Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/22 - 12/1)

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#1 Post by Frank Murray III » November 18th, 2019, 5:42 pm

We're going on 5 years now doing this work to raise money for my charity, asking all of you to simply open a bottle of Pinot Noir and post a TN. For those who are not familiar with the event, here is a link to last year's thread which helped us raise almost $4,000 in just over a week's time.

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=155629&hilit=Wallet#p2610000

I will keep this tradition going and pay a cash donation for every TN that is posted between the dates of 11/22 to 12/1 (for bottles during this time period). The theme? As always, 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 10 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 11/22 and make me pay!
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

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

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#2 Post by Jonathan Sirot » November 18th, 2019, 8:52 pm

I might very well open up a burgundy, later this week but not positive, but would be thrilled to be the first to get the ball rolling for a wonderful cause. Although $20 would likely be fine I went to the site and donated $100 After all it IS the season of giving.

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#3 Post by Fred Bower » November 19th, 2019, 5:48 am

Pinot Noir pairs well with a Thanksgiving table. Great timing!

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#4 Post by Frank Murray III » November 19th, 2019, 10:44 am

Jonathan, this is really generous of you and your donation is at the heart of why we do the event every year. Thank you for having faith in the charity and for caring enough to share your own kindness with the charity and give them a leg up.

Fred, thank you too for participating.
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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2012 Marguet La Grande Ruelle Ambonnay

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#5 Post by brigcampbell » November 20th, 2019, 2:27 pm

Okay homie,

The Virtual Tasting Series Compendium 2019 - WB Charity master thread is posted to track all the weeks.

Click on the link for the rules and regulations.

Plus, we are looking for sponsors for a few weeks.

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#6 Post by Peter Petersen » November 20th, 2019, 5:25 pm

Just popped a 2002 Ojai, Clos Pepe. This won’t count, but I’ll find something for next week.

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#7 Post by Paul Miller » November 20th, 2019, 5:32 pm

Just got talked into a Pinot from Macedonia 🇲🇰
Maybe I’ll save a glass 😆

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#8 Post by Dan Kravitz » November 20th, 2019, 5:40 pm

Thanks Frank.

I'll be in, as always.

But it's pretty goddam cold in Maine to be drinking such thin red wine [truce.gif] .

But I'll do it for a good cause, and make sure some duck, goat and lamb are around to help me through this.

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#9 Post by Frank Murray III » November 20th, 2019, 6:06 pm

Thanks guys. Please open bottles, post and like Dan did last year (I loved that photo, Dan), post a photo with you and the wine to double the value of my donation.

I'll start opening Pinot from my cellar this weekend and help build our activity here, too.

Happy holidays and look forward to a great 10 days of raising money and meeting each other.
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

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

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#10 Post by Mike S. » November 20th, 2019, 10:07 pm

Count me in for a few bottles. I will add $5 for each bottle I post on.
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#11 Post by Frank Murray III » November 21st, 2019, 7:59 am

Mike, thank you for the additional support. This is appreciated.

And, also wanted to pass on the good news that a matching donor, who has generously done this just about every year I have held this challenge, this Wine Berserker donor has agreed to match my donation. So, for those of you that will be participating this year in the challenge, every note you post on your Pinot Noir here will have a doubled value to Laura's House, our charity. I want to thank this donor for signing on with me again, for helping drive this challenge with me.
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

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

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#12 Post by brigcampbell » November 21st, 2019, 8:11 am

Frank Murray III wrote:
November 21st, 2019, 7:59 am
Mike, thank you for the additional support. This is appreciated.

And, also wanted to pass on the good news that a matching donor, who has generously done this just about every year I have held this challenge, this Wine Berserker donor has agreed to match my donation. So, for those of you that will be participating this year in the challenge, every note you post on your Pinot Noir here will have a doubled value to Laura's House, our charity. I want to thank this donor for signing on with me again, for helping drive this challenge with me.
That person is a good human being - their anonymity has never been compromised but I have my suspicions... [berserker.gif]

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#13 Post by joeduncan » November 21st, 2019, 8:39 pm

Am I first to post an actual note? No photo for today, might add one later or on other bottles. Edit: just realized that I started early :)

2017 Ceritas Pinot Noir Trout Gulch

Coravin glass. Very pretty. Nose initially closed but starting to open up slowly after 15 minutes in the glass. Tastes like strawberries and red cherries, with subtle notes of basil and tea. Medium acid. I keep going back for sip after sip but need to restrain myself to see where it's at after some time. One hour later and things had tilted a little darker toward raspberry with some other hard-to-pin-down savory notes.

