Another Saturday at Chevalier...Mostly Blind New World Pinot Noir

Chevalier Fine Wines - Chicago IL

Tasted March 2, 2019 by Burgundy Al with 95 views

Flight 1 (21 notes)

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2001 Martinborough Vineyard Pinot Noir New Zealand, North Island, Wairarapa, Martinborough
86 points
Double blind in New World Pinot Noir tasting. Earthy and dusty, clearly past its peak with hints of lingering red fruit.
Red
2003 Drystone (Berridge Vineyard Estates) Pinot Noir New Zealand, South Island, Otago, Central Otago
87 points
Double blind in New World Pinot Noir tasting. Reasonably rich black and red cherry with good weight. Also slightly past its peak.
Red
2016 Rhys Alesia Pinot Noir Anderson Valley USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley
87 points
Double blind in New World Pinot Noir tasting. Bright and crunchy red berry shows both ripe and tart notes. Some baby fat on finis. Better in another year.
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Red
2008 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
Double blind in New World Pinot Noir tasting. Really odd today. Ripe, nearly candied with a rich meatiness that wouldn't have made me think it was even Pinot Noir. Pronounced new oak, sweet spice. An off bottle? Tough to say, but I would consider this an 85 point wine today.
Red
2002 Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir Sam's Special Vineyards Selection Santa Barbara County USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara County
85 points
Double blind in New World Pinot Noir tasting. 50% Bien Nacido, 25% Talley, 25% Sanford and Benedict. Ripe but tired fruit with a bit of protruded acidity on finish. 5 years past its peak drinking window.
Red
2002 Windward Vineyard Pinot Noir Barrel Select Gold Label USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles
86 points
Double blind in New World Pinot Noir tasting. Good balance, but also lacking freshness, so past its peak, even with its good weight.
Red
2008 Lucia Pinot Noir Garys' Vineyard USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands
89 points
Double blind in New World Pinot Noir tasting. Once past some reduction, plenty of good red and black cherry aromas and flavors emerge with savory spice and hints of spring flowers. Good weight and good+ length. Drinking well now.
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Red
2008 Roar Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands
86 points
Double blind in New World Pinot Noir tasting. Ripe throughout in a style I find too fat and lacking energy. Rich, but simple.
Red
2003 Copain Pinot Noir Hein Family Vineyard USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley
88 points
Double blind in New World Pinot Noir tasting. Rich black fruit that is still nicely bright for its age. Clearly ripe, but also well balanced with good depth.
Red
2006 Copain Pinot Noir Cerise Vineyard USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley
89 points
Double blind in New World Pinot Noir tasting. Slight reduction to start. Subtle floral start with good array of bright mostly black fruit. Rich start, more texturally elegant from middle through finish. Very enjoyable now.
Red
2002 Clos De La Tech Pinot Noir Domaine du Docteur Rodgers USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains
88 points
Double blind in New World Pinot Noir tasting. Impossible to mistake for anything other than Cali Pinot, this is big, ripe and fun. But also very dense and retaining enough structure to be in good balance. Drinking better than I would have expected.
Red
2009 Antica Terra Pinot Noir USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
89 points
Double blind in New World Pinot Noir tasting. Bright red fruit throughout with plenty of energy. Good weight, good+ length. Faint heat on finish, but otherwise very well balanced. Great wine for its level and price.
Red
2012 Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Notorious USA, Oregon, Yamhill County
92 points
Open several hours, served blind to the tasting group, then final 1/4 bottle finished several hours later. Complex array of red berries on nose and palate with elegant, savory spice. Good weight, better length, lots of finesse. Better at the end of the evening, after open 8 hours. Upside from here.
Red
2012 Evening Land Vineyards Pinot Noir La Source Seven Springs Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Eola - Amity Hills
92 points
Open several hours, served blind to the tasting group, then final 1/4 bottle finished several hours later. Black and red cherry start-to-finish with some roasted meat and savory spice. Good+ richness and density, good length. Slightly more firm when finished 10+ hours after it was first opened. Upside from here.
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Red
2002 Calera Pinot Noir Jensen Vineyard USA, California, Central Coast, Mount Harlan
89 points
Double blind in New World Pinot Noir tasting. Red cherry on nose and palate, much brighter than I would expect given its age. Good weight, better length and nicely finessed.
Red
2001 Joseph Swan Vineyards Pinot Noir Saralee's Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
88 points
Double blind in New World Pinot Noir tasting. Charming red and black fruit with good weight and structure, but fully mature, showing at least as much earth and mushroom as fruit. Very enjoyable.
Red
2005 Navarro Vineyards Pinot Noir Deep End Blend USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley
87 points
Certainly enjoyable mostly black fruit with faint spice notes. Still nicely fresh with enough background structure. Nothing complex, but nicely tasty now.
Red
2015 Arista Winery Pinot Noir Russian River Valley USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
86 points
Tasting, brief note. Some reduction. Dense and meaty and a bit chewy with forward, ripe black fruit that just stays on the right side of the ultra-ripe borderline. Faint cherry cola finish.
Red
2008 Cristom Pinot Noir Jessie Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Eola - Amity Hills
91 points
Popped-and-poured, served blind to the tasting group, then final 1/4 bottle finished several hours later. Red and black berries richly spiced with the brightness of a well made whole cluster Pinot Noir. Hints of savory and sweetness combine for charm and complexity. Good now, and this will evolve in good ways over the next decade.
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Red
2011 Tawse Pinot Noir Cherry Ave Vineyard Canada, Ontario, Niagara Peninsula, Twenty Mile Bench VQA
86 points
Double blind in New World Pinot Noir tasting. Charming aromas of red cherry, summer flowers and Asina five spice. Similar flavors are good, but just too pale and shallow.
Red
2003 Radio-Coteau Pinot Noir Hellenthal USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
flawed
Corked
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