On Monday evening I attended an event sponsored by Culintro which was billed for “NYC’s Industry Elite”. Mighty fancy words and since I’m in the biz I decided to stop by. The event was held at Hearth restaurant located at 403 E 12th Street. The night tastings are usually a lot of fun and this time was no different. Beer, spirits and wines from the Rhone Valley to drink and the people at Hearth put out a nice spread of various salumi and cheeses. And on at midnight, the roast pig made its grand entrance.
It was more cocktail party than tasting so I stuck with a few wines to keep me busy:
2012 Prieure de Montazargues Rosé (Tavel, Rhone). My starter wine, dark pink with notes of cantaloupe melon on the nose and was full bodied with cherry flavors on the finish.
2011 Andre Brunel Cote du Rhone Villages “Cuvée Sabrine” (Rhone). Notes of roasted coffee with a good grip on the finish.
2010 Vidal Fleury Crozes-Hermitage (Rhone). Looking forward to drinking this, was a little disappointed, the wine tasted tired, older than the vintage. Notes of tobacco and slate on the nose with ripe fruit followed by mint and pencil shavings on the finish.