Château Cheval Noir

Innocent Bystander

Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017

I recently conducted an experiment...Wine.com 10% off of $99, an offering that does not present very often.

All wines needed to score 90 or above by Wine Spectator..except for the Burn Cottage PN all bottles were less than $20. My purchase... five bottles in total.

1). Burn Cottage Moonlight Race 2015. WS 91..
Most expensive $42.
2). Novellum Chardonnay 92 by JD..this was
Included to make the $99.
3). Innocent Bystander PN 2017. 92 by WS.
...will keep you posted on other two.

This wine is great for sub $20...blueberry...cherry..tea leaves.a soft herbal component and dried flowers or sage. This definitely beat the Burn Cottage in terms of complexity!

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— 5 days ago

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Dawn E.

Dawn E.

@Severn Goodwin Whar is happening! Second snow for us....just wrong!
Trixie

Trixie

Very nice! And we have had snow here for 2 weeks. Far too early! 🍷

Goldeneye (Duckhorn Vineyards)

Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2012

David T
9.1

@Palate& Bottle

One of two wines I am pairing with this dish.

Main Course: Turkey Leg Confit, Roasted Carrot, Parsnip Purée, Citrus Spiced Jus.

There are two different conversations for the wines I’ve selected. This Mets the spice in the dish where the other speaks to the richness & fat in this dish.


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— 7 days ago

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Severn Goodwin

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@David T We used to collect this every year, but the bottles have been getting too pricey for our USA Pinot interests. We gave up after the 2012 vintage, so glad to know this is doing well.
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@Severn Goodwin I am not sure what the cost to you is on the east coast but, I don’t think I’ve paid more than $35 for this bottling...give a take a couple of dollars.
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@David T I'd still be buying it for that price, $47.50 last time we purchased in IL.

Day Wines

Johan Vineyards Pinot Noir 2015

Light to medium extracted pigment, purple-red. Raspberry and menthol notes in nose. Blueberry and raspberry flavors, moderately high seed tannin bitterness and skin astringency initially, suggesting long skin and seed contact time, atypical in most Oregon Pinots. Give it time for the tannins to settle. Fresh grape pulp flavors on aftertaste. Light, fresh, fruity style typical of Day Wines, but healthy tannins too — 5 days ago

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Domaine des Comtes Lafon

Volnay Santenots-du-Milieu 1er Cru Pinot Noir 2007

Nose has mashed early season cherry, (light) moist loam soil, ripe cherry, moist leather, decaying rose and dried-sweetened cranberry.

Palate has lightly tart cherry, under-ripe raspberry, wet cedar, (light) anise notes and wet granite pebbles.

Smooth tannins, but this wine took a little bit to come to life again in our glasses this evening, delicate, maybe too delicate. I can't tell if this was a should have been enjoyed 5 years ago wine, or needs 5 more years wine...

Decanted ~4 hours, then double decanted for servicing tonight at dinner. Our first Volnay (lieux-dits) from Meursault, just the opposite side of the road from Volnay, but not Volnay!
— 8 days ago

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That’s some patient decanting! Were you tasting along the way? Curious how the decant affected it:)
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@Ellen Clifford Not tasting, but smelling. My nose is a pretty decent indicator generally. I've found that mildly older Burg's generally need some time to come back to life.
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@Severn Goodwin thanks for the tip! I don’t drink enough aged stuff!

Giant Steps

Sexton Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014

Light to mid crimson - very Burgundian in colour. Aromatic forest floor with stalky notes - evidence of whole bunch in the ferment. More red fruits on the palate than you would think from the savoury nose. All coming together at 5 nearly 6 years of age. Beautifully balanced and at its peak. Tasting more like a $100 Pinot rather than the $45 which I paid. A thoroughly delicious Yarra Valley Pinot Noir. — 4 days ago

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Denis (Isabelle et Denis) Pommier

Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2015

The soft texture of this wine is remarkable. Like plush velvet. Soft acids too. Nose has oozing cherry, wet limestone minerality, and some baking spice. Mouthfilling but with a contrasting lightness that is remarkable. Maybe the heat and low acids of 15 actually helped this wine. Will please both neophytes and more sophisticated palates. Don’t wait though, drink now. — 2 days ago

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Yeah, that is a crazy bottle!

Ropiteau

Reserve Pinot Noir 2017

Clear, dark ruby purple. Shy nose of dark black cherry and other dark berries. Medium-bodied palate gives dark berries, black tea, light balsam, and a slight mineral element. Fine, medium plus tannins from entry to finish and bright, medium plus acidity make this a winner with a wide variety of foods. Salmon and roasted chicken were my first, and it performed stunningly. Approaches Burgundy in style and depth, but a real value at $15. Drink now through 2022. — 4 days ago

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François Raquillet

Les Vasées Mercurey 1er Cru Pinot Noir 2014

Lyle Fass
9.3

The comic sans MS master of Mercurey does it again. His 14’s absolutely thrash. Hugely expressive nose. Big cherry, lipstick like intensity, lovely sous bois, such purity to the aromas. Cherry flower. Just pungent aromas. Juicy and complex with sour tangy mid season cherries and dazzling purity and freshness. Balanced and so much great acidity. Amazingly refined wine that is open now but has so much more to say. Good complexity and a lovely earthy sweetness. Long. — 5 days ago

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Brittan Vineyards

Gestalt Block Pinot Noir 2016

The 2016 Brittan Vineyards ‘Gestalt Block’ is a scintillating new release by this storied Oregon winery. Sourced from their vineyard in the McMinnville AVA, as the ‘Gestalt Block’ is set on their western facing hillside that is set on broken basalt. Deeply colored once in the glass, the ‘Gestalt Block’ starts off with deep wet stone influence that connects with the shades of cran-pomegranate and guava with peat moss aromas that all collide in the glass. The mouth-watering acidity of the wine is truly gorgeous, as is the great sense of stony terroir. Silky and soft on the mouth, this delivers gobs of racy acidity and a light dusting of salinity that runs through the dark fruits and earthy undertones on the palate. Truly novel and esteemed in the land of Oregon Pinot Noir, the ‘Gestalt Block’ will have a decade or more in the cellar. Drink 2019-2032- 94 — 11 days ago

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Hugh O'Riordan

Hugh O'Riordan

Sounds good. I’ll look for it

Domaine Ponsot

Cuvée Vieilles Vignes Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Pinot Noir 2000

the nose took a bit to open ... ripe fruits, tea leaves, spices and undergrowth. On the palate the attack is fruity a little sweet, mid-palate on spices and a long enough finish. The acidity could have been a little stronger, but the concentration replaces this lack I think. Mid body structure. After 1 hour the wine built up more tannins structure a true chameleon. Ever changing in the glass....what an experience!
 
— 8 days ago

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