• valecnik Likes this wine: 92 points

    August 10, 2022 - Velvety mouthfeel, succulent cherry fruit, and a lovely elegance. Only drawback is it lacks a bit of acidity. Not the masterpiece that the '09 is, but eminently drinkable and still excellent.

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  • valecnik Likes this wine: 92 points

    May 29, 2021 - Tasted against the '09 and the '05. This was clearly the most youthful of the bunch, with a zingy edge, more primary fruit, and oaky mocha notes.

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  • iamandyc Likes this wine: 93 points

    December 18, 2020 - To my surprise, I found a bottle I didn't know I had of this pinot. Just awesome as usual. Really miss this winery and their estate pinot bottling. This is such a pure beam of red pinot fruit in a silky, medium bodied package. Balanced with really nice supporting structure and a long lively finish. Wish I had more!

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  • vino_per_tutti Likes this wine: 93 points

    November 24, 2020 - Consistent with prior notes. Sad song made better with time! Thanks, Wes!

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  • The Drunken Cyclist Likes this wine: 95 points

    October 4, 2020 - Retail $50. I have waxed (hopefully poetically at least once) about my admiration for Clos Pepe and winemaker Wes Hagen. Slightly less often, I have lamented the demise of the winery, which I will not go into yet again here. While I still have a grand total of 6 cases from the Clos, with each bottle, the universe shrinks. I opened this bottle as my Eagles were battling the 49ers on Sunday Night Football and had pulled ahead of the team from the Bay. As a typical Eagles fan, I was sure that my team would blow it and I would retire for the evening once again dismayed, disappointed, and disgruntled. To ease my pain, I pulled this from the cellar. Whoa. And then another. We had tried a bottle nearly a year ago at Thanksgiving, and it was stellar. This bottle? Likely better. Gorgeous red berry fruit, eucalyptus, subtle black pepper, and perhaps some sage on the nose. Yowza. The palate is even more incredible with a wave of fruit, depth, perfectly balanced acidity, and a finish that lasted until the last failed pass attempt by the 49ers that ended the game. While I was happy that the Eagles won, this wine (almost) rendered the final score irrelevant. thedrunkencyclist.com

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  • vino_per_tutti Likes this wine: 93 points

    September 1, 2020 - Keeps getting better with age. Dark, inky (red, not purple) color. Cola, black cherry and eucalyptus on the nose. Baked cherry pie, cola and asian spice on the palate. Round, but in that SRH sun-soaked style, a bit on the syrupy side. Big Cali PN! Tannins nicely integrated at this point, leaving a silky finish. Just a few more to go. Miss you, Wes.

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  • Djfermentation Likes this wine: 92 points

    May 11, 2020 - My last of 7 bottles enjoyed over the past 7 years. It seems like the fruit has subsided a bit giving way to some more secondary, rustic notes. I got eucalyptus and a bit of additional herbs along with some cherry fruit. Drinking very well and will for several more years

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  • The Drunken Cyclist Likes this wine: 93 points

    November 28, 2019 - I have said countless times that Clos Pepe is one of my favorite Pinot (and Chard) producers, and I have also lamented the fact that the winery is no more. Wes' passion and talent lives on, though, in the several odd cases of Clos Pepe that lie peacefully in my cellar. Tonight, Thanksgiving, we decided to awaken one from its slumber for sacrifice. Dark cherry and eucalyptus on the nose, with plenty of fruit on the palate. This is certainly California in style, but it is oh so tasty. The tannins seem integrated, but this likely has another half-dozen (or more) years still left in it. thedrunkencyclist.com

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  • WineKnut Likes this wine: 93 points

    October 19, 2019 - 4 year blind vertical tasting of Wes Hagen's final years at Clos Pepe. The 2011 was WOTN for me. Slightly cloudy dark cherry in color. Lost a point on the cloudiness, but honestly could have been sediment churned up from transportation. The nose was crazy fun. Strawberry, cola, brambly, cucumber, spice, herbs and a little funk. The palate showed cherry, strawberry, vanilla, smoke and thyme all in perfect balance with elegant brightness and medium mouthfeel. 30 second finish and lingering subtle tannin tucked into my cheeks.

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  • njgolfer wrote: 93 points

    October 18, 2019 - Cherry, strawberry, smoke, spices, and tea notes on the palate. Really enjoyed this wine. It's what I loved about Wes' style at Clos Pepe.

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