Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/20 - 11/29)

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#1 Post by Frank Murray III » November 14th, 2020, 4:13 pm

This has been a tough year for many. We all know those challenges, some have felt them personally. To help with that, let's do something positive and kick off the annual holiday tasting note challenge, carrying on the tradition we started around here more than 5 years ago to raise money for charity. For those new around here, the link below will show you the event we did last year at this time:

viewtopic.php?t=165082

How do you participate? You open and post as many Pinot Noir tasting notes as you like, and I will pay $5 for every Pinot Noir TN that is posted here during the time period of 11/20 to 11/29. To go further, I will double the payment to $10 per TN if you post a photo of yourself with the wine. And, as an added bonus, my matching Wine Berserker donor that has supported me for so many years is locked again. So, the final amount raised will be matched, essentially doubling the value of every note posted. flirtysmile

At the end of the period, I will count the notes and make a donation to Laura's House. 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:

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Starting posting your notes to this thread beginning 11/20 and let's raise some money for a good cause.
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#2 Post by M. Dildine » November 14th, 2020, 4:31 pm

I will happily match my very generous friend $5 per Pinot! PINOT UP!
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#3 Post by brigcampbell » November 14th, 2020, 4:36 pm

More than 5 years running? This is the 8th!

This is the post from 2013 that started it all.

viewtopic.php?t=92074

Anyone interested in hosting a week look here and all the previous virtual tastings are linked too. There's a lot of positive rasta vibe in there.
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#4 Post by brigcampbell » November 19th, 2020, 9:24 am

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#5 Post by Mark Y » November 19th, 2020, 9:51 am

Just a clarifying question.. is it Pinots OPENED 11/20-11/29? or TN posted 11/20-11/29?
i.e. if i open a pinot tonight, but post the note tomorrow after i wake up.. does that count? I get it's for charity so it probably isn't so strict but just want to be a rule follower :D
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#6 Post by Fred Bower » November 19th, 2020, 10:04 am

It will be the 20th in Greenwich when you open, Mark...if you were planning to open late afternoon, wait on it to make it official :)

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#7 Post by Frank Murray III » November 19th, 2020, 2:34 pm

You can open the bottle starting 11/20 and post the note anytime between then and 11/29.

Mike, myself and our anonymous matching donor look forward to getting this started....and, if you want to be a matching donor, to whatever degree you wish, please post (or anonymously and I'll keep your name unpublished) and help us raise some bucks to combat domestic violence.
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#8 Post by John Glas » November 19th, 2020, 3:28 pm

How do you post a photo? You think by now I would know how to do this!

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#9 Post by mattcitrang » November 19th, 2020, 3:56 pm

John Glas wrote:
November 19th, 2020, 3:28 pm
How do you post a photo? You think by now I would know how to do this!
At the bottom of the post editor. Click on attachments.
Click on add file. Click on photo library.
Click on the picture you want to post. Done.

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#10 Post by Chris Seiber » November 19th, 2020, 4:24 pm

mattcitrang wrote:
November 19th, 2020, 3:56 pm
John Glas wrote:
November 19th, 2020, 3:28 pm
How do you post a photo? You think by now I would know how to do this!
At the bottom of the post editor. Click on attachments.
Click on add file. Click on photo library.
Click on the picture you want to post. Done.
A weird tip too — if you edit the photo, no matter how slightly and in what way — it will come out right side up when you post it. If you don’t edit the photo, some of the time it ends up sideways or upside down.

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#11 Post by Brian Tuite » November 19th, 2020, 5:01 pm

Chris Seiber wrote:
November 19th, 2020, 4:24 pm
mattcitrang wrote:
November 19th, 2020, 3:56 pm
John Glas wrote:
November 19th, 2020, 3:28 pm
How do you post a photo? You think by now I would know how to do this!
At the bottom of the post editor. Click on attachments.
Click on add file. Click on photo library.
Click on the picture you want to post. Done.
A weird tip too — if you edit the photo, no matter how slightly and in what way — it will come out right side up when you post it. If you don’t edit the photo, some of the time it ends up sideways or upside down.
That’s a pro-tip right there!
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#12 Post by brigcampbell » November 19th, 2020, 6:23 pm

I'll donate $25 for every tasting note I post.

Don't forget PN bubbles count too.

