Virtual Tasting--PINOT NOIR from anywhere. May 5th - May 12th

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Virtual Tasting--PINOT NOIR from anywhere. May 5th - May 12th

#1 Post by Frank Murray III » May 4th, 2019, 1:37 pm

This is a virtual event, meaning anyone can participate and post tasting notes. The objective is to taste within the same wine theme and then bring back tasting notes and experiences about the wines you drank.

I am attending a small non-geek event tomorrow and I have set a theme of Pinot Noir so I can bring back a handful of notes to share what I tasted. So, with that in mind, let's do Pinot Noir from anywhere through May 12th. Don't lurk......post.
My WOTY candidates for 2019:
2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge SC PN
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Platt SC PN
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut

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

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#2 Post by G. Bienstock » May 4th, 2019, 1:42 pm

St. Innocent in the queue.
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#3 Post by Scott Brunson » May 4th, 2019, 1:48 pm

Does it have to be from anywhere?
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#4 Post by Frank Murray III » May 4th, 2019, 1:57 pm

Scott Brunson wrote:
May 4th, 2019, 1:48 pm
Does it have to be from anywhere?
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For you, Mr Fancy Pants, it has to be from Nowhere. [tease.gif]
My WOTY candidates for 2019:
2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge SC PN
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Platt SC PN
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut

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

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#5 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » May 4th, 2019, 3:47 pm

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#6 Post by Eric Lundblad » May 4th, 2019, 4:06 pm

Shoot, all I have is Pinot from somewhere!
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#7 Post by Frank Murray III » May 4th, 2019, 6:15 pm

OK smart asses, now that you have had your fun, start posting some notes. I'll get us started, and I will have a handful more tomorrow if the small group comes through on the challenge to open some Pinot Noir during our small get together.
  • 2013 Copain Pinot Noir Monument Tree - USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley (5/4/2019)
    My final Monument Tree in my cellar, from 375 for what it's worth, too. Opened about 90 mins ago, and had a glass at room temp (about 67f). That pour tasted of candied red apple, the kind you would eat from a stick. Enjoyed that note, then decided to chill the wine down a little bit. As the wine comes from the cooler temp back towards the room temp, it now fills in with cherry, raspberry and that same red apple impression, plus a note of herb that was present at both temps. My last bottle of this was in mid-2018 and I found the wine a bit savory and more older world, but this bottle drinks more in between old and new world, and overall is in a real nice place. Expressive, with a deep core of red apple, herb, acidity with a texture that is beginning now to smooth out.
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My WOTY candidates for 2019:
2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge SC PN
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Platt SC PN
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut

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

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#8 Post by Brian Tuite » May 4th, 2019, 11:26 pm

I’ll pull something tomorrow Frank.
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#9 Post by Anton D » May 5th, 2019, 12:26 am

2001 Williams Selyem Central Coast

Opened at a house concert seeing Martyn Joseph, who was as great as the wine!

Subdued fruit...not corked, Kevin. Subdued in a slightly austere way with some Christmas candle flavors: bayberry, a touch of “cool spice” (slight clove/all spice/cinnamon,) with quiet amounts of dark berry. Someone mentioned faint fennel notes. Those notes seem to be fruit meeting “fine grained” oak.

No overt sour cherry, no stickiness to the palate, but good top palate and back of throat finish that lingered well.

No overt oxidation, with nice mature flavor profile.

I would drink this again on purpose.

Google Martyn Joseph for a treat, he plays guitar like Bruce Cockburn!
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#10 Post by Anton D » May 5th, 2019, 11:34 am

2016 Daniel Rion Vosne Romanee 1er Cru Les Chaumes side by side with 2016 Daniel Rion Vosne Romanee 1er Cru Les Beaux Monts.

One of my favorite producers, seeing what their newest releases were like.

Tasted against Peter Michael 2016 Clos du Ciel and 2016 Domaine De La Cote "La Cote."

We served them blind and people had to guess origin...not tough! Only two people missed any, and only one miss each.

The Les Chaume was classic structure and earth/tart-savory fruit, fabulous acidity and looong finish. The Beaux Monts was very similar, but I would give the slightest advantage to the Les Chaume. I like this winery's style and they make wine that my brain says, "Ohhhh, yeah, Burgundy done right."

