Tasting at Scott Paul and Tyrus Evan

Carlton, OR
Tasted Saturday, January 30, 2010 by tomandlu with 279 views

Introduction

Took an opportunity to taste several 2006 wines from Taupenot-Merme at Scott Paul and ambled up the street to taste at Tyrus Evan too.

Flight 1 - Wines from Taupenot-Merme (5 Notes)

This was a wonderful opportunity to taste three Premiers from one producer in the same vintage. All wines were tasted from Riedel Burgundy glasses.

  • 2006 Domaine Taupenot-Merme Charmes-Chambertin 88 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru

    Moderate red-purple color. Reticent nose of earth, grass, straberries and spice. Moderately rich and quite ripe and complex on the palate with good tannin and acidity. Very long slightly tannic finish. Nice but, to my taste, not on par with the Premiers.

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  • 2006 Domaine Taupenot-Merme Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Bel-Air 92 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru

    Moderate red-purple color. Very nice, complex nose of flowers, tar, ripe plums and earth. Equally floral on the palate, ripe, moderately tannic, and fruity. Very long, floral finish. This was a very pleasant surprise. More forward than I expected.

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  • 2006 Domaine Taupenot-Merme Morey St. Denis 1er Cru La Riotte 92 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Morey St. Denis 1er Cru

    Moderate purple-red, perhaps a shade darker than either the Charmes or Bel Air. Stunning nose of ripe red fruit, damp earth, smoke and some wood. Equally good on the palate with loads of ripe fruit off-set by moderate tannin. Shockingly long finish. Luanne commented that this wine was 'mature' whereas the Bel Air was 'rambunctous'.

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  • 2006 Domaine Taupenot-Merme Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Pruliers 89 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru

    Moderate purple-red color. Complex nose of leather, earth, red fruit. Very full on the palate but chunky. Maybe it just needs time to come together. This was completely outclassed by the Bel Air and the Riotte. I thought it more complete than the Charmes, however.

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  • 2007 Domaine Taupenot-Merme Gevrey-Chambertin 87 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin

    Deep purple-red color. Flamboyant nose of red earth, ripe berries and some wood. Very forward on the palate with nice fruit and acidity. Much more of a crowd-pleaser than I expected.

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Flight 2 - Select 2008 Ken Wright wines (4 Notes)

We walked up the street to the Tyrus Evan tasting room (Ken Wright's warm-climate wine label). They were serving some remaining 2008 Ken Wright pinots. These were served in Riedel red wine glasses. With the exception of the Carter Vineyard these were very disappointing, perhaps that why they're still available to taste. The poorer wines were not bad by any stretch of the imagination but they were not up the to standards of this producer and certainly, in my opinion, not worth the $55 asking price.

  • 2008 Ken Wright Pinot Noir Carter Vineyard 91 Points

    USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Eola - Amity Hills

    Deep purple-red. Lovely nose of flowers, cranberries and a hint of wood (my wife also noted hay). Firm and fruity on the palate with good acidity and ripe, somewhat drying tannin. Long, tarry finish. Far and away the best of these four KW wines today.

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  • 2008 Ken Wright Pinot Noir Abbott Claim Vineyard 84 Points

    USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley

    Bright red-purple color. Pretty dead on the nose though there are hints of berries and loam. Equally light on the palate with watery fruit and some tannin. No finish to speak of. Pretty insipid, especially for a wine from this producer and this vintage.

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  • 2008 Ken Wright Pinot Noir Savoya

    USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Yamhill-Carlton

    Grape-purple color. Overtly jammy nose, off-putting. Equally obvious and forward on the palate. Not to my taste. Far and away the poorest of these four wines.

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  • 2008 Ken Wright Pinot Noir Canary Hill 85 Points

    USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Eola - Amity Hills

    Bright red-purple color. Moderate nose of flowers and berries with a hint of wood. Very light on the palate with OK fruit but certainly not up to the standards of the vintage or the producer. Did they pour the wrong wine?

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