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