Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House

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#1 Post by Frank Murray III » November 7th, 2018, 1:17 pm

As has been the tradition around here for the last several, the holiday season brings a time when we raise a little money for some great charities. As your first week sponsor, I will continue the tradition to kick this off and pay a cash donation for every TN that is posted between the dates of 11/16 to 11/28 (for bottles drank during this time period). The theme? As always for my week, it will be Pinot Noir from anywhere!

What happens? You open and post as many Pinot Noir tasting notes as you like, and I will pay $5 for every TN that is posted here during the time period noted above. I will double the payment to $10 per TN, provided you take a photo of yourself with the bottle (if your photo is of just the bottle label, this won't qualify for the extra $5). Why the doubled donation? Because the more we can get out from behind an avatar and show who we really are, the less likely we can operate from disrespect and the more we can get to know each other, to humanize and create respect and civility where we have that opportunity.

At the end of the 13 days, I will count the notes and make a donation to Laura's House. They are the recipient of all the money we collect each year during our Falltacular event we have at our house every February. The charity is about ending domestic violence, through emergency shelter services, counseling, transitional housing and community outreach. To learn more, you can click the following:

https://www.laurashouse.org/

Starting posting your notes to this thread beginning 11/16 and make me pay!

To see last year's TNs and photos from my challenge week, you can click here>>> viewtopic.php?f=1&t=145707&hilit=laura%27s. Of note, we raised our most ever in last year's challenge so do your part to help us beat that #.
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2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence BdB Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie PN Platt SC
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut
2017 Carlisle Zin Mancini Ranch RRV

My best wines of 2018:
2017 Kutch Falstaff Sonoma Coast PN
2012 Marguet La Grande Ruelle Ambonnay

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#2 Post by Frank Murray III » November 7th, 2018, 1:29 pm

As a follow-on, I just received a confirmation that our matching donor from the past few years is signed on again. This anonymous Berserker will match my donation to Laura's effectively doubling the donation. I really appreciate this dedicated support, from this donor, and so many of you who have tasted and posted notes going back so many years on this now. Thank you, and we look forward to a fun 13 days.
My WOTY candidates for 2019:
2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence BdB Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie PN Platt SC
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut
2017 Carlisle Zin Mancini Ranch RRV

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2017 Kutch Falstaff Sonoma Coast PN
2012 Marguet La Grande Ruelle Ambonnay

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#3 Post by T. Melloni » November 7th, 2018, 1:56 pm

I am glad that you continue the tradition and that it is for Pinot Noir and not Champagne, your new love, as I have only a few bottles of Champagne in my collection.

With Pinot Noir, and the 13-day window, I can draw some coin from your wallet for Laura's House.
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#4 Post by Paul Miller » November 7th, 2018, 1:57 pm

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#6 Post by Dan Kravitz » November 7th, 2018, 5:38 pm

Frank,

Thank you. I will be in. It is so rare to see generosity expressed in such a brilliant manner.
I pay nothing.
I open bottles of my favorite varietal.
I give to charity.

Now I will start planning. As it happens, I have several events on the last day, Wednesday 11/28. There are not a lot of people involved, sad to say. But I will try to open an obscene number of bottles of Pinot Noir.

A very serious question: Do 375ml bottles count? It would be a good way to compensate for the lack of tongues available.

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#7 Post by Frank Murray III » November 8th, 2018, 7:13 am

Dan, 375s are fine. Thank you for participating in helping to make this first week successful.
My WOTY candidates for 2019:
2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence BdB Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie PN Platt SC
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut
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2012 Marguet La Grande Ruelle Ambonnay

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#8 Post by Mike Grammer » November 8th, 2018, 8:15 am

As always, FMIII, you are the model for -- well, not a modern Major-General, but for a good person? Certainly.

I don't think we have any Pinot up to bat for a dinner this evening but I will do my best to find an opportunity to open one. Perhaps a Kutch---it's been at least a month!

