2006 Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir

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2006 Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir

#1 Post by Michael S. Monie » January 10th, 2019, 3:43 pm

2006 was apparently a very good vintage for this wine. I bought a case upon release but had not had one in a couple of years. Aromas of roses and black tea are followed by black fruits and blood on the palate. Not sure if this will further improve but no signs of decline anytime soon. A very sophisticated drink.
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Re: 2006 Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir

#2 Post by G. Bienstock » January 10th, 2019, 4:51 pm

Distinctive South African Pinot

Positive Rastaman Vibration

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Re: 2006 Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir

#3 Post by Scott Watkins » January 10th, 2019, 5:33 pm

Love them and often wonder why I don't buy more?? Thanks for the note.
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Re: 2006 Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir

#4 Post by David_K » January 10th, 2019, 5:37 pm

Always good to see notes on these, especially with some age. I have a few of the '13s I'm holding on to. I do think they have the structure and balance for mid-term aging. I tried some older ones at a tasting with Anthony Hamilton Russell a few years back and they aged gracefully. The aged Chardonnays on the other hand were more interesting than good IMO.

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Re: 2006 Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir

#5 Post by Greg Giere » January 11th, 2019, 11:10 am

Nice- always loved this producer, especially the pinots. Much like Scott, I've always wondered why I never bought more... glad to hear this '06 was drinking well, and thanks for sharing.

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Re: 2006 Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir

#6 Post by John Morris » January 11th, 2019, 2:28 pm

I bumped into a friend yesterday who was carrying a bottle of the current release. I haven't had one in years, but I remember being served the '99 blind circa 2002 or 2003. Three of us -- including someone who imported Burgundy -- guessed it was a '99 Volnay.

A couple of later vintages I tried seemed to show their oak a little too conspicuously. I take it that wasn't the case with the '06 at this point.

I was thinking yesterday that I owe it to myself to try one of these again. This thread reinforces that urge!
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