Tasting Notes for Chris Newport

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Red
Open and balanced... drinking well now but will only get better with more time in the cellar.
Red
Drinking well but nothing profound here. Seems to be in a nice, balanced place for drinking.
Red
12/24/2017 - Chris Newport wrote:
A little less primary than the last bottle, with some coaxing, a nicely balanced and flavorful wine emerges. Nothing profound, but a nice drink. No harm on trying on now.
White
12/24/2017 - Chris Newport wrote:
This has come around.. secondary flavours statting to emerge, nicely balanced with the acidity. Drinking well but no rush.
Red
12/22/2017 - Chris Newport wrote:
Interesting wine. Not completely shut down, there are hints of some secondary development on the nose and the palate is starting to integrate. There's still a gritty tannic structure that needs some time to resolve though. You can tell this is a Chambolle, but the fruit is fairly heavy and dark (for a CM).... a nice wine, although I prefer my Chambolle-Musignys to be more on the lighter, red fruited side of the spectrum. Wait on next bottle for at least a few years I would say.
Red
11/12/2017 - Chris Newport wrote:
Another nice wine from Samsara. Light in the glass and on the palate with softer red fruits and good intensity. There's a nice texture/spice element perhaps from the whole cluster inclusion. Balanced... drinking well now but no rush.
Red
5/20/2017 - Chris Newport wrote:
Previous notes are spot on. A little leaner than other bottlings with the fruit and acid just a hair out of balance perhaps. Still, a nice bottle.
Red
4/25/2017 - Chris Newport wrote:
Really enjoyed this. A little more fruit and less earthy notes than the Anderson valley bottlings, but still light on its feet with a perfect balance between the acidity and the fruit. Drinking very well young. Ideal California pinot.
Red
3/24/2017 - Chris Newport wrote:
A nice wine but a little muddled and one dimensional. This was fantastic on release - going to leave my remaining bottles in the cellar.
Red
2/21/2017 - Chris Newport wrote:
Similar to previous notes, really nice bottle with a nice mix of floral red fruits and piney earthy notes. Excellent acidity and balance. Drinking well now but it has the structure to spend some time in the cellar. perhaps one of the earlier drinking Anthill Anderson Valley bottlings?
Red
2/11/2017 - Chris Newport wrote:
Wow, this is great syrah. Purchased after a tasting at the tasting room in Los Olivos. Grapes from a very cool climate vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills ava, natural yeast fermentation, minimal SO, two years in neutral barrels without racking - whatever these guys are doing they should keep doing it. Very expressive nose with strong white pepper and olive notes. Very intense on the palate but not dense or overwhelming. More of the white pepper and some meaty notes with a bit of red fruit lingering in the background. There's a really nice tension between the fruit and the acidity , something that is not often found with California wines... basically, this tastes like a California version of a northern rhone syrah. Dare I say it, I would even compare this favorably to the Gonon St. Joseph.

What a nice find, I will be seeking out more of these wines for sure.
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Red
1/23/2017 - Chris Newport wrote:
Really enjoyed this. Fully resolved, with perhaps a touch of acidity poking out and keeping it from being perfectly balanced. Nonetheless, an excellent bottle at peak. Drink up!
Red
12/29/2016 - Chris Newport wrote:
I think this needs more time. The amazing, crackling fruit and acidity on release is gone, replaced with a bit of muddled fruit that suggests this is in a dumb phase. Balanced, with very high quality material, this should be good when the secondary aromas and flavors start to emerge. Will try to hold my remaining bottles until then.
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White
12/28/2016 - Chris Newport wrote:
Excellent. Everything is in perfect balance, hints of secondary aromas starting to emerge. Drinks well now, but this should go for a while
Red
12/28/2016 - Chris Newport wrote:
Nice wine, but I think this is a dumb phase. Muted on the nose and palate, but there's a lot of material here. Will hold the remaining bottles.
Red
12/28/2016 - Chris Newport wrote:
This is in a great spot now, really enjoyed this. I would be more inclined to drink now rather than wait as the acidity seemed to be a touch out of balanced with the fruit.
Red
12/27/2016 - Chris Newport wrote:
A nice vintage of Grezeaux but methinks that this won't go down with the all time greats (2009, 2010 for example). Drinks well now, and the balance is there so it could age I suppose, but i would be more inclined to drink this vintage early.
Red
12/27/2016 - Chris Newport wrote:
Nice bottle of Tardive that seems to be in a good place for drinking. Still primary with grapey dark fruit and raspy tannins but the acidity is provides a nice uplifting affect. Don't hesitate to try one now... not sure what age will bring.
Red
12/25/2016 - Chris Newport wrote:
Another excellent wine from Anthill. This seems to be a bit leaner of a wine than previous vintages, if I was tasting this blind I would lean towards a riper vintage Pernand or Savigny 1er Cru (from the east facing Vergelesses side) rather than a California wine. If you've ever had a Savigny Vergelesses or Pernand Iles-des-Vergelesses, you'll know exactly what I mean. Unmistakably pinot noir. Really nice, I have no regrets drinking this now but it does seems to have the balance to go for some time.
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Red
11/19/2016 - Chris Newport wrote:
Fantastic syrah, I would pay twice as much for this.
Red
This is what California Syrah should taste like.

It's unmistakably from California - lots of fruit, but it also has a nice sense of freshness and balance as well as the characteristic flavors of Syrah.

