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|Drinking window: Drink between 2008 and 2012 (based on 2 user opinions)|
|Community Tasting History|
Community Tasting Notes (average 27 notes) - and median of 89 pts. in hiding notes with no text
| ||Tasted by ccrida on 11/28/2014 & rated 88 points: This initially had a lot of heat on the nose and on the palate it was tight with restrained fruit. Several hours of decant blew it off and opened the red berry taste, thought it was still pretty earthy. Nice acidity. A little disappointing compared to what I remember of the other Tudor's I've had, but still fine after giving it plenty of time to air out. (557 views)|
| ||Tasted by klezman on 9/28/2014: PnP at cellar temp it's all spices, earth, and a bit of cherry on the nose. Something savoury as well. Palate matches the savoury note with some nice mushroom. The extra time has done well with this wine.|
After some air and warming up a bit it's even better. Excellent bottle - wish I'd paid closer to the community value for it, but c'est la vie. (1357 views)
| ||Tasted by songoose on 8/12/2013 & rated 90 points: Certainly old world in style, which I dig. Spice, cola, touch of barnyard. Moderate cherry fruit. Good acidity. Nice buy at $20 in PA.|
Full review: http://pavineco.com/?p=2613 (1632 views)
| ||Tasted by J2K on 6/29/2013: Light bodied, black cherry flavor, dirt and tar, good acidity, more of an old world red burg which I prefer. Gave this plenty of time to breathe as I wanted it to get better but never got to a full harmony. (1757 views)|
| ||Tasted by klezman on 4/23/2013: Excellent after about 10 minutes from pop and pour. The initial sips were rather disjointed and harsh but after a tiny bit of air it started to come together. Light purple colour, almost transparent colourless rim. Very bright acidity and flavours - pomegranate and raspberry. Hint of sweetness on the finish (not RS, but fruity sweetness) and not much oak influence. Huge minerality also - very lively wine. Not much earthiness or mushroom is my only kvetch with this one, but it's such a bright and extracted yet light wine that I don't actually miss it that much.|
After another 20 minutes or so, some complexity is coming out, including something more gamey and a touch of earth - almost like pine forest.
The acid level in this wine is huge - I bet it has at least a decade left in it. (2540 views)
| ||Tasted by richardhod on 10/9/2012 & rated 93 points: Top notch California Pinot. Excellent acidity, deep fruit without being big and Cabernetty, or oaky, and made to express the grape, not please bombasts. Along with the Inspiration and Rasmussen one of California's best that I've had. If you like European Pinot Noirs, this is a California wine you will appreciate. (2479 views)|
| ||Tasted by zachusaf on 5/19/2012 & rated 83 points: Sour..No depth, no fruit, no nose. Very disappointed in this. I've had better Pinot at the $10 price point at Costco. (2479 views)|
| ||Tasted by LizT on 2/12/2012 & rated 87 points: First opened it was a bit sour (vinagery?) with little fruit. However, it was a bit too cold and after decanting and warming a bit it turned out much nicer although still low on fruit. With more time I really liked it - more earth, vanilla and dried fruit. (1847 views)|
| ||Tasted by mranderson on 2/5/2012 & rated 84 points: very disappointed in this...very little fruit to much tartness and acidity. At $55 a bottle I'd be real upset...thank goodness it's not what I paid. (1757 views)|
| ||Tasted by woodwardcellar on 10/11/2010 & rated 89 points: Bright, perfumed red fruit. A touch earthy, a touch sour. A very good Pinot. (2563 views)|
| ||Tasted by jeremy_ross on 8/25/2010 & rated 89 points: Typical Pinot garnet color, pretty transparent. Smell: Perfumed red berries. Taste: Wild red berries, perfume, subtle amounts of pepper and coriander. Finish is dominated by the perfume flavors. (2023 views)|
| ||Tasted by woodwardcellar on 8/20/2010 & rated 84 points: bright red fruits, smooth. A relaxed pinot that went well with food. But overall a poor QPR for me. (2043 views)|
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 4/12/2010 & rated 91 points: On first opening it benefitted from a pass through the vinturi, which brought out more earth and fruit, but I think it's actually best just left to breathe. It opens up slowly but oh so nicely that it seems a shame to try to rush it. Great aromas and flavors all well balanced. |
The Tudor is running out too fast! Send more! Quickly!! î :-D (2135 views)
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 4/7/2010 & rated 90 points: Another rocking Pinot from Dan! (2083 views)|
| ||Tasted by steveabb on 2/12/2010 & rated 91 points: Not sure if I could disagree more with oog on this one. We drink and LOTS of Pinot Noir from every appelation we can get our hands on and this bottle is very nice. Older world style and I like the pepper on this one relative to most Pinots we drink. Had this with a Thai dish and it rocked! (2266 views)|
| ||Tasted by oog on 12/19/2009 & rated 80 points: Open for about an hour -- Nose: Virtually none, some light fruit. Taste: Very little flavor. Like sour cranberry juice that has been very watered down. Nothing to it. Very poor QPR. (2417 views)|
| ||Tasted by emf on 11/25/2009: very different from 06 Kosta Browne. Light in color and body with smoke and red berries aromas and in the mouth. Much lighter than KB with a more elegant structure. Enjoyed very much. (2463 views)|
| ||Tasted by emf on 9/17/2009: Light red in color, witharomas of smoke and red berries. On tasting it had red rasberries and red cherries, nice finish, Enjoyed. (2733 views)|
| ||Tasted by emf on 7/29/2009: @ Blackfish with Scallop tasting menu. light red in color with aromas of smoke, red berries and some spiciness. Smooth mouth feel with asmokiness and raspberries and a good finish. Very nice! (2753 views)|
| ||Tasted by peternelson on 3/17/2009 & rated 89 points: Family Wine Makers: Classic lower level pinot--well made w/bluebery frt; hi as (695 views)|
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Tudor Producer website
2006 Tudor Pinot Noir Anderson ValleyAlcohol: 14.3%
Appellation: Anderson Valley
Months in Barrel: 11 months
Oak: Francois Frere
Release Date: September 01, 2008
Time In Oak: 11 months
Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Fermentation: Open Top Fermentation
Titratable Acidity: 5.8 g tartaric/L Titration
802 cases made
Crisp acidity and very Burgundian in style. Orange peel on and aromatic on the nose. Classic Anderson Valley Pinot that really shows off the terroir.