The Peter Michael was more overtly California, but really subdued in terms of the "bright pinot" characteristics we see from many producers. Very complex, dark berries, and we all chatted about the types of faint notes I mentioned in the Williams Selyem tasting: fennel/anise, clove/all spice...all way in the back. really good balance with oak being present, but only as an enhancer, not a prominent/overt flavor.

The DLC was overtly oaky at first, almost too much so.....but this faded through the evening and then wine came into great balance after about an hour of air after splash decanting. It seemed like a Cali wine trying to be French, which I mean in a good way. More sour cherry, but still in keeping with going for wines that were not too "pinot forward." I will continue to toss this winery's fine offerings into tasting to see if I ever catch anybody calling it French! I enjoy these wines a great deal. (This was the wine the two people guessed wrong on.)

All in all, all four wines improved when we started dinner....they are classic food wines. Fine to taste alone, but with a meal (we had racks of lamb, broccolini, cauliflower, saffron rice, and sauteed mushrooms...so an earth-food palate, as well. Classic matches and you can't go wrong with any of the four!

Yay, may!!!!
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#11 Post by Brian Tuite » May 5th, 2019, 5:31 pm

2004 Flowers Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
Cork was pristine, color bricked, nose... oh the nose... old worn out wine nose. Fruit is still present in the fotm of strawberry and cranberry but oh the nose. I might give this a look later but I need to open something else for the evening. Found a Windy Oaks in the wine fridge. Notes to come.
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#12 Post by Mattstolz » May 5th, 2019, 5:49 pm

Lingua Franca AVNI Pinot Noir 2016

This is my second night drinking from this bottle, although it has been open for 3 days. I was impressed with this wine on night one (theres already a thread about that), but it has really gained some earthy complexity that I love after being opened for a while (with the cork, in the fridge). Its got some really dark but still bright crisp cherry and spice notes, but the nose on this night is dominated by earth. Punches above its price for sure.

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#13 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » May 5th, 2019, 6:00 pm

2013 Arnot-Roberts Pinot Noir Trout Gulch Vineyard - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains (5/5/2019)
Aggressively tart red fruit. No fun to drink.

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#14 Post by Brian Tuite » May 5th, 2019, 6:57 pm

  • 2012 Windy Oaks Estate Pinot Noir Terra Narro Schultze Family Vineyard - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains (5/5/2019)
    Picked this up in an auction lot at Falltacular. Light transparent cranberry color, nose of mushrooms and cotton candy. Zippy red fruit, cranberry and blood orange really mix well. Lively mid-palate, juicy, with a hint of garrigue, maybe pine needle, reminiscent of some Rivers Marie Occidental fruit but lighter. Easy drinking, really enjoyable once the cellar chill wears off, no noticeable alcohol. Very food friendly, mark me as a fan. CT drinking window is way off on this one.
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#15 Post by Peter Petersen » May 5th, 2019, 7:27 pm

Here is a delicious easy to drink Burgundy that can be had for $30.
2017 Domaine Frédéric Esmonin Gevrey-Chambertin "Clos Prieur"
But should be Clos Prieur-bas as it is the village portion of the vineyard. Well placed for a village wine though as far as I can tell.
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Light toast and Asian spices up front, a few darker berries buried under neath. Very nice light to medium feel, easy going palate with good cut to make it great with food.
Perfect match for sautéed salmon with sautéed purple broccolini and Brussels sprouts.

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#16 Post by Frank Murray III » May 6th, 2019, 8:49 am

SOME CA PINOT NOIR--TASTED BLIND - In The OC (5/5/2019)