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#13 Post by Frank Murray III » November 19th, 2020, 7:36 pm

brigcampbell wrote:
November 19th, 2020, 6:23 pm
I'll donate $25 for every tasting note I post.

Don't forget PN bubbles count too.
Thank you buddy. We appreciate the generosity. [highfive.gif]
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#14 Post by J a y H a c k » November 19th, 2020, 7:41 pm

Does a Blanc de Noir count? I have some medical issues that require reduction of wine consumption, and I am not wasting it on Pee-No, but I am willing to open some pinot-based bubbly.
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#15 Post by Cris Whetstone » November 19th, 2020, 9:04 pm

J a y H a c k wrote:
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Does a Blanc de Noir count? I have some medical issues that require reduction of wine consumption, and I am not wasting it on Pee-No, but I am willing to open some pinot-based bubbly.
Two posts above.... neener
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#16 Post by Bob Hughes » November 20th, 2020, 2:08 pm

Have to admit this is one of my favorite threads every year - and I am surprised that I will be the first here with a TN. Starting out with a simple village-level wine, in the case the 2012 Pavelot Savigny-Les-Beaune.

Pretty good, more red fruits than black, good acidity and persistence. Not overly complex, but enjoyable, and at least IMO, not overly rustic, which I know can be a complaint regarding Pavelot’s wines. I could see this continuing to drink well for another 5-10 years.

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#17 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » November 20th, 2020, 3:50 pm

  • 2018 DuPuis Pinot Noir Le Benedict - USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley (11/20/2020)
    So soon after arrival, probably too soon, but I really wanted to try one of these wines. Le Benedict is the “village” level wine from Wells Guthrie’s new venture. At this early date it shows a raspberry/strawberry fruit base, with an interesting herbal/pine/floral overtone. Texturally it’s quite smooth, with structure mostly from solid acids, and just a bit of back end tannin. In the end it’s a very enjoyable drink that hews more towards the lighter/delineated end of the scale, which is what I expected from Wells. I will wait a little while before broaching a single vineyard Pinot or the Syrah, but I certainly want to follow this new project as it moves forward.
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#19 Post by Jud Reis » November 20th, 2020, 4:07 pm

2017 Alesia Anderson Valley Pinot Noir - From 375. Nice nose of red fruit and sandalwood. Good structure and acid with generous red fruit. Not a blockbuster, but quite nice and will drink well for several more years.

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#20 Post by Frank Murray III » November 20th, 2020, 5:37 pm

Terrific, good to see you all jumping in to get this started. It warms my soul to see people take this event to heart, especially in the shi##y year it has been for so many, in so many places. Thank you, truly. We'll do some good here for Laura's House, and remember, with my matching donor, as well as Mike Dildine's match, every note is more than doubled in value.

I'll add to the energy here and get going with a bottle. I've narrowed my Pinot Noir purchases down to really just a couple producers now, and Jamie Kutch is squarely in this small group. I simply love his wines, and I know the man: this guy cares about what he puts out, and he tries to keep innovating and making better wine vintage after vintage. For me, he succeeds, as if we think back to his earlier times, the wines were good, but the stuff coming out from recent vintages is really pretty spectacular. Low alcohol, no new oak, whole cluster adding aromatics and definition, and pure fruit flavors with a superb balance. That said, the 2018 Falstaff is right in that lane.
  • 2018 Kutch Pinot Noir Falstaff Vineyard - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (11/20/2020)
    Haven't had one of these in over a year so now is a good time to get one open. 12.5% ABV. This is going to be a crusher of a wine....merely open 15 mins and it's already fanning out with flavor. The whole cluster is seemingly already integrating with the wine, and with just old barrels used here, the purity comes through. Strawberry, raspberry, mineral, red apple and a modest thread of acid emerging, too. I'm gonna enjoy this over the next couple days. Jamie Kutch is to me one of the real wizards with California California Pinot Noir. 😍😍💪
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#21 Post by AD Northup » November 20th, 2020, 5:50 pm

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2009 Cartograph Floodgate: From a favorite RRV Pinot vineyard and favorite family producer. Last of 3 bottles, most recent in April. Reasonable amount of bricking. Takes an hour to shake off some rust and opens to vibrant dark fruit and a little strawberry showing through, as well as some lovely spicey notes with a touch of acid on the finish. Starting to show real tertiary flavors but they’re having a hard time coming through. Interested to see where this goes, so may see if there are still some for sale from the library.
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2017 Drouhin Côte de Nuits Villages: Picked up towards the tail end of a trip down to a family place at the beach as stocks ran low. A little musty on the nose. Lots of sweet fruit, very little in way of tannin. Easy to drink, nothing special.
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#22 Post by Chris Seiber » November 20th, 2020, 7:29 pm

Kutch Bohan 2013

Cheerful red cherry, red apple, cranberry fruit. A dusty quality, with some bay leaf and autumn spice.

