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Pinot Noir is widely considered to produce some of the finest wines in the world, but is a difficult varietal to cultivate and vinify. The grape's tendency to produce tightly packed clusters makes it susceptible to several viticultural hazards, and the thin-skins and low levels of phenolic compounds result in mostly lightly colored, medium-bodied, low-tannin wines. The tremendously broad range of bouquets, flavors, textures and impressions that Pinot noir can produce lends to its overall popularity but also to its misunderstanding. In the broadest terms, the wine tends to display aromas reminiscent of black and/or red cherry, raspberry and to a lesser extent currant and many other fine small red and black berry fruits. Traditional Pinot Noir is famous for its savory fleshiness and 'farmyard' aromas, but changing fashions, modern winemaking techniques, and new easier-to-grow clones have favored a lighter, more fruit-prominent, cleaner style.

Like many other red varietals, the character of the wine depends heavily on where the grapes are grown and how they are vinified, and these distinctions are largely reflected in a New World/Old World dichotomy. The Burgundy region in France, Pinot Noir's place of origin, is renowned for producing the most complex, ageworthy, and esoteric versions. These can range from dark, brooding, densely tannic wines to light, ethereally elegant wines of intensely perfumed character. Fruit profiles often differ as well, but the common denominator in all Burgundy Pinot Noir is the essence of the place in which it grows, coined as the term terroir. The finest examples, after years of proper aging, display haunting aromas and flavors that defy description using refrences of common reference points. The grape has also found highly unique expression in the vineyards of Germany, where it's known as Spätburgund. From the steep slopes of the Ahr Valley to the rolling, pastorl hills of the Pfalz, the country is producing wines with notably vibrant fruit and deep savory character, but also a rugged edge in which the stamp of terroir is also evident.

New World styles of Pinot Noir also vary in their specifics, but in general they are built on a bright, expressive fruit profile. California has several regions that excel with the varietal, most famously the Sonoma Coast AVA and its sub-AVA Russian River Valley. The wines typically display exuberant red cherry and strawberry notes along with the occasional savory spice elements. While these are cool climates by New World standards, Pinot Noir still achieves more consistent ripeness and more viscosity and body as a result. The AVAs of Santa Barbara County also produce outstanding versions with more concentrated savory profile, while Mendocino County's wines tend toward the dark-fruited, earthy profile. Oregon's Willamette Valley is perhaps the most old school of the New WOrld profiles, where fruit is less pronounced and an herbacious forest floor component imparts a touch of terroir on the wines. Perhaps the most exciting New World Pinot Noir wines are now coming from New Zealand, where the Central Otago and Martinborough regions are producing wines of dark fruit character with essentially cool-climate structure and texture, an intriguing, if non-traditional, combination.

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95-97 points and 'Don't miss!' Allen Meadows (Burghound): (the aggregate size of this holding is a whopping 3.4 ha and Ponsot is easily the largest holder in Clos de la Roche). Interestingly this is even spicier with its own very broad array of spice elements that seemingly change with each whiff of… ...
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Ponsot Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes 2012  (#320036)

Pinot Noir from Morey-St.-Denis, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

95-97 points and 'Don't miss!' Allen Meadows (Burghound): (the aggregate size of this holding is a whopping 3.4 ha and Ponsot is easily the largest holder in Clos de la Roche). Interestingly this is even spicier with its own very broad array of spice…

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93-96 points Fine Wine Review: The Griotte-Chambertin was very closed when I tasted it, but density, concentration, minerality, and tannins all showed through to make a promising wine. (Issue #141; 2014) ...
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Drouhin/Joseph Griotte-Chambertin 2012  (#334325)

Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

93-96 points Fine Wine Review: The Griotte-Chambertin was very closed when I tasted it, but density, concentration, minerality, and tannins all showed through to make a promising wine. (Issue #141; 2014)

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98 points Neal Martin (Wine Advocate): The 2012 Musigny Vielles Vignes Grand Cru from de Vogüé has slightly brighter and more vivacious fruit than J-F Mugnier, and in fact, the two wines seem to go in two different trajectories in the glass, this blossoming and the other becoming more occluded. De… ...
WA 98
AG 96-98
FWR 95-98
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Vogue Musigny Vieilles Vignes 2012  (#320543)

Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

98 points Neal Martin (Wine Advocate): The 2012 Musigny Vielles Vignes Grand Cru from de Vogüé has slightly brighter and more vivacious fruit than J-F Mugnier, and in fact, the two wines seem to go in two different trajectories in the glass, this…

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WA 98
AG 96-98
FWR 95-98
94+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ...dramatic bouquet of black cherries, plums, grilled meat, cocoa, dark soil tones, woodsmoke and a really lovely topnote that I can only describe as 'sweet herbs'. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very sappy at the core, with great focus… ...
JG 94
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Ponsot Griotte-Chambertin 2012  (#320031)

Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

94+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ...dramatic bouquet of black cherries, plums, grilled meat, cocoa, dark soil tones, woodsmoke and a really lovely topnote that I can only describe as 'sweet herbs'. On the palate the wine is deep, full…