Very enjoyable tonight, but I definitely think it will evolve to add complexity over the next 5-10 years.
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#14 Post by Mike Stoneking » November 21st, 2019, 8:45 pm

Jonathan Sirot wrote:
November 18th, 2019, 8:52 pm
I might very well open up a burgundy, later this week but not positive, but would be thrilled to be the first to get the ball rolling for a wonderful cause. Although $20 would likely be fine I went to the site and donated $100 After all it IS the season of giving.
You should get out here one of these years to see what Falltacular is all about. It is an amazing experience!
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#15 Post by bob poirier » November 22nd, 2019, 12:59 pm

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Pobegaing a 2017 375 Rhys Bearwallow that arrived at the office yesterday. Decanting in the glass as much as possible, showing lots of spice and bright red fruits even some sweet earthy notes ( not sure what this means but it's what popped into my head) Certainly needs some time, but still enjoyable finishing up a Friday at work.

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#16 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » November 22nd, 2019, 1:33 pm

2016 Robert Chevillon Nuits St Georges VV

Beautiful nose of red and dark fruits. Nice acidity, with surprising palate depth. Very primary at this phase, of course. Nice finish. Impressive wine which is punching above its weight class.

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#17 Post by R@y.Tupp@+sch » November 22nd, 2019, 1:59 pm

Drank eleven Red Burgs and Pinot based Champagnes last night, but didn't want to cheat.

I'll have to soldier on starting tonight.
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#18 Post by Frank Murray III » November 22nd, 2019, 2:07 pm

Dig to see you guys getting after it. I need to get a bottle open tonight and start the charge with you.

Ray, honesty is always in vogue. [thumbs-up.gif]
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2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
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2012 Marguet La Grande Ruelle Ambonnay

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#19 Post by Pat K » November 22nd, 2019, 3:31 pm

2013 Kingston Family Vineyards Pinot Noir Tobiano Casablanca Valley

Garnet, medium legs, rim variation consistent with age. Aromas of strawberry & cherry; hints of dust, light toast, and fig.. On the palate, tartness/acidity initially, followed by smooth finish. Light to medium body. Finish is medium, acidity is medium plus. acidity. Tasted another bottle in 2018; I think this wine is at peak. Drink now. Kingston is a reliable producer for us. I'm frugal and have found some great values in Chilean Pinot Noir. Enjoy!

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#20 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » November 22nd, 2019, 5:16 pm

2009 Rhys Swan Terrace Pinot Noir
Finally this is developing some tertiary earthy/leafy character to go along with the still prominent red fruit. It’s also still showing the green and floral character. I would wait another 2-3 years before trying again. It’s trying to approach maturity, but not quite there as of yet.
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#21 Post by PaulMills » November 22nd, 2019, 5:57 pm

2011 Biggio Hamina Eola Amity. Good tart cherry flavor. Good acidity, but much smoother than a few years ago. I think this wine still has time in the bottle.

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#22 Post by Frank Murray III » November 22nd, 2019, 6:27 pm

Paul, it would seem you and David see the world from different POVs. Nice. Like the photos. Bob, good to see you back, and thank you Pat for sticking with the theme, too.

I'm going to help, as here is my first post. Since the Dr Mrs doesn't drink red wines, it's just me working on the Kutch.
  • 2017 Kutch Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (11/22/2019)
    Opened about 2 hours ago. ABV on this lists at 12.5% and it seems to drink true to that #, too. A kiss of stems in the aromatic, but only a seasoning that adds a cool signature. Lightly floral with some cracked spices. The texture on this is fantastic, showing a medium weight, framed by red apple, blueberry, juicy strawberry and raspberry. The acidity here is persistent and reinforces the red fruit, finishing with some tannin that gives the wine a texture of slate. I've had this as one of my 2019 wines of the year since before summer. Its that good, and for $39 and for the potential it shows to continue to develop, remains one of the best pinot noirs for me in 2019, and for the price, nothing has yet to touch it. Fantastic yet again.
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#23 Post by Paul Miller » November 22nd, 2019, 6:36 pm

PaulMills wrote:
November 22nd, 2019, 5:57 pm
2011 Biggio Hamina Eola Amity. Good tart cherry flavor. Good acidity, but much smoother than a few years ago. I think this wine still has time in the bottle.

