WCC West Coast Pinot Noir Blind
@ the Fort Orange Club, Albany, NY (10/26/2023)

My local wine group met to taste West Coast Pinot Noir. The Fort Orange Club has a new Executive Chef Lou Agostinello, and he is very good. The dishes were quite tasty and well matched to the wines.

To my knowledge, all the wines were double-decanted briefly to remove sediment. Dinner ran from 7:30 to around 10pm. The wines were bagged and served blind to the group, but were known to me since I organized the flights.

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Flight 1.
Lobster Manicotti with Sherry Tarragon Cream Sauce.

Flight 2.
Chicken Roulade with Prosciutto, Basil, Apricot, and Almond.

Flight 3.
Elk Loin with Persimmon, Asparagus Spears, and Ewe’s Blue Dauphinoise.

Flight 4.
Cheese Board: Old Chatham Camembert, Jake's Baby Gouda, Burrata, Jams, and Crostini.

Bonus Wine.

All the wines:

WOTN Voting (3pts each for #1, 2pts for #2, 1pt for #3)

1182004 Beaux Frères Pinot Noir Beaux Frères Vineyard
2142010 Beaux Frères Pinot Noir Beaux Frères Vineyard
392015 Adelsheim Pinot Noir Breaking Ground
482013 Anthill Farms Pinot Noir Abbey-Harris Vineyard
552012 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Koplen Vineyard
642008 Beaux Frères Pinot Noir Beaux Frères Vineyard
7(tie)32010 Ancien Pinot Noir Red Dog Vineyard
7(tie)32016 Anthill Farms Pinot Noir Abbey-Harris Vineyard
922012 Kutch Pinot Noir McDougall Ranch

People Pix

Executive Chef Lou Agostinello comes out to a round of applause:

The other side of the table:


Only one or two duds. Lots of good wines, but nothing really wowed me. Still a fun evening with good food, good wines, and old friends.

Tasting notes posted from CellarTracker.



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