It’s a nice shade of see-through purple, as can be expected of this varietal. On the nose it’s a bit gamy but I eventually get ripe strawberry, cherry and twizzlers candy. The palate is pleasing with some nice soft red fruit notes. Red currants, more cherry and an interesting cedar plank note. On the mid palate I sense some juiciness, the acidity making an entrance and keeping me on my toes. The flavors get intertwined with some very fine grained tannins that are barely perceptible, yet leave an astringent coating. The finish is pretty much red fruit and a hint of rhubarb for that sour thrust coupled with a touch of oak. There is a greenness right at the end that perturbs me, but this is a nice wine that I am enjoying before cooking dinner. It will go well with roast duck, salmon on the grill or charred Filet Mignon. I’m guessing it will age for a few years, drink till 2024. 89 points from me and at $10 it’s a steal for Pinot Noir. 5 Stars- would buy again. Salut….
The star of the #7 virtual wine tasting event was this Pinot Noir for most of the attendees. Dark cherry, cedar, cola, forest floor, chocolate, pepper, Rooibos tea, nutmeg cloves and Intensity were all mentioned.
I found this wine to be more of my style in Pinot offerings. A blend of Old and New world, fruity yet earthy. Not over the top, but still powerful and elegant. I love drinking Pinots in the summer, it’s a great time for a more restrained wine before we get into the cold weather and big heavy Cabs. This wine would pair beautifully with pork, a roast chicken, filet or even a mushroom tart. Loved it. 92 points from me and at $35, 5 stars and a buy-by-case recommendation. Drink till 2027. Salut….
It’s a broody looking Pinot, dark shade of purple and semi opaque in the glass. The nose is clearly New World in style. Ripe cranberry, rich cherry coulis and cloves. On the palate it’s a touch sweet- like cherry jam and pomegranate syrup. It’s got an intense spiciness that I am enjoying to go alongside the sweetness. There is an underlying level of heat that I only sense on the mid palate- the 14.4% alcohol being well masked. I also get a touch of fizziness which is intriguing. The finish shows off some lithe tannins and more cherry coulis. There’s a modicum of oak present that I am enjoying but I also get a touch of tartness, not from acidity, that is nagging at me. Right at the end is where the acidity kicks in on the medium length finish. Overall, not a bad drop to alongside T-Bones and hand cut fries with Bearnais. I am giving this wine 90 points with a drinking window of 2020-2026. No pricing info available as it was given to me by a friend. Salut….
Typical for the varietal, it shows a semi opaque light purple color in the glass. The nose is stunning- cherries, cinnamon, blackberry. On the palate this wine is fruity, New World in style but somewhat restrained. Red fruit galore, some pepper and a hint of upfront acidity. The midpalate gives me cherry jam, some cedar and an intro to the very lithe tannins. This is some lip smacking juice people, absolutely delicious with a very nice mouthfeel and great balance. The finish is medium in length, juicy with some sour cherry and mid length. For $30 this is a great Pinot from one of my favorite wine making regions, the Russian River Valley. 92 points from me and 5 stars, buy it by the case. Drink till 2030. Salut….
Talk about a New World version of Pinot. This wine was full of stuffing- evident right away. In the glass it was brooding, dark and semi opaque. The nose was full throttle- big, ripe cherry, cinnamon, plum and sassafras. A heady palate ensued with fruit flavors clamoring for attention, pushing aside the lithe tannins and making the acidity stand in line to be noticed. If you like big, fruit forward versions of Pinot, this one is right up your alley. Technically speaking, it gets 90 points from me but is not really my cup of tea. I prefer a more restrained style of Pinot, a là Burgundy, or even cooler climate a là Oregon. This wine comes from a great appellation and is well made. At $16 a pop, it’s well worth stashing a few and drinking over the next 6 years. 5 stars. Salut….