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#24 Post by PaulMills » November 22nd, 2019, 6:38 pm

Paul Miller wrote:
November 22nd, 2019, 6:36 pm
PaulMills wrote:
November 22nd, 2019, 5:57 pm
2011 Biggio Hamina Eola Amity. Good tart cherry flavor. Good acidity, but much smoother than a few years ago. I think this wine still has time in the bottle.

Sorry for the upside down photo, ipads are difficult.
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#25 Post by Jeremy C » November 22nd, 2019, 7:09 pm

2011 Sojourn Sangiacomo

My last of these. A bit burly out of the gate, but it settles farily quickly. What it has given up in fruit, it is yielding in some yummy savory flavors. I really like this producer.


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#26 Post by Brian Tuite » November 22nd, 2019, 8:28 pm

Happy to support a good cause Frank, I’ll match $5/note.

2016 Rhys Alesia Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
This one a young pup, dark fruited with a Zinfandel-like nose, medium bodied with lots of minerality and cherry Jolly Rancher poking through the chalky mid palate. Sour cherry and chalk on the finish. Still fairly wound up.
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#27 Post by Frank Murray III » November 22nd, 2019, 9:05 pm

Rat, this is smashing good of you. Thanks for your generosity, pal.
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#28 Post by Jim Stewart » November 23rd, 2019, 4:15 am

2014 Roserock Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills, Oregon
This was standing by last week in case our ’82 du Tertre STB. Didn’t need it since the du Tertre came through, so it fit right in for this week's theme . . .
Deep and dense color. Dusty with rich and slightly bright fruit at first taste. A bit of forest floor. A bit of spice. Developed a fuller fruit and spice profile over a half hour or so of drinking alone and with food. Fleshy, flavorful, balanced and smooth. Exceeded my expectations which were set for a “pretty decent wine”. Enjoyed this very much. Recommended.

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#29 Post by brigcampbell » November 23rd, 2019, 1:49 pm

  • 2017 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Ferrington Vineyard - USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley (11/23/2019)
    I liked this because it backs away, slightly, from the lush WS house style with some herbal flavors. It's still juicy and fun ripe red fruit. Dark and concentrated color.
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#30 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » November 23rd, 2019, 1:57 pm

Brig,

That’s a really weird color for a Pinot.
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#31 Post by Frank Murray III » November 23rd, 2019, 2:16 pm

Brig, you turkey. That looks like the airport. Where the heck are you?
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2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence BdB Extra Brut
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2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut
2017 Carlisle Zin Mancini Ranch RRV

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#32 Post by Pat K » November 23rd, 2019, 4:35 pm

I hope this wine qualifies, as it is a Pinot Nero-dominant blend:

Ferrari NV Brut Rose', Trentodoc DOC. This wine is made from Pinot Nero (Pinot Noir) and Chardonnay grapes. Copper with hints of pink. Bubbles are there, but not as tiny as those I've seen in Champagne and in Franciacorta. Fruit-forward: strawberries, maybe a bit of cherry, clearly some baking spices and yeast. Aromas and palate rather consistent. Pleasant, approachable. Might be less of a value than many Cavas, in my experience, but certainly very enjoyable.

Brig, I've never seen PN with all that foam. Haven't had a hot pretzel in years.

Brian, how nice of you to join in the giving.

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#33 Post by Brian Tuite » November 23rd, 2019, 6:21 pm

I hate doing sheetrock work, but I love drinking wine. After a long day playing with joint compound we opened this 2014 Walter Hansel South Slope Pinot Noir. Pouring dark crimson, barnyardy garrigue on the nose. Lots of fruit in this one but not overly ripe, Dr Pepper and Rhubarb with a little tension but mostly in your face dark cherry. Definite crowd pleaser style.

