Vancouver Confrerie Chapitre des Valentines (Five Sails - Vancouver, BC): Some high tuned spice upfront on the nose, along with aromas of bright red cherries, raspberries, and a hint of asphalt. More bright red cherries on the palate, as well as notes of boysenberries, raspberries, earth, and plenty more spice. Plenty or structure, showing piercing acidity and plenty of hard gritty tannins. Medium length finish ending on notes of boysenberry and raspberry. This is quite elegant and a bit muddy on the palate, with bright firm acidity. While good I think a couple more years will help this come together. Good+
Je le note un peu sévèrement, mais son prix assez élevé et son millésime favorable commandaient un peu plus de tout. C'était très bon, délicat mais pas mince, très typé Pinot de Bourgogne mais pas exceptionnel.
30 min decanted, eye: ruby, translucent, no sediment, 2mm fading. nose: maturing PN nose, black cherry, (yes) cranberry, bark, wet stone. palate: light to medium body, prominent acid profile accompanied by medium to finely grained tannins, 16 Caudalie. uncomplicated Burgundy pleasure, recommended with food. for me the CdM is always more a Village compared to top 1er Mercureys. next bottle in 2013.
CNY Wines at the Toks (Cashew Heights): From a Magnum that I bought for dad during my wedding. Much better than I expected really - perhaps reflecting the strength of the vintage. This was really quite enjoyable. Nose showed an attractive bouquet of earthy mushroom scents, spice notes, dark cherries and cranberries. Very Burgundian, very nice. The same flavours carried the wine on to its palate, where there was a nice fresh balance and lovely fruit flavours of dark cherry and berries spiked with a touch of bramble and mineral. Quite pretty actually. It was just a bit thin past the mid-palate, with a little bitter root twist at the finish. But apart from that, very enjoyable. Simple maybe, but no doubt a well-made, very easy drinking Burg. A v
Light red colour, quite developed. Red berries, paint and musty basement. Earthy. After a while in the glass also some "warm" spices, like cinnamon. Medium body. Quite warm mouthfeel. Spicy finish. Decent wine. Drink within 2 years.
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