One of the things I was really excited to do with this huge tasting was to have the chance to taste every single McDougall Jamie has made–at least that’s in bottle—and chart his course as a winemaker with this vineyard. I was so glad I could share it with many friends.
I am sheepish somewhat as I did forget my own rule with this, which was I wanted to open everything at exactly the same time and taste more or less sequentially banging right through. I opened the 2013 and 2014 the night before by instinct because, of course, I wanted them to have some air to express, but I immediately remembered and recorked both bottles. However, full disclosure and all that.
Too much time spent greeting friends and talking meant this took an hour instead of the 20 minutes I’d planned. Nevertheless, I didn’t let any of the other wines interfere as I went through.
Hoping this will be of assistance to all. For reference purposes, I opened a total of 109 bottles at this event–the mainline thread TNs are up.
2006 Kutch McDougall Pinot Noir
So, greeting and talking with so many friends lengthened what I’d planned as a 15-minute slam-through into about an hour, but I did taste all these in sequence and after what I’d estimate was about 2.5 hours’ air time. This oldest example shows cherry and raspberry nose with a definite cardamom secondary. It’s ripe and big, as you’d expect early on. Macerated cherry and what I’d describe as some sweet red pepper. A touch hot at the back.
2007 Kutch McDougall Pinot Noir
You are already seeing a more “complete” presentation—some cinnamon braces resolved strawberry and cherry. Tasty this is—very tasty—and in a good spot. A lighter style, but all of one piece. Raspberry, wild strawberry and tingle of citrus aftertaste.
2009 Kutch McDougall Pinot Noir
Wow—what a nose! Bursting with fruit and baking spices, it won’t let go and keeps coruscating through a kaleidoscope of scents. No less dans la bouche, where red berry, cocoa, light backhit of citrus and a real controlled juiciness along with length all make for a very fine effort. In a grand place right now, and probably my current fave of this version of Kutch. #9
2010 Kutch McDougall Pinot Noir
Also spiced cherry and strawberry and some of that citrus making it into the nostrils. Leaner than the others, grapefruit and raspberry mix for me. Still needs a bit of time, but quite promising.
2011 Kutch McDougall Pinot Noir
Super-fragrant, pungent with sweet roasted herbs and strawberry, along with citrus and a light dash of mocha. Palate finds this dynamic, plenty of tension and snap with raspberry, pink grapefruit, boysenberry and lots of fine earth. This is really good too, and has come a ton of a way from my last taste—I am frankly surprised at how ready for business it is. #17
2012 Kutch McDougall Pinot Noir
Citrus and cola/root beer here, with black cherry underneath, this is still fairly primary, with replays and some almost-anise. It is juicy. I think I have some saved and will be curious to see how it is after some days.
2013 Kutch McDougall Pinot Noir
Another fragrant beastie, for sure. Citrus and expressive multi-berry fruit. Tangy, chewy and very vibrant on the tongue, this shows flashes of minerality and earthiness but never sacrificing any of that to the driving red fruit. I do think this may end up being the best of ‘em with a few more years to resolve.
2014 Kutch McDougall Pinot Noir
Nose is slammin! All sorts of fruit, some citrus, pomegranate, some spices, roots and earth. Just going and going. To taste, it is, of course, extremely primary, crunchy and with the fruit in the background to tons of structure and energy. You will need to be more patient with these than with any other of Jamie’s wines to date, I think. My own hesitant advice is leave 6 years.