Tasting #14 – The 2010s – Second Round

Black Cloud Fleuvage Pinot Noir 2010 Label Detail

Black Cloud Fleuvage Pinot Noir 2010 Label Detail

Reviewing Pinots From Okanagan Falls, Abbotsford, Naramata Bench, Summerland, Penticton and a “Guest Pinot” from Oregon

Some bright acidity along with integrated tannins-well-balanced – Jacquelin G
Dark cherry, some wood notes, will develop, fruit should persevere – BG

Name of WinePriceQualityValue
#1 Black Cloud Fleuvage Pinot Noir 2010$20.00D to D+ ~ 81D+ to C- ~ 83
#2 Mt. Lehman Pinot Noir 2010$16.00C to C+ ~ 87 C to C+ ~ 87
#3 Dirty Laundry Pinot Noir 2010$22.00D+ to C- ~ 83D to D+ ~ 81
#4 Hillside Pinot Noir 2010$25.00B- ~ 90B ~ 92
#5 J. Daan Willamette Valley Pinot Noir2010 (Oregon)$35.00B to B+ ~ 93 B- to B ~ 91
#6 Stag's Hollow Renaissance Pinot Noir 2010$35.00C+ ~ 88C- to C ~ 85

 #1 Black Cloud Fleuvage Pinot Noir 2010 12.9%

Quality Rating: D to D+ ~ 81    Value Rating: D+ to C-
Price: $20.00

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Black Cloud Fleuvage Pinot Noir 2010

Eye

LC: Garnet, dense colours    BG: Clear, light cherry    AKG: cherry   EU: Brown, garnet    Jacquelin G: Garnet core and rim [light]

Nose
LC: VA? hints of dried floral JG: BG: cherry, barrel, beetroot, candied cherry, bit flowery   AKG: Smokey strawberry   EU: Moss, compost, dried cherry    Jacquelin G: Wild strawberries, wet leaves, earthy; hint of musty nests!

Palate
LC: Astringent, light body, long finish, but little fruit, quite hot, cranberry, tannic    BG: Tannic, dried out, , little fruit, acidic bit of alcohol burn     AKG: some edge,, strawberry, simple watery   EU: Pomegranate, raisin, lots of dry tannins and acids, moss compost    Jacquelin G: Seriously tannic and acidic fruit is buried under the grippy tannins the tannins are screaming out for rare meat, finishes dominated by tannins but the fruit is still present how much longer?

Notes:
Closure – cork

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#2 Mt. Lehman Pinot Noir 2010 11%

Quality Rating: C to C+ ~ 87    Value Rating: C to C+
Price: $16.00

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Mt. Lehman Pinot Noir 2010

Eye
LC: Garnet, light   BG: Clear, light strawberry    AKG: pink, glossy    EU: bright, cherry red    Jacquelin G: bright light Garnet core and rim

Nose
LC: Dusty, waxy white pepper, hints of strawberry celery/dill    BG:  Strawberry, bit beetroot, bit forest floor , not especially pinot characteristics    AKG: Cherry Jell-O, wet wooden warehouse/fishy    EU: Pomegranate, prune, red plum    Jacquelin G: pepper, spice, leather

Palate
LC: Acidic, hints of vanilla, not much fruit showing, long finish    AKG: Ripe strawberries, simple but pleasant, nice mouth feel, enjoyable, nice aftertaste    EU: some cherry, cranberry, bright acid, unbalanced, long cranberry finish some tannin    Jacquelin G: High acidity, low tannins, hint of cranberry, light to medium body, sour cherries. Acid dominates finish
Notes:
Closure – Stelvin screwtop

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#3 Dirty Laundry Pinot Noir 2010 13%

Quality Rating: D+ to C- ~ 83    Value Rating: D to D+
Price: $25.00

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Dirty Laundry Pinot Noir 2010

Eye
LC: Dense garnet colour    BG: Cherry rim AKG: cherry, relatively rich looking    EU: Dark Garnet    Jacquelin G: Bright, crystal-clear, Garnet core and rim

