2007 Le Cadeau Pinot Noir Diversite - USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley (11/27/2008)
We drank it alongside the 2007 Cote Est and a German Pinot. Made by Cheryl and Sam Francis-Tannahill. Like the Cote Est, this was only recently bottled. This wine was darker in color and had more body than the Cote Est (as expected). It was also slightly more dry in my opinion. Moderate tannins. Notes of leather and ripe berry. A fine wine but I rated it below the stunning 2004 Diversite but just ahead of the 2005. This wine was very young and will undoubtedly round out as it settles in the bottle. Give it time. 90+ points.
2007 Le Cadeau Pinot Noir Côté Est - USA, Oregon (11/27/2008)
Only recently bottled. This was the first year that Steve Ryan of Mendocino Farms took over the winemaking for this bottle. Because the grapes were sent down to Steve at his Mendocino facility in California for vinification, the wine could not be labelled Willamette Valley (simple Oregon). This was a soft easy drinking wine which in my opinion is representative of what the Cote Est offers in relation to Toms other wines. Elegant profile and feminine in character. Notes of cherry and some smoke. Bright and fresh on the palate with some wet earth on the finish. Tom thought this bottle might be slightly off but I still enjoyed it. 88+ points.