TNs on Wines You Might Actually Care About (and some others, too)

I've had a lot of wine in the past month or so but haven't posted any notes. Here are some thoughts...

Merry Edwards:

I tasted through all of the 2006 Pinots except the Sonoma Coast (which I've had on severa prior occasions and which is wonderful). Taking price into consideration, there is no Pinot producer in CA I prefer to Merry Edwards. Her 2006s have opened up since I last tasted them. I wish I coud remember which vineyard was which so I could give a more accurate accounting. I will say that the star remains the Klopp which, at $54, is a strong buy, imo. Black raspberry fruits with a little tar, brown spice and licorice. Deffinitely in the 92.5+ category.

The 2007 Sauvignon Blanc continues to be outstanding. No better New World SB and only the Peter Michael (which is made in a very different style) even really coms close, imo. The nose is of tropical fruits, but not that ruby red grapefruit you get from NZ SB... rather guava, papaya, a hint of lemongrass. The oak treatment is noticeable, but barely. Thisactually is slightly reminiscent, especially on the nose, of a dry Muscat. Palte is refreshing and the finish is long. I would drink this all within the next 12-18 months. 92

Hartford
Had a lot of their '06 wines. The '06 Chardonnay Seascape is good CA Chard, but it is not worth the $60ish tariff.

2006 Hartford Court Pinot Noir Arrendell Vineyard
Holy Crap! When the professional reviewers got a hold of this wine it must have been going through a dumb phase. Right now this is as expressive as all but the very best Martinelli Pinots. That is what it reminded me of, in fact, an excellent Martinelli. Explosive wild-cherry dominated Pinot fruit with a hint of deep forrest underbrush and brown spice. A finish that lasts a minute. For what it is, only the '99 Martinelli Reserve and '02 BSR have eclipsed this, imo. Not for the feint of heart. But this is a rock star. 94


2006 Rochiolis
Pass.


2004 Tomasso Bussola Amarone TB Vigneto Alto
The label is lying. This is a Recioto. There is deffinitely some RS here, but the fruit is just outrageous. If I had tried to pick out each fruit flavor I was experiencing I would have gotten a heaache. Still, you can tell there is a complexity lurking beneath the surface. Already fantastic, I don't believe this will cose down -- that is not Bussola's M.O. -- but in a few years I think this will beeven better. Hopefully my remaining two bottles will make it to 2012. 94.5 now, possibly 96+ in a few years.

And some wines few of you will care about...

2006 Rocche dei Manzoni Dolcetto d'Aba La Matinera
Awesome Dolcetto. One of the best I've had. Simple. Medium-dar fruits, lots of fine tannin that isn't too hard. Good acid structure. Excellent with my Bolegnese. Excellent qpr (retail $24) 91

2005 Eraldo Viberti Langhe Nebbiolo
Medium fruits. Black cherry. A little reticent, a little medicinal, but in a good way. Classic classic Nebbiolo -- could pass for a Barolo easily. Excellent qpr (retail $28) 91.5+

2001 Domaine Valette Pouilly-Vinzelles
The first time I had this it had been open for a week. WOW! The best still white wine I've had in quite some time. Sherried and oxidized with a smorgasbord of different nuts, dry honey, a little stone fruits, clay, white flowers on the nose, palate and finish. Viscous, but not heavy. 93.5, maybe 94 point wine. The second time I had this it was the same, but not as good (I had poped and poured) so I decanted it. It never quite got to where the first bottle was, but was damn tasty. 93. For $43 this represents an outrageous qpr, imo.
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Yes, ditto on the Merry Edwards 06 notes. She is my favorite CA pinot producer by far and one of the few that I will buy each and every year.

I have not cracked any of my 06's yet, but the 05's are drinking very (too) well. The Sonoma coast is the earlier drinking of the two appellation wines, imo, and the RRV takes a little bit more time in bottle to come together, but is.

Winetarelli - did you try the 06 Olivet Lane? I don't have any Klopp Ranch for 06, but got the Olivet Lane and was wondering what your thoughts were on this bottling?

Thanks, Dale
I had a 2006 Merry Edwards Pinot recently and never posted a note here (only CT). Seems appropriate so I'll post it now. I had forgotten about this wine but I can source it for $10 per 375ml. I'll have to go back to the store and buy them

2006 Merry Edwards Pinot Noir Russian River Valley - USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley (12/25/2008)
From 375ml. My nephew brought this to dinner. Round wine with lively acidity and a very fresh profile. Solid fruit core filled with cherry, raspberry and mint. 90-91 points.

VM
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Winetarelli - did you try the 06 Olivet Lane? I don't have any Klopp Ranch for 06, but got the Olivet Lane and was wondering what your thoughts were on this bottling



Yep yep. I've actually had the Olivet 3 times, now...

When it was released I was not a huge fan. I think I have a TN on it somewhere around here. HOWEVER, it has really improved since July. It remains one of the more autere wines in '06, but it has good notes of black raspberry and Asian spices. If possible, I would hold off for another 4 months or so before consuming and then drink over the next couple of years. I've never had the Olivet in a formal tasting, but I would say it is a 92 or 92.5 point wine.
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Originally posted by winetarelli:
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Winetarelli - did you try the 06 Olivet Lane? I don't have any Klopp Ranch for 06, but got the Olivet Lane and was wondering what your thoughts were on this bottling



Yep yep. I've actually had the Olivet 3 times, now...

When it was released I was not a huge fan. I think I have a TN on it somewhere around here. HOWEVER, it has really improved since July. It remains one of the more autere wines in '06, but it has good notes of black raspberry and Asian spices. If possible, I would hold off for another 4 months or so before consuming and then drink over the next couple of years. I've never had the Olivet in a formal tasting, but I would say it is a 92 or 92.5 point wine.


Great, thanks. For whatever reason, I didn't get the Klopp Ranch this year, but did pick up 3 of the Olivet Lane. I will hold off for "a while" and then see. your notes on the 06 Sonoma Coast and RRV do have me now wanting to pop these earlier than previously planned, and I might just have to try one soon. I have 4 of each of those, so I could sacrifice one based upon your positive notes.

thanks again.

Dale
Had the Domaine Valette again.

*MAN* this is a killer bottle of white wine of the price ($43 retail).

Almond skins, macadamias, pistachios, salt, limestone, Sherry, toffe, anda hint of pear on the nose. Just slightly oxidized, medium-full bodied palate with great, perfectly balanced acidity. Pear fruits with star anise, brown spice, Asain spices, limestone and immense minerality and nuttiness -- now it is more like caschews. Very long finish. 93 after extended breathing.
Had the 2006 Merry Edwards Pinot Noir RRV last night, and I really thought that it was great. I typically drink Burg, some OR, not a lot of CA pinot, but this will make me at least look for her PN's in the future. I found it fresh and fruity but not syrupy. There may have been a touch of heat but was also good acidity and decent complexity. Some of the more nuanced features may have been somewhat elusive, rather than being bold and forward, but still really good, and makes me wonder if the single-vineyard wines might not show more pronounced secondary flavors and aromas. If they can do so without being heavier, I'd be interested. In short, I liked it and I'll drink the rest over the next couple of years.
91 pts

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