Pinot Noir

Domaine Laurent & Karen Boussey

Pommard Pinot Noir 2016

Wow. So much for the Lombard can’t be drunk for 10 years thing. Mos def will improve over time but you can see the brilliance today. Earthy nose. Some mushroom. Palate is really an elegant version of POmmard. You have the blackberry fruit for sure. And some licorice. But they are balanced and it has nice acidity. The blackberries are more picked off the vine in the wild kind then the dense knock your head off kind. This wine has upside from this score as it ages. High floor given the balance and structure. Bought from fass selections. .... as this opens some spice. ... as this opens nose is getting some dark lilacs. Palate density is more apparent. Still elegant. Internal aromatics are this dense penetrating spicy live blackberry thing. Like inhaling a blackberry bush in the forest. Finish is a bit tight but has a kiss of chocolate. Wow. ... after 3 hours stunning freshness. — 6 days ago

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Flowers Vineyard & Winery

Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2015

A deep ruby color with a wide brim. A huge burst of fruit on the nose consisting of raspberries, wild strawberries, and pomegranate with cedar notes bringing up the rear. This is a very deliberate Pinot. Showing a consistent profile through the vintages, it’s a really nice juxtaposition of delicate fruit and a full body with firm tannins. A bit of elegance on the palate with more nice red fruit, baking spice, toasted cedar, and lavender. This is such a nice representation of this style of Pinot, it really is quite well done. — 5 days ago

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Crystallum

Mabalel Overberg Pinot Noir 2018

David T
9.2

I did not get to write notes on the last three wines, just scores. We had to get to Russell Hamilton.

However, I wish I had been able to write them as these were the wines I was looking forward to spending some time on.

Peter & Andrew Allan of Crystallum are the third generation of winemakers and sons of the man who pioneered Pinot Noir winemaking in the Hemel-en-Aarde which; is what drew me to the region that is about another hour plus SE of Stellenbosch and a very good area to produce Pinot Noir.

Photos of; Gabrielskloof Cellar Door entrance, Estate vine, tasting lounge and their courtyard.
— 8 days ago

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Big Table Farm

Earth Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2017

The 2017 'Earth' Pinot Noir is a barrel selection wine made by the talented Brian Marcy. As the wine slowly unwinds in the glass, it unveils perfumed aromatics of copious red fruits that come together with peat moss and shades of fresh white truffle on this expressive nose. The palate reveals a wonderfully silky texture that coats the mid-palate leaving begind flavors of red currant jelly, wild blackberry cordial, peat moss and suggestions of cigar ash which all mingle brilliantly. While utterly delicious now, this seductive, yet well-balanced Pinot Noir should continue to cellar marvelously over the next fifteen plus years. Drink 2019-2035- 95 — 3 days ago

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Hamilton Russell Vineyards

Hemel-en-Aarde Valley Pinot Noir 2017

David T
9.2

Anthony took us to the tasting room in their Cellar to taste the Hamilton Russell line of wines.

This is why you come down to this region, the Pinot Noirs. They are Burgundian in style. Nice red and blue fruits with very gentle wood use and about 13% ABV. Quite enjoyable.

Photos of; the Hamilton Russell Vineyard, a bronze statue of Anthony’s father wearing Anthony’s hat. It was his father who founded Russell Hamilton back in 1975. He was also CEO of one of the largest US advertising agencies, JWT or J. Walter Thompson. Our tasting setup in the cellar and a long view of their property and house on the hilltop.
— 5 days ago

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Crystallum

Bona Fide Pinot Noir 2018

David T
9.2

I did not get to write notes on the last three wines, just scores. We had to get to Russell Hamilton.

However, I wish I had been able to write them as these were the wines I was looking forward to spending some time on.

Peter & Andrew Allan of Crystallum are the third generation of winemakers and sons of the man who pioneered Pinot Noir winemaking in the Hemel-en-Aarde which; is what drew me to the region that is about another hour plus SE of Stellenbosch and a very good area to produce Pinot Noir.

Photos of; Gabrielskloof Cellar Door entrance, Estate vine, tasting lounge and their courtyard.
— 8 days ago

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Domaine Jacques Prieur

Grèves Beaune 1er Cru Pinot Noir 2010

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8.9

My last bottle out of the a 6 pack I bought from the lovely domaine Jacque Prieur. This Beaune 1er Cru is elegant yet sexy and powerful with lots of flavor and character, notes of lightly smoked oak, hint of pepper, ripe cassis, earthy notes, mushroom, forest floor, black fruit, cedar and a light touch of tobacco, medium body, lovely acidity, pleasant tasty finish. My score 89, drink to 2021 — 3 days ago

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Cobb

Diane Cobb Coastlands Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013

A Coup'la pinots on a Monday afternoon. Trying to figure out what percentage whole cluster this involves, or if it was just the herbal nature of this wine that made it seem so. 12.5% abv, pours rather light. Nose of herbal raspberry and dirty cherry mixed with a spicy character. The entry is lighter yet bright acidity is present. Dirty bing cherry, hint of cola, herbal, whole cluster appears in the middle and finish. Really neat wine and probably ready to go just about now. Quite nice structure, and I feel that this will probably hold another decade or so because of it. — 3 days ago

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Mark Flesher

Mark Flesher

Lol @Bill Bender -- remarkably my liver is hanging on nicely. If I didn't drink, my job would have already caused my heart to explode. Anticoagulation, baby!!
Bill Bender

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I like that analysis Dr. Flesher! I think I need to get a prescription for that type of anticoagulation treatment!

Crystallum

Cuvée Cinema Pinot Noir 2018

David T
9.3

I did not get to write notes on the last three wines, just scores. We had to get to Russell Hamilton.

However, I wish I had been able to write them as these were the wines I was looking forward to spending some time on.

Peter & Andrew Allan of Crystallum are the third generation of winemakers and sons of the man who pioneered Pinot Noir winemaking in the Hemel-en-Aarde which; is what drew me to the region that is about another hour plus SE of Stellenbosch and a very good area to produce Pinot Noir.

Photos of; Gabrielskloof Cellar Door entrance, Estate vine, tasting lounge and their courtyard.
— 8 days ago

David, Shay and 17 others liked this

Hermann J. Wiemer

Seneca Lake Dry Pinot Noir Rosé 2018

Shay A
9.1

This is my first time having a FLX rosé. Very unique. This was a gorgeous deep pink in the glass. Oddly enough, this was really “spritzy” shortly after pouring. Being pinot and CF, there aren’t many of those sweet, tropical fruits you get on a lot of Napa & Sonoma rosés...watermelon rind, rhubarb tart and a distinct herbal flair aromatics. Acidity feels quite mellow so there is a definite round and soft feel here on the palate. Bruised cherries, strawberry skin and peach. This may sound odd, but there is a note here that reminds me of a cherry limeade. Very solid for the $20 price point. — 8 days ago

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Jason Brater

Jason Brater

Definitely do not sleep on wines from the FLX. Some great Riesling, Pinot Gris, and Cabernet Franc coming out of there.
Severn Goodwin

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@Jason Brater Thanks, I'm fully on board with the quality coming from FLX, been a long time fan of HJW. Knowing they have rosé makes me smile, not seeing that one previously.
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@Jason Brater @Severn Goodwin : Yes, I’ve really enjoyed FLX Rieslings, especially HJW offerings. I think this rosé is done well and is very enjoyable to drink. Give it a try!