TN: Pizza Bake-Off Wine Dinner

PIZZA MAKING WINE DINNER - Chez Jayaram, Cupertino, CA (9/6/2009)

This was a great idea for a casual, Labor Day Weekend gathering–a pizza bake off, between two experienced and talented amateur pizza makers. I’m proud to have these talented guys in our midst. Jayaram hosted, the rest of us brought side dishes, salads and wine, and Jayaram and Jake traded off producing several handmade pizzas each. They were very different: Jayaram’s were artistically arranged, lighter and vegetarian, while Jake’s tended to the cheesier, meatier, more traditionally delicious style. Both were great. And the wines were good too. My favorite white was the '02 Pernot Les Folatieres, my Italian WOTN was the Aglianico, and my overal WOTN, easily, was the '76 Climens. Fun times!

Assorted Whites

Red Burgs

  • 1996 Domaine Prieuré Roch Vosne-Romanée Le Clos Goillotte - France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Vosne-Romanée
    Cloudy, bricked, light medium brown red color; nice strawberry, cranberry nose; light bodied tart strawberry, cranberry palate, with a freshness that belies the mature-looking color; medium finish (90 pts.)
  • 1993 Domaine Darviot-Perrin Volnay 1er Cru La Gigotte - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Volnay 1er Cru
    Medium bricking red color with clear meniscus; nice mature nose of strawberry, tobacco, cranberry and sous bois; backward and tight on the palate in contrast to the giving nose, tart red fruit with high acidity; medium finish (86 pts.)

Williams Selyem flight

  • 2002 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Vista Verde - USA, California, Central Coast, San Benito County
    Medium red color with pale meniscus; rich cherry nose; tasty, ripe cherry, berry, caramel palate; medium finish 90+ pts. (90 pts.)
  • 2003 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Coastlands Vineyard - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
    Dark cherry red color with pale meniscus; big cherry, berry, plum nose ripe cherry, berry, vanilla palate, a little tight yet; medium finish (91 pts.)
  • 2005 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Bucher - USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
    Medium cherry red color with clear meniscus; big cherry, baked cherry, strawberry pie nose; ripe cherry, berry, cherry pie and rhubarb palate; medium finish (91 pts.)

Assorted Italians

Everything from Cesanese to Chianti to Brunello and Barolo, with an Aglianico del Vulture finish

  • 2005 Campagnia di Ermes Cesanese di Olevano Romano - Italy, Latium, Cesanese di Olevano Romano
    Dark garnet red color with pale meniscus; tart berry, charcoal nose; very tart, light-medium bodied, red fruit, berry and charcoal palate; medium finish (91 pts.)
  • 1997 Poderi di Stignano Chianti Classico San Vicenti - Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico
    Dark crimson bricking red color; dried cherry, berry, herb nose; same on palate, tasty, with sweet tannins; medium-plus finish (91 pts.)
  • 2000 Fratelli Revello Barolo Vigna Conca - Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
    Dark garnet red color with clarity; tart berry, herbal, red fruit nose; tight, tart cherry, dried cherry, red fruit and sage palate; medium-plus finish 90+ pts. (90 pts.)
  • 1997 Casanuova delle Cerbaie Brunello di Montalcino - Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
    Dark red violet color with pale meniscus; cassis, mint, berry nose; tasty, youthful, tart red fruit, cassis, charcoal, herbal palate; medium-plus finish (90 pts.)
  • 1999 Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino - Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
    Dark red violet color with pale meniscus; cassis, currant, berry and tart plum nose; tight but good cassis and graphite palate with dusty tannins, needs several years; medium-plus finish (92 pts.)
  • 1999 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico - Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico
    Bricking dark tomato red color with pale meniscus; nice dried berry, berry, herb nose; silky textured, tart berry, cranberry palate with good acidity; medium finish 90+ pts. (90 pts.)
  • 2001 Bisceglia Aglianico del Vulture Riserva - Italy, Basilicata, Aglianico del Vulture
    Dark red violet color; nice spicy cassis, berry, plum, sage and charcoal nose; tasty casis, berry, sage, charcoal palate, tight yet; medium-plus finish 92+ pts. (92 pts.)

Alban intermezzo

  • 2004 Alban Vineyards Syrah Reva Alban Estate Vineyard - USA, California, Central Coast, Edna Valley
    Opaque dark red violet color; black fruit, berry, tar, licorice nose; big, tight, black fruit, berry, green peppercorn, chocolate, tar palate; medium-plus finish 92+ pts. (needs five or more years) (92 pts.)

Sweet finish

  • 1976 Château Climens - France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Barsac
    Bright medium orange color with red lights and clear meniscus; nice mature, VA, orange, hazelnut, vanilla, cramel and creme brulee nose; tasty, orange creme brulee, orange cream palate with good acidity; long finish 95+ pts. (95 pts.)

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Nice job.

Huh…you call those “pizza wines”, Richard?? I’d hate to see what you break out for a slab of Wagu beef!!! [swoon.gif]
Looks like a great event. Nice notes.