James and Jazz

30 March 2012, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

Diane and I recently went to dinner with her coworker, Nicole, and her boyfriend, Elliott. The plan was to see Dr. John at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Nicole recommended the restaurant in Brooklyn for dinner beforehand – James.

The food was great – new American, well prepared with good, timely service. The jazz was incredible – a tribute to Louis Armstrong with a series of trumpet soloists (our favorite was Arturo Sandoval).

The wine was a bit of a disappointment.  We brought a bottle from the latest spring Kistler shipment, the 2010 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir:

2010 Kistler Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Very young with strong tannins, bursting with red fruit but missing the earthiness that I vividly recall from the 2009 we had just a few months earlier. While a minor disappointment, we’ll have to see how it tastes with a bit more age on it. Still fermented with native yeasts and bottled unfiltered and unfined, looking forward to redemption about a year down the road.

** 2010 Kistler Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, $65

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