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#34 Post by brigcampbell » November 23rd, 2019, 6:30 pm

I would expect a man of your stature to be hanging 12 footers, not the kiddy 8'.
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#35 Post by Brian Tuite » November 23rd, 2019, 7:28 pm

brigcampbell wrote:
November 23rd, 2019, 6:30 pm
I would expect a man of your stature to be hanging 12 footers, not the kiddy 8'.
Brian Tuite wrote:
November 23rd, 2019, 6:21 pm
I hate doing sheetrock work, but I love drinking wine. After a long day playing with joint compound we opened this 2014 Walter Hansel South Slope Pinot Noir. Pouring dark crimson, barnyardy garrigue on the nose. Lots of fruit in this one but not overly ripe, Dr Pepper and Rhubarb with a little tension but mostly in your face dark cherry. Definite crowd pleaser style.


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#36 Post by Adam G » November 23rd, 2019, 11:11 pm

2012 Evening Land Vineyards Occidental Ridge Pinot Noir
Early Thanksgiving here (or late Thanksgiving for my Canadian self), so turkey and Pinot are on the menu.
The Evening Land was a nose full of earth and spice with some cranberry and red cherry. Palate was silky, medium weight. Nice balance. Much more interesting than a prior bottle and the power was more balanced out by its depth and complexity. Nice accompaniment to turkey.
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#37 Post by Steve Gautier » November 24th, 2019, 6:27 am

Not sure if this counts and no picture since I did not realize it was 82% Pinot Noir until I took it out of CellarTracker this morning.
  • 2009 Schramsberg Vineyards Reserve - USA, California, North Coast (11/24/2019)
    This came across as much younger than its age of 10 years. Creamy with real nice acidity. Hints of apple and nut. Long finish.
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#38 Post by Chris Seiber » November 24th, 2019, 6:59 am

2012 Copain Kiser En Haut

I figured I’d start off with one dearer to Frank’s big heart.

This bottle showed well. Red apple, black cherry, raspberry, orange and orange peel, lively citrus acids.

I don’t think the Copain Kisers ever developed the higher degree of complexity I hoped they would in their youth, but this was a very nice, balanced bottle which was easy to enjoy. Probably the best Kiser I’ve had in a few years.
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#39 Post by Frank Murray III » November 24th, 2019, 11:39 am

Keep 'em coming, guys. This is great stuff.

Cheers back to you, Counselor Seiber.
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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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2017 Kutch Falstaff Sonoma Coast PN
2012 Marguet La Grande Ruelle Ambonnay

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#40 Post by brigcampbell » November 24th, 2019, 1:48 pm

  • NV Ruppert-Leroy Champagne Fosse-Grely Pinot Noir Autrement - France, Champagne (11/24/2019)
    Whoa, champagne geek alert. Looks like an orange wine, obviously lots of skin contact. Zero dosage isn't a great surprise as it comes across as very angluar. Citrus and acid bite. Fun and tasty but a food wine.
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#41 Post by Jud Reis » November 24th, 2019, 4:01 pm

Frank, thanks so much for doing this. I would post a pic, but I am a technological Neanderthal.

2008 Beaux Freres Beaux Freres Vineyard - Lovely nose of creosote, dark cherry and spruce. Beautifully textured, with lots of sweet black cherry fruit but balancing acidity and a lovely cranberry note on the finish. Time has been very good to this, but still plenty of running room and may pick up some more complexity with some more time in the cellar.

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#42 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » November 24th, 2019, 4:06 pm

TN: 2015 Domaine Felletig Chambolle Musigny VV: Red fruits, smooth, easy drinking.
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#43 Post by Pat K » November 24th, 2019, 5:37 pm

Stone Cottage Cellars, 2013 Pinot Noir, West Elks, CO: Garnet,fading to crimson. Aromas are primarily red fruit and spice: strawberry, raspberry, cherry, cinnamon. On the palate, dust and light toast emerge as well. Unusual (to me) 500 ml bottle. Received as a gift. Interesting enough, but given price I would not have personally purchased. But isn't that the point of a good gift for a wine geek?

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#44 Post by J0seph S c h e n c k » November 24th, 2019, 10:55 pm

2002 Thomas Pinot willamette Valley

Popped and poured. Followed over 5 hours. Has been on death row for weeks.

Shockingly youthful on the appearance and nose. No bricking. Aromas of damp earth and light red delicate (for the vintage) fruits frame the typicity of an Oregon Pinot vineyard at 7am in the sunny fall mornings dew. Good structure carries all the way through the finish. Decent tannins and acidity together with this fruit suggest a long life ahead. Bravo John. I'm holding my remaining bottles in hopes of more secondary development (thought at 17 years, perhaps wishful thinking?)

