Pinots, Carlisles & Imports at the Lake

Tasted September 6, 2017 by pgb67 with 215 views

Introduction

Various bottles enjoyed over the course of several summer weekends at the Michigan lake house.

Flight 1 - The Pinots (3 notes)

Red
2012 Knez Winery Pinot Noir Demuth Vineyard USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley
91 points
A pleasant and refined pinot. Elegant nose of floral tones, earth, and bright berries, Medium weight in the glass with flavors of raspberry, strawberry, and stones with a spice and mineral finish.
Red
2012 Colene Clemens Pinot Noir Margo USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Chehalem Mountains
92 points
Good quality juice. A bit denser than your typical Oregon pinot and if I was tasting blind I would've guessed RRV (a vintage thing in Oregon?). Dark cherry and plum were primary with a spice- and cocoa-infused finish. The acidity I come to expect from Oregon pinots seemed to balance the fruit some. I guess it was my favorite in the group of pinots, but I might have liked to see more burgundian character here.
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Red
2011 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands
89 points
Like the 2011 Carlisle in this group, it seemed just a bit off compared to other KBs I’ve had. Vintage issue? Not as much fruit and verve as I’d like to see from this class of wine. Didn’t really see any SLH ripeness either. But it was concentrated and long, so it has the bones.

Flight 2 - The Carlisles (2 notes)

Red
2011 Carlisle Zinfandel Martinelli Road Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
89 points
Not sure if I’ve been persuaded that 2011s aren’t doing well or if 2011s aren’t doing well. Like the KB discussed in this grouping, this seemed a bit monolithic and uninteresting. The fruit didn’t pop and there was no acidic verve. (At the same time, it did meet minimal Carlisle standards so I can’t dock it too many points!).
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Red
2015 Carlisle Syrah Sonoma County USA, California, Sonoma County
94 points
My favorite in this bunch. So fresh and lively. Boysenberry fruit is accented delicately by savory smoked meat and earthy bramble. Not as concentrated as your typical syrah but showcased some appealing feminine qualities. Very well balanced, with an acidic kick that made it very drinkable.

Flight 3 - The Imports (3 notes)

Red
2009 Château La Fleur Morange Mathilde France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion
90 points
Aromas and flavors of dark red fruits, black licorice, espresso and plums. The wine is concentrated and long although the flavor profile is not my favorite. Evolved in the glass over time (always a good thing!) and thought provoking. Probably more appealing to anise lovers.
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Red
2015 Viña Tarapacá Carménère Gran Reserva Chile, Maipo Valley
91 points
Interesting wine with a potent fruit punch flavor that just stays on the right side of cloying. The vibrant acidity and tannic balance help it stay within a tight frame and make it successful. Dark cherry, spice are the primary characteristics. The Chilean interpretation of the carmenere grape seems to always works for me.
Red
2007 Giuseppe Cortese Barbaresco Rabajà Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco
88 points
The biggest disappointment in the group (and I was really looking forward to some summertime barbaresco). Bitter root and tar components outduel the fruit and spice. (Closed?).
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