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#9 Post by Mattstolz » November 13th, 2018, 3:27 am

Pinot Noir I can do!

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#10 Post by Bdklein » November 13th, 2018, 6:06 am

Frank Murray III wrote:
November 8th, 2018, 7:13 am
Dan, 375s are fine. Thank you for participating in helping to make this first week successful.

But the donation is reduced by 50%!!!

Well done all.
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#11 Post by Mike Grammer » November 13th, 2018, 7:44 am

Especially for you, Frank---I almost never open a bottle alone, but this is a special case

2013 Kutch McDougall Pinot Noir

Nose opens with tangible red raspberry and cranberry fruit, just a trace of forest floor underneath. This, on pop and pour, is really hitting its stride as a verve-driven raspberry and grapefruit (that citrus that I almost always get with Jamie's McDougall) in ascendancy. Strawberry gets added with time in the glass and it remains very fresh and structured, with still some light herb/cedar component. I am keen to try it again today and wish now that I had more of this vintage. Excellent!
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#12 Post by T. Melloni » November 13th, 2018, 10:09 am

Mike Grammer wrote:
November 13th, 2018, 7:44 am
Especially for you, Frank---I almost never open a bottle alone, but this is a special case

2013 Kutch McDougall Pinot Noir

Nose opens with tangible red raspberry and cranberry fruit, just a trace of forest floor underneath. This, on pop and pour, is really hitting its stride as a verve-driven raspberry and grapefruit (that citrus that I almost always get with Jamie's McDougall) in ascendancy. Strawberry gets added with time in the glass and it remains very fresh and structured, with still some light herb/cedar component. I am keen to try it again today and wish now that I had more of this vintage. Excellent!
Could you hold off for 3 days?
The Virtual Tasting starts 11/16.
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#13 Post by Mike Grammer » November 13th, 2018, 11:24 am

Oh! I misread. Oopsy. I'll just have to open something else then! Thanks T. Not that it was a crime to open that wine.... :)

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#14 Post by J a y H a c k » November 13th, 2018, 11:30 am

I just made arrangements for my week this morning. My charity will be the John Jay College Prelaw Institute, which provides assistance to students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds so that they can attend law school, such as free LSAT prep classes, mentoring, etc. In addition to everything else, they are apparently #4 in the United States on the number of minority students that they get into law school, an amazing statistic since, for example, I come from the University of Michigan, which has a MUCH larger student body.

I have not yet figured out my challenge. I will work it out with Board member Erez Lencher, who is the Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
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#15 Post by Paul Hiyake » November 16th, 2018, 6:28 pm

Well it looks like I'll get this rolling...

2017 Delmore Sta Rita Hills Pinot Noir - initial release from Darren Delmore (who I've had the pleasure of raising a glass with at Frank's Falltacular event the past few years). Bright nose of tart raspberries, with a little hint of earth hiding in the background. Darker, black cherry fruit with some tar/black tea notes on the palate. Really nice acidity on this, which leads to a long, juicy finish. Pretty yummy right now, but based on how it has opened up over dinner, I can see this improving with a little bottle time.

P.S. - Would it be possible to sticky this thread? I knew Frank had started it, but it took me a little time to find it - and it would be great to keep it on page 1 so that others can find it easily to empty Frank's wallet... [cheers.gif]

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#16 Post by Frank Murray III » November 16th, 2018, 6:33 pm

Paul, genius. I was just signing in to refresh the thread to remind everyone that the challenge begins today. Thanks for kicking it off. You know, funny enough, this reminds me of the inverse of 'last man standing', which is the funny moment we recognize every year to the last person who leaves Falltacular. Usually it has been Gerry Frayer or Rob Winn, so maybe you can have the dual honor this time of being the first dude in for the Charity Challenge, and the last man standing for Falltacular 2019. Think of the glory and notoriety such acclaim could bring. cheesehead

Let's get after it folks. The challenge is open.
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2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence BdB Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie PN Platt SC
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
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2017 Kutch Falstaff Sonoma Coast PN
2012 Marguet La Grande Ruelle Ambonnay

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#17 Post by Paul Miller » November 16th, 2018, 6:34 pm

Crap. I just had one the other day and didn’t take notes.