1/5 bottle corked and left on counter overnight. Today it is only slightly oxidized and is much more austere having lost about 75% of its fruit. I would therefore recommend a extended aeration prior to service. MUCH Better with air. Cheers

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#45 Post by Robert Pavlovich » November 25th, 2019, 2:06 am

2016 Sylvain Pataille Bourgogne Chapitre

Deep wild berries, blue and black fruit, herbs and spice on the nose. Also a bit of wet sock funk that dissipates with air, while gaining some pretty rose petal character. Shows good freshness on the palate, with dark and concentrated blue/black fruit, and lots of it. Herbs and earthy spice accenting well. Perhaps a bit sweeter than I prefer to start, but it does gain in elegance the more air it sees, with the blueberry fruit coming more in to focus. Really blossoms on day 2, with excellent mineral drive to compliment the fruit, and the tannins very fine and integrated. Good medium length and resonance.

While this is labeled as a Bourgogne, the quality is easily higher, at least village level, and one of the better ones at that. From a vineyard in Chenove, just north west of Marsannay and south of Dijon.

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#46 Post by Kris Patten » November 25th, 2019, 7:11 am

2012 Maison L'Envoye Bourgogne Rouge

A blend of vineyards in Beaune, Haute Cotes and 1er Savigny Marconnets aged 12 months in neutral French oak. Dried cherries and iron on nose with dried flowers and leather. Palate still has good fruit while having a gently aged character to it, but not in decline. Nice balance of acid and fruit.
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#47 Post by Mike Grammer » November 25th, 2019, 12:07 pm

Didn't see the thread until today, but must have made a subliminal call out to me :)

From dinner party Saturday:

2015 Westcott Estate Reserve PN

It's been at least a year since I tried a bottle. Popped and poured, this has come out of its surly cocoon and is expressing beautifully now, with strawberry, light plum jam, a bit of cinnamon and other baking spices and herbs. The whole cluster has been fully integrated now with long, lithe tannins to escort the aromatic replays down the throat. Delish, glad I have more.
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#48 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » November 25th, 2019, 4:11 pm

2013 Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains (11/25/2019)
This is the last of my 500ml futures bottles, but the 750s are still sleeping. Overall this is quite drinkable now, though it’s only showing a little bit of development. Rich cherry fruit allows a small amount of leafy complexity to come through. Some menthol joins the party on the finish, where the structure comes into play. Despite the finishing tannins, it’s very pleasurable to drink now, even if it is still early for full development.

This bottling is a good example of the 2012 forward Rhys style. It is not so aggressively stemmy, and that makes it friendlier sooner. There is still plenty of material and structure for development, but the wine is very good now.
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#49 Post by David Lewin » November 25th, 2019, 4:26 pm

2015 Domaine Nicolas-Jay Pinot Noir Red Vinyl - My nephew's wine. I'm not familiar with Oregon wines, so I don't know if this is too young, but I found it mostly structure with little fruit. Perhaps it will improve with several years of age (it did approve an hour after it was opened). My nephew had a different opinion: "bright red fruit and some nice spice and sweetness. Probably needs a few years to really come together."

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#50 Post by Dan Kravitz » November 25th, 2019, 5:49 pm

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Pardon my French, but goddammit!

1) I don't post on wines I sell.
2) I have to post to support Laura's House.

Laura's House is more important, so here ya go:

2009 Jacqueson Mercurey 1er Cru 'Les Naugues' - Medium garnet color, no bricking. Aromas are red cherry and pig iron. Palate is light to medium in body, but surprisingly and wonderfully solid. There is some sous-bois to go with the cherry and now red raspberry fruit, but maybe a little more minerality than sous-bois. The finish is moderate at about 20 seconds. The balance is excellent. The photo is lousy and unless I get lucky, you can't see the full label. Please pardon me, and note that I will match the donation of Frank and the anonymous donor, so this is a $30 wine, which is probably about what it cost at retail.

Sally is not drinking for medical reasons, most of our friends are out of town or busy with their own families, and our family is not coming up until after Thanksgiving, so I'm having a hard time coming up with Pinots for this worthy cause, but I'll manage a few more.

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