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#1 Post by Jared Wagner » October 30th, 2019, 4:10 pm

Had a night to myself this past weekend and decided to check in on these two beauts:

2016 Walter Scott Chardonnay X-Novo Vineyard
Popped, poured, and swirled for about 30 minutes. Love it when a wine does not disappoint and just shreds you as this puppy was on blast from the first sniff. Exhilarating aromas of lemon, apple, hazelnut, and a piercing stony minerality. The intensity continues in the mouth, where the stone and lively acidity lift the peach and baked apple spice notes. The mouthfeel is brilliant and the finish lingers for what seems like minutes. Top two or three domestic chardonnay, no doubt. 95pts.

2017 Kelley Fox Pinot Noir Maresh Vineyard Red Barn Blocks
Decanted for an hour. The first thing this wine shows you is a gorgeous transparent ruby color, so light. The second thing it reveals is the most pretty nose of any wine I've ever drank -- the absolute purest wild strawberries, rose petal, and earth. Red fruits galore on the palate. A stunner. 94pts.

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#2 Post by Scott Tallman » October 30th, 2019, 4:12 pm

Both great wines...and great producers. Have kept my hands off the ‘16s and 17s thus far, but notes like these make me ponder cracking some soon.
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#3 Post by Jared Wagner » October 30th, 2019, 4:36 pm

Scott Tallman wrote:
October 30th, 2019, 4:12 pm
Both great wines...and great producers. Have kept my hands off the ‘16s and 17s thus far, but notes like these make me ponder cracking some soon.
Scott,

The Walter Scott had so much energy. I don't think it's going anywhere but if you enjoy young Chardonnay, don't hesitate to open one. The Kelley Fox was just a beautiful wine and it's the perfect time of year to crack one :)

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#4 Post by Mattstolz » October 30th, 2019, 4:45 pm

Kelley fox deserves every high rating her wines get. you are dead on with the purity note.

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#5 Post by Scott Tallman » October 30th, 2019, 5:34 pm

Jared Wagner wrote:
October 30th, 2019, 4:36 pm
Scott Tallman wrote:
October 30th, 2019, 4:12 pm
Both great wines...and great producers. Have kept my hands off the ‘16s and 17s thus far, but notes like these make me ponder cracking some soon.
Scott,

The Walter Scott had so much energy. I don't think it's going anywhere but if you enjoy young Chardonnay, don't hesitate to open one. The Kelley Fox was just a beautiful wine and it's the perfect time of year to crack one :)
I’ve got multiples of the different WS Chards, so should crack one soon. Thanks!
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#6 Post by Dale McClaran » October 31st, 2019, 8:09 am

J Dub, I'm glad you you took my heading to give the 16 WS a go [cheers.gif] As good as the Cuvee Anne and Freedom Hill are (and thy are very, very good), the X Novo is a whole different beast entirely. The RBB doesn't sound too shabby either. Love these wines!
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#7 Post by Mark Y » October 31st, 2019, 9:04 am

Scott Tallman wrote:
October 30th, 2019, 5:34 pm

I’ve got multiples of the different WS Chards, so should crack one soon. Thanks!
i brought a WS chard to peter's place, did you get a chance to try it? i actually forgot to try that one.. the only bottle i didn't try. didn't see it and then forgot.
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#8 Post by Scott Tallman » October 31st, 2019, 10:05 am

Mark Y wrote:
October 31st, 2019, 9:04 am
Scott Tallman wrote:
October 30th, 2019, 5:34 pm

I’ve got multiples of the different WS Chards, so should crack one soon. Thanks!
i brought a WS chard to peter's place, did you get a chance to try it? i actually forgot to try that one.. the only bottle i didn't try. didn't see it and then forgot.

I did - it was really good. But it was Freedom Hill, not X-Novo. While I like FH a lot, XN is a step above IMO
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#9 Post by C Chen » October 31st, 2019, 10:45 am

Scott Tallman wrote:
October 31st, 2019, 10:05 am
Mark Y wrote:
October 31st, 2019, 9:04 am
Scott Tallman wrote:
October 30th, 2019, 5:34 pm

I’ve got multiples of the different WS Chards, so should crack one soon. Thanks!
i brought a WS chard to peter's place, did you get a chance to try it? i actually forgot to try that one.. the only bottle i didn't try. didn't see it and then forgot.

I did - it was really good. But it was Freedom Hill, not X-Noci. While I like FH a lot, XN is a step above IMO
X-Novo is obviously the flagship Chard, but Freedom Hill can stand on its own.
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#10 Post by Peter Petersen » October 31st, 2019, 11:25 am

I've only opened the regular 2017 Maresh (called Mirabai) from Kelley Fox so far. It is an amazing wine. Light color but loads of aromatic and palate complexity. Looking forward to popping the three vineyard designates later.

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#11 Post by Mark Y » October 31st, 2019, 1:35 pm

Scott Tallman wrote:
October 31st, 2019, 10:05 am
Mark Y wrote:
October 31st, 2019, 9:04 am
Scott Tallman wrote:
October 30th, 2019, 5:34 pm

I’ve got multiples of the different WS Chards, so should crack one soon. Thanks!
i brought a WS chard to peter's place, did you get a chance to try it? i actually forgot to try that one.. the only bottle i didn't try. didn't see it and then forgot.

