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Affairs of the Vine Pinot Summit Results

The 9th Annual Pinot Noir Summit was held in San Francisco on February 26, 2011. 64 Pinot Noirs were chosen by a diverse tasting panel to be in the final tasting offered in a blind format to consumer attendees. The favorite wines of the consumers and judges were announced according to gender at the conclusion of the public tasting. For details and information of the Pinot Noir Summit and other events organized by the “Wine Evangelist,” Barbara Drady, visit www.affairsofthevine.com.

Men Consumers

    First Place: 2008 Bouchaine Estate Vineyard Napa Valley Carneros Pinot Noir $45
    Second Place: 2008 McIntyre Vineyards Hahn Estate Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir $36
    Third Place: 2007 DaVine Cellars Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir $28

Women Consumers

    First Place: 2008 Steele Bien Nacido Vineyards Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir $40
    Second Place: 2009 Leveroni Vineyards Seven Oaks Vineyard Sonoma Valley Pinot Noir $19.50
    Third Place: 2008 Portalupi Russell Family Ranch Paso Robles Pinot Noir $48

Men Judges

    First Place: 2008 Chamisal Vineyards Estate San Luis Obispo Pinot Noir $38
    Second Place: 2007 Lucienne Lone Oak Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir $45
    Third Place (tie): 2009 Expression 39 Annahla Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir $48 and 2008 Woodworth Vineyards Estate Temecula Valley Pinot Noir $33

Women Judges

    First Place: 2008 Mueller Emily’s Cuvee Russian River Valley Pinot Noir $44
    Second Place: 2009 Coghlan Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir $47
    Third Place: 2008 Fess Parker Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir $25

A number of my favorite wines were also in the finals including 2008 Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards La Encantada Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir ($34), 2007 Athair Russian River Valley Pinot Noir ($26), 2008 Asuncion Ridge Vineyards San Luis Obispo County Pinot Noir ($38), 2009 Balletto Vineyards Estate Russian River Valley ($24), 2008 C. Donatiello Floodgate Vineyard Block 15 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir ($48), 2007 Canihan Family Cellars Estate Sonoma Valley Pinot Noir ($39), 2008 Costa de Oro Dijon Selection Gold Coast Vineyard Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir ($60), 2008 Davis Family Vineyards Horseshoe Bend Russian River Valley Pinot Noir ($42), 2007 Mahoney Vineyards Mahoney Ranch Carneros Pinot Noir ($32), 2008 Mueller Russian River Valley Pinot Noir ($29), 2007 Tondre Tondre Grapefield Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir ($40), and 2008 Vine Hill Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir ($30).

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