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Faz and pinots quite a hit

By Jessica Yadegaran
Thursday, May 18th, 2006 at 1:30 pm in Uncategorized.

Last night’s Pinot & Friends event was exceptional. It was at Faz in Danville, on their outside patio, and not only did you only need one layer – the temp was probably 75 all night – but the pinots featured were all divine.

I’m always intrigued by female winemakers simply because it seems like there aren’t enough of them, and Jean Spear of Sonoma’s Sadler-Wells was not only personable, but makes an incredible pinot noir. Her 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon was amazing too, but then again, so are all 2001 cabs from California. Good year.

Gryphon Wines’ 2003 Pinot Reserve had the punch and flavor of a syrah but in the summery body of a pinot. My friend Jenny and I loved it and weren’t surprised that Wilfred Wong of BevMo! gave it 94 points. And Jenny, ever the Chardonnay hater, said she’d actually drink Gryphon’s 2004 Chardonnay. Probably because it contains no oak and no malolactic acid. 

What I found particularly cool was that Oregon winemakers, including those from Domaine Drouhin, flew in for this event. 

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