Just opening and decanting now, sticking with Burgundy again tonight. As it happens we had another Jadot (Dom. Gagey) bottle in the cellar, thought the Ladoix blanc was the only one previously.
Nose of bright spring cherry, supermarket not farmers market, tinge of alcohol.
Palate is gravel-cherry, sweet, this started quite tannic but mellowed a bit in the decanter. Drinking quite nice for an everyday Pinot, not overly complicated, but enjoyable. I'd say this bottle could hold easily for 6 years past vintage.
A good pairing with burgers hot off the grill tonight. Burgers are an interesting meal at our house, cats seem to like the aroma, so if you're not watching, paws will be sneaking up on your plate from an adjacent chair. 😺😼😺😼
24hr Update: Acidity had mellowed, I enjoyed the wine a little more after 3-4 hours of air than today, but was a great pairing with grilled pork chops tonight. — 6 days ago
I’m an unabashed SQN fan and I believe I enjoyed this more than most, although I will concede that Manfred’s magic touch isn’t as evident in his PN as it is in his other varietal productions. This was a (yes of course) big Pinot Noir with gritty tannins, underbrush, kirsch, dark cherry and a thicker than expected mouthfeel. Still showing young. Thank you @Steve Anderson — 14 days ago
Quite tannic, under-developed and I get a over-riding stemmy note from this Ech. Im not getting too much in the way of pure fruit. It could just be young or it may be a fermentation style that utilizes more stems with the clusters. Perhaps somebody with more experience with this maker can illuminate things for me. — 17 days ago
I’m such a fan of Chanin wines & this latest S&B @ £53 is lovely to 👍 Drinking lovely young already but will age more 😉
📍 Chanin Sanford & Benedict Pinot Noir 2015
🏵 92 points
🍷 Alluring light ruby cherry
👃 Smokey earthy herby fresh red & black cherry w/ spiced blackberry thorny green bramble bush, light farmyard & bacon cola
👄 Med body of smooth earthy red & dark cherry w/ touches of silky blackberry & red berry fruits then bacon cola 😁
🎯 Med finale of above w/ red fruits dancing through & a hint of mocha — a day ago
Family-owned and operated growing just over ten acres of grapes and producing around 1000 cases per year. Berry, spice and floral scents pop on the nose. Fresh fruit flavors, raspberry and cherry, citrus notes and hints of vanilla, great balance with acidity. Firm tannins, lingering finish ending with earthy tones and a nudge of pepper. An enjoyable Pinot at a reasonable price. Has short term aging benefits, but why wait. — 4 days ago
An Argentinian Pinot in the Burgundian style. Pretty rich on the palate and a long enjoyable finish. Fruit was balanced with tanin and mouth-pleasing. I’m officially a fan. Much better than many Napa, Sonoma and Walla Walla new world Pinot’s that easily cost twice as much. Could use 5 more years in the bottle - potentially more. — 3 days ago
Great story behind this wine, with a FANTASTIC winemaker, Maggie Harrison, previously of SQN. She was great enough at what she was doing that Manfred Krankl pushed her out to start her own thing, and that was Lillian. Then a year later she found her self in Willamete Valley, beginning to produce knock out Pinot Noir. This stuff is WOW good, with muscle and great tenacity. I would love to see some age on it. :) — 2 days ago
RSV has just under 200 acres of vineyards in 5 Carneros locations and a 4.8 acre estate vineyard next to the winery in the Stags Leap District. The wines are 100% organic. This deep, well structured red is gorgeous showing a wonderful berry, cherry and spice fruit aroma that carries through to a full palate of strawberry and cherry with complex spice, a touch of oak and fine tannins. Lively acidity gives the wine good balance and carries through the finish with a creamy characteristic ending with notes of vanilla spice. Nice! — 6 days ago
Pinotfiles lament this wine, a scandalous PN with the heart of a Napa cab. I loved serving it beside the Ken Wright PN just to show in 2 sips the range of great wine that can come from this amazing grape. Rich, unctuous and always a crowd pleaser. Immense dark cherry concentration with a woodsy tannin length in a smooth and sexy package. Serve this blind and have fun with people. — 5 days ago
This is a rather youthful, sweeter, "just ripened" crushed raspberry dominated front with a hint of orange peel. The middle of this wine displays this sweeter raspberry note, but turns darker into black tea, black cherry and sweeter tobacco notes. The finish displays wonderful acidity and just kept on going. I'm not so familiar with this locale, but the pinot from this area does appear to be rockin'! — 6 days ago