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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz

Pinot Noir GTi

Posted by Gregory Dal Piaz, Feb 9, 2009.

And so it goes, from the workhorse grape of Italy we know turn our attention to one of the greatest of the Vinifera grapes: Pinot Noir!

From Burgundy, Oregon, New Zealand, Portugal, California, Italy, Israel, you name it come great and unique renditions of this most persnickety variety.

Post your impressions and lets all keep an open mind. Pinot lovers seem to be some of the most passionate wine lovers and when it comes to their turf they'll defend it till the death...of the bottle they're drinking.

Uncork, share, discuss...Pinot Noir!

I'll start us off with

1988 Rene Leclerc Clos Prieur which was gorgeous on the nose with classic aged, smoked meat, mud and cherry fruits and while seductively silky in the mouth lacked a bit of complexity. Still that's splitting hairs since the joy in this wine was it's perfect state of maturity. Great in it's own special way.
http://www.snooth.com/wine/domaine-...

Also on the agenda, a pair from Jadot.

The 2000 Jadot Chambolle-Musigny Les Amoureuses was perfumed and spicy/sweet on the nose with ripe, gamy fruit in a medium bodied package just entering prime time drinking. A bit simple but suave and elegant.

http://www.snooth.com/wine/louis-ja...

The 1998 Jadot Volnay Clos de la Barre had an amazing nose that was so poised and precise pumping out notes of anise, leather, strawberry, dusty mineral and floral tones that I while I was let down abit by the palate, which was lovely if still a bit on the tannic side, it didn't stop me from spending a lot of time with this wine. I look forward to trying this again!

http://www.snooth.com/wine/louis-ja...

Well that's it, we're on our way.

Post your Pinot Notes!

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Reply by veeownyeah, Feb 10, 2009.

Mark West Pinot Noir 2007 : Dark red rasberry/plum aromas and matching flavours. Deep, broody berry compote has a nice round texture reminiscent of a ripasso style. It 'almost' opens up and releases the fruit, but almost is not good enough to make me want to search this wine out again. Demanded a food pairing - on its own it was good, but not remarkable. A little confusing. $20 in BC.

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Feb 10, 2009.

Nicely done!

Thanks for sharing!

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Reply by Philip James, Feb 10, 2009.

OK, got to hit the store - but can certainly post a few over the next few weeks. Am still waiting for a delivery of a case, which has some pinot in it.

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Reply by Eric Guido, Feb 10, 2009.

I thought I'd start out with something a little different. I stumbled upon this wine when putting together a mixed case. A great, easy drinking pinot.

Tramin Pinot Nero Blauburgunder(2005)

A pale light red that starts out minty chocolate and turns to a gorgeous floral grapy scent. Fresh strawberries, prunes and citrus on the palette with an earthy finish. This is fresh and highly enjoyable.

http://www.snooth.com/wine/tramin-p...

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Reply by Nicolaus Bauer, Feb 10, 2009.

WOW! First of all I would like to mention how happy I am that I found this community of wine lovers and what a fantastic idea it is to use this forum and this initiative that puts a little pressure (which is good) on each of us to contribute but most of all to share. And that is what wine is all about. Wine is about sharing.

Being a Pinot Noir lover myself I can only agree to what Gregory wrote in his introduction beside on statement. "...of the bottle they're drinking" Working for Riedel Crystal I try my best always to use the right glass, since it really does make a tremendous difference on the perception of each wine. But I am not here to promote wine glasses but to talk about Pinots. So thanks again for this great initiative. I will work on my first review right now...

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Feb 10, 2009.

Hey Nicolaus,

Welcome to Snooth and thank you for the great reply.

Working for Riedel must be quite an experience. Are you in the states?

Looking forward to your first review!

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Reply by Nicolaus Bauer, Feb 10, 2009.

CA Pinot Noirs have almost madly awoken my interest since I moved from Austria to the US about 18 month ago. I actually fell in love with CA Pinots after I had the opportunity to share a bottle of Kistler's Pinot Noirs.

Today it is Migration 2006, Anderson Valley from Duckhorn.
http://www.snooth.com/wine/duckhorn...
I talked to the guy in the wine store next door and asked him to show me something in the mid 30$ range that I can open today and enjoy. And I have to say, that it really met my demands.

The aroma features plums, blueberries and a hint of cherry. I also smell a little bit of chocolate. Maybe a little bit too much of alcohol on your nose. The taste is smooth and easy to drink. I would definitely recommend this wine.

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Reply by Nicolaus Bauer, Feb 10, 2009.


