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Once again dialing up fruit from 1000-1500ft in elevation in the Dundee Hills, Chad’s 2021 is juicy, laser focused and roaring out of the gates. Chad tells me that similar wines (very similar wines) off this vineyard are raising their prices up to $55/bottle from $45 this year due to 2020’s lost year. But where most people are raising prices to recoup last year’s losses, the CHAD Pinot Noir price is somehow lower. A true gift from our favorite winemaker.
The ‘Appellation Series’ which is the family’s Estate Pinot Noir always shows strong accents from this unique terroir, but 2021 has turned out even more pronounced. These are the kinds of Pinots that now go for $35-$40/bottle all throughout the state. But this one is a total steal. It’s lively with bright cherry flavors and even a little bit of earth but it’s super well balanced and has a nice spiced finish. Great with food, but I think this is the kind of Pinot that can shine on its own. There’s plenty to like here.
The 2020 Savigny-les-Beaunes Rouge, is the product of ancient vines, upwards of 75 years old in the lieux-dits of Planchots and Connardises. It’s a blockbuster red Burg, blasting out of the glass with an aromatic profile of spiced red berries with just a touch of savory anise.
94 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
The former assistant winemaker and apprentice for Helen Turley at Marcassin, Matt Courtney left to start something special at Arista in 2013 and is well on his way. The winery has expanded, their waitlist for bottle allocations now stands at 20+ months (!) and every critic in America raves about these wines. This appellation Pinot Noir is a particular treat in 2019, a benchmark in silky smooth, layered and concentrated Pinot Noir that has both grip and grace.
91 Points, Wine Enthusiast
Always the one with the most personality of the bunch, this is what Wine Enthusiast had to say about the 2021 release: “This extremely ripe and bold style of Pinot Noir will please those seeking such lushness. Dark in the glass, it begins with black cherry, toasty caramel and cola milk shake aromas.” The cool, coastal days and abundance of sunshine lines up perfectly for a wine that has a good natural acidic backbone, with bold fruit-forward flavors.
“Belle Glos’ first wine under the newly minted West Sonoma Coast AVA and a cellared release, this majestic vineyard brings plum with a slight burnt edge in the glass and boasts aromas of freshly tilled land, a rich oak forest in Autumn, and Crème de Cassis. Once on the palate, the acidity sparks a fire of smoked caramel and cinnamon spiked cranberry sauce.
The rolling hills of Vias along the Mediterranean coast is the perfect place to grow special, meaningful Pinot Noir that doesn’t break the bank. For one, the coastal breezes as we’ve seen time and again are essential for building beautiful natural acidity. But then there’s also the rocky volcanic soil that Comtesse Marion is treated to in the Languedoc. That gives the wine a depth of flavors and great concentration but without too much weight. The vines are also all over 30 years in age, an advantage over their peers for sure.
Lydia Cornu’s newly released Haut-Côtes-du-Beaune is quintessential Red Burgundy. It’s made from super old vines and a low yield, with no new oak in the aging process. The wine is an absolute joy to drink– a bowl full of berries on the nose, high-toned, racy fruit in the mid palate with the structure and length that is the hallmark of Cornu-Camus wines. It’s delicious now and will be delicious in a decade. It’s the kind of Red Burgundy value that is ridiculous hard to match.
If you’re new to Sancerre Rose, then you’re in luck– this is easily one of the best ones made. Domonique Roger’s Sancerre Rose has everything you want: it’s bone dry with fleshy stone fruits flavors, mandarin orange and a hint of zest. The fruit is so pure and clean and there’s so much going on. This is a serious wine and arguably the very best pink wine that anyone makes. Do not miss it.
Philippe makes this wine from vines that are all 60+ years in age from a steep site at Gevry’s northwestern-most limit at the top of a hill that neighbors 1er cru vineyards Les Champeaux and Combe aux Moines. Here, just like in the neighboring 1er cru vineyards, the soil is extremely stony clay-limestone, imparting so much character to the wine, it’s hard to ignore. It’s just incredible how fresh the nose is, even after all this time in the bottle. It’s so inviting and silky smooth with some spicy notes and truly impeccable balance.
The secret to Philippe’s tightly wound, complex Pinot Noir is a combo of ancient vines, natural farming techniques, and low yields. The wines are built to age, with incredible tension and length. And the secret to me securing his other-wordly 2017 old-vine Gevry-Chambertin can be chalked up to a great relationship and over a decade supporting superior Burgundian winemaking. The wine is scary good. The nose is wild, filled with spiced dark raspberries, red flowers, and baking spices. The palate is elegant and racy, with a dynamic tension that runs right through its minute-long finish. This is a high-toned, wound-up Pinot, that is starting to hit its prime and is really turning out to be a ‘must-have’ for true Burgundy lovers.
92 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate – 91 Points, Wine Spectator – 91 Points, Wine Enthusiast
That ‘Top 100’ tally may very well be going up after the 2021 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir hit the market. It’s simply outstanding and every single critic who has gotten their hands on this wine has gone completely gaga for it. Wine Spectator included them in their ‘Top 8 Pinot Noirs From Oregon Under $35’ piece a few weeks ago. Wine Enthusiast gave it a 91 and called it “fresh and fragrant”. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate took it a point higher and called it, “light on its feet with generous, floral fruit”.