Drank semiblind. I knew this was a 2006 Pinot Noir. At first it reminded me of a really robust open Burg, north of Les St Georges, south of Fixin. It had savory spice, molasses or dark cherry, depending on the size of the glass. A large goldfish bowl type glass gave it molasses or sorghum, a tighter tulip glass pushed it toward dark cherry with some leather. I liked the tulip profile better than the fish bowl's. It had more charm and delineation. Either way, it was open and expressive, and more balanced in the tulip; a little fat in the fish bowl. The tannins must have been there, I tasted them, I felt them, when visiting the vineyard, and purchasing this bottle.
terrific bottle, lots of secondary aromatics, and depending on glass size, tertiary components as well. (and a hint of cherry wood smoke).
You could drink this now, or wait. I purchased at the source, and stored at 55-58ºF since release. This one likely was healthier, and more intact than a bottle sourced via auction or otherwise.
tasted: domaine michel gros. vosne romanée clos des réas. 2005. the same week, and saw some similarity. The Vosne will improve with time, or use with beef, butter, and all things great about French food. see review if interested. I just opened the bottle Clos es Réas as I type this note, and it's getting a cork for another day.
Hmmm. Didn't take my own advise to wait on these. The last two bottles over this past year have been messy. I hope it isn;t the warm vintage falling apart. The 98's did a little bit of the same thing and are drinking beautifully now. Hope these come back too.
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