Great wine.
Red
7/22/2016 - Chris Newport wrote:
This seems to have shut down a bit. Holding my remaining bottles.
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Red
7/22/2016 - Chris Newport wrote:
This seems to have shut down a bit.. Holding my remaining bottles.
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White - Off-dry
7/22/2016 - Chris Newport wrote:
An odd wine.. this bottle was quite young, both in color and flavor. Light in color, almost no secondary flavors. Quite different than a bottle a few years ago that seemed more advanced and was drinking very well.

Drink or hold? Unclear to me what you will get at this point.
Red
7/12/2016 - Chris Newport wrote:
Beautiful and elegant, but not hugely expressive right now with a muted nose and tightness on the palate. I will leave my remaining bottles for a few more years at least.
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Red
Fantastic. Drink up. One of my favorite pinots in the US.
Red
6/23/2016 - Chris Newport wrote:
Nice bottle, everything is starting to mellow out with age. Drinking well.
White - Off-dry
6/23/2016 - Chris Newport wrote:
Excellent. Strong honey element, but the wine is still in balance. Drinking very well, open these up if you have them.
White - Off-dry
Quite good. Darker golden color with secondary aromas and flavors in full effect. Strong acidic backbone balances perfectly with the fruit. In a really good spot.. drinking well. Excellent spatlesen.
White
2/25/2016 - Chris Newport wrote:
This is fantastic. Secondary aromas and flavors are really starting to emerge. Drinking surprisingly well, although there is still a strong acidic backbone keeping everything in check, this has a long way to go before it approaches full maturity.
Red
2/24/2016 - Chris Newport wrote:
A nice bottle seemingly in a good place, but a little hollow. Perhaps the vintage character showing through. Drinking fine, but this is a structured wine, no harm in waiting.
Red
2/19/2016 - Chris Newport wrote:
Decanted this to let it open up. A nice bottle, but a little tight and shrill to make it really good. Not sure if age will help, but I'll give my last bottle some time.
Red
2/19/2016 - Chris Newport wrote:
Great bottle of wine, I love this style, one of my favorite producers in CA.

Drinking well now, but no rush. Good balance, plenty of fruit.
Red
2/16/2016 - Chris Newport wrote:
This was really nice, particularly for a "lowly" village wine. Seems to be in a nice place to drink, but this has great balance and structure. No rush.
Red
2/16/2016 - Chris Newport wrote:
A nice bottle of wine, but nothing spectacular. I would expect more from a "high end" Cote Rotie. I'll save my remaining bottle for a time to see what happens with some more bottle age.
Red
2001 Jean-Jacques Confuron Romanée St. Vivant Romanée St. Vivant Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
2/16/2016 - Chris Newport wrote:
OK, but not great. This is the second bottle of this, from the same source, that hasn't turned out great. I'm thinking the wines may have been heat damaged during transit?
Red
1/19/2016 - Chris Newport wrote:
I love this wine. So good. Drinking well, not sure if this ever really shut down. Drink them now, hold them.. I imagine it will be good whenever you decide to drink one.
White
1/19/2016 - Chris Newport wrote:
Drinking well, but I can't help but think that this needs more time. Bright acidity, but the fruit seemed reserved. Very well made wine. Will hold my remaining bottles.
Red
1/11/2016 - Chris Newport wrote:
Quite a nice wine for a lowly SLB 1er Cru. Perhaps unsurprisingly given the vintage and the producer, this probably needs more time to fully resolve. Tannic structure is still present and the fruit is only barely displaying secondary characteristics. Glad I have more in the cellar.
Red
2006 Jean-Marc Millot Echezeaux Echezeaux Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
12/22/2015 - Chris Newport wrote:
Drinking well, but I'm hopeful that some time will allow my last bottle to drink even better. Subtle, but elegant, not a lot of secondary characteristics showing on this yet.
Red
12/7/2015 - Chris Newport wrote:
Drinking well, but this is still in a mostly primary phase.

Light and delicate (as a Chambolle should be!) but with excellent flavor impact and balance. Drink now for youthful energy, but this should go the distance, the balance is impeccable. I'll wait a few years on my next bottle.
White
9/28/2015 - Chris Newport wrote:
Quite nice. Slight nutty/earthy flavors starting to emerge, with a bright acidic backbone keeping everything in balance. Drinking well now, but seems to have the potential to improve with more time in the cellar.
Red
8/12/2015 - Chris Newport wrote:
This was really drinking quite well. Starting to emerge from it's shell with a beautiful mix of primary and secondary characteristics.
Time to start breaking into these.
Red
7/21/2015 - Chris Newport wrote:
Excellent wine given its origins. Just starting to soften up and enter an early window of drinkability. No harm waiting though.
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Red
6/30/2015 - Chris Newport wrote:
This was really quite good. Entering a nice drinking window, very rounded with secondary aromas and flavors starting to emerge. Everything is in balance, so there's no rush.
Red
4/27/2015 - Chris Newport wrote:
Excellent bottle that really seems to be hitting its stride.

If you have these in your cellar, it may be time to start taking a look.
Red
4/24/2015 - Chris Newport wrote:
A little out of balance at first, with a strong acidic backbone, but after some time this opens up and mellows out. A nice wine, clearly a Pernand/Savigny, but I feel that the lean style of the winemaker coupled with the vintage characteristics may not be the perfect match. Drinking well now.
Red
4/13/2015 - Chris Newport wrote:
Needs more time, tannins overwhelming the fruit at this stage (as one would expect with an '05 burg!).

That being said, the material seems quite good, particularly for a wine of such "humble" origins. The fruit is on the darker and more brooding side of Pinot Noir, but still unmistakably burgundy.

This could be quite good in time.
Red
3/31/2015 - Chris Newport wrote:
Drinking well, seemed to have a lot of life left.
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