I love this video put out by Gundlach Bundschu (www.gunbun.com) – it is their very creative way of explaining the life of Merlot.
I have to say, I’ve not heard much hype about Pinot Noirs from Canada (or any for that matter) but was hopeful as I’ve tasted a few good wines from our northern friends and a spectacular Merlot not so long ago.
I opened the first of two bottles – a screw cap which I love. I think all wineries should switch to this method. Of course, that would eliminate any reason to pull out the snappy wine openers we love to use (my favorite is a “Laguiole” corkscrew made of olive wood). The wine, 2008 Road 13 Pinot Noir, and I couldn’t wait to try it. I was intrigued by the description on the bottle. It said “This light colored, light bodied wine has a silky texture and pleasing complexity…Pinot Noir, not Merlot under a Pinot Noir label.”
I definitely noticed the beautiful pale, red color but the aroma was unspectacular and the taste about the same. I did not taste any of the complexity the description referred to but that could be because it needed more time in the bottle. While looking for words to describe it, I came up empty - it was uninspiring, flat and unpleasing. The first time I drank it, I woke up with a headache – something that really doesn’t happen to me when I drink wine. I wrote it off as a coincidence but the second night, I poured a glass with dinner and woke up with yet another headache. I ended up tossing the rest of the bottle which is a rare event in my world.
I am not going to say the good folks of Road 13 do not make good wine. Maybe they do but this particular tasting has made me a little more skeptical about that second bottle of Canadian Pinot Noir sitting in my wine cellar.
Here is a Pinot Noir that sounds divine. The fruit is purchased by the arce as opposed to the ton so the farming is highly customized. The wine has been described as a perfect mesh of California style and the highly coveted Vosne Romanee style in France – just no way to go wrong. In addition, the 2007 vintage is believed to have had the perfect growing season. This is a good aging wine; however, if drinking now, decant for an hour or two before consumption.
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|Tasting Notes (compliments of Wine Access)
2007 Dutton-Goldfield Pinot Noir Dutton Ranch Russian River Valley
“Bright ruby color to the edge. Explosive aromas of wild cherry and red fruits, finely layers. Rich and vibrant on the palate with a slowly unfolding, deep red fruit kernel. Air is this wine’s friend. After two hours in a carafe, more weight, more intensity, filling out. Excellent, firm, finely honed finish, speaking for a nice long stay in bottle. Drink now for the wild cherry explosiveness or age for up to 7 years.”