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Red
12/25/2021 - FieldingYost wrote:
93 points
Fresh ripe strawberry here on the nose, layered with a licorice sweetness. Fresh bright red fruit on the mouth, strawberry and framboise, silky with polished tannins. Too ripe ? No, I think there is refreshing acidity to counterbalance the sweet fruit. Racy and lively. Have not had other bottles to judge whether this is peaking, but it seems like it to me. Grand cru level quality for the expansiveness of the mid-palate, which sweeps, lingers through the burnished tannin on the finish.
Red
12/25/2021 - FieldingYost wrote:
89 points
Black licorice, layered with a hint of red licorice, and an earthy expression of that nuits st George sauvage, on the nose. Tangy fresh red fruit drying on the finish. Tasty still but seems on the back end of the drinking window.
Red
12/25/2019 - FieldingYost wrote:
93 points
Dynamic nose, red licorice and red fruits. This has freshness, and fine-teeth tannin. It is primary still, and is both silky and (for a Volnay) massive with mouthfuls of ripe raspberry. More representative of the vintage than the appellation, but I mean that in a good way. I would hold for at least five more years.
Red
11/25/2018 - FieldingYost Likes this wine:
92 points
On the nose, loamy black licorice, hints of black fruit in the background. Sturdy and persistent black plum flavors here. The SLV characteristics dominating. Real old world charm with black licorice on the finish which is long with sleek tannin.
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Red
2/14/2015 - FieldingYost wrote:
92 points
Dark cherry licorice on the nose accented by menthol and herb, and faintly, flowers on the nose. Plenty of verve and acidic structure makes this taste young yet, to me, but the middle weight red Pinot fruit is racy and tasty, layers of ripe raspberry and cherry licorice. This has charm but not ballet dancer grace on the tongue and leaves an impression on the palate. More Nuits St. George than Volnay if you will forgive the conceit.
Red
8/22/2014 - FieldingYost wrote:
91 points
Red currant, red pepper, vanilla, brown spice on the nose. Good focus to the red plum and cassis flavors, plenty of structure, and I like the length as well as the sweet blue currant on the finish. Evident wood, however.

A bit too much reliance on the oak for my liking, especially because there is serious material backing this up. Why fuck that up by treating the wine in what tastes to me like new American oak?

Having said that, I see upside here warranting further cellaring, and could diminish the wood.
Red
8/22/2014 - FieldingYost wrote:
94 points
Fragrant red and black plum, cocoa, also on the nose. Evident ripeness on the nose here. Black plum flavors are intensely structured, some black currant pucker on the corners of the mouth, blackberry on the midpalate, and sweet black licorice on the finish. This starts very ripe, but stiffens up on the mid-palate. A lot of structure to resolve here, so if you are holding out, I would suggest more time (a couple years, at least).

The score I gave could prove absolutely conservative, because there is clearly an exceptional depth to the material, but also tannin to burn.
Red
8/22/2014 - FieldingYost wrote:
97 points
Layered nose, with true depth, ripe blue and black currants, blue berry cobbler, a bit of black licorice on the back. Outstanding ripeness here, that is also fresh at the same time, with velvety tannins nipping on the finish. Mouth coating, a 25-second finish, still. Truly lush, and luscious, and I am amazed at the freshness with all the ripeness going on here. Fireworks, folks.
Red
8/15/2014 - FieldingYost wrote:
91 points
Flowers (faintly), then fresh raspberry, and a touch of black licorice on the nose. Red, black cherry on the palate, also a burst of ripeness that is framed by acidity. Not as bright or (frankly) as blazing as other vintages, but there is no doubt about the depth of material here and I can't wait to try again in 2-3 years, which would benefit the mild mid-to-late palate grip.
Red
1/5/2014 - FieldingYost wrote:
86 points
Floral notes on the nose, also white pepper, and red cherry notes. Tart Michigan pie cherries on the palate, some earthy minerality, with back-end asperity. This has a cleansing finish, and reminds me a bit of a Savigny.
White
12/28/2013 - FieldingYost wrote:
89 points
White flowers on the nose, ripe white fruits as well, a hint of petrol. Quite some depth here, ripe pear and plenty of acidity, especially for a pinot gris. Finishes with jangly acidity, and is refreshing. One of the best pinot gris I have had.
Red
12/26/2013 - FieldingYost wrote:
92 points
Perfumed nose of red berry fruit, floral accents, licorice. This is lush, with penetrating and pure red fruits, a beam of focused strawberry, ample acidity around the edges. I see the upside potential here, and could even the see the argument for giving this more time yet. I suspect patience will be rewarded here.
Red
12/23/2013 - FieldingYost wrote:
92 points
An airy nose of red licorice, fresh cut flowers. An intensity to the attack here, this has penetrating red pinot fruit with a laser focus--strawberry and raspberry flavors that have clear room for development. This could use a couple years yet, but is fine now with some air.
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Red
12/21/2013 - FieldingYost wrote:
93 points
Strawberry licorice on the nose, also fresh raspberry and flowers. Pure red Pinot fruit, strawberry and ripe red cherry, delicious and fresh, refreshing acidity. Fruit themes linger on the finish, again fresh with a tangy end note.