Less intense and serious than some Kutch pinots, not quite as much power driving through the core, but a pretty, savory styled red, good balance and energy.
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#23 Post by Paul Hiyake » November 20th, 2020, 7:39 pm

2007 August West Rosella's Vineyard - Just Coravin'ed a glass and a beautiful scent of black cherries came rising up from the pour. In the glass, the nose bursts forth with juicy cherries, making my mouth water for that first sip. Wow - on the palate, it is dark and grippy with the same dark berry flavors just coating my mouth and a nice little tart streak running down the middle of my tongue. Finish is a little short, but doesn't take away from a really enjoyable drink. I've been drinking through a lot of my older pinots over the past many months being stuck at home - some have been hits, some have been misses - but this pinot is showing terrific and ranks up there with the most enjoyable ones that I have enjoyed during this time!

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#24 Post by J a y H a c k » November 21st, 2020, 7:51 am

Cris Whetstone wrote:
November 19th, 2020, 9:04 pm
J a y H a c k wrote:
November 19th, 2020, 7:41 pm
Does a Blanc de Noir count? I have some medical issues that require reduction of wine consumption, and I am not wasting it on Pee-No, but I am willing to open some pinot-based bubbly.
Two posts above.... neener
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Don't forget PN bubbles count too.
If you think Brig makes the rules, you have not been here long enough. By the way, are you aware of the Jason Momoa thread? :)
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#25 Post by J a y H a c k » November 21st, 2020, 7:52 am

J a y H a c k wrote:
November 19th, 2020, 7:41 pm
Does a Blanc de Noir count? I have some medical issues that require reduction of wine consumption, and I am not wasting it on Pee-No, but I am willing to open some pinot-based bubbly.
Aha! A solution. We have just teed up a 2013 Aubert Sonoma Coast Pinot for tonight. Jay Miller has mistaken that TWICE blind for Cali Syrah.
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#26 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » November 21st, 2020, 10:05 am

  • 2016 Loring Wine Company Pinot Noir Clos Pepe Vineyard - USA, California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills (11/21/2020)
    On vacation for a while, so wine with lunch is a go. Popped a 1/2 bottle of this, and it was classic Loring. Ripe red and black fruit, baking spices and a rich mouthfeel stands up to flavorful fare. I have been drinking Brian’s wines since the 2000 vintage, and they always bring 110%.
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#27 Post by Mark Y » November 21st, 2020, 10:44 am

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
November 21st, 2020, 10:05 am
  • 2016 Loring Wine Company Pinot Noir Clos Pepe Vineyard - USA, California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills (11/21/2020)
    On vacation for a while, so wine with lunch is a go. Popped a 1/2 bottle of this, and it was classic Loring. Ripe red and black fruit, baking spices and a rich mouthfeel stands up to flavorful fare. I have been drinking Brian’s wines since the 2000 vintage, and they always bring 110%.
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#28 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » November 21st, 2020, 10:49 am

I wasn’t going for extra credit on that one.
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#29 Post by Juliec » November 21st, 2020, 11:23 am

2018 Peay Vineyards Pomarium Estate Pinot Noir
Lucky timing, sometimes you want to open what you know will be a delicious bottle. This was a charming bottle of Pinot noir. This year, it was deep, dark fruited and yet lifted like it normally is with a fair level of acidity. Not sure the percent of whole cluster. Great persistence and mid to end palate. Aromas are lovely as well. With cellaring another 3-5-8 years it will develop the 2ndary characteristics that Peay wines are known for. (For those who use Coravin, it worked for the 7 months since the last tasting.) It’s drinking well now.

