by Jim Ridley
At Ombi this Sunday, Sept. 14, at 6 p.m., Hoyt Hill and Village Wines will host a tasting of Nicolas Potel Burgundies ranging in price from $13.99 to $89.99. On the docket: the 2006 Potel-Aviron Beaujolais Villages, the 2006 Potel-Aviron Julienas, the 2006 Potel Cuvee Gerard Pinot Noir, the 2006 Potel Volnay Vieilles Vignes, the 2006 Potel Nuits St.-Georges 1er Cru Les Pruliers, the 2005 Potel Pommard 1er Cru Les Fremiers, the 2006 Potel Pommard 1er Cru Rugiens, and the 2006 Potel Gevrey-Chambertin.
The Burgundy Report was especially complimentary of the Volnay Vieilles Vignes: "The nose is wide with a nice complexity of dried berries; cranberry, red currant and black cherries—very nice. The palate has good intensity and a background of ripe tannin." Admission for the tasting is $10, and anyone who stays for dinner gets a 10 percent discount.
Should you have plans, Hill will host another wine tasting 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, at Ombi, this time featuring Roda Spanish wines. Then, at 6 p.m. Sept. 22, Hill will host a tasting of wines from New Zealand's Nobilo Wine Group with professional golfer Frank Nobilo in attendance. (Nobilo, as it turns out, is related to the winery's founder and now serves officially as a brand ambassador.) Call 320-5350 for reservations.