Nothing formal here...just a whim of an idea that worked out. A few people got together, and all of them had CA PN in their cellars so we decided to have one bottle per person, done blind, tasted all together and then we voted for the best wine. The winner ended up split between the Rivers Marie and Kutch, with the Copain getting all last place votes.
  • 2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Silver Eagle Vineyard - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
    Served blind. Came off a bit syrupy for me, then sappy in the palate. Are there some stems used here? Got a little whiff of it on the aroma and seemed to infuse the palate a bit, too. Dark strawberry, brewed coffee, some root beer, a little pinot funkiness and just on the heavier, richer side for me, and overall, this Silver Eagle just didn't do it for me. Funny thing, in that Sean brought the bottle, and he said before we revealed that he brought the 2017 RM Occidental, which about crushed me as I have that wine on my WOTY list for 2019. Turns it was the Silver Eagle when we pulled off the bag. The world has been saved, order restored!
  • 2014 DuMOL Pinot Noir Ryan Widdoes - USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
    Served blind. Sheesh, no TNs on this wine? Is this a unicorn bottling or something? Raspberry, light cola, some oak via a brushing of caramel. Spicy, with the citrusy acidity brightening the fruit. Smooth finish.
  • 2012 Copain Pinot Noir "En Haut" Kiser - USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley
    Served blind. I gave this some air too before we served it and it still didn't show all that well. Tarter and lean, with red cherry and cranberry, and a light lift of vanilla. Crunchy with some cherry tomato, too. When I had my final taste of this, it seemed to have put on some weight but in the end, it still seemed a bit crunchy and not like the previous bottles.
  • 2017 Kutch Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
    Served blind. I had one of these a few weeks ago and it was fantastic. Yesterday's bottle showed equally as good, and to its credit for me, we did it blind without any of my potential attribution bias involved. Blue fruited, pure, medium weighted. Has a little kiwi, juicy red and blue fruit, with the balance of this just pretty spectacular. I have thought the 2015 Sonoma Coast was Jamie's best AVA bottling, but this one is even better. Bravo.
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My WOTY candidates for 2019:
2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge SC PN
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Platt SC PN
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut

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

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#17 Post by Viet Ly » May 6th, 2019, 9:23 am

PN, yum. I had a glass of the 2014 DuMol RRV PN that I enjoyed a few months back. Will drink PN for dinner on Sunday for Mother's Day and report back.

Edit: just remembered/entered a tasting note on a bottle of 2013 Anthill Farms PN Cambell Ranch Vineyard that we drank on Saturday:

Expressive nose of dark red fruit/rose. Tastes of fleshy dark red fruits (strawberries/raspberries) balanced with nice acidity and light touch of savory notes. Nice density and texture without taking it over the top. Good finish/length. Tasty example of CA PN/crowd pleaser. Ready to go now, no need to hold.

I looked up the details on the vineyard http://www.princeofpinot.com/vineyard/157/ My guess is that the Kutch version of this wine would be wildly different!

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#18 Post by Charlie Carnes » May 6th, 2019, 11:45 am

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
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Will open a nice P/N tonight for sure!
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#19 Post by Todd F r e n c h » May 6th, 2019, 11:53 am

I will be cracking a Pinot from 'anywhere' tonight with dinner (salmon on the menu)...
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#20 Post by Charlie Carnes » May 6th, 2019, 12:00 pm

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
May 6th, 2019, 11:53 am
I will be cracking a Pinot from 'anywhere' tonight with dinner (salmon on the menu)...
Sounds great. Friends loaded the boat with Black Grouper yesterday, so I am warming up the Blackstone...
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#21 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » May 6th, 2019, 2:21 pm

Charlie Carnes wrote:
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A pinot has no name...
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#22 Post by S. Rash » May 6th, 2019, 4:27 pm

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
May 6th, 2019, 2:21 pm
Charlie Carnes wrote:
May 6th, 2019, 11:45 am
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A pinot has no name...
Lol. Nice GoT reference!
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#23 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » May 6th, 2019, 4:33 pm

Hmm...just reconfirmed that despite how much I like Rhys, I really don’t like Swan Terrace. It just hits my palate the wrong way. Tried the 2013 again, and there’s a distinctly green element on the palate that I do not like at all.

Oh well, more money for Horseshoe.
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#24 Post by Anton D » May 6th, 2019, 5:19 pm

S. Rash wrote:
May 6th, 2019, 4:27 pm
D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
May 6th, 2019, 2:21 pm
Charlie Carnes wrote:
May 6th, 2019, 11:45 am
My name is Nobody! Does that count?
A pinot has no name...
Lol. Nice GoT reference!
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#25 Post by Todd F r e n c h » May 6th, 2019, 6:04 pm