"90 points Wine Spectator -Complex loamy earth, dried berry and currant aromas are firm and structured, tight and focused, with hints of blueberry and floral scents. Drink now through 2014. 802 cases made. J.L."
Pinot Noir Varietal character (Appellation America) | Varietal article (Wikipedia)
Pinot Noir is the Noble red grape of Burgundy, capable of ripening in a cooler climate, which Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot will not reliably do. It is unpredictable and difficult both to grow and to vinify, but results in some of the finest reds in the world. It is believed to have been selected from wild vines two thousand years ago. It is also used in the production of champagne. In fact, more Pinot Noir goes into Champagne than is used in all of the Cote d'Or! It is also grown in Alsace, Germany, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Austria, and so forth, with varying degrees of success.
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California California Wines (Wine Institute of California)
California is one of the most diverse wine regions in the world, with almost 100 grape varieties grown in over 100 viticultural areas, including dozens of different microclimates and soil types, as well as a very individualistic set of winemakers, many with international experience, which adds to and deepens that diversity.
North CoastThe North Coast American Viticultural Area (AVA) in California, covering more than three million acres, includes Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake counties, and portions of Marin and Solano counties. (see The Wine Institute for more information)
2015 Vintage Notes:
"The wines of the .... historically early and intense 2015 vintage .... are dark and intense and not quickly giving up their secrets. Yields were down, in some places significantly, likely contributing to their richness. More than 2012, 2013, or even 2014, the real trick in 2015 was finding a way to temper the natural weightiness of the vintage with enough brightness, like finding a trace of celestial in the terrestrial. There appear to be many successes even if harvest felt like a flash in the pan." - Morgan Twain-Peterson
Anderson Valley stretches from Yorkville Highlands (located in a highland meadow straddling the upper Rancheria Creek and upper Dry Creek watersheds) through Boonville (located on Anderson Creek) and Philo (located on Indian Creek) to Navarro (located on Soda Creek). Rancheria, Anderson, Indian and Soda creeks are tributaries to the Navarro River, which flows north and west through the coastal range to the Pacific Ocean; Dry Creek flows south into the Russian River watershed in Sonoma County. The main stem of the Navarro River begins less than a mile south of Philo at the confluence of Anderson Creek and Rancheria Creek. The mouth of the Navarro is 10 miles (16 km) south of Mendocino, California. Encompassing 315 square miles (816 km²), the Navarro River watershed is the largest coastal basin in Mendocino County.
Such unique geography results in a wide diurnal range, with daily high and low temperatures occasionally diverging 40 or 50 degrees. This enables Pinot Noir growers to keep acid development in line with sugar and flavor formation through long, warm Indian summers. It also makes for superb Gewurztraminer and Riesling, giving rise to the valleys annual Alsatian Varietals and Pinot Noir festivals.
The climate in the Anderson Valley appellation is tempered by cool marine air. Steep hills and mountains surround rolling to nearly level alluvial terraces. The dominant natural vegetation is a mixed forest of Coast Redwood, various native oak varieties, and Douglas-fir. Elevation ranges from sea level to 2,500 feet (760 m). The average annual precipitation ranges from 35 to 80 inches (900 to 2000 mm). The average annual temperature is about 53 °F (12 °C), and the average frost-free season ranges from 220 to 365 days. Towards the coast the summers are cool and moist with frequent fog, while the interior Anderson Valley proper features a warm to hot summer climate similar to nearby interior regions, with daytime highs occasionally in excess of 100 °F (38 °C).
Visitors to the Valley should come prepared for cool evenings and warm days. Locals dress in layers year round.