Every so often I get thrown a curveball. This Burgundian Pinot Noir was tasted blind at my WSET class. I barely passed the assessment. This 92 point wine was not at all what I tasted- bottle variation? Storage issues? Did the invigilator know this was a $60 Premiere Cru and made his mind up with that knowledge? Who knows. My notes are pretty consistent with the majority of the class. This wine is medium ruby colored with medium (-) intensity aromas of red currant, raspberry, red cherry, pomegranate and red plum. I called it simple. On the palate it is dry with medium acidity, medium (-) tannins, medium body and high alcohol. I got medium (-) intensity flavors of the above descriptors and found the wine to have a short finish. I marked it as being of acceptable quality with a drink now recommendation. In my world this is barely an 85 pointer and for the cash- 1 star. It was a real disappointment to find out it had such pedigree yet did not deliver. I almost want to buy a bottle and have another industry pro blind taste it to confirm my suspicions- but why waste $60? Major pass. Salut…
From one of the coolest California AVA’s comes this Pinot Noir that is medium ruby in the glass with thick watery legs. The nose is medium intensity with aromas of steeped strawberry, red plum, orange peel, baking spices, black raspberry and rosewater. The palate is dry with high acidity, medium, well ingrained tannins, a medium body and lovely flavors of dark red fruit, oak influence by way of orange peel and baking spices and some freshness from the rose component. The wine is very silky, balanced and slippery with a medium length finish. I like this wine, even though it’s not my style of Pinot. 91 points for this $60 beauty makes it a 5 star effort that I am pairing with beer-can Chicken and sautéed spinach. Drink till 2030. Salut….
This bottle was assigned to my WSET tasting group- an interesting one as this producer is big in Cali, not so well known for Oregon Pinot. It shows a pale ruby in the glass and has medium intensity aromas of red cherry, red currant, red plum, cinnamon and coconut- it was considered youthful. The palate was dry with medium (+) acidity, medium tannins, medium alcohol and medium (-) body. We matched the flavors with the aromas and thought they were slightly less intense, leading to a medium (-) finish. At $32, this is what we considered an acceptable wine with a drink now window. Overall I would rate it 88 points and 3 stars if that. Think chilled Salmon on a bed of Boston bib or perhaps a thin sirloin flash grilled. Salut….
Pale ruby with perhaps a touch of garnet. The nose has got just what I looking for- pronounced aromas of earth, forest floor, red cherry, baking spice, black currant leaf, red plum, clove- very complex, almost Burgundian. On the palate it is stunning- dry with very juicy acidity and medium tannins this wine has an upfront push of sour cherry followed by the earthy, forest floor component alongside other red fruits. Baking spice hits on the mid palate and I get oak nuance from the get go. This is quite full bodied and rich with flavor that finishes nicely with a sour note from cherries and cranberry. The overall length of the finish is medium. The balance of this wine is en pointe and the composure makes me want to keep sipping. This $45 Pinot Noir got some pretty monster scores- I have to agree and go with 93 points. I will be drinking the other three bottles over a 5 year period and watching the evolution. Pairings could consist of Duck l’Orange, Filet Mignon with Au Gratin or even Grilled white meats. 5 stars for this beauty. Salut….
This Pinot Noir is pale ruby, bordering on garnet which is commensurate with its 7 years of age. The nose has quite pronounced aromas of red and black cherry, baking spice, cranberry, rooibos tea, orange peel, strawberry compote and a touch of heat. The palate is dry with very rich flavors of cherry (red and black), stewed red fruit and the other notes I mentioned. Medium bodied, it has lithe, integrated tannins and medium (+) acidity. The mouthfeel is great with the richness of the fruit balancing the acidity whilst the tannins give a touch of dryness. The alcohol is not an issue at this point. The finish is relatively short but packed with fruit. I really like this wine- it drinks so easily and delivers lots of red fruit with a bunch of secondary and tertiary notes. For $35 it is a very good Oregonian Pinot that shows off some New World fruit-forward notes alongside some Old World elegance and tertiary notes from aging. 92 points and 5 stars. Drink till 2028 with some grilled poultry or a slab of charred Mackerel. Salut….
Our Virtual Wine Tasting group has drunk numerous Pinot Noirs over the past 2 years. This one hails from the southerly Santa Barbara county. I wanted to introduce a different style of Pinot to show how climactic differences and terroir can affect a single varietal wine. I was not disappointed with my choice. This medium-ruby wine had very defined legs in the glass and packs a 14% ABV punch. Aromas of black cherry, root beer, cola, Dr. Pepper, ripe raspberry, cinnamon, nutmeg and a saline note. The palate had medium tannins, medium (-) acidity, a medium weight body and brooding flavors of cranberry, mulling spices, black cherry and a tart cherry finish. 14/20 from me and 91 points for this $20 wine makes it a 5 star effort to drink over the next 5 years. Salut….
