Pick a Pinot
(aka the Greatest Pinot Noir Tasting You’ll Ever Attend)
with Mark Tarlov
Thursday, May 23, 4p-7p
Every once in a while, a tasting comes along at Shubie’s that truly displays the beauty and the art of winemaking. A tasting where each wine has a story. A tasting where each sip makes you stop and appreciate what went into creating each wine. Our Pinot Noir tasting with American winemaking legend, Mark Tarlov, is one of those tastings.
Some might say that Mark is obsessive about Pinot Noir. We say good! Tasting Mark’s wines puts other wines in perspective. Tasting Mark’s wines makes you say, “Now why isn’t all Pinot Noir like this?” Mark tirelessly explores sites dedicated to the cultivation of Pinot Noir. He strives to craft wines that not only sing of their origins, but are also delicious in their own right. Mark was even named “One of the Nine People to Know in American Winemaking Right Now,” so, yeah, he knows what he’s doing.
Winemaking wasn’t the first craft that Mark picked. He found great success in Hollywood and produced films such as “Copycat,” “Christine” and “The Man Who Knew Too Little.” But Mark left the big screen for the vineyards and hasn’t looked back since.
Mark came to Oregon in 2007 and founded Evening Land, which gained remarkable success and then started planning Chapter 24 in 2012. Mark and his team have not necessarily reinvented the wheel or undiscovered secrets of winemaking. But what Mark seems to do is bring together a number of variables which, on their own, don’t contribute to great change, but as a whole, change the direction of a wine’s final destination. He has vineyards in the famed Willamette Valley of Oregon and also in Burgundy, France. We have the privilege to host Mark at Shubie’s and explore his three vineyards.
CHAPTER 24, Willamette Valley
Chapter 24 Vineyards was named after the last chapter of Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey. Chapter 24 has been listed as one of the “Top 100 Wineries of the Year” numerous times from Wine & Spirits Magazine.
Fire & Flood, The Flood, 94 points
A light to medium-bodied palate with bright red fruits, smoke and floral perfume with a lovely underlying savory/earthy character.
Fire & Flood, The Fire, 93 points
Deep red with a highly perfumed bouquet and smooth mouthfeel with a long, juicy finish.
Last Chapter, 95 points
An explosive palate with layers of ripe black fruits with a firm structure of tannins and tons of freshness…mouthwatering.
ROSE AND ARROW, Willamette Valley
Rose and Arrow is Mark’s newest venture and takes winemaking to a whole new level. The wines created at Rose and Arrow are some of the best Pinot Noirs in the country. Period.
The wine has an energy that propels aromas out of the glass and the flavors to the roof of your mouth. A distinctive soft texture lets the purity of the flavors sit on your pallet.
Hopewell Hills, 95 points
Combines plush richness with remarkable structure, showing expressive river stone and black raspberry aromas. Drink now through 2025.
Gathered Stones, 95 points
An energetic and structured Pinot Noir that is full of deeply satisfying, ripe fruit.
MAISON L’ENVOYÉ, Burgundy/Willamette Valley
Originating in Burgundy, Mark and his team pursued gilded terroir to craft this region’s wine trinity: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Gamay. This project has been a standout since its debut in 2011.
Chardonnay, Straight Shooter, Willamette Valley
The inaugural vintage of Straight Shooter Chard! The Oregon Chardonnay heaps of character with a wine that expresses aromas of yellow fruits and citrus zest with a fruit-driven and balanced palate.
Pinot Noir, Straight Shooter, Willamette Valley, 91 points
You can search your entire life for a Willamette Valley Pinot Noir this good for under $20 and you’ll never find it. Full of freshness with an unmatched elegance.
Gamay Noir Rosé, Beaujolais, France, 90 points
A delicate and lively wine with vibrant aromas of red fruit and a bright and energetic palate. A truly luscious wine.
Morgon, Côte du Py, Beaujolais, France, 90 points
The palate is rich with blackberry and plum pudding flavors balanced by fresh acidity and a well-balanced backbone. A serious yet versatile wine.
Moulin à Vent, Terre de Thé, Beaujolais, France, 90 points
Inviting aromas of red and black berries with a generous palate and underlying savoriness. Well-integrated, supple tannins for an overall well-balanced wine.
Savigny Lés Beaune, Les Marconnets, 1er Cru, Côte de Beaune, Burgundy
In a word: silky. An elegant fruit profile contrasted by savory notes.
Pinot Noir, Two Messengers, Willamette Valley, 92 points
Ripe red fruit flavors envelop the palate throughout its length with savory notes adding complexity. Vibrant acidity brings energy and balance…one of our favorites.
Pinot Noir, The Attaché, Willamette Valley, 92 points
Vibrant aromas of wild berries with a bright, fleshy palate and gentle tannins and long and focused finish.