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.
Pale golden. Toasty aromas of infused fresh flowers with a touch of briny fruits. Mouth watering with a beam of meyer lemon, brioche and some charmes fatness. Slight salty. This is fabulous at the price I paid ($40). Very Charmes. Very rare that I drink white burgundy these days and this is a real treat. Grade: A.
Quite youthful red ruby. Flamboyant aromas of Asian spice, brown sugar, and fresh raspberries. Deep rich layered tannic entry with quite broad shouldered flavors(especially for Volnay) with spicy black cherry cola and a very long finish. Still completely unevolved. Like a 2-3 year old wine. Nice energy but this is still too young. Wait at least 3 more years. It is super tasty now, but lacking the haunting Volnay notes I expected. Grade: A-