Tasting Notes for Deux Chevaux

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White
5/24/2019 - Deux Chevaux wrote:
The two notes below are generally apt for us. We will add: Pleasant muskiness, framed by beautifully piercing acidity. Highly enjoyable over three nights.
White
5/24/2019 - Deux Chevaux wrote:
Similar to our note in February — and equally distinctive and lovely.
Red
5/23/2019 - Deux Chevaux wrote:
Medium dark ruby. Compared with the 08 and 09, this fellow seems just a bit more round and generous. It shows typically integrated savory earth, leather, and spiciness, all nicely backed up by refreshing acidity. Lovely and lively. Highly enjoyable over three nights.
Red
5/21/2019 - Deux Chevaux wrote:
ZWD’s note below is generally apt for us (including cork/ neck gunk) — except we missed the hint of cookie dough! We did get close with baking spices, etc. This is the fourth Briceland pinot noir we’ve had in the last few months, and we found it to be the most structured — and likely to evolve. At present, we enjoyed deep dark fruit, lovely savory and saline flavors, and excellent backbone acidity. Although pure in color, there was a somewhat chewy texture. This is yet another distinctive fellow — and we will look for another bottle.
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White
5/22/2019 - Deux Chevaux wrote:
22 months after the prior: We found a last bottle in the cellar. This has held up beautifully — and is well described in the note immediately below. Highly enjoyable, and sustaining very well, over five nights.
White
5/19/2019 - Deux Chevaux wrote:
Our last bottle, and 19 months after the prior: this has continued to integrate and smooth out. Highly enjoyable meted out in small pores over 10 days — developing nicely and getting only better during that time.
White
5/19/2019 - Deux Chevaux wrote:
Golden straw. Bright, with a typical cornucopia of savory flavors and drive we’ve come to expect from this bottling. Somewhat viscous. This wine has presence, and is no wallflower. Highly enjoyable meted out in smallish pours over five nights.
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Red
5/19/2019 - Deux Chevaux wrote:
Three years after the prior: this has developed nicely; prior cola has given way to deep red integrated fruit. Decent acidity, but we would prefer yet a bit more. Quite enjoyable meted out over five nights, and still going strong at the end.
Red
5/17/2019 - Deux Chevaux wrote:
Rather opulently oaked, at least compared with the 2014. Not sure how much varietal character is being shown here. Still, with lovely Asian spices, and decent acidity, it was quite enjoyable over five nights.
White
5/13/2019 - Deux Chevaux wrote:
Nearly 4 years after the prior: similar; all the more smooth — with decent but not especially prevalent acidity. Yellow fruits and a hint of savory/ bitter earth. Enjoyable enough over five nights.
Red
5/12/2019 - Deux Chevaux wrote:
Bright, earthy, mineral, refreshing — with pronounced and pleasant white pepper. Crisp acidity.
Red
5/10/2019 - Deux Chevaux wrote:
Six months later: Funk and apparent volitility have taken over. Presents more like a natural and defective Beaujolais than Pinot Noir. Consistent results over five nights.
White
5/8/2019 - Deux Chevaux wrote:
4+ years later: This has smoothed out, in the sense that the acid backbone is far less pronounced, but now a not altogether pleasant hint of bitterness presides. Blind, we might have guessed aged Northern Rhône. Quite drinkable, although not especially enjoyable, over five nights.
Red
5/5/2019 - Deux Chevaux wrote:
26 months after the prior: this started out rather subdued, remained so on the second night, and then opened up nicely on the third and fourth, showing moderate but not excessive funk.
White
5/3/2019 - Deux Chevaux wrote:
Silk1969’s note below is generally apt for us. We will add: this is in balance, not overdone, and also shows a touch of mineral and earth. Highly enjoyable over three nights.
Rosé
5/2/2019 - Deux Chevaux wrote:
Bright, fresh, clean, with a pleasant hint of earth — but overall rather simple.
