John Morris wrote: ↑
June 11th, 2019, 2:02 pm
2016 Peay Pinot Noir Scallop Shelf
"The 2016 Pinot Noir Estate Scallop Shelf comes across as a bit shy in the way it speaks with a hushed voice. Inward and not especially expressive, the 2016 doesn't have either the depth of the Ama not the energy of the Pomarium. Instead, the Scallop Shelf lies somewhere in the middle, with a less clearly defined personality than the other Pinots in the range."-Antonio Galloni
2015 Peay Pinot Noir Estate Ama
"The 2015 Pinot Noir Estate Ama comes across as quite understated, especially within the context of the year. Bright red cherry, blood orange, mint and sweet spices give the wine its beguiling aromatics. Delicate and understated on the palate and also relative to other vintages the 2015 looks like it will drink well with minimal cellaring."-Antonio Galloni
That Scallop Shelf note is why Galloni (and many other critics) drive me absolutely nuts. You cannot read that tasting note and have any idea what it tastes like. Let's play a game, Galloni. Taste this soup and describe the soup to my friend so he can feel like he's here and decide whether to order this soup when he comes to this restaurant. *slurp* "The soup is soupy, but not expressive, or not as expressive as other soups. Its flavors are not as flavorful as other flavors, and I have had other soups that had more flavorful soupy flavors. 92 pts."
He's like Lloyd Christmas from Dumb and Dumber some times. What's the soup dejour? "the soup of the day." Mmmm, that sounds good. I'll have that.
The next note has redundancies, but at least it makes sense and you can get a very good impression of what the damn thing actually tastes like.
Champagne notes across many critics are like his first note. "Fine bead, precise, with firm cut and a lingering, mouth watering finish." Yeah but what does the wine actually taste like? Yeasty, pure citrus, biscuit, ginger, graham cracker, hazelnut, white peach, apple, marzipan, truffle...make an effort. It's for a paying consumer, not an effort in mental masturbation.