My 'anywhere' ended up to be Willamette Valley, revisiting an old friend... (given the number of 'curmudgeon' threads we have lately)
  • 2012 Seven of Hearts Pinot Noir Curmudgeon Cuvée Armstrong Vineyard - USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Ribbon Ridge (5/6/2019)
    What a transformation! Upon opening, this smelled faintly of communion wine, and a bit hot. First sample on the palate reflected similar disappointment - just hot, barely any discernible fruit at all. I figured it must be a flawed bottle. 15 minutes later I went back as I wouldn't want to waste this wine, a homage to the late Bob Wood, as that's how he would have wanted it...needless to say it was merely sleeping and has awoken in a big way. Pine needles, fresh soil, and red berries dominate the nose - a fresh and vibrant presentation. The palate simply explodes with fruit of perfect sweetness - sweet upon initial attack, but immediately converting to a more spicy, controlled dark berry component, so as not to be at all jammy or syrupy in the fruit profile. Acidic backbone drives that fruit bite, and that blast of sweetness that so quickly fades is really an attractive quality to this wine, as it seems to introduce greater complexity, much like a nose that loads you with so many individual components you hasten to taste the wine. This wine is not as complex on the nose (at least not yet) but super complex and rewarding on the palate.
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#26 Post by Alex N » May 6th, 2019, 7:04 pm

2014 Brewer Clifton 459 - a bit hotter than expected out of the bottle at 14%. After 30 minutes or so it opened up nicely. Flowery with cherry notes. I've had this wine before and maybe it's shutting down or needs more air. Maybe I was impatient and should've given it more air.
2015 Brewer Clifton 459 - Giant step up from the 2014 straight out of the bottle. Jabbed me in the nose with asian and fall spices, then triangled my olfactory system with potpourri, exotic tea and fresh rose flowers, finally uppercutting me straight in the freaking MOUTH and THROAT for the knockout with a combination of medium to bright berry fruits and more awesome spice notes. Winner winner chicken dinner, though I had these wines with broiled fresh salmon collars and bellies tonight.
The mouthfeel and overall impression of both wines is fantastic and a style I like over many pinots from that area. The 2015 was so good, I might buy another bottle or two.
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#27 Post by Fred Bower » May 7th, 2019, 6:17 am

2007 Mount Edward "Morrison Vineyard" Pinot Noir (Central Otago, New Zealand)
Dark ruby-red color, slight transparency. Aromas of mulberry and bay leaf with some cherry and thyme notes. Palate has blackberry, rhubarb, bay leaf, and black cherry that carry into a medium-long finish. This is showing very well right now and compares favorably with Felton Road's wines. This is probably the best Mount Edward I've had in the past year (out of a half-dozen or so various bottles). Drink or hold.

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#28 Post by Richard T r i m p i » May 7th, 2019, 6:27 am

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
May 6th, 2019, 6:04 pm
2012 Seven of Hearts Pinot Noir Curmudgeon Cuvée Armstrong Vineyard[/url] - USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Ribbon Ridge (5/6/2019)
Nice! You don't see a lot of that around.

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#29 Post by Blake Brown » May 7th, 2019, 6:51 am

Just saw this thread and am late to the game but here something from somewhere:

2000 Brogan Cellars Russian River Valley Reserve Pinot Noir- 13.9% abv; this was absolutely stellar hitting all of the right spots from the nose through the tail; it had a still youthful red burgundy color; the aromatics were redolent of cinnamon and spice mindful of my mother’s homemade applesauce; red raspberry was the first recognizable fruit profile to show up with red cherry backing it up by mid palate; it had an elegance that was also represented in the mouthfeel with its soft and smooth texture; I`ve had many a bottle of this and the regular 2000 and they continuously give the ultimate treasures of a great Pinot Noir.

As mentioned most every time I review BC wines, they are made by dear friend Margi Williams, daughter of Burt of the initial Williams Selyem fame. Margi established her own identity and has crafted some great wines over the years. Due to health issues, she just retired but her wines live on in optimal health and well being.

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#30 Post by Todd F r e n c h » May 7th, 2019, 7:42 am

Richard T r i m p i wrote:
May 7th, 2019, 6:27 am
Todd F r e n c h wrote:
May 6th, 2019, 6:04 pm
2012 Seven of Hearts Pinot Noir Curmudgeon Cuvée Armstrong Vineyard[/url] - USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Ribbon Ridge (5/6/2019)
Nice! You don't see a lot of that around.

