Pinot Noir

Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (DRC)

La Tâche Pinot Noir 1996

Tasted blind. Dark murky red color. Notes of cherries... black cherries, tart cherries, lotsa cherries. Some cranberries and a little herbalness too. Masculine and brooding in the mouth. Seems really big, with tannins still present and lots of acidity. I guessed 95 Dugat Griotte. This needs another decade or two of slumber to develop more. Brought by a friend who said this was the first bottle he pulled from a case he bought on release. I hope to remain his friend. — a day ago

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“I hope to remain his friend.” Good one!

Schramsberg Vineyards

Methode Traditionnelle Brut Blanc de Noirs Pinot Noir 2015

Jack and Jamie Davies revived the historic vineyards and cellars in 1965, with a goal to produce world-class sparkling wines, passing torch to their son Hugh. A blend of 81% Pinot Noir and 19% Chardonnay (blend varies each year) with stone and berry fruit aromas and earthy spice. On the palate the light mousse shows raspberry, peach and mango flavors with biscuit and slight baking spice notes. Long finish, lively acidity ending with citrus and yeasty tones. Grab a bottle for Valentine’s Day. — 3 days ago

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Melville

Clone 115 Estate - Clonal Series Pinot Noir 2007

Can’t believe this is a 2007. From the Clonal Series that Greg Brewer put together when he was still at Melville, this wine is absolutely terrific. Beautiful notes of candied strawberries on the nose, this wine still has great balance, a pure, focused palate, and an elegant finish. An absolute testament to the ageability of pinots from the Central Coast, this one still has several more years of life left. Just terrific. — 2 days ago

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Nicolas Jay

Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2016

Been sick for a week, not all the way better, but today is Valentine’s Day and we’re having wine with dinner. Aromatics are alluring with high toned red fruit & a black tea note. The palate shows beautifully ripe red fruit leading to darker spicier notes and a textural tannic grip. Lots to unpack over the years with this as these 16’s will only get better with time. Happy Valentine’s Day! — 2 days ago

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Feel better. Enjoy.
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Coronavirus? You gonna die on us???
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@Ron R - Just a bad cold. I will live.

Domaine Faiveley (Joseph Faiveley)

Les Cazetiers Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Pinot Noir 2013

Dark fruited and oaky. Plenty of stuffing here, but it's just not my kind of red Burg. Blackberries and plums on the nose, with heaps of earthy forest floor character and vanillin oak. The palate is quite concentrated and comes across as sucking on a blackcurrant lozenge. Oaky spice flows from the mid-palate, and finishes meaty with hints of earthy minerals. There's definitely balance and complexity here, but just lacks a little finesse. I guess some might even call this classic Gevrey, but where does Rousseau fit in that definition 🤣 — 10 days ago

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Testarossa

Doctor's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013

Pale purple and ruby hues with a delicate haze. Black cherry crisp, raspberry jam, plum sauce, almond paste, vanilla bean, spearmint, sage, sweet basil, molasses, cardamom, lemongrass, and dried lavender notes on the nose. Tart cherries and herbal influences on the palate. Medium- body and medium acidity. Nicely balanced with a semblance of reserve softening into a juicy ripeness with each encounter. Pairs nicely with herbed pork tenderloin wrapped in prosciutto, roasted butternut squash, and steamed haricots verts.

Vintage 2013. ABV 14.2%.

#testarossa #doctorsvineyard #santaluciahighlands #pinotnoir #newworldpinot
— 8 days ago

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@Vanessa D Are green beans. Good review
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@Dennis P. Thank you 🙏 Ah, yes, haricots verts are green beans in French. What can I say? Sometimes words / phrases sound a little lovelier in French, like, aubergine (eggplant), pommes frites (French fries), café latte (espresso with steamed milk) ... 😝
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@Vanessa D Ahhh, should have known that. My barn is named maison de ma¡s, house of corn. I appreciate the explanation.

Bass Phillip

Crown Prince Gippsland Pinot Noir 2017

Aromas of red cherry, middle eastern spices and a touch of incense Barb thought. On palate red berry sappy notes with cherry. Overall a wonderful young Pinot originally designed to be drunk young but this has enough acid and fruit weight to go another 5 years. Amazing that this is considered to be the 5th or 6th best cuvée in any given vintage by.Bass Phillip. — 3 days ago

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Joseph Drouhin

Grands-Echezeaux Grand Cru Pinot Noir 2002

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9.2

You better drink this wine vintage if you have it - while opening it was very fresh and went down like water in the desert / tannins were so refined with exceptional length but at the end this amazing wine was was shutting down - I like it when the opposite is the case were the wine is brilliantly open reflecting subtle and evolving nuisances and creating interesting complexities - so an amazing burg at first but went bizarrely meek — 2 days ago

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Perhaps it needed much more time to wake up from an 18 year slumber?
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@Mike R Mike great post and a wonderful wine from a top tier producer. Have a great weekend Cheers 🍷

Frederic Esmonin

Lavaux St. Jacques Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Pinot Noir 2013

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9.3

The nose is everything from subtle to intoxicating. The fruits are a combination of baked & slightly stewed; blackberries, black sour cherries, black raspberries, black plum, plum, strawberries & haunting blue fruits. Charcoal notes, slightly charred toast, anise to black licorice, black fruit tea, dark fruit cola, dark, mid intensity Asian/Indian spices, alluvial limestone minerals, dry, crushed rocks, wet clay, stones, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and soft vanillin, fresh tobacco notes, leather, barrel shavings, dry underbrush, hints of graphite with dark, red, purple, blue fresh & withering florals.

The body is medium full and simply gorgeous. The mouthfeel is round, sexy and lures you in. Texture is beautifully enticing. The tension, structure, balance and length are ascending to their peak...another 5 years to full peak. The fruits are a combination of baked & slightly stewed; blackberries, black sour cherries, black raspberries, black plum, plum, strawberries, hints of rhubarb, figs, dates characteristics & haunting blue fruits. Charcoal notes, slightly charred toast, anise to black licorice, black fruit tea, dark fruit cola, dark, mid intensity Asian/Indian spices, alluvial limestone & sandstone minerals, dry, crushed rocks, wet clay, stones, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and soft vanillin, fresh tobacco notes, leather, barrel shavings, dry underbrush, hints of graphite with bright, dark, red, purple, blue fresh & withering florals. The acidity is round, fresh, lively and like a warm spring. The finish is; elegant, extremely well balanced, gorgeous and persists like a long tango dance. Simply beautiful in every way. Heady wine.

Hard to believe I paid right around $35 for this upon release.

Photos of; Village of Combanchien, stone wall of Domaine Frederic Esmonin, Frederic barrel tasting and Clos Prieur Bas Vineyard, with Clos Prieur 1er Cru, Mazis Chambertin and the legendary Clos de Beze directly behind it.
— 15 days ago

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Occidental Wines

Freestone-Occidental Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2017

Medium Ruby with rich sweet red fruit aromas and herb spice notes on on this beauty from Steve Kistler. On the palate a rich full flavor of blackberry and cherry with cinnamon spice, oak and fine tannins. Crisp acidity, good balance, long ending with slight earthy character. Very Nice! Tasting well, enjoy over next decade! — 2 days ago

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