Kirk Grant

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Member since December 2007

Locale: Bangor, Maine, USA
Favorite region: Burgundy, Piedmonte, Champagne, Oregon, Germany, Bordeaux...there are so many wonderful wines.
Dream wine: 1990 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée-Conti
I turned 21 while living in Germany and became passionate about wine around 15 years ago; when I started collecting Wine around late 2005 everything changed for me. I've been very fortunate to taste with some very experienced professionals in the wine industry while I worked my way through grad school and I continue to enjoy the occasional jaunt to trade tastings and industry themed dinners whenever possible.

  • 2012 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc La Crau

    Opened & decanted for 12 hours.
    Color: pale golden yellow
    Smell: tropical fruit aromas with peach and light floral notes.
    Taste: pineapple, quince, star fruit, and yellow apple
    Overall: This needs time in the bottle. It will show well now with a long decant. Medium body, Med-Hi acidity, med tannin, med+ fruit, and a long finish. This should be at its best with another year or two in the bottle. Patience will be rewarded. Outstanding!

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  • 2013 Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Berserkers' Cuvée

    Color: Garnet core with a ruby rim
    Smell: Loads of dark fruits, blueberries, clove, hints of molasses, red vines, and tomato leaf.
    Taste: Boysenberry, blueberry, asian spice, lack raspberry, and black cherry framed in a medium body and lush style.
    Overall: This is more of a dark, fruit-driven vision of what Pinot Noir can be. Interesting and complex medium body, medium acidity, clean fruit, and enough tannin to see this into 10-15+ years of life. I can't want to see what this is like as it ages. I'll check back in on this wine again in 2016+

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  • 2013 Enderle & Moll Spätburgunder Liaison

    This is a beautiful pale ruby in the glass that could almost pass for a more extracted Tavel Rosé. The nose is screaming out of the glass with wild earth-driven scents of mushrooms, tomato vine, high-end charcuterie, roses with a melange of red fruits. It's just such a beautiful, light, and airy wine that fills your nostrils demanding your full attention. On the palate this as light as a feather...but like the wake of a boat it cuts a path and begins to expand immediately. Flavors of light red fruits, kumquat. kiwi lead down the palate like walking into a cool cellar and then notes of wild strawberry explode on the palate and linger throughout the finish. Outstanding. Light body, high acidity, med- fruit, with a moderate length finish.

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  • WineKnurd says:

    7/5/2015 6:49:00 AM - Hey Kirk, thanks for the comment back! I posted back here since it won't alert you if I comment on your comment, since it was my original post. I am saving my last 2 bottles as well, but my gut is telling me that there won't be too much secondary and tertiary due to the dominant oak profile. Will be interesting to see though, you can never truly predict how a wine will evolve. If we are still on CT in 2020 I will be sure to send you another note!

  • WineKnurd says:

    7/4/2015 9:23:00 AM - Hey Kirk I just finished my notes for the 2005 Monbousquet and saw your note from 2009 saying "look forward to re-visiting this wine in another 6-8 years". Well it's 6 years and I think the wine is drinking great now, tannins have integrated nicely but it still plenty bold and intense. Drink up! :)

  • Arch57 says:

    1/27/2015 3:52:00 AM - Wow 19 vintages of Musar with a Nor'easter on the way up to Maine. Most folks were grabbing milk and bread off the shelves but it looked like you guys raided all the Musar! What a way to hunker down for a storm.

  • RajivAyyangar says:

    4/27/2010 8:25:00 AM - Is Eric referring to comment notifications? If someone comments on one of my tasting notes, do I get notified?

  • Eric says:

    4/8/2010 2:53:00 PM - Notifications aren't hooked up yet guys...

  • jahlove says:

    3/25/2010 8:30:00 PM - Yo. Just testing out the new stuff. Got your comment on the Joly wine. Will post a comment in return. Let me know if you get some sort of notification.

  • Kirk Grant says:

    3/7/2010 4:38:00 AM - I've been working part time in the wine industry (in retail, for wineries, and as a wine director) through most of my BA & MSW. I'm often inquisitive, and always open to communication and questions. I'm sure from time to time I make errors in my statements and welcome any thoughts, corrections, and questions. friendship, is meant to be shared...not guarded in secrecy.