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Red fruited raspberry, cherry nose with strawberry, cranberry on the palate. Slight alcoholic finish. Lovely aged Pinot, clearly a size able portion of whole cluster that imparts some leaves, forest floor and choco/cocoa notes.
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#30 Post by Mattstolz » November 21st, 2020, 3:21 pm

Matt Taylor Wines Cuvee Kaela 2017
Admittedly, Sonoma Pinot is not typically my thing. But I grabbed this at the suggestion of my ITB friend who gave it a very strong reach and I'm glad I did. The nose alone is worth pouring a glass, its youthful and bright and full of happy red fruit. The palate is cherry cola and minerality and goodness. Its still really primary, but its really enjoyable. I have no doubt this will be a good long haul wine, but its a good roast chicken on a weeknight wine as well. I'm happy this wine exists because the single vineyard stuff is almost twice as much and is a little harder to pull the trigger on because of it... but honestly this is enjoyable enough at half the price that I'm not sure why you'd make the jump. maybe a 91ish?

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#31 Post by John Glas » November 21st, 2020, 3:34 pm

2016 Davenport Cellars Pinot Noir . - USA, Oregon (11/21/2020)
Solid Oregon Pinot featuring strawberry, minerals, floral and spice. Medium plus finish. For under $15.00 a bottle hard to beat. (91 points)
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#32 Post by brigcampbell » November 21st, 2020, 4:24 pm

  • 2018 Kutch Pinot Noir Falstaff Vineyard - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (11/21/2020)
    This is a heartfelt tasting note. I really didn't like this wine when I tasted with Jamie right after it was bottled, it came off with a lot of tomato. I was really concerned because Falstaff is one of my favorite bottlings of Pinot Noir in the world. I was concerned.

    I guess it's a bit like saying that your dog is ugly. Nobody has the heart to say it and I felt very reserved based on the fact that it was just recently bottled and I don't consider myself an expert.

    FMIII had opened a bottle last night and we happened to cross paths today and he said hey I think you should taste the 2018 Falstaff again, I said gladly.

    Wow, what a terrific bottle of wine. It has a reduced concentration and intensity of the typical falstaff but is absolutely fantastic. A leaning towards old world yet doesn't forget it's California roots.

    If nothing, this bottle will always remind me that wine is about the time and the place and the people. And if those are all things that you enjoy then you enjoy the wine.
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#33 Post by Geoff F. » November 21st, 2020, 5:11 pm

2015 Lingua Franca Joshua, Junichi & Siri. A one-off of random cuvees that didn't work on their own, it's still my favorite Lingua Franca wine. Super aromatic, loads of red fruits, light bodied, singing acid. Great juice.
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#34 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » November 21st, 2020, 5:14 pm

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Pretty darn good everyday Burg for $27. Primary, dark fruits with a dusty, mineral spine. Tart fruits fleshing out with some air. Not overly complex, but often simple and honest hits the right note. (89 pts.)
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#35 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » November 21st, 2020, 5:17 pm

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Pretty darn good everyday Burg for $27. Primary, dark fruits with a dusty, mineral spine. Tart fruits fleshing out with some air. Not overly complex, but often simple and honest hits the right note. (89 pts.)
I need to open one soon. I still have a single 2015 in the cellar as well. Maybe open that first.
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#36 Post by Brian Tuite » November 21st, 2020, 5:28 pm

Thanks for getting this going again Frank, you’re a good man!
  • 2015 Briceland Vineyards Pinot Noir Ronda's Vineyard - USA, California, North Coast, Humboldt County (11/21/2020)
    Pours a brickish ruby color. Nose of cranberry, nutmeg and sandlewood. Cranberry, red raspberry and black tea on an expressive palate. The brightness of the fruit splashed against a backdrop of strawberry and chalk and a great acidic lift. Man I like this. Finish lingers and beckons another sip.

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#37 Post by Frank Murray III » November 21st, 2020, 6:25 pm

brigcampbell wrote:
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  • 2018 Kutch Pinot Noir Falstaff Vineyard - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (11/21/2020)
    This is a heartfelt tasting note. I really didn't like this wine when I tasted with Jamie right after it was bottled, it came off with a lot of tomato. I was really concerned because Falstaff is one of my favorite bottlings of Pinot Noir in the world. I was concerned.

    I guess it's a bit like saying that your dog is ugly. Nobody has the heart to say it and I felt very reserved based on the fact that it was just recently bottled and I don't consider myself an expert.

