Gorgeous color. Aromas of clay, chalk, gunpowder, cigar. Minty, flinty, with some sour cherry, 100% unsweetened cacao, and old world funk. Complexity of the 85 year old vines shows. After being opened an hour, starting to come alive, but mostly closed and shy, especially in its finish. I’d hold at least a couple more years. I paid $50. Grade: A-
Very dark ruby. Perfect Christmas spice nose, with fruitcake, cloves, and dense fruits. Full and sweet palate with gobs of cherry coke, rhubarb wrapped in brown sugar. Nice harmony and balance. Full throttle, new world pinot. This hasn’t budged much since its infancy. Retail around $100 now. Not a great value but a quite tasty wine. Grade: A.
Pretty youthful ruby. Smells like fresh cherry juice. On the red fruited side, with pretty lilacs, blueberries, and a bit of smoke. Long, tasty finish. This is quite delicate and very nicely done. This is expensive for a non-single vineyard pinot @ $45. Grade: A-
Pop and pour. High fill, especially for a ’99. Youthful ruby. Haunting volnay aromas of cobwebs, silky cacao, enchanted forest, and wet earth. Delicate lithe entry with tiers of cherry, rhubarb, cranberry and fruit cake. Sneaky, long finish. This is in a real sweet spot now.
Dark ruby. Compelling nose of wild strawberry and pomegranate. Creamy and a bit bitter, like baker’s chocolate. Smooth, long finish. Quite food friendly with its 12% alcohol. Fascinating. I think this may be my first artisanal beaujolais. 100 year-old vines and $20 per bottle. I will be buying more Grade: A.
Crumbled cork so might not be representative. Bricking edges. Smells like very old Bordeaux, maybe 40+ years old. Moldy dusty old books. Tannins all gone. Old quite worn leather. This had a spark right away and is now very tired. Not sure it was ever a great wine, but it is clearly past prime. I paid $30 on winebid. Grade: B.
Pretty translucent ruby. Telltale Vougeot aromas of iron, rust, charcoal, and damp earth. Earthy entry with sweet dense red fruits, mushrooms, and a bit of stinky cheese. Long finish. Even though this is from the not so charming ’08 vintage, it is ready to go and very interesting. I paid $30 on release, but it is now about $50. Grade: A-
Youthful ruby. Incredible aromas of macerated blueberry and enchanted forest. Silky palate with mouth watering red and blue fruits, cool earth, tiny raspberries, and an outstanding blend of acids and tannins. Very long finish. Anthill makes some of my favorite American pinots. Last 2 I opened (this and 07 Abbey Harris) were both outstanding. This was $45 on release. Grade: A.
Lighter pale ruby,. Amazing burgundian aromas of exotic spices, cola, and tomato juice. Silky palate with an entire universe of high toned cherry, cinnamon brown sugar and earthy cherry pit. Incredibly long finish. A complete wine. I paid $48. Only one place has it for sale now for $120 I would buy as much as possible at my original price. Grade: A
Seriously dark ruby. Super ripe aromas of stewed plums, cracked peppercorn and charred beef. Surprisingly balanced and lithe for its large scale. Layers of polished, chiseled, deep dark fruits and a very long finish. Excellent balance. This is quite new world, and quite enjoyable.