I had been waiting for this with bated breath for months. Pinnacle Imports, who carries some of the top Spanish brands along with a whole host of incredible wines from other counties, was throwing a big party in the park: "Pig & Pinot".
Along with a whole roasted pig, we had two special guests of honor.
At the forefront of Pinnacle's portfolio are two Pinot Noir producers: Brian Loring and Peter Cargasacchi. Brian and Peter each source grapes from particular world-famous vineyard sites each year, and make a wine with only the grapes from that vineyard site.
Brian Loring, with the ears.
So Brian Loring makes a wine called Gary's Vineyard, Rosella's Vineyard, Durell Vineyard, etc. In fact, Brian even gets grapes from Peter Cargasacchi himself, and makes a wine called Cargasacchi Vineyard. Bottling single-vineyard wines creates wines that are incredibly nuanced-based and quite different from one another. They also can get kind of pricey, but are often very much worth it. They're all the rage for serious Pinot drinkers.
So what's another way that wine is made? Most wineries make wine from their own fruit, or source from multiple sites and blend that fruit with their own fruit. For example, in this process, fruit from many different vineyard sites in Sonoma County could be blended together. Maybe a little from Sonoma Coast, a bit from Russian River Valley, and so on. Wine like this can be great because it lets the winemaker craft a wine of averages. The different grapes from different places can be used in different amounts to create a product of evenness and balance. What's lost in this method, though, is a very true representation of the sense of place. All avid readers of my postings have seen me throw around this term time and time again, and I'll do it once more: this essence of the place (and I'm even involving all romantic conceptions tied up in this idea) is known as terroir.
Single-vineyard wines are about terroir to the n-th degree.
The party lasted from 2-8pm, and there was plenty of wine to last the entire time. All of these Pinots were there:
2007 Cargasacchi, Pinot Noir — Santa Rita Hills
2008 Loring Wine Company, Pinot Noir — Russian River Valley
2008 Loring Wine Company "Shea Vineyard", Pinot Noir — Willamette Valley, Oregon
2008 Loring Wine Company "Durell Vineyard", Pinot Noir — Sonoma Coast — 92pts
2008 Loring Wine Company "Rosella's Vineyard", Pinot Noir — Santa Lucia Highlands — 93pts
2008 Loring Wine Company "Gary's Vineyard", Pinot Noir — Santa Lucia Highlands — 92pts
2008 Loring Wine Company "Cargasacchi Vineyard", Pinot Noir — Santa Rita Hills — 90pts
Though we wont be carrying these in Robust, I can special order anything into the store that you would like. All of the Pinots retail for around $42.
Along with all of the Pinots, we also had Peter Cargasacchi's 2008 Point Concepcion "Caponera", Chardonnay and his 2009 Point Concepcion "Celestina" Rose of Pinot Grigio. This is an awesome little rose, onion skin in color. Crisp, rich and dry. They had an entire Gatorade jug filled with it. Like the kind you see in football games on FOX on Sunday afternoons.
Since we were at one of the picnic sites in Forest Park, no glass was allowed. All of the wine had been transferred to plastic jugs, and then stickered with the corresponding label. It was a really funny experience to pour wine of that quality out of plastic containers.
By the end of the night the pig head somehow ended up on a stick – an erie Lord Of The Flies metaphor. Once a head ends up on a stick, that's when you know it's time to go home.
The wines and food were exceptional, and it was tons of fun to watch Peter Cargascchi play Twister with some of the kids. Out of respect, I spared him the embarrassment and kindly withheld posting the picture
Until next time,