Kai Noir

Domaine Pierre Gelin

Clos Napoleon Fixin 1er Cru Pinot Noir 2012

David T
9.1

I am normally not a fan of this appellation but had this at a tasting some years back. In that moment, I saw some potential for a change. Not disappointed so far.

Nose has: candied, sweet & sour dark, floral black cherries, black plum, blackberries, mix of dry cranberries & pomegranates, blueberries bringing up the rear, moist forrest floor w/ dry leaves, dark spice, alluvial limestone minerals, dry top soil & brush, hint of mint, dark chocolate baking bar, licorice, mid berry cola, typical baking spices, ruby, candied; dark, red, purple & blue florals that have just started to wither.

The mouthfeel is lush with dry powdery tannins. Acidity could be a bit better, not awful though. Candied, sweet & sour dark, floral black cherries, black plum, blackberries, black raspberries, raspberries, mix of dry cranberries & pomegranates, blueberries bringing up the rear, moist forrest floor w/ dry leaves, deep, dark spice with just a touch of heat, incense, alluvial limestone minerals, gripping, grey, volcanics, dry top soil & brush, moist clay, hint of mint, dry sage, black leaning into white pepper, dark chocolate baking bar, caramel, dry mocha powder, licorice, mid berry cola, baking spices; nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, ruby, candied; dark, red, purple & blue florals that have just started to wither. The finish is ruby, rich, elegant, polished good yet, not stunning, falling on to herbs, earth and florals.
— a day ago

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@David T @Severn Goodwin what’s not to like about it??
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@Jay Kline I find the dark fruit, briar and bark notes generally don't sit well with your average Pinot drinker. I appreciate them.
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@Jay Kline it’s a palate preference. Most of the wines I taste from they just aren’t all that interesting. The balance fruits & earth for me is off. Agree with Severn’s briar comment. There are simply better regions you can still find better wines & equal or better value.

Domaine Ramonet

Clos de la Boudriotte Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Pinot Noir 2014

The nose has spices, an earthy side, some red and dark fruit, that we also find on the medium plus bodied palate, a wild and expressive side, acidity is high, but the balance is still ok, a nice lengthy finish. 91-92

Un nez épicé, terreux avec des fruits rouges et noirs qui se retrouvent au palais aussi qui est de corps moyen plus avec un côté sauvage et une puissance à peine contenue, acidité assez forte en bouche sans toutefois déséquilibrer le vin, belle finale légèrement acidulée. 91-92
— 2 days ago

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Serrat

Serrat Pinot Noir 2016

From the Mornington Peninsula (although the fruit for this Pinot Noir came from the Yarra Valley ) - this is Tom Carson’s personal project when he’s not making wine for Yabby Lake - his main job. This had strawberry and other red fruits like cherry and a small whole bunch influence. Oak is dialled right back. A medium weight palate that is yet to show its full potential. First of 3 purchased and somewhat closed. Will leave having the 2nd for a couple of years. — 3 days ago

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Antica Terra

Antikythera Pinot Noir 2012

Shay A
9.5

This was a real treat to enjoy courtesy of @Bryan Kesting being in town, and since we both share an affinity for Antica Terra wines, he was kind enough to bring a 2012 Antikythera.

In the past month, I’ve had the 2012, 2015 and 2017, and this 2012 shows just how incredible these wines can age. I would say this is probably the most impressive OR Pinot I’ve had to date. So much balance here. On the nose, it is quite expressive with potpourri/red and purple floral notes and herb crusted black cherries. The palate is supremely balanced between the herbal/earth/clay like notes encapsulated by underripe red and black fruits and a kiss of sweetness...kirsch like? The core here nods to burgundy with structure. While I don’t think this gets any better, I do think it will cruise for years and evolve in to a somewhat different wine. Thanks again
@Bryan Kesting for opening this!
— 2 days ago

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@Shay A: great note., Shay. I always enjoy my time in FW.

