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2011 Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Noir

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3/19/2015 - chablis28 wrote: 91 points

PnP. Color reminds me of a 40yr old Barolo. Weak crimson bricking color. Dried flowers on the nose. Confounding wine at only 4yrs old as it drinks more like a 20yr old PN. Tea, faded raspberry and minerally, tart cherry flavors. As unpromising as the pale color is, it belies the intriguing flavors that await. I like this wine, a lot. Had a little spritz and was cloudy, so I'd decant the next one. I'll leave the btl stand up for a day next time. Not in for a multiple btl purchase but I'll definitely try another. Chunks of sediment here and there. Obviously, unfiltered and made by a hands off purist. 13.5% alc. Paid $31

  • Comment posted by Brix:

    3/24/2015 10:05:00 AM - Love Eyrie Pinots! David Lett had a quote from way back, maybe the 1970s, regarding color in PN, something to the effect that over extraction and deep color masked the essential elements of the grape - so Eyrie wines are intentionally pale, subtle, and delicious.

Red

2011 Cameron Pinot Noir Arley's Leap

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11/27/2014 - AACollection wrote: NR

Drank alongside a 2001 Nicolas Potel Clos Vougeot and a 2012 Thomas. We loved this wine when we had it before, but in this company it was...well....undistinguished. Double decanted and waited about 4 hours to drink. Nice nose with lots of earth, mushroom, tea leaves and dark fruits. Great acidity on the palate, which has a lot of bright red fruits and surprisingly tannic in this company (more tannic than the Thomas but less tannic than the Clos Vougeot). Anyway, still excellent.

  • Comment posted by Brix:

    1/2/2015 2:58:00 PM - Tough competition! Haven't had the '12 Thomas but every bottle I've had of his has been stellar, so I'm sure the 2012 was a treat.

Red

2004 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau

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10/26/2014 - Brix wrote: NR

Egads. I have no idea how to score this. If, like me, you've stored this wine at cellar temps, put it back and don't even think about drinking it for another decade. Not remotely ready to drink: primary, tannic, opaquely purple. Even after 3 hours of decanting, disjointed and harsh, barely hinting at future nuance. I saved half a bottle for tomorrow but I'm not optimistic that it will improve much. Not flawed, just painfully, egregiously, criminally immature.

  • Comment posted by Brix:

    10/29/2014 1:17:00 PM - This bottle was in a commercial storage facility for most of the last 8 or 9 years until I pulled it out a couple of months ago. We've had this experience before with other similarly-stored bottles, especially more traditionally-made wines - I just think they age much more slowly in those conditions. (Oh, and our wine was only slightly more settled down on Day 2.)

Red

2009 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py

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10/5/2014 - salil wrote: 90 points

This is drinking quite nicely now with lots of bright, sappy red fruit and floral notes, though I'm finding I enjoyed this more on release and wonder if I should have just enjoyed my bottles then when the fruit was even more vibrant and it showed other savoury and mineral characteristics that aren't there now. This is a bit more understated, certainly more harmonious on the palate with a very polished texture and bright acids, but at the same time doesn't show quite the depth and sense of sheer vibrancy it had on release.

  • Comment posted by Brix:

    10/8/2014 10:13:00 PM - Drink or hold: always a challenge, especially with Cru Beaujolais. Your word is perfect: vibrancy. Hard to beat, although I do appreciate the texture of older examples.

White

2012 Cameron Pinot Gris Ramato Abbey Ridge Vineyard

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4/7/2014 - briandavispdx wrote: 90 points

On the first magnificent spring day of the year, it seemed appropriate to open up one of my favorite rosés (or is it a white?!) from last summer to see how it was coming along.

Cameron's wines are so complex, so fun. Something in the nose reminiscent of strawberry shortcake turns to cherry pie on the tongue, along with peaches and a bit of cinnamon. There's a whiff of something that I'd swear was limestone, except that there's no limestone in the Dundee Hills, so I'll just assume it's a relic of John Paul's mad genius manifesting in the glass. Soft, medium-length finish that leaves a smooth, mossy flavor.

I enjoyed my first bottle of this last August a little too much to remember to leave a tasting note (oops), but it seems to have improved after 9-ish months in hiding.

  • Comment posted by Brix:

    4/18/2014 8:25:00 PM - It's crazy good, isn't it? I'm not much of a Pinot Gris fan, but love this stuff!

  • Comment posted by Brix:

    5/11/2014 7:58:00 PM - Totally agree - I usually pass on Pinot Gris too. Although we were at the Eyrie tasting room last weekend and they were pouring surprisingly good 2012 Pinot blanc and a very good 2012 Pinot Gris. But the Ramato is still a whole 'nother thing.

Red

2010 Marcel Lapierre Morgon

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5/4/2014 - cweiss Likes this wine: NR

Easy to drink this without paying attention to how good it really is.