Close to peak I think, if not actually peaking.
Red
11/28/2013 - FieldingYost wrote:
88 points
Fully panoply of red licorice and cherry notes on the nose, a touch of brown spice, floral. Black cherry flavors finish just a bit abruptly, and I think this needs food to round out the acidity. Overall it falls short of outstanding, mainly due to the edgy finish, but very good, if not for the sticker price.

Edit: drink up. This was better the first time around when the fruit had an abiding lushness.
Red
11/28/2013 - FieldingYost wrote:
89 points
Plums, red and black, black cherry as well--fruit driven nose. Sturdy black and red fruit, a bit of asperity here, and heat as well. The overall impact here is a bit old school, plenty of tannin, and no punches pulled here.
Red
11/28/2013 - FieldingYost wrote:
93 points
Wild strawberry notes on the nose, earthy as well in a way, sandy. Sweet strawberry on the palate here as well, this slides across the tongue, lively and lovely. Delicate in its approach, but it delivers a tight beam of pure ripe strawberry laced fruit, wrapped in refreshing acidity. I had this before and liked it, but this is truly singing now.
Red
11/28/2013 - FieldingYost wrote:
90 points
Luscious red cherry notes on the nose here, deep and licoriced. This has layered red and black cherry flavors, sweet and ripe on the front, verging into raspberry licorice, and tart on the back. A bit of asperity on the back suggests to me it's time to drink before you lose the fruit.
Red
8/10/2013 - FieldingYost wrote:
90 points
Red and black pinot fruit on the nose. Like a mutha. Structured almost perfectly, with an acidic backbone and an expression of red cherry fruit that is fresh and lively, with acidity and balance. Not a tremendous, or even outstanding, depth of material, but worthy of 90 points for its refreshing approach alone.
Red
8/10/2013 - FieldingYost wrote:
92 points
Cherry, black, red, yes, on the nose. A floral element there as well. Sweet red pinot fruit here, tart on the finish, but through and through lovely, even if it may need a few years to fully resolve the finish. I think this has potential to be even better with time, and recommend you give it just that.
Red
8/9/2013 - FieldingYost wrote:
90 points
Sweet red currant, red licorice, accents of earth and minerals. Tart and tasty, plenty of red pinot fruit, of middling ripeness, but refreshing and, finishes with an acidic flourish. Quite a contrast between the ripeness on the nose, and the tart delivery. Elegant, not the best of Demuth bottlings, but it is par showing for a vineyard that, although is capable of better, delivers a consistently distinctive wine.
Red
7/6/2013 - FieldingYost wrote:
89 points
Brambly earth laced red Pinot fruit, cherry mostly. This is light but intense, focused attack of red cherry, red currant, with refreshing acidity.
Red
7/6/2013 - FieldingYost wrote:
90 points
Bing cherry on the nose, red flowers, ripe raspberry. This is lithe, with bright acidity and ripe berry flavors. A middle weight, clean on the finish, pretty ripe strawberry and berry flavors, with lively acidity.
Red
7/6/2013 - FieldingYost wrote:
91 points
Black cherry, black earth, root beer on the nose, chased by flowers. Layers of red Pinot fruit, perfumed and expressive, and even with a touch of heat this is compelling. Floral and pretty, with inner mouth perfume and a brambly finish.
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Red