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#18 Post by Paul Hiyake » November 16th, 2018, 6:36 pm

Frank Murray III wrote:
November 16th, 2018, 6:33 pm
Paul, genius. I was just signing in to refresh the thread to remind everyone that the challenge begins today. Thanks for kicking it off. You know, funny enough, this reminds me of the inverse of 'last man standing', which is the funny moment we recognize every year to the last person who leaves Falltacular. Usually it has been Gerry Frayer or Rob Winn, so maybe you can have the dual honor this time of being the first dude in for the Charity Challenge, and the last man standing for Falltacular 2019. Think of the glory and notoriety such acclaim could bring. cheesehead

Let's get after it folks. The challenge is open.
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#19 Post by Frank Murray III » November 16th, 2018, 6:51 pm

Paul Miller wrote:
November 16th, 2018, 6:34 pm
Crap. I just had one the other day and didn’t take notes.
Let me relieve you of any anxiety you may be experiencing, Paul. The challenge is for Pinot you drink starting tonight, through the end date. See, made it all better. [drinkers.gif]
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#20 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » November 16th, 2018, 7:08 pm

2008 Harmand Geoffrey Mazis Chambertin

Probably a few years too early, but opened up eventually with some air. Dark ruby color, powerful nose with some funk and dark fruits. Relatively tannic, but without overt oak influence. Good acidity and length, but was a bit disjointed at this point. Lots of potential, but very primary still. I’ll probsbly bury the rest of them for at least 5 years.

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#21 Post by brigcampbell » November 16th, 2018, 7:23 pm

How apropos that this bottle was a gift from FMIII and now it's gonna cost him another $10 for Laura's House!! He gave it to me yesterday for a special occasion and we pulled the cork tonight with family to celebrate our lives and friendships. Something we try not to forget everyday.

Thank for everything FMIII.
  • 2014 Copain Pinot Noir Whole Cluster Wendling Vineyard - USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley (11/16/2018)
    Same impression as last time. This wine has an old world quality to it much like a Musar or Southern Italy. It must be the whole cluster influence but this would be very difficult to call this Anderson Valley served blind and that's a compliment. Fairly opaque.with purple around the rim. Nose does show some red apple with herbs. Extremely strong mineral foundation with red apple and tart red fruit. There's a good affect of limestone ripping throughout. Seems medium plus acid pushing high which I really enjoy.
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#22 Post by Frank Murray III » November 16th, 2018, 7:27 pm

Well done, Godan. [drinkers.gif]
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#23 Post by Steve Gautier » November 16th, 2018, 7:40 pm

2011 DuMol Pinot Noir Ryan - PnP. Strawberry just leaps out of the glass on the initial palate. The spice that is so present on the nose appears on the mid-palate creating an interesting balance with the strawberry. Finish is long and deep.
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#24 Post by Brian Tuite » November 16th, 2018, 7:55 pm

2004 Loring Wine Company Pinot Noir SRH Cargasacchi Vyd - Picked this up on the cheap from a local wine shop that bought a cellar from the children if a deceased vintner. Unfortunately this wine was also deceased. I’ll move on to another wine from the same purchase and see if this is going to be a trend or just a one-off.

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2004 August West Pinot Noir SLH Rosella’s Vyd - Strike 2! Burnt caramel and ethanol. Round 3 coming up. Good thing the retailer is going to stand behind them.

