Pinot Days 2010 San Francisco – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Pinot Days 2010 held in various tasting events culminating in the grand tasting on June 27, 2010 at the Wine Hall (Festival Pavilion) at Ft. Mason highlighting many domestic Pinot Noirs as well as Pinot Noir from Chile and New Zealand.  Where else could you go and have access to over 500 Pinot Noirs of mainly smaller producers?  The artisanal expressions were pronounced and absolutely thrilling and many wines of the 2008 vintage are showing quite well.  It is exciting to see the many styles of Pinot Noirs and how Terroir has it’s say in the final product.
The allure of this very difficult grape yields memorable and haunting wines.  A very good show indeed and I look forward to the delights of what Pinot Days 2011 will bring.
Here is what I tasted:

Siduri Pisoni Vineyard Eddie’s Lot Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir– 2008 – 9.3

Furthermore La Encantada Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir– 2008 – 9.2

B. Kosuge Oregon 1313 Pinot Noir – 2008 – 9.2

Joseph Swan Vineyard Cuvee De Trois Russian River Valley Pinot Noir – 2008 – 9.2

Merry Edward Coopersmith Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir– 2008 – 9.2

Thomas George Lancel Creek Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir– 2008 – 9.2

Arcadian Dierborg Vineyard Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir– 2005 – 9.2

Bouchaine Vineyard Estate Carneros Pinot Noir– 2007 – 9.2

Sidudri Sonatera Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir– 2008 – 9.2

Alma Rosa La Encantada Vineyard Santa Rita Highlands Pinot Noir– 2008 – 9.1

B. Kosuge The Habbit Russian River Valley Pinot Noir– 2008 – 9.1

Beauregard Bald Mountain Pinot Noir– 2007 – 9.1

Boekenoogen  Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir– 2008 – 9.1

Bouchaine Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir – 2006 – 9.1

Twomey Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir – 2008 – 9.1

Tuck Beckstoffer Gold Ridge Russian River Valley Pinot Noir – 2007 – 9.1

Shandel Oppenlander Mendocino County Pinot Noir- 2006 – 9.1

Three Sticks Durrel Vineyard Sonoma County Pinot Noir – 2007 – 9.1

Sequana Sarmento Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir – 2008 – 9.1

Sequana Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir – 2008 – 9.1

Eno Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir – 2006 – 9.1

Furthermore Sleepy Hollow Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir– 2008 – 9.1

Furthermore Amber Ridge Russian River Valley Pinot Noir– 2007 – 9.1

Inman Family OGV Olivet Grange Vineyard Pinot Noir – 2007 – 9.1

Jalama Cargasacchi-Jalama Vineyard, Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir – 2007 – 9.1

Iron Horse Q Green Valley of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir – 2006 – 9.1

Sand Hill Durell Vineyard Sonoma Valley Pinot Noir – 2006 – 9.1

Siduri Abre Vert Vineyard Pinot Noir – 2008 – 9.1

Saxon Brown Parmalee-Hill Vineyard Sonoma Valley Pinot Noir – 2007 – 9.1

Tuck Beckstoffer Semper Ellenbach Vineyard Sonoma Cost Pinot Noir – 2007 – 9.1

Pali Fiddlestix Vineyard Santa Rita Highlands Pinot Noir – 2007 – 9.0

Caraccioli Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir – 2008 – 9.0

Clouds Rest Sonoma Coast  Pinot Noir– 2008 – 9.0

Gary Farrell Hallberg Vineyard Russian River Pinot Noir– 2007 – 9.0

Gary Farrell Russian River Selection Pinot Noir– 2008 – 9.0

Bohemian Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir – 2007 – 9.0

Bjornstad Ritchie Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir– 2007 – 9.0

Alma Rosa Santa Rita Highlands Pinot Noir– 2007 – 9.0

Arcadian Pisoni Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir– 2005 – 9.0

