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  • 2014 Louis Jadot Chiroubles

    Deep ruby with high optical density and medium, slightly diffuse reflectivity. Aromas of dried flowers, potting soil, and delicate red berry fruit and some smoky character.

    On the palate, light to medium body, fresh acidity, and some tannic grip on the back end that lends structure. Overall, a light mouthfeel with a broad presence. Flavours of dirt and stone on the attack with some lighter, mostly faded (but in a good way to me) red fruits lying underneath. The midpalate shows a subtle green note and some forest floor mushroom that adds onto the soil and fruit, along with delicate floral flavours. Finishes clean and short, with some very light cherry and dirt-covered stone, along with a slight bitterness. Surprising elegant complexity here.

    This is just delightful wine, not a fruit-forward or light and easy-going Beuajolais. It has definitely aged to a point where the primary fruit is in the background, and that can be a good thing. For me, it certainly is. Very interesting and has aged just beautifully- this is not a juicy fruit-forward wine at this point, and instead, can be appreciated for a lot of subtle and interesting notes. Well-balanced and interesting, so while the fruit is faded in character, this has done well to this point, and even gains some interest with time in the glass. Not a crowd pleasing wine, but one that will reward a thoughtful approach, and pair with a wide range of foods. Balance and grace, with stone, earth, mushroom, and light fruit are the themes here. Love it!

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  • 2014 Luigi Baudana Langhe Rosso Dragon

    Beautiful ruby red with medium plus optical density and very high, fine, specular reflectivity. Strong intensity of aromas, with red fruits (bright cherry, raspberry), and earthy tar and roses. Shows some depth and complexity on the nose. Some swirling candied fruits along with a light presence of garden vegetable notes add intrigue.

    On the palate, light to medium body with medium acidity on entry and rounded tannins for an easy-going texture that shows lovely presence, vibrance, and elegance. Enough structure to support strpng flavours and a clean evolution across the palate. Shows incredible balance on the mouthfeel.

    Flavours of bright red fruits lead the attack, supported by florals and light earth. Things stay intense through the midpalate, with strong fruit and lighter earth maintaining their hold until some subtle spices appear at the final transition. Finishes short and clean, with rose pedals and sweet cherry. Overall, excellent intensity of flavours, with light complexity (more depth is found on the nose than the palate).

    This is a really beautiful light red table wine. Blended from Barbera, Dolcetto, and Nebbiolo into a perfect balance that is elegant, delicious, and honest. The transparency to vineyard shows through and through, for a great example of wine that will please a crowd. It appears sweeter than it is, but this is certainly a consequence of the vivid, well-tended fruit. I think it is not possible to ask more from a regional, everyday red. This is definitely a wine that speaks of Northwest Italy, and one that is drinking beautifully now.

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  • 2018 Pike Road Wines Pinot Noir

    A deep, somewhat purple-tinged shade of ruby with high optical density and medium specular reflectivity (just light tinges of diffusivity). Aromas show medium intensity, with dark fruits (blackberries and dark cherry) and dusty earth on top of spicy loamy notes and light florals. The palate shows medium minus body with medium acidity and well balanced tannins that provide backbone. Decent density, for a round and luscious texture that has a bit of sappy richness, but in elegant way. This texture also thins out after the entry, leaving a lighter and cleaner mouthfeel toward the finish. Flavours of dark cherry and ripe dark plum on the attack, supported by ashy earth. The midpalate slacks a touch, with fruit intensity fading and a zesty savoury note coming on (some saline and baked ham show). The final transition is also thin, but interesting, with light stewed plum and raisin before settling into a finish of dark fruit skins and light baking spices. Overall shows medium intensity and complexity.

    This is a great value Pinot Noir from Oregon that represents variety and region. Some touches of interest provide depth in what is otherwise a light and easy-going wine. Also, generally shows variety (I can see a lighter style of Syrah in here somewhat with the plum/saline/savoury notes, but still shows like PN primarily). Leans to the darker side of Pinot Noir for sure, but still plenty fresh and elegant. All-in-all, a great anytime wine that goes well alone or with food. Nice to see an accessible, entry level wine from the folks at Elk Cove that stays true to the region at a good price.

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