International Pinot Noir Celebration Results


Yesterday I went to McMinnville, Oregon with Chuck Humble for the International Pinot Noir Celebration. We tasted nearly every wine there (totallying something like 75), had some great food (who knew buffalo could be so tender), and generally enjoyed ourselves in some wonderful weather.


At the end of the day, there were only a couple of surprises. One surprise for me was that the French Burgundies didn’t seem to show very well next to the Oregon Pinot Noirs — the style of winemaking (less fruit, more spice) just seemed less appealing on a hot day. A second was the $18/bottle Firesteed — it was showing in a league with many $40 and $50 bottles and was a wonderfully drinkable wine. Finally was a surprise from Switzerland — the Fromm below.


Here are my picks, most of which aren’t available yet, but all of which promise to be wonderful:

































































Winery


Wine


Contact Info


Kingston Family Vineyards, Chile


2003 Casablanca


www.kingstonvineyards.com


Domaine Marc Roy, France


2001 Gevrey-Chambertin, Clos Prieur


+33 03 80 51 81 13


Dry River, New Zealand


2002 Dry River


Liza_lanier@rowines.com (importer)


Fromm Winery, Switzerland


2002 Malanser


www.frommwineries.com


Domaine Alfred, California


2001 Califa


www.domainealfred.com


Goldeneye Winery, California


2001 Anderson Valley


www.goldeneyewinery.com


Hitching Post Wines, California


2001 Highliner, Santa Barbara County


www.hitchingpostwines.com


Skewis Wines, California


2001 Demuth Vineyard, Anderson Valley


www.skewiswines.com


Chehalem, Oregon


2002 Reserve


www.chehalemwines.com


Elk Cove Vineyards, Oregon


2002 Roosevelt


www.elkcove.com


Firesteed Cellars, Oregon


2001 Willamette Valley


www.firesteed.com


Ponzi Vineyards, Oregon


2002 Reserve


www.ponziwines.com


Sokol Blosser Winery, Oregon


2001 Estate, Old Vineyard Block


www.sokolblosser.com


Yamhill Valley Vineyards, Oregon


2000 Estate Reserve


www.yamhill.com


On another note, the IPNC had a table where they were tasting three wines made from the same grapes, picked the same day from the same vineyard. There was an amazing difference among the three — truly a sign of the winemaker’s art.


Comments (3)

  1. Philipp says:

    Can you get the Swiss wine in the US?

  2. Not yet, I don’t think. You’ll probably want to contact the winemaker to see who their importer is.

  3. Hi John,

    Glad you enjoyed our Demuth Vyd. pinot at the IPNC. Thank you for including us in your recent review.

    All the best,

    Maggie