    FMIII had opened a bottle last night and we happened to cross paths today and he said hey I think you should taste the 2018 Falstaff again, I said gladly.

    Wow, what a terrific bottle of wine. It has a reduced concentration and intensity of the typical falstaff but is absolutely fantastic. A leaning towards old world yet doesn't forget it's California roots.

    If nothing, this bottle will always remind me that wine is about the time and the place and the people. And if those are all things that you enjoy then you enjoy the wine.
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I'm working through another glass tonight and your note is a terrific summation, Brig. The wine has maintained all of the intensity from yesterday, with just more breadth, along with the acidity coming through to round it all out. It's a really good vintage for Falstaff.

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#38 Post by brigcampbell » November 21st, 2020, 6:50 pm

Oh, drinking in Big Daddy Brian's backyard is an epic experience.

We need to have a post vaccine offline with Brian on the grills. Yes, pural grills.

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#39 Post by J a y H a c k » November 21st, 2020, 7:02 pm

I hate cell phone photos almost as much as I hate wimpy tasteless pinot . . . but for Laura's House I will make a double exception.
  • 2013 Aubert Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (11/21/2020)
    Although 7 years old, this was still infanticide. I decanted for about 45 minutes and should have decanted it at lunch for a dinner tasting. But FMIII's charity challenge required pinot because his manhood was removed about 5 years ago, so I went for a wine that Jay Miller - The Good Jay Miller for those who understand the inside joke - twice mistook blind for Cali Syrah.

    This wine is unmistakably pinot, with a fair amount of traditional Cali pinot funk (some call it cola) and a strong backbone of red fruit focusing on cherries. There is some undefined spiciness that evokes toasted oak, but it is not oaky at all. Color is moderately dark but not impenetrable by a long shot, comparable to aged, but not well aged, Barolo, for those who know the color evolution of that grape. The bottom line on this wine is to keep my hands off for another 10 years. I have a smattering of Aubert pinot going back to 2004 and maybe I should try one of those next . . . in about 2 years.

    My score on this does not assume improvement, which is probably the wrong way to score this wine, because my guess is that 10 years from now it will show some elegant flavors but retain its power. (91 pts.)
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#40 Post by Brian Tuite » November 21st, 2020, 7:38 pm

brigcampbell wrote:
November 21st, 2020, 6:50 pm
Oh, drinking in Big Daddy Brian's backyard is an epic experience.

We need to have a post vaccine offline with Brian on the grills. Yes, pural grills.
I’m anxiously awaiting your return guys!

I double dipped tonight. Not sure if this site can handle so many close-ups if my ugly mug, but too bad! [snort.gif]
  • 2007 Breggo Cellars Pinot Noir Savoy Vineyard - USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley (11/21/2020)
    Pulling some older wines to cull out before they go south. Well, this one could have sat in the cellar another 5-6 years easily. Rich ruby color, rhubarb cola quality on the nose that I find in many Copain AV wines. Generous palate of red and black berries, not a lot of complexity here, could use a hit of acidity but we’ll see if I can coax more out with some air. Right now I’m just happy it’s not a brown dead mess. Finishes with a nice dose of spice. With proper provenance this wine will keep going for quite some time.

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#41 Post by Rich K0rz€nk0 » November 21st, 2020, 7:57 pm

  • 2014 Longplay Pinot Noir Jory Bench Reserve Lia's Vineyard - USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Chehalem Mountains (11/21/2020)
    This was a quick pick, and let decant in bottle for an hour. Poured a glass and let sit for another 30. Its a cloudy crimson and ruby in the glass, light in swirl, light in legs. The nose is fruit-driven, darker, black tea notes, forest floor. It has a nice focus. The front starts cherry that brightens up to strawberry notes in the middle. Medium acidity. The tea components have grip and integrate well with the tannins, like a tea that was over-steeped in a good way. Adds that "thonk" element. The finish is sour cherry and light tannin. It lingers and fades out, moderate length. Good bottle and I like it. I have two more, one of which I think I'll check in on in 2 or so more years. I think it all can integrate further as this started a bit choppy before it came together and I think the tea element will have an interesting bearing on the how the fruit evolves.
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#42 Post by ChrisJames » November 21st, 2020, 8:14 pm

2016 Cameron Ribbon Ridge Pinot Noir

Very earthy, dark fruits and plums edging towards dried fruits and prunes. Some spiciness. Some Cameron funk, of course. Not going downhill, but probably not going uphill either. A nice wine, but not as good as the Dundee - more of a "burger night" Cameron than a Ribeye wine.

