Filed under: Events | Tags: 2006 vintage, pinot days, Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills, Wentzel Vineyard
It seems like only yesterday that we were pouring at Pinot Days Chicago, our very first public tasting, back in November. It was lots of fun and we’re excited to be participating this year in our own backyard in San Francisco.
We’ll be on the bill this Sunday, June 28th at Pinot Days San Francisco during the Grand Festival Tasting (look for us at the Crushpad table). If you’re a pinot nut like we are, you should peruse the full calendar of events taking place Wednesday through Sunday. Included in the lineup are a winemaker dinner, special focused and regional tastings, and lectures from hot shot producers.
To gear up for Pinot Days you may want to do some research in advance, as it’s rumored that there will be around 200 Pinot Noir producers in attendance. To get a glimpse of one Pinot enthusiast’s thoughts about the 2006 vintage, take a look at one of the festival founder’s top 25 Pinot Noir picks for domestic wines released in 2008. It’s an entertaining and informative read, especially in the way she depicts the 2006 vintage (which makes up the majority of the list):
“2006 is an odd vintage for California pinot because it has no distinction…2006 tends to be the Peter Brady vintage; there is nothing at all wrong with it, but it just doesn’t stand out. True, there were botrytis issues, but if you survived that the grapes just seemed ‘normal.’ And that is not a bad thing. I think the vintage was unfairly maligned, as it produced many balanced and ageworthy pinots. With that said, since it is sandwiched between two of the more outstanding vintages (2005 and 2007), my guess is it will go down in the annals as an ‘off year.’ It’s a shame to label it as such; there are plenty of 2006 shining stars out there for the drinking…”
It’s always fun to see these “top” lists, especially when they contain beloved regions, producers, and vineyards. Anderson Valley got some well-deserved attention and one of the top wines was from Wentzel Vineyard. Nice work.
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