I had a lovely lunch today with my Mom (she’s 91) at Naples Flatbread and Wine Bar which is fairly new in Tulsa. It’s my second time to visit and both times were a delicious experience. The menu includes heavenly flat breads, pizza, panninis, chicken wings, boned and boneless, and salads. The decor is upscale bistro, white table cloths and wait staff dressed in black and professionally friendly. We shared the lunch portion of the Spinarti Flatbread, a divine combination of spinach, artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, carmelized onions, ricotta, asiago, and mozzarella cheeses, garlic and a beautiful balsamic reduction. The flatbread is thin and uber-tender. They have a sufficient by-the-glass wine menu, reasonably priced.
My glass of Chalone Vineyards Monterey Pinot Noir 2010 was $7.00, a pretty garnet color, a very bright nose of strawberries, maybe raspberries and something floral. On the palate it is nicely ripe and fresh and bright with a hit of spice. Medium-bodied, maybe medium-bodied-plus, silky mouthfeel and the finish brings on ripe dark cherries, 100% Pinot Noir in the bottle. A worthy side-kick to my Spinarti. Mom had coffee black.
From the Winery: “Chalone isn’t a label, it’s a place on earth”—a saying that our winemaker, Robert Cook, and vineyard manager, Richard Boer, hold as truth. The wines speak to the limestone and decomposed granite soils that are specific to this wild, isolated mountain plateau in Monterey County. The low-nutrient soils make the vines struggle and give the wines unique minerality; the diurnal temperature swings and cool winds retain acidity; the intense sunshine builds flavors and tannin structure; and the age of our vines enhances the wines’ concentration, complexity and ageability.
Winery Tasting Notes – Fragrant aromas of ripe black cherries, sun-warmed roses and spices lead to the silky, bright flavors of this Pinot Noir. Hints of tobacco from terroir and smoky incense from Hungarian and French oak barrels add complexity. Fine tannins and balanced acidity frame the red-berry flavors midpalate and then enliven the vibrant finish. This smooth, easy-to-love wine marries with a broad range of foods, including grilled salmon or ahi tuna, herb-roasted chicken or pork loin, and lamb or beef kabobs with succulent mushrooms.
The 2011 Chalone Monterey Pinot Noir 2011 should also be in the market now. Now owned by the mammoth Diageo – Chateau and Estates