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  1. theeb


    535 Tasting Notes

  2. crenner


    72 Tasting Notes

Member since January 2011

Locale: Texas, USA
Favorite region: Burgundy
Dream wine: 1975, 1976 Eisele

  • 2012 Dehlinger Pinot Noir Altamont

    Deeper color than Goldridge. I waited to try a bottle, last one among 2012's to try. Forest floor nose and flavors. Rich, well balanced. Needs time while enjoyable now. I think it will be great. This is a rich wine and in tasting a number of wines, I have revised the Goldridge score. It is excellent, not obvious the Altamont is superior (it is now)/

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  • 2012 Anthill Farms Pinot Noir Comptche Ridge Vineyard

    Full disclosure: Have opened a few of these previously and not rated. Faint cranberry nose expanding more to sour cherry, medium body, cherry color. Immediately tart and astringent with good dose of acid. Took some time to open with moderate richness in the middle, average plus finish without unique identifiable flavors. This wine is strongly red fruit in an indistinct way. Past vintages have not taken this long to open and become enjoyable, not sure what this portends. My sense is there are better uses of my bucks for the price. I would prefer a couple of bottles of Vacqueras or Gigondas because I don't find the complexity I seek for drinking near term, don't believe worth keeping for long term improvement.
    To be transparent, I do find desired complexity in many pinots, mostly RR and Santa Cruz, also many Oregon.

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  • 2012 Joseph Swan Vineyards Pinot Noir Trenton Estate

    Tasted over 2 nights. This is the 2d bottle, first one 3 weeks after receipt of shipment months ago.

    The 2012 is an elegant, tight, racy wine. Of recent vintages it isn't the richest, but supplies acidity and balance for long aging if desired. It is a worthy sibling to the line, in my view closest to 2011 in flavor palate although not as soft and not as ripe in fruit - pale red fruit as opposed to deeper - surprising given the vintage.

    On this 2 bottle (liked the first one but it was austere, needed a 2d to take the measure) at opening the wine was pale/light ruby, medium body, grew darker in time (unchanged 2d night). It displayed a classic RR nose, flavors (as described elsewhere). Tonight (night #2) it finishes a bit astringent though still pleasant, young well made PN. Forgive my memory but at this time I put the 2011 ahead, probably depends on when you wish to drink and how each develops. The 2012 is a good add in my small temperature controlled cellar, even though taking 7 spaces:-) I look forward to seeing the quadruplets (2009-2012) develop, relative to 2005, 2007. I'm a JS pinotphile with 30 bottles of these 4 remaining, excited about the prospect of a 5+ year vertical.

    I don't see this wine changing for a few years. We aren't going to be able to get a better handle on its future for a while, regardless of how you see it now. I hope it won't go dormant but have had burgundies that have done this, including a Ponsot CdlR VV from a good year. Very disappointing. Please leave time for this one.

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