As luck would have it, Robert was there and he stopped by to say hello and visit with us while taking a break from the demands of harvest. Server Andrew took great care of our group and concluded our tour with a visit to the member's lounge.
I shared the wine with a couple of aficionados, one of whom crinkled his his nose, put the glass down and said "NGTPIM." I gave him a puzzled look and he said, "Not going to put in mouth if it smells that bad." He then proceeded to pour it out.
I looked forward to trying the new 2012 Pinot from Frost Watch in Sonoma County, after being blown away two years ago with a barrel sample of the 2010 vintage. The 2012 was also extremely impressive. It was also a treat to meet and visit with Monty Paulsen, son of the late Pat Paulsen, who is carrying on his dad's legacy as winemaker and promoter for Pat Paulsen Vineyards.
It seemed to me as if each course set a new standard, building up to the entrée. Although I was getting full, I anxiously awaited the next dish. It was Slow Braised Short Ribs. And by far the best I have ever eaten. The well-composed plate included carrot puree, pommes puree, port-braised shallots and crispy onions. I was more than satisfied.