Hi Gregory,

yes, I live very close to NYC and temporarily moved here from Vienna because of the job. Where do you live? Will there ever be a snooth get together in the area?

Nick

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Reply by Nicolaus Bauer, Feb 10, 2009.

ups... sorry for posting me message four times, but evertime I hit approve nothing changed...

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Reply by Mark Angelillo, Feb 10, 2009.

Nicolaus, no problem. I'll clean that right up and we'll look at the errors on our end. Welcome to Snooth!

Here's my first of the new GTI!

Radog Wines Pinot Noir Monterey 2006
http://www.snooth.com/wine/radog-wi...
3/5
Black tar and cranberries on the nose with a distinctive herbaceous quality. Bright, fresh, acidic palate ruled by bunches of red fruit, cranberries, leather, tire tracks, and earth. Not too much tannic structure on this one, as long as you can get past/if you like the bitterness it's pretty easy drinking. Doesn't really need food, but might benefit from some cheese nearby.

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Reply by veeownyeah, Feb 10, 2009.

Okay.... a New Zealand Pinot Noir to consider: Delta Pinot Noir Marlborough Delta Vineyard 2005: Subtle floral notes wafting above cherry, berry, leathery undertones. Pleasant berry and grape flavour are immediately evident . Slightly thin, almost berry cola-like texture is okay given the noticeable swirling sweet fruit flavours. Medium finish indicating some structure and, when all is said and done, a decent dinner party wine - the guest who brought it will get a reinvite.

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Reply by woody, Feb 11, 2009.

A great Californian pinot, Sonoma coast vineyards.
I am still working my way through a case of the 2003, beautiful red fruits but in a restrained way unlike a lot californian pinot and just starting to develop a little barnyard, think burgundian a real treat!
It pays to be patience with this one, buy a case drink 1 or2 a year and see how it developes and at about $50 it punches well above it's weight

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Feb 11, 2009.

New Zealand and California, both great sources of Pinot.

Thanks for sharing your notes.

I'm looking forward to a Pinot PTP tomorrow and will have notes up by the end of the week.

Keep on rocking the Pinot!

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Reply by Philip James, Feb 11, 2009.

Great start - I've yet to contribute, but like the activity I'm seeing so far. I'm still waiting for my delivery, but will add something soon.

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Reply by ChipDWood, Feb 12, 2009.

Just had this '99 Mercurey (an underrated region IMHO) and thought I'd add it to the stew.

Hugues & Yves de Suremain, "Les Sazenay", Premier Cru, 1999
http://www.snooth.com/wine/hugues-a...


"This is an enjoyable and affordable example from a solid year in Mercurey. This Pinot opened after about a twenty minute breath. A lively ruby color and a nose of cherries with a tinge of ash. Medium bodied on the palate and composed of healthy and well-rounded (if not opulent) red fruits, the finish lingers pleasantly & gently thanks both to its well-integrated tannins as well as its time laid down.

It's well composed and currently drinking at its peak. In total I gave this an "88", and would recommend it if you see it for south of $30.

This one went beautifully with a nicely grilled set of lamb chops and a healthy helping of Moussaka- my new favorite, Mediterranean, creamy, "béchamel-y", decadent as-all-get-out partner for medium - full bodied reds."

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Feb 12, 2009.

What a perfect pairing for the Mercurey. I I agree an under appreciated region, along with places like Monthelie and Rully I hope they remains somewhat under the radar so quality Burgundy can remain affordable!

A dozen Pinots coming up in 8 hours from Snooth Central. Catch me on twitter as we taste live.

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Reply by pariswino, Feb 12, 2009.

This is all new to me but glad to have found all of you. As a huge fan of Pinot Noir (how could one not be??) I will be following along, tasting and sharing as well.

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Feb 12, 2009.

Hey Paris,

Welcome to Snooth.

We're glad you found us too. I look forward to finding out more about the wines you enjoy and reading your notes.

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Reply by vigna uva vino, Feb 12, 2009.

This was a good Italian Pinot I had last month:

http://www.snooth.com/wine/sartori-...
http://vignauvavino.blogspot.com/20...

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Reply by Nicolaus Bauer, Feb 12, 2009.

Harmand-Geoffroy, Gevrey-Chambertin, 2005
was and incredible wine that I had for dinner last week. It was recommended to us by the Sommelier. I enjoyed the wine from the very first second. It did not need too much time to open and we did not decant it. It has fruity, berry, mineral taste. Even though the wine is 2005 it almost had an earthy and a little bit aged aftertaste.

Can somebody else recommend another nice Pinot Noir from this region?

http://www.snooth.com/wine/gevrey-c...

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