Alana Estate Martinborough Pinot Noir–- 2008 – 9.0

Shandel Oppenlander Mendocino County Pinot Noir- 2007 – 9.0

Saxon Brown Durrel ‘Hayfield’  Sonoma Valley Pinot Noir -2007 – 9.0

Sequana Dutton Ranch Green Valley of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir – 2008 – 9.0

Thorne Estate Rio Vista Vineyard Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir – 2006 -9.0

Three Sticks Durrel Vineyard Sonoma County Pinot Noir – 2006 – 9.0

Tondre Santa Lucia Highlands – 2007 – 9.0

Waits-Mast Amber Ridge Vineyard, Russian River Valley Pinot Noir – 2008 – 9.0

Waits-Mast Hein Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir – 2008 – 9.1

Waits-Mast La Encantada Vineyard Santa Rita Highlands Pinot Noir- 2007 – 9.0

Zepaltas Rosella’s Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir– 207 – 9.0

Zepaltas Suacci Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir– 2008 – 9.0

Zotovich Family Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir  – 2006 – 9.0

Arcadian Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir– 2007 – 9.0

Archery Summit Estate Dundee Hills Pinot Noir– 2007 – 9.0

Pali Riviera Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir – 2008 – 9.0

Siduri Cargasacchi Vineyard Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir– 2008 – 9.0

Siduri Pisoni Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir– 2008  – 9.0

Fulcrum Gap’s Crown Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir– 2008 – 9.0

Siduri Muirfield Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir– 2008 – 9.0

Siduri Keefer Ranch Vineyard Green Valley of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir–

2008 – 9.0

Siduri Beran Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir– 2008 – 9.0

Arcadian Fiddlestix Vineyard Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir– 2007 – 9.0

B. Kosure Manchester Ridge Mendocino County Valley Pinot Noir– 2007 – 9.0

Babich Winemakers Reserve Marlborough Pinot Noir- 2008 – 9.0

Boekenoogen Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir– 2007 – 9.0

Twomey Russian River Valley Pinot Noir – 2008 – 9.0

Ventana Arroyo Seco Pinot Noir – 2008 – 9.0

Joseph Jewel Humboldt County Pinot Noir – 2008 – 8.9

Inman Family Russian River Valley Pinot Noir – 2007 – 8.9

Pali Bluff Russian River Valley Pinot Noir- 2009 – 8.9

Caraccioli Santa Lucia Highlands  Brut – 2006 – 8.9

Siduri Rosella’s Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir– 2008  – 8.9

Eno Russian River Valley Pinot Noir – 2006 – 8.9

Flying Goat Solomon Hills Santa Maria Valley Brut – 2008 – 8.8

Joseph Jewell Appain Way Winery Russian River Valley Pinot Noir – 2007 – 8.8

Gloria Ferret Jose S. Ferrer Carneros Pinot Noir – 2005- 8.8

Iron Horse Green Valley of Russian River Valley Rose Of Pinot Noir – 2009 – 8.8

Sand Hill Durell Vineyard Sonoma Valley Pinot Noir- – 2007 – 8.8

Siduri Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir– 2008 – 8.9

Villa Mt Eden Grand Reserve Russian River Valley Pinot Noir- 2007 – 8.9

Veramonte Casablanc Valley Pinot Noir – 2008 – 8.9

Ritual Casablanca Valley Pinot Noir – 2008 – 8.9

Villa Mt Eden Grand Reserve Bien Nacido Vineyard Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir  –

2006 – 8.8

Siduri Santa Rita Highlands Pinot Noir– 2008 – 8.8

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¡Salud!

James Meléndez

James the Wine Guy

http://jamesthewineguy.com/

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  1. James,

    Sorry I missed you! I was pouring the Fess Parker wines, where I am on the Winemaking team, and I was bummed to see that you didn’t stop by and try our new offerings. Our 2008 Clone 115 from Ashleys in the Sta Rita Hills was a definite favorite, not only of those at our table but from other winemakers, who came by because they were told by others to do so!

    Cheers!

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