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#31 Post by Viet Ly » May 7th, 2019, 7:57 am

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
May 6th, 2019, 6:04 pm
My 'anywhere' ended up to be Willamette Valley, revisiting an old friend... (given the number of 'curmudgeon' threads we have lately)
  • 2012 Seven of Hearts Pinot Noir Curmudgeon Cuvée Armstrong Vineyard - USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Ribbon Ridge (5/6/2019)
    What a transformation! Upon opening, this smelled faintly of communion wine, and a bit hot. First sample on the palate reflected similar disappointment - just hot, barely any discernible fruit at all. I figured it must be a flawed bottle. 15 minutes later I went back as I wouldn't want to waste this wine, a homage to the late Bob Wood, as that's how he would have wanted it...needless to say it was merely sleeping and has awoken in a big way. Pine needles, fresh soil, and red berries dominate the nose - a fresh and vibrant presentation. The palate simply explodes with fruit of perfect sweetness - sweet upon initial attack, but immediately converting to a more spicy, controlled dark berry component, so as not to be at all jammy or syrupy in the fruit profile. Acidic backbone drives that fruit bite, and that blast of sweetness that so quickly fades is really an attractive quality to this wine, as it seems to introduce greater complexity, much like a nose that loads you with so many individual components you hasten to taste the wine. This wine is not as complex on the nose (at least not yet) but super complex and rewarding on the palate.
Enjoyed this well written note Todd [cheers.gif] Never had communion wine, but maybe now I need to try it as a reference point [cheers.gif]

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#32 Post by S. Rash » May 7th, 2019, 7:59 am

2017 Kokomo Pinot Noir - Gopher's Hill Block, Peters Vineyard, Sonoma Coast: Clear garnet in color with fresh strawberries and hints of pine needles right out of the bottle. As it opened up, aromas of fresh strawberries continued along with more pronounced forest floor, red currant, clove, and vanilla. Fresh and bright flavors of cherry and white pepper lingered on the palate; medium body, medium acidity, medium tannins; medium - medium(+) length on the finish. This PN was balanced with some complexity on the nose. I like my Pinot's young and fruit-driven, but I can't wait to see how this one develops with more time in the bottle.
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#33 Post by Todd F r e n c h » May 7th, 2019, 8:42 am

Viet Ly wrote:
May 7th, 2019, 7:57 am
Todd F r e n c h wrote:
May 6th, 2019, 6:04 pm
My 'anywhere' ended up to be Willamette Valley, revisiting an old friend... (given the number of 'curmudgeon' threads we have lately)
  • 2012 Seven of Hearts Pinot Noir Curmudgeon Cuvée Armstrong Vineyard - USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Ribbon Ridge (5/6/2019)
    What a transformation! Upon opening, this smelled faintly of communion wine, and a bit hot. First sample on the palate reflected similar disappointment - just hot, barely any discernible fruit at all. I figured it must be a flawed bottle. 15 minutes later I went back as I wouldn't want to waste this wine, a homage to the late Bob Wood, as that's how he would have wanted it...needless to say it was merely sleeping and has awoken in a big way. Pine needles, fresh soil, and red berries dominate the nose - a fresh and vibrant presentation. The palate simply explodes with fruit of perfect sweetness - sweet upon initial attack, but immediately converting to a more spicy, controlled dark berry component, so as not to be at all jammy or syrupy in the fruit profile. Acidic backbone drives that fruit bite, and that blast of sweetness that so quickly fades is really an attractive quality to this wine, as it seems to introduce greater complexity, much like a nose that loads you with so many individual components you hasten to taste the wine. This wine is not as complex on the nose (at least not yet) but super complex and rewarding on the palate.
Enjoyed this well written note Todd [cheers.gif] Never had communion wine, but maybe now I need to try it as a reference point [cheers.gif]
Be sure you go to a church that has ACTUAL wine to get the pleasure - many serve juice. Or, just splurge on the $4.00 to buy a jug of 'communion wine' - Carlo Rossi, perhaps...
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#34 Post by Anton D » May 7th, 2019, 8:59 am

