2006 Belle Pente Pinot Noir Estate Reserve- USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Yamhill-Carlton (2/18/2010)
This will be a mini TN. Opened last night to mark the passing of a very special man and a friend. Lovely last night, it continues to expand on the nose and palate. More smoke, more spice, more coffee and a bit of brown sugar (2006 sneaking in there). What an expression of ripe Pinot fruit that still includes enough acid and beautiful tea and mineral notes. Brian does a great job. Serious thumbs up. (92 pts.)
Thanks Richard. One thing I didn’t note above was that I think the 06 Reserve is a wine to drink over the next couple of years. There is little or no tannin and it does show the typical softness of 06. But it is very tasty now and there is nothing wrong with that!
Thanks Kimberly, he was quite a man. It was a bittersweet toast as he was suffering at the end.
BTW, I’m excited to open one of the Berserker special Cabot Syrahs after I let them rest a bit longer. From what I read I should probably start with the Humboldt County before wading into the Ana or your namesake versions?
At the Pinot Days-So Cal on Jan 17, Brian’s wines were the ones I went back to/pestered most often, along with Fred Scherrer’s (to whom I bestowed “Pinot Of The Event” award for his Big Bruiser/Big Monster/whatever it was called… ) .