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Pinots on Parade: the Best of the Best

From: tom m.
Sent on: Thursday, March 25, 2010 9:46 AM
This week Rhones; next weekend Burgundians...

Saturday, April 3rd 4:00 - 6:00 P.M.

Cameron Pop Up Gallery
101 4th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Cost: $21.50

Pinots on Parade: the Best of the B?

Each year Affairs of the Vine, founded by the inestimable Barbara Drady, conducts the Pinot Noir Shootout and Summit. She starts with 270 wines from throughout the state as well as the Northwest. For 2010, a group of 40 expert judges working in panels selected 44 wines that scored 90 or above. The top three were selected by gender. These 44 wines were then reviewed by a group of wine enthusiasts participating in "People's Choice Shootout" last month.

For the past two years, we've tasted a dozen "vin du vin" of this competition. The 12 limited production wines for this year were among the highest scoring wines, most coming in first, second or third by the four different categories (M/F ~ expert/enthusiast). Here are seven of the winners we'll be sipping:

Sonoma Coast Vineyards 2007 Freestone Hills Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, $40.00
450 cases produced

Balletto Vineyards 2007 Winery Block Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $34.00
300 cases produced

Lucienne 2007 Doctor's Vineyard Pinot Noir
Santa Lucia Highlands, $38.00
700 cases produced

Shandel's Oppenlander Vineyard 2007 Estate Grown Pinot Noir
Mendocino County, $40.00
250 cases produced

Kendric Vineyards 2007 Pinot Noir
Marin County, $35.00
360 cases produced

Pacific Coast Vineyards 2007 Babcock Vineyards Pinot Noir
Santa Rita Hills, $62.50
88 cases produced

Russian Hill 2006 Leras Vineyard Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $45.00
223 cases produced

Joining us will be Ted Elliott who has been producing vino for 30 years in the Russian River area and whose TR Elliott Pinots have always scored above 90 in Barbara's events. He will discuss the special features of this varietal and why it poses such a challenge to the winemaker. Learn more about Ted's wines here:

We will hold our own informal Taste-Off, rating and ranking these beauties with the results going into our blog ( see last years results: scroll down to April).

This is an informal walk around gathering. Plenty of chance to mingle and munch on nibbles.

We will also discuss the tastings planned over the next few months in the Cameron Gallery.

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