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
May 7th, 2019, 8:42 am
Viet Ly wrote:
May 7th, 2019, 7:57 am
Todd F r e n c h wrote:
May 6th, 2019, 6:04 pm
My 'anywhere' ended up to be Willamette Valley, revisiting an old friend... (given the number of 'curmudgeon' threads we have lately)
  • 2012 Seven of Hearts Pinot Noir Curmudgeon Cuvée Armstrong Vineyard - USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Ribbon Ridge (5/6/2019)
    What a transformation! Upon opening, this smelled faintly of communion wine, and a bit hot. First sample on the palate reflected similar disappointment - just hot, barely any discernible fruit at all. I figured it must be a flawed bottle. 15 minutes later I went back as I wouldn't want to waste this wine, a homage to the late Bob Wood, as that's how he would have wanted it...needless to say it was merely sleeping and has awoken in a big way. Pine needles, fresh soil, and red berries dominate the nose - a fresh and vibrant presentation. The palate simply explodes with fruit of perfect sweetness - sweet upon initial attack, but immediately converting to a more spicy, controlled dark berry component, so as not to be at all jammy or syrupy in the fruit profile. Acidic backbone drives that fruit bite, and that blast of sweetness that so quickly fades is really an attractive quality to this wine, as it seems to introduce greater complexity, much like a nose that loads you with so many individual components you hasten to taste the wine. This wine is not as complex on the nose (at least not yet) but super complex and rewarding on the palate.
Enjoyed this well written note Todd [cheers.gif] Never had communion wine, but maybe now I need to try it as a reference point [cheers.gif]
Be sure you go to a church that has ACTUAL wine to get the pleasure - many serve juice. Or, just splurge on the $4.00 to buy a jug of 'communion wine' - Carlo Rossi, perhaps...
We have a monkery/winery (New Clairvaux) nearby that makes sacramental/communion wine. Suffice to say, not even transubstantiation does it any favors.
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#35 Post by dsimmons » May 7th, 2019, 11:38 am

2006 Domaine / Maison Vincent Girardin Pommard Les Vignots - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Pommard (5/5/2019)
Very nice drunk with salmon sushi. This wine was loaded with cranberry / current fruit. For me good alone but really stood out with the food. Still plenty of tannin to go more years. (90 pts.)

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#36 Post by Brian Tuite » May 7th, 2019, 7:51 pm

  • 2016 Siduri Pinot Noir Russian River Valley - USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley (5/7/2019)
    From a 375, twist and pour. Dark burgundy color, ripe cherry nose, abundant black cherry with Dr Pepper notes, fruity right through the finish which lingers on with but of tannic grip. Easy drinking made in a crowd pleasing style.
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#37 Post by Warren Taranow » May 7th, 2019, 9:22 pm

It's hard to believe that despite decades of activity on wine boards, this is my first participation in a virtual tasting. Add this to the many thanks I owe FMIII.
2015 Méo-Camuzet Frère et Sœurs Bourgogne
Young but already stunning. The nose starts with a blast of crisp cranberry. Exuberant cranberry, sweet raspberry and cherry dominate the palate. Robust; a heavyweight! This is painfully primary, but it hurts so good! It will be easy to quickly annihilate the rest of my bottles, and it will be a shame to miss what this becomes with several years of bottle age.
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#38 Post by Frank Murray III » May 7th, 2019, 9:34 pm

Enjoying all the notes. Thanks for participating everyone.
My WOTY candidates for 2019:
2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge SC PN
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Platt SC PN
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut

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

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#39 Post by M. Dildine » May 8th, 2019, 4:42 pm

2014 Rhys Pinot Noir Home Vineyard San Francisco Bay
5/8/2019 - I LIKE THIS WINE: NR
13.2% abv. Medium burgundy red. The aromatics of this wine are outstanding, deep and with cherry and spice overtones. On the palate, structure is preeminent along with a nice saline minerality. With excellent depth and length, this appears to be a superior wine still five or more years away from maximum enjoyment. I have one bottle remaining, and I’ll be patient with it.
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#40 Post by Philip G » May 8th, 2019, 10:15 pm

2010 Pierre André au Château de Corton André Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Charmes

A little bit of barnyard old wood funk. Light to medium body and opacity, bright cherry and strawberry. Medium finish. Extra aeration opened it up to a bigger mouthfeel and more acidity. Enjoyable wine, good with food, a little tart to stand on its own for me.
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#41 Post by Fred Bower » May 9th, 2019, 8:58 am

2010 Cowan Cellars Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
Medium-dark red color. Aromas of smoke, cherry, sous bois, and a hint of hoisin. Palate has a meaty core with cherry and strawberry framing. There's a stripe of what I perceive to be green stem notes that interrupts the red fruit and earth notes. Not as good now as it was at release (to my tastes). Not sure if it ages out of the current phase to a more positive future. Hold?