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2005 Marguerite Ryan Cellars Pinot Noir Gary’s SLH Vyd - 3rd time is a charm, or at least a drinkable wine. Brickish red, nose of dried cherries and a bit of heat. 14.9alc on the label noticable on the nose but surprisingly not much on the palate. Ripe bing cherry, fairly light bodied, silky texture, watermelon hard candy, zippy acid and just a hint of a burn on the finish. Just happy I didn’t have to open another bottle.

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#25 Post by Viet Ly » November 16th, 2018, 7:59 pm

Tonight’s dinner: koji marinated pork loin with a sherry orange marmalade pan sauce.

Paired with 2014 ABC Santa Barbara PN

My four year old son says it smells of cherries and strawberries.

My wife says it’s ok. It lacks depth and not rich enough. Finish is not the best. It’s your type of wine.

Both of them are right: I like this style of California PN. It’s something I can drink with most friends since the more savory PN is not enjoyable for them. Medium density of dark cherries/strawberry. Light hint of earth. Balanced acidity and nice texture. Tamed alcohol. A slight bitter note at the end and not particularly complex or long finish but great QPR ($15 on sale) and perfect for a weeknight meal.
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#26 Post by Adam G » November 16th, 2018, 11:02 pm

Pinot is my wife's favourite variety! She's happy this will have us open more than usual.
Seems like a good way to start is with a 2013 Patricia Green Berserker's Cuvee!

Excellent mushroom aromas with cherries and earth. This keeps getting better. I like that it's savoury but with nice bright acidity.
Over about 2-3 hours it stayed delicious and opened up with a bit more complexity.

Glad I have two left!
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#27 Post by Kirk.Grant » November 17th, 2018, 5:17 am

  • 2015 Weingut Rings Freinsheim Spätburgunder - Germany, Pfalz (11/17/2018)
    From a Spiegelau Burgundy stem, this wine shows a translucent ruby in the glass. There is a richness to the nose of this wine that reminds me of some of the Cristom wines I've had in the past as it leads with smoke, a hint of vanilla, a lush red-fruit profile with some earth in the back ground. The palate is lean, slightly austere and acid driven with a fair bit of tannin that feels like it's going to need another year or two to integrate a bit more with lingering notes of cherry, strawberry and raspberry on the palate. I get the feeling that with patience these will be a serious bargain in another few years time for the purchase price of around $25/bottle. Patience with this wine will be rewarded. Very Good to Excellent with room to improve further if you're patient.
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#28 Post by J a y H a c k » November 17th, 2018, 5:44 am

With family last night. Pop and pour and then followed for an hour. If it's pinot and my son likes it, it's good.
  • 2013 Sojourn Pinot Noir Gap's Crown Vineyard Sonoma Coast - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (11/16/2018)
    Developing slowly. No rough edges. Dark and hefty cherry. Meaty. No funk and no cola. Smooth. My son said no vanilla no chocolate, both of which he likes. I say no annoying oak. He still likes the wine, which is a surprise. Nice acidity and some citrus. very good balance and no disjointed flavors. Fresh and bright. Could last another decade or more. (92 pts.)
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#29 Post by Dan Kravitz » November 17th, 2018, 2:45 pm

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2012 Tortochot Gevrey ‘Les Jeunes Rois’

OK, the accent here is on ‘young’. Healthy medium ruby color to the rim. The aromas are rich and ripe, but quite primary, featuring red cherry, with a hint of black raspberry underneath and a touch of sage. The palate is moderately dense, with plenty of both tannin and acidity. The finish is a little short. This is very good but almost painfully young and simple. However the course of the evening it began to develop some manners and polish. I have much less experience with Cote de Nuits than Cote de Beaune and this to me typifies a village lieu-dit from Gevrey. Plenty of power, not a lot of subtlety. However based on limited previous experience with this producer, this should have gotten a lot more time. Rated 88.5 when first opened, 90 at the end of the bottle. Should improve about 2 points over the next 5 – 10 years. It was a singleton, dammit, but at least it earned some money for charity.

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#30 Post by Frank Murray III » November 17th, 2018, 2:57 pm

Look at all the handsome people up in here. Love the photos and the notes.