When I was last in Quebec I bought a few bottles of this delicious Pinot. Having enjoyed the 2017 Montague immensely I could hardly contain myself when I found this vintage. It is a pale ruby in the glass as expected but has very thick legs- interesting considering it rolls in at 13% ABV. The nose is quite intense- red cherry, strawberry coulis, cinnamon, clove, pomegranate, mocha and florals of violet and geranium. The palate it dry and surprisingly tannic for this varietal. The flavors are a bit less intense from the nose but I get strawberry as the lead component with the red cherry and pomegranate supporting. The chocolate, spice and florals are present along with a touch of oak. The wine is medium (-) bodied with juicy acidity and a decent length finish. This wine perplexes me- it’s a bit in-your-face at the get go, the tannins are quite persuasive yet it morphs into a seductive and soft Pinot as it transitions to the mid palate and finish. It may need a bit of time. Right now it is a 90 point wine that I see potential for. At $32 CAD ($26) it’s worth looking for and cellaring. 5 Stars from me- I’m pairing it with roast Duck and Scalloped Potatoes. Salut….
Medium ruby colored, this wine is a shade more opaque than most Pinot Noirs. The nose is exquisite after a good swirl to get things going. Ripe cherry, strawberry coulis, cola, a touch of forest floor and bilberry. The palate is a touch subdued from the intensity of the nose. The wine is dry with very lithe tannins, medium (+) acidity, medium bodied and long in the finish. The bright red fruit flavors are present as is some Rooibos tea, a definitive Pinot flavor that I cannot name and spices like Christmas cake. For close to $30 this 90 pointer gets 4 stars from me. Delicious now, it will drink well till 2030 and pair nicely with Roasted Cornish hens or Ratatouille. It has a fantastic mouthfeel btw. Salut….
I was reading an olde book about French wines, written a few years ago and chock full of iconic classics. I stumbled across a Burgundy wine that I recognized so I checked my cellar and sure enough I had a bottle or two of this 2006 Gevrey-Chambertin. My mind was instantly made up- Duck Confit and a glass of this aged Pinot Noir would fit my dinner plans perfectly. I needed help getting the cork out, the Ah-so was a savior…
For a 16 year old Burgundy there is plenty of medium ruby color with virtually no sign of bricking. The nose is exactly what I was hoping for. Stewed cherry, barnyard, garigue, dried herbs and cooked strawberry essence. Very little oak is evident but the tertiary notes are singing. On the palate it is very smooth, tart, dry and still very tannic. Medium (+) intensity flavors of cooked cherry dominate with supporting notes of raspberry, strawberry and rhubarb crumble. The barnyard/garigue and dried herb components are present but the tartness is a bit much. It is medium (-) bodied and has a mid length finish. This is still a young wine with more evolution left, which contradicts the original assumptions that it would peak in 2013. There is plenty of structure and fruit to last until 2028 at the least. Under-scored and under-estimated- this $80 wine gets 92 points from me and 5 stars. Glad I cellared a few bottles, looking forward to more evolution. Salut….
I’m a fan of this winery, having first tasted a bottle of their 2009 Gaps Crown Pinot back in the day. My review is quite interesting and can be found at:https://caspernick.com/2012/08/10/sojourn-gaps-crown-vineyard-pinot-noir-2009/
I bought a few Magnums of this particular wine on spec and am glad I did- tasty stuff that paired beautifully with a roast Pork shoulder and apple reduction sauce. I previously wrote about this particular wine and am glad to see my notes are consistent.
Pale garnet- which is kind of surprising for a wine that’s only four years old, it does look a little bit murky though. The nose has medium intensity aromas of strawberry coulis, bing cherry, cinnamon stick, burnt orange peel and stewed strawberry. On the palate this dry wine is juicy with very, very mild tannins and a medium body. Pronounced flavors of red and black cherry with some strawberry nuance, spice box and hints of oak. I love the mouth feel of the wine, even though it’s medium bodied it’s got a certain lightness to it that I am really enjoying. The finish is medium length and has nice raspberry and red cherry notes with some vibrant acidity. 92 points for this $54 effort makes it worthy of 5 stars and something to look for and drink by 2026. Salut….