I did - it was really good. But it was Freedom Hill, not X-Novo. While I like FH a lot, XN is a step above IMO
Sorry for bringing such subpar plonk! ;)

kiddin' aside, glad it's good.. have more of them.. and the xnovo as well. definitely great chards!
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#12 Post by Scott Tallman » October 31st, 2019, 6:37 pm

To clarify, I only provided my opinion about the ‘16 FH (which I’m glad you brought - always happy to drink any WS wine) because this thread was about ‘16 X-Novo, not because it’s not a damn fine wine. [cheers.gif]

I like FH - a lot. I’ve drank a lot of FH, XN, Vojtilla, and Cuvee Anne, and I’ve yet to have a FH that hit the heights of bottles of the others (or the 2 bottles I’ve had of ‘16 Bunker Hill). However, I’ve never had an off bottle of FH, and have had off bottles of the others (Not BH). FH is great Chard that I buy multiple bottles of every year, just not in the top tier of WS SV bottlings IMO. YMMV
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#13 Post by dcornutt » November 1st, 2019, 5:38 am

The 2017 Maresh Red Barn Block from Kelley is so beautiful. I love that wine. The 2018 I just received is her last vintage with this block. She has lots of other great terroir but this one to me is special. Great note.
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#14 Post by dcornutt » November 1st, 2019, 5:42 am

Peter Petersen wrote:
October 31st, 2019, 11:25 am
I've only opened the regular 2017 Maresh (called Mirabai) from Kelley Fox so far. It is an amazing wine. Light color but loads of aromatic and palate complexity. Looking forward to popping the three vineyard designates later.
Peter,
You should try the vineyard designate from Maresh in 2017. (The one labeled Maresh not Mirabai) Lighter color but intense fruit and great complexity. Not a crime to me to open if you enjoy young pinot.
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#15 Post by Peter Petersen » November 1st, 2019, 8:02 am

dcornutt wrote:
November 1st, 2019, 5:42 am
Peter Petersen wrote:
October 31st, 2019, 11:25 am
I've only opened the regular 2017 Maresh (called Mirabai) from Kelley Fox so far. It is an amazing wine. Light color but loads of aromatic and palate complexity. Looking forward to popping the three vineyard designates later.
Peter,
You should try the vineyard designate from Maresh in 2017. (The one labeled Maresh not Mirabai) Lighter color but intense fruit and great complexity. Not a crime to me to open if you enjoy young pinot.
Don, I plan to, but waiting for the air to clear up. It'd be a waste to pop a great wine with residual fire smoke in the air, something I'm very sensitive to, unfortunately.

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#16 Post by Dale McClaran » November 1st, 2019, 10:06 am

I haven't had the Red Barn yet, but the 16 Star of Bethlehem was my first foray into KF pinot, and about gave me whiplash with how gorgeous the nose was.
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#17 Post by Kris Patten » November 1st, 2019, 11:09 am

Anyone cracked a 2017 WS X Novo?
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#18 Post by Rick Allen » November 1st, 2019, 11:38 am

Kris Patten wrote:
November 1st, 2019, 11:09 am
Anyone cracked a 2017 WS X Novo?
I've probably had it half a dozen times over the last 9 months at various tastings (my case is sleeping). It's superb but painfully young. The Seven Springs is also excellent and almost on a par with it.

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#19 Post by James Lyon » November 1st, 2019, 12:00 pm

Rick Allen wrote:
November 1st, 2019, 11:38 am
Kris Patten wrote:
November 1st, 2019, 11:09 am
Anyone cracked a 2017 WS X Novo?
I've probably had it half a dozen times over the last 9 months at various tastings (my case is sleeping). It's superb but painfully young. The Seven Springs is also excellent and almost on a par with it.
Ditto to Rick's comments. Young with a lot of promise. I tasted the 2017's at WS in June and opened a bottle of 2017 WS X Novo from my case back in July. Actually, I opened a 2017 WS Seven Springs Chardonnay around the same time (different days, no side by side) and I would have given a slight edge to the Seven Springs.

I've enjoyed the 2013 and 2014 X Novo over the last 6 months. It's splitting hairs, but I think that the 2013 X Novo would be my favorite from the recent bottles.

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#20 Post by Alan Gottlieb » November 1st, 2019, 5:04 pm

Peter Petersen wrote:
October 31st, 2019, 11:25 am
I've only opened the regular 2017 Maresh (called Mirabai) from Kelley Fox so far. It is an amazing wine. Light color but loads of aromatic and palate complexity. Looking forward to popping the three vineyard designates later.
This wine (Mirabi) for 35 dollars is a fantastic value. So darn good

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#21 Post by Mattstolz » November 1st, 2019, 5:44 pm

dcornutt wrote:
November 1st, 2019, 5:38 am
The 2017 Maresh Red Barn Block from Kelley is so beautiful. I love that wine. The 2018 I just received is her last vintage with this block. She has lots of other great terroir but this one to me is special. Great note.
sad to hear that is the last vintage, but I do love this bottling!
Peter Petersen wrote:
October 31st, 2019, 11:25 am
I've only opened the regular 2017 Maresh (called Mirabai) from Kelley Fox so far. It is an amazing wine. Light color but loads of aromatic and palate complexity. Looking forward to popping the three vineyard designates later.
that mirabai is a great introduction to her style. they only gain in complexity from there, but the beautiful color and aromatic intensity is always present and beautiful.

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