Pinot Days in Tokyo (sort of)

Pinot Days in Tokyo…(our own homespun version anyway)

After 2 bottles of the restaurant’s proprietary 50% Tocai Friulano/ 50% Pinot Grigio blend that is stunning, a few friends and I began our journey away from sobriety with our friend the Pinot Noir grape.

Would anyone care to venture a guess as to the wines rated 1, 2, and 3 by the group of Japanese aficionados of California wine?

Stonier Reserve Pinot Noir 2003 (Australia)

Kosta Browne Amber Ridge Vineyard 2007 (Russian River Valley)

J. M. Boillot, Beaune 1er Cru, Montrevenots 2002 (France)

Amalie Robert Dijon Clones 2005 (Willamette Valley)

Sojourn Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2008

Paul Hobbs Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2008

Merry Edwards Russian River Valley Olivet Lane Pinot Noir 2008

Maboroshi Rebecca ・K Pinot Noir 2008 (Sonoma Coast)

Curly Flat Pinot Noir 2005 (Australia)

Tyler Clos Pepe Vinyard 2008 (Santa Rita Hills)

La Follette Pinot Noir 2008 (Sonoma Coast)

Alesia Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2007

I had an Amalie Robert pinot at the inaugural Indie Wine Festival in Portland and was very impressed. Since then, I’ve never even seen a bottle. I’m wondering where they’re selling the stuff.

  1. KB
  2. Hobbs
  3. Sojourn


Looks like this wine has really improved over the years. 2005 Amalie Robert Pinot Noir Dijon Clones, USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley - CellarTracker
2005 Amalie Robert Pinot Noir Dijon Clones

Oh the Amalie Robert was magnificent. In fact it placed number two out of three in top runners.

Third place went to another that I brought (I was responsible for bring the Amalie Robert as well), and that was…

our board favorite, Sojourn (perhaps my overall favorite now and in a few years).

The surprise to me and perhaps it should not have been given that I am also a huge fan of it was…


Hi Mike,

Thank you for sharing your story and our wine!

Yes, we are still here just outside of Dallas.

In fact we are releasing our 2008 Dijon Clones this weekend for Earth Day.

You can check out the details on the 2010 harvest here:

All the best,

Ernie Pink
Co-Founder Co-Owner