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#42 Post by Frank Murray III » May 9th, 2019, 4:48 pm

I just gave up on the 2011 Chidaine Choisilles so gonna dump that and head for the cellar to have a PN from ANYWHERE.
My WOTY candidates for 2019:
2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge SC PN
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Platt SC PN
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut

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

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#43 Post by Alan Rath » May 9th, 2019, 5:14 pm

Frank Murray III wrote:
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I just gave up on the 2011 Chidaine Choisilles so gonna dump that
Depressing, isn't it? I only bought 2 bottles of 16 Chidaine, opening one tonight. Can't trust them to go the distance.

Actually, since this is the Pinot thread, I better open a Pinot :)
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#44 Post by Frank Murray III » May 9th, 2019, 5:27 pm

Feeling you, Alan. Opened a 2013 Kutch Bohan. Enjoying with mac and cheese.
My WOTY candidates for 2019:
2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge SC PN
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Platt SC PN
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut

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

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#45 Post by Alan Rath » May 9th, 2019, 8:29 pm

2014 Copain Pinot Noir Wendling Vineyard - USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley (5/9/2019)
Quite dark garnet color, wonderful nose of dark crushed berries and some enticing pine forest, with interesting spice notes; the dark fruit palate is deep and intense, with an unusual flavor note, almost gamay-like, some of that same spice comes through, with excellent acidity, and some moderate but slightly gripping and mouth drying tannins. Very youthful, but a fascinating, deeply flavorful, complex and delicious wine. (93 pts.)

This is a relatively new vineyard, in the deep end of Anderson Valley, just to the west of Bearwallow and Kiser. Also fairly large. Copain lost their contract after the Jackson purchase, I wonder who is getting the fruit now, and how the wine compares.

Edit: slowly drinking through the bottle while watching nba playoffs. Man this is good. As good a California Pinot as I’ve had in a while.
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#46 Post by Joseph MR » May 10th, 2019, 3:44 pm

2014 Enderle & Molle Liaison Spatburgunder
Enjoying this as I finger type. Transparent ruby. Earthy, dusty nose with hints of berries and sandalwood. Resolutely dry palate shows the same elements, acidity is well integrated. Medium-long finish. Herbal and (dare I say mineral, in a red wine) notes can still be smelled after swallowing the wine.
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#47 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » May 10th, 2019, 5:00 pm

Because of recent activity in the thread about 2012 Rhys San Mateo County Pinot Noir I decided to open one of my half bottles. It is drinking very well. There is still a generous amount of primary fruit, and the edges are starting to gather some earthy nuance, and there’s a hint of mint in the mid-palate. The tannins are pretty soft, but there’s also good acidity, keeping the wine in focus.

This has plenty of runway.
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#48 Post by Frank Murray III » May 10th, 2019, 6:40 pm

This will be my final TN for the thread. I have enjoyed seeing fellow WBers post their notes and take time to share. Thanks for that joy.
  • 2013 Kutch Pinot Noir Bohan Vineyard - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (5/9/2019)
    Exactly 2 years since the last bottle. 12.3% ABV. Opened about an hour or so ago, and this bottle needed air to flesh out. What the air did was fill in the middle of the wine, which was empty and hollow when first opened. The air fills in the wine, giving the dark cherry, red apple, raspberry and herb the push it needed, and adding a unique, cool rose petal note that it similar to the bottle's note from 2017. It's fascinating for me how a wine can transform with air, to create weight and depth. For today's final sip, this has added some cool tension and minerality so I will revisit the other 1/2 of the bottle for tomorrow.....retasting the next day, same conditions as yesterday. The wine is quite similar, however the structure from last night has softened and there is a tangy quality in the finish. This is good, distinctive. I also think it will be fine as a more near term drinker, say over the next 2-3 more years.
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2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge SC PN
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Platt SC PN
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut

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

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#49 Post by G. Bienstock » May 10th, 2019, 6:47 pm

05 St. Innocent Anden with alder wood grilled Sockeye Salmon.

Anden is the lower and older slope of what was originally called Seven Springs Vineyard.

Mature with gas in the tank. Well developed secondary leaves and shrooms on the nose and palate. Earth and acidity dance on a nice finish with good length. On the bigger side of body but never heavy, just packed with fun and flavor. A hint of dried herbs adds complexity.

An end of work week treat.
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