$25 to $35 Pinot Noir

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It’s a great thing when things just come together. Earlier this year I had planned a trip to California to do some tasting but it had to be postponed. When I went to reschedule I noticed a thread in the Snooth Forum  that was looking for people to join in a West Coast Pinot Noir Throw Down. I wasn’t sure what exactly that entailed but I am always game for getting together with a group of wine lovers to share some vino.
As it turned out what that meant was a big blind tasting comparing all varieties of Pinot, young and old, from some of the premier wine growing regions on earth. Each participant was assigned a region and had to bring representative wines from their region. I was assigned Burgundy’s Cote de Beaune! A fabulous region that I happen to love. Other’s drew all the main regions of California and Oregon, with someone sneaking in a wine from Germany as well.
To top it all off we were joined by James Hall and  Anne Moses from California’s esteemed Patz & Hall winery, a winery that specializes in superb, single vineyard Pinots and Chardonnay. We were treated to a fine preview of some of their wines on offer as a break between our blind flights. An excellent write-up of the event, contributed by Snoother Foxall,  can be seen here Snooth's West Coast Pinot Throwdown 2013
We all drank, and ate, and enjoyed each other’s company before the work of the evening began, scoring the wines! I didn't include the Patz and Hall wines in my WOTN voting since they had so many entrants in the line-up, but the Burnside and Moses-Hall were both excellent and the Sonoma Coast a great Introduction to Pinot. I've cobbled together some notes which are included below.
My wines of the evening were
Followed closely by:
The copain is a killer wine, and was the group's’ consensus favorite. A rare case of old and new world palates aligning on a single wine. The Pavelot I had as my favorite of the night, it was a wine that I contributed to the festivities. I’m glad it finished well in my rankings! The one thing I hope I am when it comes to wine tasting is consistent, and this wine I can at least say that I have consistently loved it.

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