7/6/2013 - FieldingYost wrote:
85 points
Grassy nose with green peppers, a bit of black pepper, black cherry. Clean simple black cherry, with a refreshing finish, that is a bit astringent. A solid summer chiller, especially at $14, picnic pleasant but nothing to contemplate.
White
7/6/2013 - FieldingYost wrote:
86 points
White peach on the nose, apricot, and minerals. This is very dry, with sour orchard fruit on a drying finish.
Red
7/2/2013 - FieldingYost wrote:
88 points
A bit of earth on the nose, red cherry Life Saver on the nose. This is juicy ripe, but acidic and also fresh, especially for it being over six years old at this point.
Red
6/15/2013 - FieldingYost wrote:
87 points
Roast plum on the nose, mint, milk chocolate. Chocolately plum on the palate here too, with quite a bit of heat. Despite all the oak, and all this heat, there is a deep black plum profile that I really like. I see this falling apart in the not too distant future, with all the heat here, and would be inclined to drink up soon before it dries out (the burnished tannins have softened, but that is moot in light of the back-end heat).
Red
5/10/2013 - FieldingYost Likes this wine:
91 points
Fresh black cherry on the nose, pungent earth, chased by flowers. A lacy quality to the fruit, pure fresh red pinot fruit, with plenty of acidic volume. A feminine edge here for sure, pretty for it aromatics and really remarkable what Anthill can do with an off vintage.
Red
2/17/2013 - FieldingYost wrote:
93 points
Cherry notes on the nose, fresh, with floral accents. This has serious grip still, starting with about the mid-palate, but there is enough showing underneath to suspect this is serious juice. An intense attack here, with penetrating fruit, and a lot of tannin.
Red
2/16/2013 - FieldingYost wrote:
89 points
Plenty of stone fruit here on the nose, cherry most notably, some freshness. Tart red fruit, again cherry, pie cherries, acidity here on the finish suggests it could use a few years to relax.
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Red
2/16/2013 - FieldingYost wrote:
89 points
Sweet red berry notes on the nose, also a pretty herbal note here as well. Pure strawberry flavors here, quite pretty and ripe, although a bit less depth than frankly I have come to expect from this bottling. I would be inclined to drink this early for its lovely licorice notes, but do not expect it to make old bones .
The wine looks Ruby colored.
Red
2/9/2013 - FieldingYost wrote:
89 points
Red bell peppers, red currant, flowers, and herbs on the nose. This has red plum flavors, firm with fine-teethed tannins, tart and precise, and also a freshness to this wine.
Red
2/9/2013 - FieldingYost wrote:
90 points
White pepper and black tar on the nose, also blackfruit. Well-structured, spicy, taut, and delivers sweet-tart black plum, ample acidity, and very good length. The finish is rough hewn, but overall this is very good juice.
White - Sparkling
1/12/2013 - FieldingYost wrote:
89 points
A yeasty, nutty nose on this sparkler. Fruity, first and foremost, with tangy pear and apple notes, rounded and finishes creamy. Not especially deep, but above-average in this regard. More of an up-front, easy-drinking champagne that that I am accustomed to, but with fine mouthfeel, and more than enough charm for $30.

EDIT: this is nearly the ideal 'starter' champagne--enough acidity and verve to provide a overture for the region, but absolutely no rough edges, and a tasty fruit profile.