  • Comment posted by Brix:

    5/4/2014 3:09:00 PM - Great observation that summarizes what I always use too many words to describe. I'm always sad to finish a Lapierre wine, and they always get finished.

White

2011 Evolúció Furmint

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8/27/2013 - briandavispdx wrote: 89 points

This was on sale for twelve bucks at the local Whole Foods when I was perusing wines after buying a nice filet of tuna, which seemed a worthwhile risk. I'd never tried (or even heard of) anything featuring Furmint before, and I sure haven't explored in much depth the wines of Hungary, so I figured, what they hell?

That happened to be the right answer. Apparently the great Furmint wines of Hungary haven't received too much hype yet, because this emm-effer drank WAY above its price point. It had a cool nose with pear, honey, and white flowers. On the tongue, the fruitiness reminded me of lemon peel, and the zesty finish was a pretty perfect compliment to the in-your-face herbiness of the tuna filet. Not bad, Whole Foods, not bad at all. Now, if you could only provide enough bike parking...

  • Comment posted by Brix:

    4/18/2014 8:41:00 PM - We visited Hungary last summer and tasted a LOT of furmint-based wines. It's a very versatile grape, and in capable hands can be quite good. I remember this one seeming kind of Sauvignon blanc-ish.

Red

2003 Soter Pinot Noir Beacon Hill

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3/1/2014 - cpoulos wrote: 92 points

I was really pleasantly surprised at how well this is showing. This bottle was still fresh, plummy, and fruit-driven. Wines like this are a good case for drinking your 2003s at cellar temperature.

  • Comment posted by Brix:

    3/4/2014 8:58:00 PM - Good to hear - the last one of these we had was pretty disappointing - quite disjointed and reflective of the hot vintage. Will have to open another one soon.

White

2012 Cameron Pinot Gris Ramato Abbey Ridge Vineyard

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2/13/2014 - Rob and Meg wrote: 90 points

Rich and lively aromas of tangerine citrus, lavender, potpourri, and dried lemon. Wonderfully textured and quite full bodied, as excellent orange citrus and orchard fruit compete with crushed gravel, bright herbs, and mouth watering acidity. Really enjoyable and rather unique. Drink or hold.

  • Comment posted by Brix:

    2/16/2014 8:39:00 AM - We loved this last summer and still have a couple of bottles stashed away waiting for springtime. Thanks for reminding me how fun this stuff is.

Red

2006 Coudert Fleurie Clos de la Roilette Cuvée Tardive

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8/14/2013 - ubercuvee wrote: 81 points

Bleh. I had a great 2009 Foillard's "cuvee 3.14" the week before and fond memories of a 2009 Roilette Tardive last summer [admittedly after the fun of guiding the arete du cosmiques], so I thought I'd try the 2006.
Mistake. This had no depth, little nuance, none of the facets you'd hope to find in good burg, and yet seemed heavy and clumsy. Poor

  • Comment posted by Brix:

    8/14/2013 1:05:00 PM - So unlike other notes here - I wonder if your bottle was somehow flawed? I've occasionally had cru bojo that's been ever so slightly corked, just enough to flatten the wine, but not so much as to be overtly off. In any case, bummer!

Red

2006 Thomas Pinot Noir Dundee Hills

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7/5/2013 - Erik12903 Likes this wine: 99 points

Oh my god.

I have tasted many a good bottle of wine. And I have had this very same wine before, without fully understanding the potential that lay within.

But this nose, right now, (and the perfume is the allure of pinot, isn't it though) is to die for. And the elegance with which the body and soul and freshness speaks of, is nothing but a halelujah moment.

I struggled with the sex-less translation of the Rubayat by Fitzgerald, and was bewildered by the spiritual intellectualism of the swedish translator, the mad baron Hermelin. But now, the metaphor of wine as epiphany and truth, and harmony with the self (and god, if you are a believer), is as evident and true as water.

I found frequent pleasure in wine but rarely the jouissance of which Monsieur Roland Barthes speaks of. But now, I am experiencing tingling sensations in my toes and hair which is growing into an orgasmic crescendo. The synaptic recognition must be equal (I do not know, for I am ignorant) to the heroin slave's rush of relief and complete satisfaction.

In the past, with all the love I have for the willamette and its vineyard shepherds, at times, I have doubted (read my other tasting notes of wines by John Thomas, the apostle of pinot noir), not least this vintage, 2006, from oregon, but now I do believe.

And I have two more translucent ruby coloured bottles.

  • Comment posted by Brix:

    7/8/2013 10:26:00 AM - So it was good, I take it? Interesting, 2006 wasn't a great WV vintage and I've been culling my cellar of 06's because I didn't see them standing up to longer storage. Do you think this wine has the stuffing for more aging? At 99 points, it's difficult to imagine this will improve...

