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Oct 26, 2007 at 1:32pmCompare and Buy
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Added Sep 14, 2007 at 1:14amI've found this to be always a wonderful bubbly, and really a steal for the price. It's got a lot of what Roederer Estate's L'Hermitage vintaged bottlings offer, except perhaps this shows a seam when the L'Hermitage is seamless. Still, it's nicely put together with fruit and finesse, and a touch of creaminess. We served this as the toasting wine at our wedding reception and heard our guests enjoyed it as much as we do.
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Added Sep 14, 2007 at 12:44amOne of my favorite sparkling wines for its balance and complexity. I find it to offer subtle but distinct layers of fruit, as well easygoing acidity that isn't bracing. It's smooth and lean, but there's an element of richness as well. I have a magnum in the cellar and it should be interesting to see if it has evolved along the lines of the 750 ml's.
Added Sep 13, 2007 at 12:42amdriving through the parched hills of Central Otago on a sunny afternoon became quite draining. when we came upon Bald Hills, we were welcomed in by the co-owner, Blair, who was just the loveliness NZ gentleman. he was very glad to find out that we were from California and told us he spent a few years in LA, studying at USC. I was very glad to find that an ocean and a continent away, I'd run into a fellow alum. we spent over an hour there, talking to him about the 4000 cases they make, the winemaker, the challenges, etc. he poured that 2004 Pinot and I knew we were taking a bottle back with us. we carried it through the last week of our trip in a wine carrier, bringing it inside whenever we checked into a new hotel so it wouldn't roast in the car. I wrapped it in many layers of my REI and North Face fleeces and a plastic bag, and luckily, it made it through the checked baggage handling. we enjoyed it a few months ago and again, loved it. it had a bit of solidness to it and more tannins than I'm used to, but the good balance and acidity overall, and bright red fruit with earth and spice. worth carrying back across the ocean! oh yeah, and they took top honors for Pinot Noir at the Decanter Awards recently. I'm very excited for them. a lovely wine from lovely people.
Michaud Pinot Noir 2001
Added Sep 12, 2007 at 4:13pmHad this at Passionfish in Pacific Grove about 18 months ago. I don't know if they held the vintage back, or they were unfairly overlooked, but they were at 2001 while almost other wines on the list were already in the 2003-2004 vintages. we were really pleased with this wine. a nice Pinot that's not too overtly ripe (lots Pinots out there getting way too ripe), but quite classy and with just a hint of tannins.
Added Sep 12, 2007 at 3:53pmwe had this at 1550 Hyde in SF a few months back and it was specatcular! went with tender pork, grilled duck, and braised rabbit. would have been really nice with salmon too. it was subtle, but had breadth of flavor the texture was like a silk sheet. definitely not for those who are into big cabs and big reds, but all four of us at the table sighed at the same time when we tasted it.