Wine biz in NYC in 80s. Sucked at sales. Since 90s, a lawyer. Much better at buying and drinking than selling.
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Displays the moist, earthy side of Pinot Noir. Lots of moist, mossy notes, along with tea-dipped graham cracker. Lots of smoky oak. Dark cherry fruit is underneath all that. Surprisingly macho in the mouth. Big and, for a PN, loads of tannin. Flavors are on the savory side. Lengthy, oaky, minerally finish. I’m going to Vacu-Vin the last 1/4 bottle and see if it’s any more fruity tomorrow night. Right now, it’s a 9.0.
UPDATE: On night 2, it’s showing more fruit and is more composed and Burgundian. Upping score from 9.0 to 9.2. — 6 days ago
Surprisingly fresh for a 4-year old Beaujolais-Villages AOC. Ripe, still-crunchy cherry fruit and granitic minerality in the nose. A little sweet Graham cracker. In the mouth there is persistence and balance. Nice surprise for. $10 close-out! — 17 days ago
Our inn doesn’t allow BYOW in the rooms. Something about their liquor license. So, off the very limited wine list, I got this.
I shouldn’t have read the back label first. I saw “consultant Philippe Cambie.”
And sure enough, this tastes a lot like the overripe, overextracted Syrah-heavy Cotes du Rhône Villages that he has all his clients make. Maybe a tad better, since Syrah is better suited to the Columbia Valley than the Southern Rhône, so at least some of its vibrant savory character comes through.
Still, I wish that guy would go full Hobbit and move to New Zealand to f*ck up wines I never drink anyway.
UPDATE: The next night, this seemed a little less fruit-bomby. Upping from 8.6 to 8.7. — 14 days ago
From 100 year old, own-rooted vines planted in deep sand with almost no organic material. It displays a rich and tangy nose, with musky plum and dark cherry fruit. Nice dry earth note too. Nice melding of fruit and savoriness in the mouth. Dry and full, with decent acids and some soft tannin providing the scaffolding. — 3 days ago
Terrific, full-bodied Wine from a classic Gigondas grower (Yves Cheron is the owner of Domaine Grand Montmirail). Irony, meaty nose with roasted herbs and blackberry extract. Bulky in the mouth, with rich, intensely minerally dark flavors. Long finish with youthful but soft tannin. Tad more acidity and this would have been off the charts. — 11 days ago