• dbkitc wrote: 87 points

    October 23, 2014 - What a difference a few years makes. I bought a case on release based on CC commentary of the vineyard. Drank most within first 6 years and was terribly disappointed. I wrote it off because of the vintage. I should know this by now as I have been drinking wine for a long time but burgundy no matter the level needs time. Sure they are drinkable early but they just don't offer the real goods until 10+ years....minimum. Sorry for the long preamble ... The wine isn't great but it is so much better than it was a few years ago. Youthful color gives way to a lovely nose of pure Pinot fruit and a touch of spice. It has weight and presence on the palate. Good flavor saturation and decent verve. Only nit is slight bitterness on the finish. Has real presence for its level. Just let it age.... (87)

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  • dbkitc wrote: 75 points

    February 23, 2012 - This is one crazy wine. Deep garnet color - looks like it is one day old. Rather forceful, red fruited nose that displays considerable power. Ripe and new worldish, but nice. The wine us all over the place on the palate. Some nice ripe fruit, but a huge finish of raw stem tannins is frankly unappetizing. The fruit has matured but I am afraid the raw structure is just too much. Oh well, at least it was cheap. (75)

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  • dbkitc wrote: 83 points

    December 23, 2010 - Pure, deep ruby. Medicinal and rubber tire infused red and black pinot fruit. Settled down some with air, but a good bit of rusticity remains. Full bodied, rich and strong for a Bourgogne. The vintage is very clear here as there is little elegance. A decent, gutsy mouthful of wine, that fades quickly and leaves only a so-so impression. (83)

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  • dbkitc wrote: 82 points

    October 29, 2009 - Dull ruby. Grapy fruit nose with some structural elements peaking out. Rounds, fairly full bodied. Good up front, but this bottle shows a distinct bitterness on the finish. Not so nice. (82)

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  • dbkitc wrote: 84 points

    September 8, 2009 - Electric deep ruby color. Wild nose of strawberry and mure jam – yes that sweet. This has always been a rather erratic wine. The nose reminds me of Alsatian fruit liquor. The palate is better now than it was a few years ago. Sweet, yet light to medium body. A touch of tannin on the back end. No complexity, but I can drink this now with pleasure which is more than I could say with past bottles. Just weird. (84)

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  • dbkitc wrote: 86 points

    October 4, 2007 - A bit unexpected. This is better than previous bottles. Crème de mure and grape jelly on the nose, but good energy and a solid mouthfeel on the palate. Not great, or typical, but a solid drink tonight. Much better than previous bottles. (86)

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  • dbkitc wrote: 81 points

    September 26, 2007 - Pure ruby color. Hot red cherry nose with a touch of earth and a touch of green. Pretty chunky wine. Staining, ripe and alcoholic. This seems like an out of balance new world pinot. No real depth or complexity. Pleasing in a simple way while not asking for any intellectual complexity at all. In the end, a disappointment and a wine that is not aging well. (81)

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  • dbkitc wrote: 85 points

    July 22, 2007 - Not what I was expecting. This wine was influenced to a greater extent by the year than the reviews suggested. If I was served this blind, I would have said Russian River pinot. Deep ruby with a strong black raspberry and strawberry nose. Big full and slightly hot (I will say the bottle temperature was too warm and this may have increased the effect of alcohol). It is missing a sense of grip that I like in Burgundy. That said, if taken out of context, it was a juicy, enjoyable pinot that I think would have a lot of fans. I will probably drink the rest of these quickly, though will keep a couple to see what happens. (85+?)

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  • joe d wrote: 80 points

    October 22, 2006 - Extremely ripe, too much for my taste. Similar to the 2003 Cras I sampled, not a style that I like. I'm leaving my 2003 Barthod 1ers buried for a long time to see if they turn into something interesting.
    My discrete CT scale: 95-extraordinary; 90-very good; 85-good; 80-fair; 75-poor

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  • Deryl wrote: 88 points

    June 24, 2006 - Very nice, and very agreeable for the price. Not real ripe, and not too earthy as some Burgs can be. Enjoyed with grilled salmon.

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