Rumor is we're going to be drinking from a 5L tomorrow. Maybe we can generate several notes off that bad boy.

Keep posting folks. Remember, each TN is worth $5, and if you put a picture of your mug with the wine, I double the value to $10. Merely shooting a photo of a boring wine label doesn't count for the doubled value. And finally, we have a matching Wine Berserker donor, which means everything is 2X. GO GO GO!
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2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
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#31 Post by brigcampbell » November 17th, 2018, 3:24 pm

Behold Excalibur! [berserker.gif]
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#32 Post by Frank Murray III » November 17th, 2018, 3:31 pm

It needs context....it looks like a 750. Put that DRC bottle next to it, then snap it. That gives some perspective on a few levels.
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#33 Post by Brian Tuite » November 17th, 2018, 4:05 pm

Looking at the reflection in the bottle it’s taller than Brig!
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Re: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House

#34 Post by Dan Kravitz » November 17th, 2018, 4:06 pm

OK Frank, a few questions, comments, essentially squeezing you and the Blessed Berserker who is matching:

So it's $5 per 750ml, doubled for the photo. So is it $10 per magnum, $20 per 3L, etc? And does everything still double if there's a mug shot? And will you cut us some slack and still pay $5 (doubled for photo) for a 375ml?

I've got other Fish to Fry tonight (no Pinot Noir with the haddock).

But tomorrow it will be a 375ml of something Red and Rhys (not Syrah). I hope it counts the same as a bottle.

How many shots of my Ugly Mug can the board tolerate? Do I assume that every mug shot is another double donation? Even if you up the ante up for big bottles, I am afraid I probably don't have a single large format Pinot downstairs, but I'll dumpster dive as I have friends coming over right after Thanksgiving, just in case there's something down there; there just might be.

And BTW, while I can't match the Blessed Berserker's donation for every bottle posted, I can and will match your donation for every bottle I open. Please reply with the exact name and address where the check should be sent. Other Berserkers, are any of you with me on this?

Thank you again for your generosity. And for one of the most inspired charity events I've ever heard of. Drink wine you love, don't pay a penny, and make a donation to a worthwhile charity. Thank you once again.

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#35 Post by Frank Murray III » November 17th, 2018, 4:26 pm

Dan, good reminder of what this is all for. Laura's House. https://www.laurashouse.org/

As for the bottle sizes, I'm keeping this simple. Bottle size agnostic. $5 for TN, $10 for that TN if you put your mug in the photo with the bottle. Beyond that, it's probably time to bring in Alfie Jr or Counselor Seiber for some legal interpretation. Just write your TNs, post some photos as you see fit of your beautiful self and keep it real. I'll figure it out and Laura's House wins.

Thanks for your match. Whatever you choose to do, it all helps. The Laura's House website has online donation or you can mail them a check snail mail.

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Re: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House

#36 Post by Brian Tuite » November 17th, 2018, 4:55 pm

  • 2006 Siduri Pinot Noir Keefer Ranch Vineyard - USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley (11/17/2018)
    Brick red and transluscent. Nose started out reductuve but morphed to mushroom, cranberry and old leather. Sweet strawberry, a bit cloying hut enough secondary characteristics to overcome that. Some heat from the mid-palate through the finish detracts a bit but at $21.99 I’m not complaining. Glad it’s still alive!
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#37 Post by ky1em!ttskus » November 17th, 2018, 5:25 pm

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Big nose. Smells like rhubarb and cranberries and something kind of savory. Almost like pepper, maybe. Nice structure, red fruit, more fruit than I expected given the style I assumed this would be in. Very pretty, nice structure. Tiny bit if tingly/acidity feel that I always associate with stems. Ends with a savory note. Really clean, pure PN. Better with food and a year or two. This is my second bottle (first enjoyed with an early Thanks Day dinner). Nice value at the $16 price at KL, but not an outrageous multi-case buy for me.

