Full set of baking spices on the nose - cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamon suggests liberal use of stems.
Starts off tight on the palate, and hiding behind its tannins. Tart cherries with plenty of acid. Has a quite complex earth quality. This is a very layered wine but the least developed of the wines on the night and probably should sleep some more. The potential is there. 93+.
Tasted blind as a part of an '07 Cali Pinot horizontal. Full gorgeous nose has black cherry and plum, damp earth, and prominent stem driven herb and spice. Darker fruit tones and earthier than most in the lineup (which included Rivers Marie, Kutch, Littorai, Copain and a couple burg ringers). Very good and clearly of high quality, but I get the sense the best is yet to come with this wine and their is more development lying ahead. 91-93 points.
Complex, burg-like aromas with herb, pine, black cherry and loads of spice. Palate echoed the nose with a leaner profile today. Felt coiled up and in need of more time to unfold and flesh out. Seems to have the stuffing and balance to age.
Nose is red fruits, spice and floral perfume notes (actually like a floral scented perfume; flowers but slightly artificial...very odd).
On the palate cranberry, spices, and a floral perfume note. There's good complexity/depth with medium body. Tannins are well-integrated and everything seems to be in balance, but the floral note is quite prominent, lingering like an old woman's who put on too much perfume for a simple trip to the market. Should improve with time.
Nicely floral and spice-driven aromatic start with mature red berry aromas. Similarly mature red fruit flavors with hints of earth, mushroom and subtle spice. Moderate depth. The "regular" Alpine also open tonight came across as more fresh and powerful.
The darkest of the 2006-2008 flight. It is a baby, but air brought out a tomato leaf aroma and great concentration wound tightly around a structured core. Swap tomato skin for spice and it reminds me a lot of the 1998 Dujac Clos St. Denis at a similar age. Outstanding.
What began as a slightly thin, rigid glass of crunchy tart fruit, opened over the course of 2+ hours into a delicate and pretty expression of chalk and cranberry. While enjoyable, and moreso by the end, this is really not ready. I plan to stay away from this wine for at least a few years.
Agree on greenness described by Winelovr2001, but I recall thinking it was from stems last night. Still tight and needing more time IMHO--1 more bottle to go and hope I can wait into 2015 to try again.
Cali and Burgs Blind (FMIII in the OC): Blind - guessed burg, bzzz! Wow, is this an incredible wine. It's not tricked up or overdone, just beautifully balanced, pure fruit, great complexity, and a terrific finish. Lord help us if this improves with age because I'm not sure why it's not the best pinot I've tasted.
Uh, wow. This wine really stood out, and once again validating for me the power of the blind tasting experience, the label was not revealed (as with all the wine) until the end of the last flight. Red apple, black raspberry, good richness, a dark clove note, lasered in cherry fruit and superb balance. This wine was far away the winner last night hitting nearly everyone's dance card for Top 3 (11 of 14 people voted for it), with 9 of those 11 giving it their first place vote. As a side note, having recently tasted the 2010 Swan at the winery and really having that wine resonate for me as truly world class, it's not a surprise this 2007 did so well. This is one helluva vineyard and lives up again to its rep.
Another Round of California Vs Burgundy Blind (Frank Murray's Casa): Served blind. Dark Bing cherry nose with notes of citrus and spice. Some more clear notes of stem show up later. Fresh and bright palate. Tart juicy fruit that lingers on the palate for quite some time. Much better than that sounds and seemed to be the big favorite at the table. I guessed a Rivers Marie Summa Old Vines. A terrific wine in any case. This did surprise me at the reveal as the last 07 Rhys I had was closed and note pleasurable. This was quite the opposite.
lovely crunchy red fruit nose. minerals. obvious stem inclusion. tannic. dry, almost chalky. no where near ready, but a nice look at its progress. no doubt this will be excellent. will hold my last bottle for 3-5+ years depending on the rhys website updates.
Big, beautiful nose of pine needles, soy sauce, pretty young Pinot fruit. The whole cluster usage is certainly apparent. Strong acidity that makes this zip through the mouth. Very very pretty wine that will only get better. ****