This Pinot Noir from Burgundy has been sitting in my cellar for a while now. I opened it for friends who I am introducing to other regions and varietals. The wine has a nice shade of red and is see through. The nose offers up cherry, red cola and an earthy spiciness. The palate is very smooth- floral with red fruits, nice fine grained acidity, pomegranate and rhubarb. The long finish was zesty with some acidic juiciness and a trace of tannic backbone. While young at 10 years of cellaring, this one is a candidate for extended time in the dark, it will reward the patient and develop some nice tertiary flavors. It has the fruit and structure to go another 10-15 years. I paired it with seared Trout, Rostì, some salad and steamed green veggies. It worked a treat. For $80 it is pricy, but then again good Burgundy is never cheap. 91 points and 5 stars from me. Drink till 2035. Salut….
This was the star of the 4th Virtual Wine Tasting. I would normally taste a Pinot Noir right after the whites/Rosès and well before a hearty Merlot- but this wine was the ringer. I knew it would be the overall favorite so I wanted it to come last and stand on it’s own merits. It was stunning. It showed very nicely in the glass, see through with medium shades of purple. On the nose I immediately got the telltale cherry. Others noted cinnamon, chocolate and strawberry. It was not heavily tilted on any one component, rather a very nice melangè of all the smells. On the palate it showed off black cherry, spice box, cedar in the form of cigar box. Fine grained tannins and a very balanced acidity made this wine very balanced and gave it a nice crisp mouthfeel. Many in the group did not like some of the tannic wines- this one was right up their alley. Pinot, being such a delicate and light grape is difficult to grow and make into a balanced and delicious offering- once again this winery has done it very nicely. This cuvee is their lower priced offering that hits on all cylinders. I am going with 91 points and 5 stars for this $45 beaut. Drink till 2028 with lighter fare. Salut….
It’s a really nice reddish shade and totally see-through. The nose is gorgeous- strawberry, cherry, earth and game. On the initial palate I get rich red cherry reduction, leather, mushroom, forest floor- all flavors I was hoping for in an aged Pinot from Burgundy. The mid palate shows me red currants, more cherry, crisp acidity and a very fine grained tannic structure. There is a green streak on the finish that gives it a bit of zing but is dominated by tart cherry and pomegranate. This wine is very complex and layered. The finish is long and mouth watering. I am really enjoying it and think it is at peak, drinking well for at least another decade. Filet Mignon is on tap for the pairing. 92 points from me but I have no pricing info. New vintages are going for over $85. I would give it 5 stars, the cellaring has rewarded me well. Salut….
This Pinot is quite dark, and barely see-through in the glass. The nose gives me gobs of New World cherry, strawberry and licorice. On the palate I get cherry, a woodsy, earthy note and some spices, cinnamon in particular. The mid palate is quite smooth with rhubarb, cherry and crunchy acidity. The finish is fruit driven with red berries and cherry carrying gentle tartness to a medium length ending. It has a decent flavor profile and is typical of the region- somewhat more full bodied than say Burgundy, more red fruit, a touch of earthiness and it’s growing on me. I would go 90 points for this $35 offer that gets 4 stars from me. I’m pairing with rack of Lamb and grilled Zucchini. Drink till 2025. ps. this was the 4th bottle from my Splashwines delivery. Salut….
This wine is 13 years old and I just found it in my cellar. The cork did not look good and I feared for the worst. In the glass it’s very dark, almost fully opaque but it shows nice legs. The nose is mature- earthy, with mushrooms, forest floor, game and a hint of black cherry reduction. On the palate this is stunning- fully developed with a boatload of tertiary flavors. Umami, dried shiitake, garigue and stewed cherry. This wine is at peak. The midpalate is super smooth- rich fruitcake, secondary flavors and a lithe dose of acidity. The tannins are fully melded and give me a great mouthfeel. The finish is lovely if somewhat curt. Rich fruit reduction, trace tannins and those delicious secondary players we hope for after extended cellaring. 20 plus seconds. I love this wine and am stoked it turned out so nicely. Drink till 2022. 93 points. I paid under $20 back into the day, I doubt you can find any of this 5 star wine these days. Salut….