Red
5/1/2019 - Deux Chevaux wrote:
This was our sixth, and bit more than one year after the prior: Same disappointing underlying bitterness — and now, a hint of dried raisin and mud. Perhaps this reflects inelegant aging of a high alcohol (15.7 percent) fruit bomb. Stored at consistent 55-61 degrees F since release directly to our hands from the winery. Consistent results over four nights.
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Red
4/29/2019 - Deux Chevaux wrote:
29 months later: tart strawberry, white pepper, suggestion of pine, lovely balance/acidity. Highly enjoyable over four nights, and showing super integration and staying power throughout.
White - Off-dry
4/26/2019 - Deux Chevaux wrote:
Medium golden, ripe yellow fruit, decent acidity, but overall a bit simple — lacking in the level of complexity that we were hoping for. Enjoyable enough. Consistent results over four nights — and tiring at the end.
White
4/24/2019 - Deux Chevaux wrote:
Two months later: The same, and delightfully distinctive. Very enjoyable over three nights.
Red
4/23/2019 - Deux Chevaux wrote:
18 months after the prior: I see from our previous note that we appreciated the restraint — and we still do — and yet this time we found it a bit subdued. Still, lovely balance and decent acidity. Consistent results over three nights.
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Red
4/22/2019 - Deux Chevaux wrote:
Six months later: similar, and equally enjoyable. Of the two Anderson Valley 14s at the table (the other Rhys Bearwallow), this seemed to be preferred by the group. And the dregs were lovely the next day.
White - Sparkling
4/22/2019 - Deux Chevaux wrote:
Bright, yesty, refined, and quite complex — all as usual for this bottling.
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White
4/22/2019 - Deux Chevaux wrote:
Bright, refreshing, clean, with decent acidity.
White
4/21/2019 - Deux Chevaux wrote:
Pale straw. Simultaneously bright and round, with a decent acidity.
White
4/20/2019 - Deux Chevaux wrote:
Medium golden straw. Bright and surprisingly flamboyant — but with signature Rhys backbone acid, a cornucopia of savory flavors, and lovely minerality. Deep and lingering finish. Comparing to prior vintages of the same at this early age, we think this might be a step above. Highly enjoyable over three nights.
Red
4/20/2019 - Deux Chevaux wrote:
Medium to dark ruby. Essence of black fruit and forest floor. Beautifully balanced, with fine acid backbone. Decent finish. Highly enjoyable over three nights, with only minimal fade by the third — and showing beautiful integration and complexity all along the way.
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White
4/20/2019 - Deux Chevaux wrote:
Medium straw. Bright, lively, with a pleasant hint of stone fruit bitterness. Typical for the bottling, and very enjoyable over three nights.
White
4/20/2019 - Deux Chevaux wrote:
Big, broad, round, rich. Butter and all that. Nice for those who like this style — but would have preferred more minerality and especially zip/ acidity.
White
4/17/2019 - Deux Chevaux wrote:
Rather rich, a bit oily, well balanced, with decent acidity. Quite pleasant over three nights.
Rosé
4/18/2019 - Deux Chevaux wrote:
Bright, clean, refreshing, with a hint of earthy strawberry. (And no “plasticity.”)
Red
4/16/2019 - Deux Chevaux wrote:
22 months after the prior: this is nicely integrated, beautifully balanced, with good acidity. It’s still showing very pleasant spiciness, and now less overtly rich. Highly enjoyable over three nights.
White
4/14/2019 - Deux Chevaux wrote:
Nearly three years after the prior: this highly distinctive fellow continues to evolve nicely, with simultaneously bracing acidity and creaminess. Highly enjoyable over five nights, with a 48 hour gap in the middle.
White - Sweet/Dessert
4/12/2019 - Deux Chevaux wrote:
Light golden. Viscous. Deep and rich, with a bare touch of stone pit. Very sweet, but not cloying —and with adequate acidity to keep it lively.
