Tasting Report: Toast of the Town San Francisco 2010

Tasting Report: Toast of the Town San Francisco 2010

While the heat inside the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House made this year’s Toast of the Town, a Wine Enthusiast event, a bit of a toasty affair (get it???), a memorable evening of wines from all over the world and food from all over San Francisco was had by all.

I spent more time dining (try the pea soup with grilled cheese!) than drinking this year, but really enjoyed a number of the wines I tried. A personal favorite, Chamisal’s San Luis Obispo Pinot Noir, an enormous and hugely bodied example of this varietal — not to mention a late addition to the lineup.

Great dining all around and some fantastic world wines, too. More Toast of the Town events are coming up in May and June — check one out near you!

Complete notes and ratings follow. Photos courtesy David Ichioka of Bunrab.com.

Toast of the Town SF 2010 Complete Report

2007 Nieto Senetiner Limited Edition Bonarda / A- / Zin-like, easy drinking

2006 The Hess Collection Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder / A-

2006 The Hess Collection 19 Block Cuvee Mount Veeder / A- / complex

2005 Casa Vinacola Zonin Rocca di Montemassi Sassabruna / C+ / smoky

2001 Schramsberg J. Schram Reserve Brut / A / lightly yeasty nose, apple-filled body

2001 Ruster Ausbruch Am Fusse des Berges Wenzel / A-

2006 Biondi-Santi Rosso di Montalcino / B

2008 MacMurray Ranch Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast / B- / smoky, unthrilling

2007 MacMurray Ranch Pinot Noir Russian River Valley / B+ / an improvement over the Sonoma Coast

2006 Chateau de Pez Saint-Estephe / C+ / big barnyard notes

2007 Francis Ford Coppola Winery Director’s Cut Cinema Alexander Valley / B+ / easygoing, mild

2008 Francis Ford Coppola Winery Votre Sante Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast / A- / light pinot style, pleasing

2006 Francis Ford Coppola Winery CASK Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford / B / tougher

2006 Nickel & Nickel John C. Sullenger Cabernet Sauvignon / B / harsh

2006 Nickel & Nickel Vogt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon / B / harsh

2007/08 Nickel & Nickel Searby Vineyard Chardonnay / A- / crisp apples, nice

2006 Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Bottled / B / too jammy

2007 Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Bottled / B

2004 Arnaldo Caprai Collepiano Sagrantino di Montefalco / B+

2006 Masi Costasera Amarone della Valpollicella Classico / A-

2005 Palacios Remondo Propriedad Rioja / A / totally not corked

2005 Vall Llach Priorat / A-

2006 Palacios Remondo La Montesa Rioja / B+ / big herbal notes

2005 Vall Llach Idus Priorat / A-

2006 Vall Llach Embruix Priorat / B

2008 Merryvale Pinot Noir Carneros / B+ / modest earthiness

1999 Merryvale Profile / A- / holding up well to age

2006 Cardinale Cabernet Sauvignon / B+ / menthol on the nose, bittersweet chocolate finish

2007 Chamisal Pinot Noir San Luis Obispo / A / big mouthfeel with a silky body

2006 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley / B+ / tight, green olive characters

Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.

1 Comment

  1. David Shabelman on May 4, 2010 at 8:00 am

    Thanks for the nice grades on our wines at Toast of the Town. Glad you enjoyed them. The 2007 19 Block is quite nice as well.

    David Shabelman
    The Hess Collection

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