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Red
2009 Thomas Pinot Noir Dundee Hills
6/23/2013 - Atwellian wrote:
93 points
Opened 2 hours. Bright clear ruby. Perfumed black cherry nose. Precise, elegant, complex; cola, blackberry, cherry, good core of sweet fruit with excellent tannic balance and a hint of oak. Feminine, good finish, WOTN. Excellent!
  • Atwellian commented:

    6/24/13, 7:15 AM - I think the 09's in general are ready to drink and I think this Thomas is prime right now.

Red
2006 De Ponte Cellars Pinot Noir Dundee Hills
6/17/2013 - gripNsip wrote:
84 points
Tasted in 2001-2011 vertical: I can say what was one of my favorite wines early in my wine hobby has fallen out of favor with me. Perhaps it was other great wines in this line-up, but the imperfections of this wine really stuck out this time. The nose was really dark, showing almost port-ish dark fig, prune and old blackberry fruit. Rich palate initially, jammy blackberry fruit, good earthy terroir in the mid-palate but the high alcohol of this wine overtakes the finish, showing a lot of boozy heat which closes off the finish and wrecks any sense of balance. Sad. I'd be interested to have this wine alone some night as these sort of tastings really make obvious the good and bad qualities of wines, but today this wasn't doing well. My least favorite of the vertical, also my last bottle of nearly 4 cases of this wine I had purchased and consumed over the years.
  • Atwellian commented:

    6/20/13, 7:12 PM - Thanks for the note. I still have one of these I need to do something with. I have found that my Oregon 06's have really gone downhill in the last few years and that alcohol infused plummy "boozy heat" is the sign of a hot vintage, held too long. Too bad as the 06's and this De Ponte in particular in their prime back in 07 -08 were approachable, voluptuous, and lovely. I guess we can't all age gracefully!

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