Red
4/13/2019 - Deux Chevaux wrote:
Tasted after having been opened 24 hours: Dark black/blue fruit. Bright, beautifully balanced, with spicy white pepper. Highly enjoyable.
White
4/13/2019 - Deux Chevaux wrote:
Bright and rather deep (sweet) yellow fruit. Decent acidity. Somewhat simple, yet quite enjoyable.
Red
4/11/2019 - Deux Chevaux wrote:
Medium ruby, with a touch of translucence at the edges. Yet, as with the recent and even more translucent Humboldt appellation bottling, there is a lot of stuffing here. Predominant impressions are hints of complex clove and balsamic strawberry, a touch of forrest & pine, and refreshing saline. Balanced (with fine acidity) and beautifully integrated.

This was extremely enjoyable over three nights — and we will try to get more. (Even tho we were not looking for another Nor Cal producer to put into our overstocked cellar — competing for bin space with Rhys, Drew, and Anthill Anderson Valley. But so far, the three Pinot Noirs we’ve had recently from Briceland put it, for us, in that league.)
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Red
4/11/2019 - Deux Chevaux wrote:
10 months later: Similar: lovely dark rocky minerality, white pepper, vibrant, bright — and deep at the same time. Highly enjoyable over three nights.
White - Off-dry
4/10/2019 - Deux Chevaux wrote:
Straw / golden. Citrus and tropical yellow fruit. At this point, it seems somewhat monolithic to us — and a bit sweeter then we would prefer for this designation. Although it has decent acidity, we wished for more. Consistent results over four nights.
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White
4/10/2019 - Deux Chevaux wrote:
19 months later: Similarly floral, with notes of jasmine and honeysuckle. Oily. As others have noted, and unsurprisingly, somewhat lacking in acidity. Pleasant enough over three nights, but increasingly we find these wines difficult to pair with food.
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White
4/7/2019 - Deux Chevaux wrote:
Checking in again in six weeks after the prior: lovely, similar. This time we noticed a pronounced and pleasant saline aspect. Highly enjoyable over four nights, gaining in complexity over that time.
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Red
4/7/2019 - Deux Chevaux wrote:
22 months after the prior: savory balsamic strawberry; hints of forest pine. Integrated and quite complex. Highly enjoyable over three nights.
Red
4/7/2019 - Deux Chevaux wrote:
A year later: still rather delicate, with a hint of tea, and good acidity. Decent enough over a couple nights, but then the rest went into a sauce.
Red
4/7/2019 - Deux Chevaux wrote:
Simple, rather stewed, and fading. It jumped into a sauce after the second night.
White
4/6/2019 - Deux Chevaux wrote:
Deep straw. Bright, but also surprisingly generous and rich. Lovely acidity. Highly enjoyable over three nights.
Red
4/6/2019 - Deux Chevaux wrote:
Our last, tant pis. This was lovely and integrated over three nights, and for those of you who still have some, it’s doing very well and looks to be lively for quite a few years.
Red
4/3/2019 - Deux Chevaux wrote:
Pale ruby. CMN’s note from Jan 2018 is generally apt for us, and we will add: persistent lightness of color is deceiving. This has surprising depth. It shows beautifully integrated black tea-like aspects, and perhaps a touch of pine and saline. Harmonious and highly enjoyable over three nights. (Our second impressive Pinot Noir from this winery in the last week.)
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White
4/3/2019 - Deux Chevaux wrote:
Nearly 3.5 years after the prior: this has developed and integrated beautifully. It remains bright, with fine acidity backing up a rather rich texture. Quite enjoyable over three nights.
White
4/3/2019 - Deux Chevaux wrote:
Nearly 18 months after the prior: similarly bright, balanced, and typical for the bottling. Very enjoyable over three nights.
Red
4/2/2019 - Deux Chevaux wrote:
Approximately 18 months later: Similarly spicy and rather rich, but still all in balance and with good acidity. Highly enjoyable over three nights.
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