On Thursday, March 3rd, The Noble Rot hosted Christina Turley for a night dubbed: “An Evening with Turley Wine Cellars.” The big news: The King of Zinfandel is getting read to release a Cabernet Sauvignon. After all, it was Larry Turley who once said: “People who drink Zinfandel drink the wine, and people who drink Cab drink the label.” And so their new wine is aptly named, “The Label.” The evening was a collaboration with The Whisk & Ladle Supper Club, and involved a four course meal with wines paired from Turley.
Brian Quinn replaced resident W&L bartender Nick Bennett, showing his stars and stripes and earning himself a new moniker: Brian Quinn, a State-Certified Absolute Mixologist whipping up cocktails with gin, bourbon, bitters, ideas from Bennett, original ideas from Quinn, champagne and cold draft.
Mark of the W&L and guest sous-chef Christine Wells, a graduate of the French Culinary Institute prepared a wildly exciting cheese/charcuterie platter, soup, risotto of duck chorizo, duck, lamb and a complex salad with something like 50,000 different greens, herbs and “original concepts.”
We are honored and thankful to have hosted Christina, who is a former Sommelier from Momufuku Ko and Ssam as well as at a slew of other downtown NYC joints.
The wines tasted:
- El Porron 2009 Cinsault — Only carried in select restaurants in NYC.
- Hayne 2008 Vineyard Zinfandel — The pinnacle of the Turley Zin.
- Turley 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon. — Just a barrel sample for the lucky 50 folks in the room. It was richly textured, with superb structure for such a young wine, complexity and flavorful. Winemakers notes: the wine is a lower alcohol, light styled expression of Cab Sauv, in short, a return to the style of winemaking Napa saw in the 70’s and early 80’s.
Interviews recorded with Christina are just below—crack open some Turley, kick back and have a listen. And be sure to check out our guest musician, Greg Holden, who performed two terrific acoustic sets.
Cigar Introductions (3:44)
Cigar Sues Brian Quinn (1:32)