365 Days of Wine
I went up to the bar and....
January 26, 2010
Got one of my cool "Wine Guy" invites to the Carillon Restaurant, at the ATT Conference Center and Hotel at University of Texas Campus. I'll blog the event on the main blog, but one of the organizers told the bartender to pour me a glass of whatever they had by the glass that I wanted. I left myself in his good hands. He poured Bergstrom Pinot Noir, 2006, Cumberland Reserve, Willamette Valley.
Nice earthy notes on the nose, dark black fruit. The palate was a bit dense and heavy, but well balanced with black fruit and a nice tar and spice tone, good acids. Paired amazing with Chef Josh's beef tartare with truffle! Not a bargain, but not a rip off either at about $35 per bottle retail. A better effort than most Washington State Pinot that I've had, especially for the price!
Was nice to get out of the house, into a nice space, meet up with old friends and make some new ones. Kudos to the team at Carillon for a beautiful evening. Everything bodes well for success for the restaurant as a destination for Austin, not just another "hotel" restaurant. Yr Mst Hmbl & Obdt Srvt is well and truly impressed.
Rob Moshein, Austin Wine Guy