[disgorged in July 2012]
Red
12/28/2012 - FieldingYost wrote:
91 points
Floral hints nip here, with red currant, black licorice on the nose. Fresh. Fresh too on the palate, with red currant again, red plum, taught, a fine finish, acidic and tartly tannic. Give this time. Old-world in its leanings, if that is helpful, but in a distinctly Alexander Valley way.
Red
12/20/2012 - FieldingYost Likes this wine:
88 points
Earth on the nose, some slate or gravel influence, and a floral note. Red cherry flavors here, not especially deep, but transparent and pretty.
Red
12/20/2012 - FieldingYost wrote:
92 points
Earth, black soil, on the nose and then intensely perfumed red strawberry licorice. Youthful and vibrant, with still quite some structure here, an acidic core that belies the fact these grapes were crushed over nineteen years ago. Definitely has a distinct earthiness that I have come to associate with Morot, can likely improve with more bottle time, and has both pure and lingering red pinot fruit and an overall intensity.
Red
4/10/2012 - FieldingYost wrote:
92 points
Cherry preserves, wilted roses, strawberry licorice on the nose. This has fresh, pure, and supple cherry and strawberry flavors, and plenty of acidity yet. I like the verve here, and the depth belies the ripeness on the nose--more than meets the eye.
Red
3/25/2012 - FieldingYost wrote:
91 points
Lacy and pure red pinot fruit on the nose, especially strawberry, some licorice, and some floral perfume. This is pretty on the palate as well, with ripe and lithe strawberry licorice notes, and a finish that is elegantly acidic.
Red
3/25/2012 - FieldingYost wrote:
87 points
Notes of blackberry, black plum, tar, smoke, a bit of perfume on the nose. This is lush, with plush plum and blackberry flavors; perhaps a bit hot, but there is refreshing acidity on the finish, as well as some heat.
Red
3/20/2012 - FieldingYost wrote:
92 points
Wet pebble, black cherry, licorice on the nose--a Burgundian purity to the fruit here, with a real NSG flair here in terms of the fruit themes. Not as ripe as you would expect on the opening, which I like, red pinot fruit leading a cleaning acidic finish that has elegant power and true depth. Best Savoy I have had, and more true to the whole Anderson Valley thing than other bottlings I've had, if that makes sense.
Red
3/19/2012 - FieldingYost wrote:
88 points
Black licorice notes on the nose, joined by some perfumed black fruit. This is restrained, and supple, and surprisingly elegant for a Sonoma county merlot. A Bounty Hunter selection I got in a case of wine for Christmas.
Red
1/8/2012 - FieldingYost wrote:
89 points
Notes of red cherry, black licorice, flowers. This is full-bodied, with tart and sweet red cherry flavors, rounded out nicely, with a fully-resolved finish.
Red
1/8/2012 - FieldingYost wrote:
89 points
Notes of sweet red licorice, bay leaves, dried flowers. Dried cherry in the mouth, concentrated and intense stone fruit, sweet, if a bit resinous, balanced out with acidity. This seems to be holding on, but I can't see the point in holding on to it too much longer, as the finish is totally resolved and the fruit has lost its youthfulness.
Red
12/6/2011 - FieldingYost wrote:
91 points
Black plum, black licorice, on the nose. This has impressive depth, some burly tannin, and black cabernet fruit--black currant and black plum. This has a long finish, with mouth-coating velvety tannin.
Red
11/25/2011 - FieldingYost wrote:
91 points
A bit reticent on the nose at the moment, but there is fresh red cherry here, maybe a touch of savauge. This has a wonderfully silky mouthfeel--and you can tell that there is also a purity of fruit here, held up by quite a bit of structure, which is also submerged. Quite ripe as well, with black cherry and ripe red raspberry. Outstanding, and a good match for my fiance's 29th birthday.
Red
11/24/2011 - FieldingYost wrote:
89 points
Blueberry and cherry on the nose. This is large-scale, with blue and red pinot fruit, plum and black cherry, dense, and with a bit of heat on the finish. I like the cool blue fruit here, but the heat on the finish is too much to ignore.
Red
11/24/2011 - FieldingYost wrote:
89 points
Wilted flowers, ripe raspberry, sage notes on the nose. Berry flavors here, notably strawberry and raspberry, some mid-palate sap, maybe a bit of a dried fruit on the front palate, drying on the finish for sure. Very, very good, but fading on the edges.
White - Off-dry
11/24/2011 - FieldingYost wrote:
88 points
White fruit and petrol on the nose. Stern acidity, and flavors of white pear, green apple, and even lychee. Straight-forward, but solidly made and with mouth-watering acidity on the finish.
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