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96 Points, Wine Enthusiast
“Firm lines of graphite and loamy earth streak through the opulent aromas of black plum and dried violet on the nose of this brooding Pinot Noir. The palate is a whirlwind of exuberance, as leathery tannins wrap around more graphite minerality, dried violet and lavender, stewed plum and a touch of bittersweet cocoa on the finish.”
This is rich, opulent, stunning Pinot Noir with a higher pH and a deeper, richer complexion than their Willamette neighbors. It’s a dead ringer for Russian River Valley. Deep red ruby color to the rim with high-toned red berry fruit soaring right out of the glass. It’s incredibly fresh with tremendous depth backed by fine tannins, bright acidity and amazing purity of fruit on the palate. It’s a finessed and elegant Pinot with just intensity and length. At this price, there’s no better Pinot in the country. That’s a fact.
Obviously, I can’t tell you all the details of the vineyard source but I can let you in on a few of the details. Crafted using fruit from 1000-1500 ft in elevation, Chad’s 2019 is cool climate Pinot at its best– especially given the price tag. While similar wines (very similar wines) will fetch a $45 price tag, you can snag it today just less than half off that price on bottle one. There’s no surprise this is the #1 wine of the year in 2020.
The 2020 CJ Rose is a light bright pink color. Aromas of high-toned red berry and flowers just fly from the glass and pick up a slight savory accent as the wine opens up. Juicy and fresh on the palate, offering wild strawberry and citrus rind flavors that deepen and spread out on the back half. A long, focused and bone-dry finish showcase amazing energy for what is sure to be a new happy hour go-to and Tuesday night Hall of Famer.
An elegant, silky smooth Willamette Valley Pinot Noir crafted by Bertrand de Villane of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti fame. It comes from about 700 feet above sea level in the Dundee Hills atop Winter’s Hill and benefitted from cool, breezy nights. With a round, supple mouthfeel and a sturdy backbone this will age gracefully for a decade and a half easy. You can taste that Burgundian touch!
Lydia’s 2019 Haut-Côtes-du-Beaune is a product of super old vines and a low yield with no new oak in the ageing 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. It’ll be delicious in a decade. As the first non-tariffed Burgundy in a while, the price is truly absurd.
Valentin Moindrot’s old vines are deeply rooted in limestone and limestone-infused clay. This mineral soil adds great vibrancy to their wines. Valentin says the special soil imparts the fine aromatics and tension while the old-vines and clay providing the concentration in the mid palate, creating an incredibly balanced summer red. For under $20 on cases, his 2019 Pinot Noir completely overdelivers. The wine has an amazing nose, with layers of red and black fruit infused with earth and truffle, crushed stone and floral notes. The palate is juicy, with fine tannins, finishing with a stony freshness. Class from beginning to end.
94 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Burgundy is famously riguously reviewed with many of the best wines never seeing above 92 points. But today’s wine is incredible and has broken the seal and then some. Read what Parker’s Wine Advocate had to say: “Unwinding in the glass with a deep bouquet of plums, cherries, warm spices and sweet soil tones, the 2018 Moulin-à-Vent Les Brussellions is medium to full-bodied, deep and concentrated, with the broadest shoulders and most mid-palate volume of the range. This is a serious but beautifully balanced wine that’s built for the long haul.” -Wine Advocate
The 2020 Crochet Sancerre Rosé is drawn from the high elevations of Janine and Teddy Chrochet’s Pinot Noir vines in the village of Bue. The conditions are perfect for delicious Sancerre Rose. Salmon-pink in color with a pretty nose featuring aromas of roses and cherry fruits. Slightly more acid this year, the wine as always has terrific fruit, juicy citrus and berries which lead to a racy, high-toned finish that screams for good food.
94 Points, Wine Enthusiast
Foley Estates is an anomaly– their treasured limestone soil in Sta. Rita Hills along with their rising star winemaker Dave Frazier (formerly of Cakebread, Byron & Cambria), have made them a critic darling of sorts in Santa Barbara County over the past decade plus. Their wine is not easy to secure and I can see why. This is a great way to see what Foley does best. Their 2018 Rancho Santa Rosa Pinot Noir is a bright, intricate California Pinot Noir, far more sophisticated than just a fruit bomb, with elegance, spice and a textbook, long fresh finish.
Chaponnieres is a single parcel on the same hillside as the premier crus, with southern exposure and vines planted in 1950. They are rooted in a fine clay, the perfect soil for producing wine of incredible purity of fruit. The ’19 has intense aromatics of strawberry, black cherry, cinnamon and roses. The fruit is almost crunchy; incredibly fresh, juicy, really flat-out delicious. Great now, great in 10 years and qualitatively worth double the price!
The long, hot 2017 vintage gave a few precious wineries the raw ingredients for truly exceptional wines. My favorite RRVs in 2017 came courtesy of Gary Farrell, Paul Hobbs and Merry Edwards. Just one problem, all three of those bottles will set you back a pretty penny. But for the quality to price ratio, Kenwood’s Six Ridges RRV Pinot puts all three to shame. Bright cherries with vibrancy, good acidity and a lot of fruit up front. This is easy breezy drinking for a great price