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What's a pinot moment?
The following story is probably one many Pinot Noir lovers can identify with. This wine grape, more than any other is rewarding yet frustrating. There's never been a perfect 100-point Pinot scored by any wine critic.
One of the best glasses of wine you'll ever enjoy is Pinot Noir (if it's a good one). And one of the most disappointing glasses of wine will probably also be Pinot. Loving Pinot is about a journey towards perfect that never ends. Share your love of Pinot Noir with your friends online and offline Thursday, December 9th. Help your fellow wine lovers discover their own pinot moment.
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Evening Land Vineyards Founder, Mark Tarlov's #pinotmoment
January in Burgundy is a misery. Cold, wet and dark. Dark all day long. Did I mention cold? Bone chilling wet cold. It is also my favorite time to visit the cellars that hold the world's greatest red and white wines. The Holidays have finally let go their grip, the wines in barrel have started their journey to deliciousness and there are no tourists or big collectors in Burgundy.
Each January the entire Evening Land team gathers in Burgundy to taste and talk, plot and plan, eat a lot and drink too much. We spend the better part of the trip with our Consulting Winemaker, Dominique Lafon at his cellars in Meursault and Beaune. We taste through dozens of barrels from the storied vineyards of Meursault, Volnay and Puligny. The day always ends with a taste from every barrel from the 2 vintages in the cellar of Dominique's exquisite wine from the Domaines south facing parcel of Le Montrachet. These 14 tastes of Montrachet should be the thing we carry away into dinner that evening, through the rest of the trip and well into the new vintage year. But then again this is Burgundy and nothing is that simple.
Last January just as we finished taste number 14 of Le Montrachet and thoughts turned to returning to the hotel and cranking up the heat to thaw out our now frozen limbs and mouths, Dominique, said, "one more wine". Yikes! What now? " Must we? Of course we must. What was I thinking". Off we went to the lower cellar within the cellar where Dominique pulled out a bottle covered in dust and dirt. Blowing off the dust revealed a cellar marking written in waxy chalk... 69 RTB it said. As the leader of the pack it is my job to hide the group's ignorance and make it feel more like thoughtful curiosity. 69 RTB, I asked, assuming it was some secret Burgundian code, is I assume .... ? Dominique interrupted and with a big smile said "69, Rouge Tres Bon". Taking the bait I replied "69 Red Very Good" and smiling even broader he repeated, "yes, 69 red very good, what else do you need to know". He was right, the wine was indeed Red from 1969 and very very very good. So now I know that this is the lesson of Burgundy in January. Forget the weather, the trophy vineyards, the critics scores and the auction results and spend your time finding the vigneron from whom you need only hear, "it is red and very good" to know the wine is great and made with skill, care and great hospitality.
- Evening Land Vineyards Founder, Mark Tarlov
Share your pinot moment with Evening Land Vineyards on their Facebook page all day Thursday, December 9th (or on any social site...just make sure to use the #pinotmoment tag).
Evening Land is also hosting open house on Saturday, December 10th at their Oregon and California locations:
Oregon Event - click here
California Event - click here
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