Several of the Memphis area Forumites gathered at Ruth's Chis for dinner Sunday evening, and our introduction to the 2002 & 2003 Le Cadeau. I can confidently say--they were both outstanding! Over the last two summers, I had tasted both of these wines from the barrel, but I did not expect they would be so good, so soon, from the bottle. Well they were both excellent! My notes:
2002 Le Cadeau-----A classic Pinot that is stately and totally in balance. It is seductive with red & cherry fruits in a mineral base...92/95 points.
For me, the 2002 Le Cadeau was the best Pinot with food that we had Sunday evening, and we had 8 Pinots!....
2003 Le Cadeau-----Wow! Lush, but in balance, black cherry and other darker fruits in a mineral base. The 2003 vintage of Le Cadeau is very rich and forward. Tom probably wouldn't like me to call it a Pinot/Zin, and it's not, but still this is a rich and a well-made wine that is fruity and with a kiss of sweetness! 93/95+ points. My WOTN
Finally, the 2002 & 2003 Le Cadeau (The Gift), is the best QPR wine I've had in a long time. Yes, I always look for a bargain, and Le Cadeau is a premium Pinot Noir which has an excellent introductory price. Excellent job, Tom!
2001 St Innocent Anden 85 points--Bayer Asprin
2000 Adelshien 92 points
2002 Argyle Nuthouse 90 points
1994 Kalin 89/90 points (needed more air time)
2002 Rincon 93 pts. (fine, but a tad too sweet)
2001 Golden Eye 94/95 (fine, but very concentrated and overextracted, probably best with cheese and not a dinner wine IMHO!
Le Cadeau is made by Tom Mortimer,(who is WS Forums member, BHVineyard). He can be reached as follows: email (Tom@LeCadeauVineyard.com), or write to:
Le Cadeau Vineyard
P.O. Box 268
Dundee, OR 97115