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94-96 points Neal Martin (Wine Advocate): From barrel, the 2012 Clos de Vougeot Cuvee Vieilles Vignes has one of my favourite bouquets with wonderful vibrancy, mineralite and tension. The palate has a beguiling sense of symmetry and tension, blessed with precocious, beautifully aligned mineral-rich… ...
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Ponsot Clos de Vougeot Vieilles Vignes 2012  (#320033)

Pinot Noir from Vougeot, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

94-96 points Neal Martin (Wine Advocate): From barrel, the 2012 Clos de Vougeot Cuvee Vieilles Vignes has one of my favourite bouquets with wonderful vibrancy, mineralite and tension. The palate has a beguiling sense of symmetry and tension, blessed…

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93-95 points Neal Martin (Wine Advocate): The 2012 Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru is tighter and more laconic on the nose compared to the Griotte, which is usual. With a little encouragement there is just a suggestion of brine, something from the deep dark sea. The palate is fresh and vibrant right… ...
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Ponsot Chapelle-Chambertin 2012  (#320030)

Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

93-95 points Neal Martin (Wine Advocate): The 2012 Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru is tighter and more laconic on the nose compared to the Griotte, which is usual. With a little encouragement there is just a suggestion of brine, something from the deep…

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WA 93-95
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93 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ...The bouquet... is deep and sappy, wafting from the glass in a complex blend of black cherries, black plums, chocolate, dark soil tones (very much reminiscent of Renardes) and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and plush on… ...
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Ponsot Corton Cuvee du Bourdon 2012  (#320029)

Pinot Noir from Aloxe-Corton, Côtes de Beaune, Burgundy, France

93 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ...The bouquet... is deep and sappy, wafting from the glass in a complex blend of black cherries, black plums, chocolate, dark soil tones (very much reminiscent of Renardes) and a smoky topnote. On the…

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93 points Allen Meadows (Burghound): (from Mazoyères; 30% whole cluster). A perfumed and exceptionally pretty nose displays notes of earth, dried flowers, sandalwood and anise on the broad range of various red berry fruit aromas. There is a seductive texture to the caressing middle weight flavors… ...
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Amiot-Servelle Charmes-Chambertin 2012  (#324804)

Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

93 points Allen Meadows (Burghound): (from Mazoyères; 30% whole cluster). A perfumed and exceptionally pretty nose displays notes of earth, dried flowers, sandalwood and anise on the broad range of various red berry fruit aromas. There is a seductive…

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98 points Robert Parker: This wine reminded me of my earlier days in Burgundy tasting the Grand Cru Musigny. Incredible floral notes, sweet raspberries and blueberries as well as wet rocks soar from the glass of this profound, medium to full-bodied, gorgeous Pinot Noir made from 100% Calera clone.… ...
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AG 97
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Occidental Pinot Noir Bodega Headlands Cuvee Elizabeth 2012  (#322023)

Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California

98 points Robert Parker: This wine reminded me of my earlier days in Burgundy tasting the Grand Cru Musigny. Incredible floral notes, sweet raspberries and blueberries as well as wet rocks soar from the glass of this profound, medium to full-bodied,…

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98 points Robert Parker: With a dark ruby color like its siblings, it is made from 100% Calera and sees only about 30% new French oak. This wine offers a copious mouthful of red, blue and black fruits, medium to full body, terrific acidity, and intense black raspberry and black cherry fruit along… ...
RP 98
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Occidental Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast SWK Vineyard 2012  (#322024)

Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California

98 points Robert Parker: With a dark ruby color like its siblings, it is made from 100% Calera and sees only about 30% new French oak. This wine offers a copious mouthful of red, blue and black fruits, medium to full body, terrific acidity, and…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 2 available
91-95 points Fine Wine Review: The Vosne-Beaux Monts is more sensual than the Brulées with dark fruit, finesse, and penetration. There is minerality here, but less than in other Beaux Monts that I know. Tannins are round and enrobe the mouth. (Issue #141; 2014) ...
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Clavelier Vosne-Romanee 1er cru Les Beaux Monts 2012  (#331938)

Pinot Noir from Vosne-Romanée, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

91-95 points Fine Wine Review: The Vosne-Beaux Monts is more sensual than the Brulées with dark fruit, finesse, and penetration. There is minerality here, but less than in other Beaux Monts that I know. Tannins are round and enrobe the mouth. (Issue …

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97 points Monica Larner (Wine Advocate): ...drop dead gorgeous... a soft and supple wine that feels like silk sheets against the palate. The bouquet is redolent of red fruit, bold cherry, leather, spice, tar, licorice and grilled herb... They will, of course, reach greater harmony and integration as… ...
WA 97
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JS 96
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Le Macchiole Toscana Messorio 2012  (#333784)

Merlot from Tuscany, Italy

97 points Monica Larner (Wine Advocate): ...drop dead gorgeous... a soft and supple wine that feels like silk sheets against the palate. The bouquet is redolent of red fruit, bold cherry, leather, spice, tar, licorice and grilled herb... They will,…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 5 available
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