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#43 Post by David Lewin » November 21st, 2020, 8:58 pm

2012 Rhys Pinot Noir Horseshoe – Thanks for doing this again Frank. Opened yesterday, the 20th, it was a pretty wine, with nice aromatics and great balance, a beautiful showing. Tonight it’s tightened up a bit and shows a slight astringency. Still enjoyable but not as much as yesterday. I should add that both nights I drank this without food, and food might have helped out tonight. Drunk from a 2017 Falltacular Burgundy glass. I’ll likely drink my last bottle in the next year or two.
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#44 Post by Rich K0rz€nk0 » November 21st, 2020, 9:00 pm

  • 2019 de Négoce Pinot Noir OG N.24 - USA, California, Napa / Sonoma, Carneros (11/21/2020)
    Short and sweet didn't take formal notes. Garnet glass, medium/light body. Nose is Cherry and raspberry, wafts of cola and nila. Has an edge. Front is a velvety black cherry cola, fruit forward, nilla giving way to middle with medium- acidity, and a fruit driven finish with silky smooth tannins. I'd not say its well balanced however I would say well integrated for what it is, it works. It can develop with time. Can drink now, or lay something down for a few year to see what happens. Can't lose.
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#45 Post by Paul Hiyake » November 21st, 2020, 9:19 pm

2007 Rhys Family Farm Vineyard - Another '07 tonight, this time a Rhys. This was a little shy on the nose, with hints of dark earthy red fruits. Same flavors followed through on the palate, adding in some mushroom and spice notes. Very smooth and easy to drink, albeit a bit understated, this just felt like a very warm and comforting pinot to cozy up to.

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#46 Post by Mark Y » November 21st, 2020, 9:52 pm

Come on Peloton crew. Let’s go with pics (Viet. AD. Curtis. Charlie. Etc)

2012 Boillot Volnay Santenots - last time this was a great bottle. Not sure if bottle was slightly off but very much stripped of fruit. Feels advanced such that folks guessed mid 2000. Could be heat damage but cork was clean. Disappointing.
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#47 Post by Mark Y » November 21st, 2020, 9:55 pm

Next up in the Volnay check in.

2016 Angerville Clos Des Duc - Red cherry fruit, hint of plum, slight vanilla. Palate had lots of good acidic balance. But man it’s just too young and begging for age.
Huge amounts of tannin structure. With plenty of air this opens up and probably the best one of the 3 tonight.
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#48 Post by Mark Y » November 21st, 2020, 9:58 pm

Last one for tonight’s Peloton apparel display

2018 Charles Lachaux Volnay 1er Santenots - lovely lovely nose. Characteristic of these Charles Lachauxs the nose is pretty AF. Red berries, sweet earthinesss. Palate is well balance with acidity but finish does not persist. Not bad and definitely kept a hot year well in check.
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#49 Post by Mattstolz » November 22nd, 2020, 4:45 pm

Hiyu Tzum ‘Oak Ridge’ 2019

Definitely on the wild side here. The first night the nose is pretty funky but it’s got a great dark cherry candy note underneath it on the palate that balances it out well. First night there’s also just a little prickle of effervescence which I think helps lift it above the Hiyu wildness.

Night 2 it’s settled in and lost the funky nose with more brambly fruit and floral notes. Really a yummy wine but I like this young kind of wild note to Hiyu’s wines so I’m glad we opened it now.

Note: I’m definitely present in the reflection on the bottle. Not sure how picky we’re being about the pictures but I love these labels
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#50 Post by AD Northup » November 22nd, 2020, 5:16 pm

Mark Y wrote:
November 21st, 2020, 9:58 pm
Last one for tonight’s Peloton apparel display

2018 Charles Lachaux Volnay 1er Santenots - lovely lovely nose. Characteristic of these Charles Lachauxs the nose is pretty AF. Red berries, sweet earthinesss. Palate is well balance with acidity but finish does not persist. Not bad and definitely kept a hot year well in check.

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