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Community Tasting Notes (10) Avg Score: 89 points

  • A Few Lafon Meursaults and Volnays (Arlequin Wine Merchant, San Francisco): Light ruby. Equal mix of faded red fruit and soil aromatics with a dash of florality. Delicate and crisp. Much more Volnay character than the 2009 and a very nice drink right now. Not as exciting or deep as the Santenots du Milieu we recently had, but right where it should be.

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  • Wow, this is just drinking beautifully. Ripe dark red fruit and cut flowers on the nose followed by lush, perfectly ripe stone fruit, its pit, a bit of black licorice, with a touch of mineral and acid on the palate. Real nice midpalate, great length. Great mouthfeel. There's just this little touch of astringency on the finish -- but this is so minor in the grand scheme of things. Restrained hedonism -- still a bit New World, but now tamed. Great juice.

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  • Couples dinner on a cold, breezy fall night. (Reno, NV): I have had about 5 or 6 of these now and continue to have the same impression of the wine... stylistically it is a generous and easy to like Old World pinot that has offers some minerality and classic Burgundy structure for those who like their PN old school and some fruit intensity and flesh on the midpalate that pleases those New World PN fans. I agree with BurgAndy it isn't particularly Volnay right now and is as much 09 as 07 with all the charm and fruit intensity. I still think if it were blind on an exam I would call it Old World based on its palate which is for me at least, is distinctly Old World because of its firm and minerally palate shape (the aromatic intesnity of fruit and charming style I suppose point to the New World a bit). Over the past 6 months the wine has been opening up aromatically so I think it won't peak for another year or so.

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  • Nose is rich, perfumed, slightly candied, and Cali in character. Much of the same on the palate, with ripe red and dark fruit, some spice box, a mineral streak, and a kaleidoscopic finish. Not sure that I would have guessed Volnay or '07 blind. There's a lot of material here -- I'd hold this one for a bit and let it flesh out, lose its baby fat, and wait for this to get a bit more focused and shed its anonymity. Great potential and some serious evolutionary change (not really for the better) since I last had this one about a year ago. Drank over two days.

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  • The wines of of Comtes Lafon, with James Handford MW (Handford Wines, London): Ripe, good fruit and acidity. Feels a touch new world in the level of extraction, smoky notes. Very nice village wine. 89-90

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