Pinot Noir

Domaine Denis Berthaut

Les Arvelets Fixin 1er Cru Pinot Noir 2013

I think Denis Berthaut's impact on Fixin is invaluable. He showed how an often overlooked terrior can produce truly elegant and transparent wines. This mantra and his mantle has been passed down to his very capable daughter, Amelie, and it's been up, up, up ever since. I'm a big fan of Amelie's wines!

2013 is Amelie's first vintage and her changes are clear - more oak, stems, and supposedly warmer ferments resulted in deeper, more complex wines. And it's constantly changing as she finds her stride. This is especially obvious in this cuvee.

The 13' Les Arvelets is a little richer than their newer iterations, which is reasonable given the difficult vintage - it was a late harvest due to the rain. Darker fruit, but crystal clear. The palate's really crunchy, pure fruit, herbal elements... think cincau... deep minerality, fine fine texture, lovely acidity. In a way like Serena Williams... There's a strong nearly brutal element, yet undeniably feminine (cliché I know but oh so true) and elegant. I do prefer more recent vintages of this vineyard, but this was excellent... Such a balanced wine!

I said it before and I'll say it again... Amelie's the next big thing, if not already one. The viti is more thoughtful than ever... Winemaking so detailed and smart. The sheer potential here... Especially with her mother's Gevry, Chambolle, and Vosne vineyards now under her sleeves... And her incredibly talented fiancé, Nicolas Faure, managing the domaine's vineyeards 🔝🔝🔝
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Severn Goodwin

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Fun stuff, really enjoy Fixin, the herbal/earthy notes have always been attractive to me, more so than other regions.
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Aaron you have nailed this Domaine’s style but I didn’t know all the history. Thanks for such a thoughtful review

Domaine A.-F. Gros (Anne & Francois Gros)

Aux Réas Vosne-Romanée Pinot Noir 2014

I’m a fan of A.F. Gros Richebourg but at £500+ it’s out of reach these days so this cheaper £44 easy drinking younger number will have to do 😉 Good on it’s own but would pair with Lamb or Duck perfectly 😁 3-5 years will reward to 👍

📍 Domaine A.F. Gros Vosne Romanée Aux Réas 2014

🏵 90 points

🍇 Pinot Noir

🍷 Clear cherry ruby w/ pink brown edge

👃 Smokey cherry & bacon cola in blackberry foam w/ a deep soggy earthy backbone, ash, herbs, red berries & leaves

👄 Med body of smooth red cherry & berry, blackberry cordial & touch tart earthy strawberry undertones in med acidity

🎯 Med earthy red cherry, blackberry & strawberry clean touch dry finale & a blackberry & green stalky linger
— 9 days ago

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Marcassin

Three Sisters Vineyard Pinot Noir 2007

Shay A
9.1

WNH event number 3...new world Pinot. Such a treat to experience the many different variations of Pinot!

Older Marcassin pinots...what more can be said other than special. However, I think this one was quite muted on the nose and wasn’t entirely as expected. Age has leaned this out, and the red and black fruits are battling with earth and herbal components. Dirty raspberries and bay leaf on the finish. Even a slightly off bottle of Marcassin is impressive, so thanks for bringing,
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Paul Bara

Spécial Club Brut Grand Cru Champagne Pinot Noir Rosé 2012

We are testing this between two glasses! I prefer the Jamesse by far (although the shape is there on this glass....I am not convinced it is truly Crystal).

As for this Bubbly..I have waited months for its arrivaI and I am so thrilled!! This is a glass of total refinement..tangerine..cotton candy..minerals...red berries..Brioche...just super delicious!! I was able to acquire two bottles of this...will let the next one age several years!!

I am accompanying this with Vivaldi...(my Son's nickname while he was in QC Youth Symphony)
— 4 days ago

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Dawn Emory

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@Trixie thank you ..you are so kind! I am actually very casual...I do seem to have a silly "thing" for stemware though 🤔
Trixie

Trixie

@Dawn Emory I like nice glassware and dishes, too. I am always drawn to this in a store. ☺
Dennis P.

Dennis P.

Nice review, enjoyable read. Ill look for this champagne come new years eve.

Calera

Mills Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009

A nice pinot. If served blind next to a Marcassin Marcassin Pinot, you would think that these were different vintages of the same wine. This one has a nice tart yet surprisingly sweet raspberry entry that allows for a more herbal middle and finish. For a 2009, this one is showing rather well. It doesn't have the finesse that a Marcassin would show after a few hours. The finish seemed to go for a while. Not a lot of tannin on the finish. This wine probably would have gone better with food. I definitely think this one has a few years left, although if I had some of this wine I'd probably start opening them soon! — 8 days ago

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Arcadian

Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2007

Funky. More on the mushroom, meat, leathery side, but the nose on this wine was definitely a bit...."tertiary." Dark black pour. Inky. On the front, quite dark, full-bodied. On the middle, this one started to lose more of its black fruit character and gave more to a bacon fat and leather. The finish of this wine is very rounded and delicate. I think that this is definitely a wine that would have paired better with food. Although nice, didn't have a lot of muscle, and wondering if this wouldn't have been better a couple of years ago. — 8 days ago

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Sea Smoke

Southing Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014

Shay A
9.4

WNH event number 3...new world Pinot. Such a treat to experience the many different variations of Pinot!

En mag. Gorgeous red and black fruit, more dominant blackberry and cassis. Licorice too. Starts heavy on the palate but it’s not overwhelming. I got more blueberry notes on this than most of the other pinots of the night which gave this a great sweet note. Coming from a mag, there’s no rush with these but it drank surprisingly well! You are too kind,
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Peter Michael Winery

Ma Danseuse Pinot Noir 2012

Shay A
9.6

WNH event number 3...new world Pinot. Such a treat to experience the many different variations of Pinot!

This, alongside the ‘09 Rivers-Marie Summa OV and the ‘12 Marcassin, were all tied (in my opinion) for WOTN. This is a massive Pinot and benefitted from some air time. Cherry liqueur like enter which then turns darker to a black cherry baked pie, spice, and candied blackberries. There was a sweet, but not rich, note on the mid palate that reminds me of a mixed berry cobbler. Lengthy and flavor packed finish. Just beginning to enter a prime drinking window. Killer bottle from
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Eric LaMasters

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This one was really fantastic! It was fun to see so much diversity among these Pinots.
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François Raquillet

Les Naugues Mercurey 1er Cru Pinot Noir 2012

Lyle Fass
9.4

Very very expressive nose. Black cherry, almost kirsch like with lovely intensity. Great nose. Spice, mint and earth intermingled as well. Just lovely. Palate is dense and complex, typical of Nauges, with black cherry fruit that is focused and fresh. Sappy and very lively on the back end. Velvety and ripe but big Nauges tannins. Very pure. Sweet. A bit young, still, as 12 was an epic Nauges. Still has backbone for 10-12 more years. Best showing yet — 5 days ago

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Matthew Cohen

Matthew Cohen

A great wine after golf.

Relic Wines

Kashaya Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2015

Shay A
9.4

WNH event number 3...new world Pinot. Such a treat to experience the many different variations of Pinot!

A surprise of the night for me. This was really enjoyable. A lot of fruit (more black than red), but not extracted or a fruit bomb. Very flavorful with a unique mint note in the nose. Not sure of Relic’s house style, but even as a ‘15, I thought this was drinking well and I’d have no problem drinking these young as the acidity isn’t too sharp/overbearing at this stage. Thanks for the intro here,
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