Matching your donation for this, and any of my future notes, Frank. [cheers.gif]

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#38 Post by Scott Watkins » November 17th, 2018, 6:16 pm

O.k Frank beauty and the beasts if you will. Daughter just home from college wanted to join the party. 2015 Biggio Hamina Cellars Pinot Noir Holmes Gap Vineyard, damn Todd makes really good wines. Bright cherry and strawberry and a bit of mineral/earth on the attack. A silky mid palate that leads to a pretty long finish. Bright acidity balances the wine nicely and should make this drink very well for a number of years 13.0 ABV.
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#39 Post by Frank Murray III » November 17th, 2018, 6:34 pm

Getting to walking the talk, here are a few notes from me after dinner tonight. For those of you that have posted, keep going. We can beat back the negativity of the times by sharing and posting.
  • 2006 Copain Pinot Noir Monument Tree - USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley (11/17/2018)
    5 years since my previous TN, and at that time I thought the wine would drink best in/around 2015. I lost sight of my TN and the bottle sat in my cellar but I saw PIntag's TN today so I thought I'd pull my final bottle and give it a whirl. Opened this about 2 hours ago. Some pinot funk infuses the aromatic with a nice presence, as well as into the palate. I also notice what seems like some wood, akin to a toasted barrel note. Not sure how much wood was used 12 years ago, which in 2006 was really the final vintage before Wells took on the philosophy change to his winemaking. I respectfully want to differ with PINtag's note, as there is to me a good amount of stuffing left in this bottle, showing as a dark apple and raspberry quality, with residual grip in the wine (probably helped by the light chill I put on the wine). The red fruit frames the core of the wine, remaining to me fresh and still vivid. At 12 years old, I would look for some component of aged quality in the wine, yet I don't find it. The color remains intact, there is no spice box or other aged aromas/flavors, just a cool core of fresh red fruits with the apple. I don't see any rush to open remaining bottles if you have them, provided they drink like this one, which coincidentally I sourced from Winebid back in 2015. This pursuit of tasting wines, writing TNs and sharing is not about finding truth as much as it is sharing perception, which is subject to vary from palate to palate.
  • 2014 Marguet Père et Fils Champagne Grand Cru Shaman 14 Rose - France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru (11/17/2018)
    Last tasted this at the winery during my May trip to Marguet. Opened this for dinner tonight. Base is 2014, disgorged 09/2017, zero dosage, with 66% Chard and 33% PN. This started off slowly, a little dumb and lacking complexity. With air, this woke up. Peach colored, with green apple, strawberry, tangerine, and some chalk. The PN in this gives this a good push of flavor, and while there is some green apple, it doesn't dominate. This is fresh, zingy with a lime/tangerine finish. Solid again.
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2012 Marguet La Grande Ruelle Ambonnay

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#40 Post by robert creth » November 17th, 2018, 7:45 pm

The Princess and the Peasant 2015 Pinot
This is one of this year’s Berserkers Day purchases. I have to say in advance that this was tasted through almost 10 days of some of the worst air pollution I’ve ever been in. As much as I might complain about the air quality, I am blessed to be suffering poor air as opposed to losing everything in the fires.
This is bright, crunchy version of Pinot, sour cherry and acid. We had this tonight with a Flannery hanger steak with fries and roasted tomatoes. The acid cut through nicely, but I have little sense of smell at the moment and the taste is muted. I think I would really go for it but just can’t trust the palate.
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#41 Post by Bdklein » November 18th, 2018, 12:36 am

2015 David Bruce Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

David Bruce (a reversal of my first and middle names) was the first "real" wine I ever had some years back.

