Rosé (Mendocino County, USA) – $20.  Organic.  A rich and savoury rosé that really did well with the meats and cheeses that were provided by the Peasant Cheese Company.

2011 Anam Cara Pinot Noir “Vineyard Selection” (Chehalem Mountains, USA) – $35.  Organic.  Anam Cara, which means “soul friend’ in Gaelic, is an Oregan producer that producers elegant wines.  This wine is very perfumed and delicate.  People who don’t like this will call it thin.  People who like this will call it a wine of finesse.  I loved it.

2012 Dumol Pinot Noir “Finn” (Russian River Valley, USA) – $107.  “The prodigious 2012 Pinot Noir Finn (446 cases) is a blend of fruit from their Estate Vineyard (55%) and the Occidental Road Vineyard (45%). It is fashioned from a selection of different clones and sees about 45% new French oak. Underbrush, cigar tobacco, blackberries, black cherries, plums and sassafras notes interwoven with Asian spices, damp earth and truffle are present in this super-complex, full-bodied, opulent Pinot Noir. The largest scaled, most structured and densest of the Dumol 2012 Pinots, this beauty will be even better after several years of bottle age, and should keep for 15+ years.” – Robert Parker

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