  • Comment posted by Brix:

    7/9/2013 12:45:00 PM - Thanks Erik - sounds like our tastes are similar, and it's encouraging to know that this wine was so well made in a challenging vintage. Looking forward to opening this one sometime soon!

Red

2009 Marcel Lapierre Morgon Cuvée Marcel Lapierre

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5/29/2013 - geshtin wrote: NR

Raisiny. And I don't like that. As in almost all wines on this trip, I preferred the “basic” wines to the fancy cuvées.

  • Comment posted by Brix:

    5/29/2013 7:24:00 PM - Also agree. It seems that the luxury cuvees try too hard to make Bojo what it's not, rather than celebrating what it is. Perhaps in a lean or otherwise challenging vintage the added concentration would be good; otherwise I'll stick with basic cuvees as well.

Rosť

2012 Ameztoi Getariako Txakolina Rubentis

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5/18/2013 - brooklynguy wrote: NR

I want to drink another bottle before saying anything - this one really just wasn't terribly interesting. Perfectly fine, but not as good as the other vintages I've had.

  • Comment posted by Brix:

    5/20/2013 6:59:00 PM - "Perfectly fine, but not as good as other vintages" - agreed.

    It's interesting - I think there's a growing consensus that this year's release is just slightly off from many previous vintages. We've been drinking this stuff religiously for 5 or 6 years now, and the 2012 is definitely missing something. I've got my fingers crossed that it will settle down into its groove, since I bought two cases of the stuff.

Rosť

2012 Ameztoi Getariako Txakolina Rubentis

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5/5/2013 - Billigan Does not like this wine: 82 points

I think Brix really nailed it with his note here in terms of the wine's characteristics with the exception being that I found this rather joyless. For me, rose is about refreshing, energetic, food-friendliness, and if it has some additional complexity (like in a Baudry rose or a Mordoree Tavel), then that's bonus. But this wine delivered none of those qualities. Sour, spritzy, and a bit of a slog to drink on what was a nice spring picnic with my family.

  • Comment posted by Brix:

    5/5/2013 9:42:00 PM - Really an interesting take on this wine - I completely agree with your list of the good qualities of rose, and we've always found the Rubentis to be entirely joyful... even though it's not especially profound. I'm truly surprised and sorry that you didn't find it enjoyable. I wonder if it was somehow flawed? Or perhaps our tastes are just that different...

  • Comment posted by Brix:

    5/14/2013 4:58:00 PM - We had another bottle of this over the weekend, and I think the truth lies somewhere between our respective impressions. It's definitely not my favorite vintage and is still a bit jarring, flavors not fully knit together. I like rose freshly bottled, so I'm hoping that this wine will get itself together over the summer months.

Red

2007 Ken Wright Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard

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2/10/2013 - lolo66 wrote: NR

Nice nose of strawberry rhubarb and savory elements - mushroom, herbs. Taste is a bit sharp. Strong tart cranberry and cherries and sour jolly ranchers.creamy texture. Seems like it should taste more rounded, but it stays on a few notes.

  • Comment posted by Brix:

    4/8/2013 7:30:00 AM - Thanks for the note - I've still got several '07 WV pinots lurking about and have wondered how they are developing. As you probably know, it was a challenging year in WV, and most wines are "elegant" (if they're successful) and thin and reedy if they're not successful. I think Ken probably made the most he could out of a rough vintage.

Red

2004 Château Calon-Ségur

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12/29/2012 - RR47 wrote: 88 points

Medium red. This has changed sinced since my 88 score in October 2011, but can't say it has improved. No more fruit on the nose, but certainly green tobacco leaf, and some spiced pipe tobacco, along with cedar notes. The finish has softer tannins than previous tasting (but NOT soft tannins). It ends with a bit of astingent dryness. Not unpleasant in any way, just not up to other Calon's. Purchased as a future and stored at 55 since release. More in the cellar so time will tell.

  • Comment posted by Brix:

    1/1/2013 4:03:00 PM - Hi there, and thanks for the note. We have a couple of these stashed away and I don't plan to pop them for at least another ten years. In my admittedly limited experience, Calon (and other St Estephes) really don't provide much pleasure in their first decade or so. I don't have high hopes for this vintage, but I think the wine will continue to improve for another ten years or more. Cheers, and thanks again for the tasting note.

Red

2002 Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir Laurène

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11/24/2012 - arthrovine wrote: NR

From magnum. I found this bottle tight, fruit forward with too much alcohol on the finish. To me, this bottle format seems to be going through some maturation phase. Others found it beautiful. This was tasted alongside a 1992 Laurene, which was stunning. Embarrassing, really, to realize that that wine would transform into such a beauty. If you're lucky enough to have a magnum, wait 5 more years.

  • Comment posted by Brix:

    11/29/2012 7:56:00 PM - We actually do have a mag of this, purchased at the winery and in storage since. Appreciate your note very much - it's rare to get info on large format OR Pinots. I'll keep this wine deep in the cellar for a few more years.

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