Don't really know how to taste wine nor describe a wine but the wine was really good when first sipped and I liked the finish as well. Not too fruity , not too hot , and not heavy on the tannins. Just an enjoyable bottle of wine-pleased the non-Pinot fan in our group.
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#42 Post by Sherri S h a p i r o » November 18th, 2018, 5:28 am

2010 Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard - delicious! Flavors of tart red fruit and spice - definitely can tell that stems were included. Silky mouthfeel and for me, this has entered its prime drinking window as everything is in balance and has come together beautifully.

Forgot to take a picture last night but here is the empty bottle. Thank you Frank for your dedication and generosity!
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#43 Post by Carlos Delpin » November 18th, 2018, 7:49 am

2013 Cabot Nash Pinot Noir. I’ve always been a fan of Cabot pinots. The 2013 is full of bright red fruit flavors and aromas. With time secondary sous bouis adds complexity and texture. Wonderful wine. Cheers.

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#44 Post by brigcampbell » November 18th, 2018, 10:45 am

  • 2015 Lyric by Etude Pinot Noir - USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara County (11/18/2018)
    This is the only sub $20 Pinot I'll buy and on sale for around $16. Going to a party with beer drinkers? Bring this and you won't have to rip the kitchen apart looking for a broken corkscrew as it's a twist off. Dark maroon color with a smoke note. Rich dark fruit and medium plus weight. Fruit forward and flavorful. Hey, it works.
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#45 Post by Frank Murray III » November 18th, 2018, 11:15 am

Sherri, in a space dominated by men, thanks for asserting yourself to be here, to be visible as a woman. Bravo.
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2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence BdB Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie PN Platt SC
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut
2017 Carlisle Zin Mancini Ranch RRV

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2012 Marguet La Grande Ruelle Ambonnay

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#46 Post by Neal.Mollen » November 18th, 2018, 11:16 am

Frank Murray III wrote:
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#47 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » November 18th, 2018, 1:53 pm

2013 Rhys Pinot Noir San Mateo County - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, San Mateo County (11/18/2018)
Would it be uncool to say that this is my favorite Rhys wine? It’s not because it’s the best, but rather because it’s a fine example of the style, while showing more nuance and ultimately pleasure in an earlier drinking window. Fully integrated, red fruit dominated and showing just a hint of sneaky back end tannin, this is about as fun to drink as you can get. The balance indicates plenty of time to spare, but I have a hard time keeping my hands off of these.

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#48 Post by Bdklein » November 18th, 2018, 2:27 pm

2013 Robert Stemmler Lawler Vineyard Carneros Pinot Noir. A little on the sweet side . And not digging the finish -a bit harsh. I only had a couple of sips. But ok for the $20 or so I paid for it. Good enough for my wife to be buzzed on a football Sunday and pose for the picture .
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#49 Post by T. Melloni » November 18th, 2018, 3:32 pm

I will jump in and add a note and photo. With all this talk about Walter Scott wines on this board, I decided to open a new arrival to the collection.

2017 Walter Scott Pinot Noir La Combe Verte - USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley (11/18/2018)
Pop and pour and initially tasted on its own. later paired with food (pho ga, in case you were wondering).
Garnet color. Clear.
Nose of red cherries, some orange peel and a slight smoky note.
Flavors show that red cherry fruit, white pepper on the mid-palate, and a zesty level of acidity. That orange peel note follows on the finish. At this stage, this is a fresh and lively wine. The acidity provides an inviting freshness to the wine but there is sufficient fruit to suggest this will improve with some time in bottle. Enjoyable.
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#50 Post by J a y H a c k » November 18th, 2018, 5:33 pm

I need a ruling. Searching Cellartracker, I note that I have one bottle of 2004 Alcina Pinot Noir Sangiacomo. The closures on these wines failed long ago and the last bottle I had of this (in 2014) generated this note:
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    Completely brown and oxidized. This appears to be an endemic problem due to the synthetic corks. BE WARNED. These may all be undrinkable. NR (flawed)
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Every note in CT says the wine is flawed. If I open a bottle, legitimately taste it to verify that it is undrinkable, and post a note, does it qualify?
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