Cédric Bouchard

Roses de Jeanne Côte de Val Vilaine Brut Blanc de Noirs Champagne Pinot Noir 2018

Swoon. Smells like an artisan bakery early in the morning... there’s that really fruity pungent sourdough starter smell, mixed with a whiff of bread that’s just started to brown in the oven. Then it’s just an insanely fruity, pretty, complex nose, with hints of pear, quince and raspberry. Palate is absurd; spot on acid, enough chalky minerals to keep it interesting, but it isn’t austere at all.

In fact, it’s one of the most seductive young champagnes I can remember trying. The sweetness on the finish is perfect and so natural. A real stunner. Would not think twice about paying 2x what this sells for. Disgorged 2020.
— 4 hours ago

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Domaine Robert Chevillon

Les Roncières Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Pinot Noir 2017

Been exploring a lot of younger Domaine Chevillon over this last year. But didn't write any notes. Doing that now. The 2017 Roncières is reliably wonderful. Bright florals, red fruit and delicate spice bouquet. Medium bodied, ample but focused fruit, with some acidity on the palate. Some might react that the fruit profile is a bit straightforward, but I think this lends this wine a lovely sort of simplicity and character on the palate is derived from fine grained tannins. Gently acidic and refined finish. — 4 days ago

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Liquid Farm

Radian Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018

Will follow over a few days. Pop and pour, 1 hr slow ox. On the nose: lovely black cherry, some soft notes of stem inclusion, with loads of savory character and dry leafy notes. On the palate: fantastic acidity, with loads of earthy red fruit, some asian spice...good density, and very lightweight, with some very soft grapeseed and spice notes on the finish. Well balanced, delicate and so yummy. @James Sparks the hits keep coming! — 2 days ago

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Kukeri

Cuvée Ivonne Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2019

Kukeri Wines Russian River Valley Cuvée Ivonne Pinot Noir 2019, California

Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose of cherries, raspberries, spices, light oak, chocolates, vanilla, licorice and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity. Soft and smooth.

Dry on the palate with bing cherries, strawberries, raspberries, spices, light chocolates, oak, black pepper, licorice and light vanilla.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a tasty Pinot Noir from Russian River Valley. Easy drinking with mild complexity. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel. Light and airy.

Still young, but already enjoyable, even by itself. Would be nice to see how this evolves in 3 to 5 years.

Good right out of the bottle. I gave it a light chill and paired it with a beautiful view.

100% Pinot Noir grapes were hand picked and aged for 12 months in French oak barrels (30% new). A small production of only 5 barrels made.

14.2% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$42.
— 5 days ago

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Château de Pommard

Clos des Loyères Maranges 1er Cru Pinot Noir 2017

Deep dark impenetrable burgundy color. Classic aroma profile featuring pretty dried cherries and cloves. A bit of raspberry and a touch of plums and dates. Give this plenty of time to decant and blossom you’ll be rewarded with some subtle hints of vanilla and blue flowers. This really does respond well to proper decanting, two hours or so. Wonderful complexity here and a nice subtlety.

As you can imagine, this is not a bruiser of a wine but rather a precise Pinot with a good bit of character now but it still waiting to reveal itself. With all that said it is quite approachable at this stage with a roundness. Nice rusticity on the palate reminiscent of freshly manicured lawn, an abundance of oak, and more delightful red berries. This is so nice now but has plenty of years left. Drink one now and hold the rest.
— 4 days ago

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Donum

East Slope Estate Grown Pinot Noir 2013

150 cases from this east sloping block on their Caneros estate.

Pop and pour. A wondrous medium tawny red color. On the nose: Beautiful expressive nose of cherry, wet tea leaves, strawberry, sandlewood, floral, spice, and vanilla tapioca. Taste: smooth, creamy polished medium plus body wine with easy cherry, orange peel, pine, raspberry, and a spicy herbal tea long finish. Cooler part of their estate and the most Burgundy style of the Donum wines. Cheers!
— 2 days ago

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