Nose
LC: Hint of strawberry, pepper    BG: Barrel effects, sour cherry    AKG: Nail polish remover, prunes, nutmeg    EU: chemical, dried fruit    Jacquelin G: Touch of heat on the nose, hint of warm baking spices [Oak]

Palate
LC: Acidic, green, tannic    BG: Not a lot of pinot noir grace, astringent tannins    AKG: Bark, very tannic, oaky aftertaste    EU: dry tannin + ? acid, no love here    Jacquelin G: sweet fruit, medium soft tannins, or well integrated with refreshing acidity! Meeting finish with some limited complexity. Well-made clean wine but lacking  any serious complexity!

Notes:
Closure – cork

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#4 Hillside Pinot Noir 2010 12.9%

Quality Rating: B- ~ 90    Value Rating: B
Price: $22.00

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Hillside Pinot Noir 2010

Eye
LC: Bright garnet, bricky    BG: Garnet/cherry rim    AKG: Garnet, glossy EU: purple brownish edge    Jacquelin G: bright, clear, Garnet rim and core

Nose
LC: Cherry, strawberry,  pomegranate, mace    BG: Strawberry, vanilla, ripe cherry    AKG: wet fruit/field mulch    EU: strawberry, cherry, floral (raspberry), vanilla    Jacquelin G: sour cherries, hint of  Oaky character; vanilla

Palate
LC: Acid controlled, sweet fruit-raspberry, strawberry. long finish almost appley! Tannins, grape a little bitter, young    BG: Cherry, some wood effects, good balance some length in the finish    AKG: a bit sour, nice tannins, interesting ending, quite longish    EU: Strawberry, cherry, white pepper strawberry on finish, balanced acid and tannin, very pleasant    Jacquelin G: more cherries, some bright acidity along with integrated tannins-well-balanced and drinking well now.! Finish is medium With fruit and tannins lingering pleasantly

Notes:
Closure – cork

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#5  J. Daan Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2010 13.5%

Quality Rating: B to B+ ~ 93    Value Rating: B- to B
Price: $35.00

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J. Daan Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2010

Eye
LC: Bright garnet, bricky    BG: Cherry/garnet rim    AKG: Garnet going to brick    EU: dark cherry red   Jacquelin G: bright and clear

Nose
LC: Strawberry, white pepper hints of rose petal, complex. caramel, barnyard on initial pour    BG: sweet cherry, pomegranate some earthiness    AKG: felt marker, red licorice, baked earth    EU: barnyard, light cherry, wood? citrus peel    Jacquelin G: cherries and strawberries, warm spices huge and fruity! Summation point! Hint of leather, lots happening here plus

Palate
LC: Acid but controlled dusty caramel, paraffin wax . light body, med long finish , a little bitterness (pepper and fruit seems muted.    BG: Great balance of acidity and tannins, nice focused fruit but also some weight    AKG: Red licorice, nice acidity, ripe blackberry    AKG: well-balanced, toasted nuts    EU: Cherry, buttered popcorn/roast nuts/vanilla. toasted oak on finish & red fruits as well, disjoint.   balanced acid and tannin    Jacquelin G: Lots of warm spices, sweet fruit, oaky nuances of vanilla toast; ripe tannins! All well integrated, drinking very well now. Medium and lingering finish, with some complexity. Could hold for another 2 to 5 years

#6 Stag’s Hollow Renaissance Pinot Noir 14.2%

Quality Rating: C+ ~ 88    Value Rating: C- to C
Price: $35.00

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Stag’s Hollow Renaissance Pinot Noir 2010

Eye
LC: Dense ruby garnet    BG: Cherry/garnet rim    AKG: Cherry, rich    EU: Jacquelin G: Bright, clear

Nose
LC: Anise, caramel, pomegranate, Asian spice, 5 spice?   BG: Plummy, dark cherry, lurking wood notes AKG: sweet plum pudding, rich, pepper EU: Candle wax/paraffin, light smoke, heavy toast on the oak, roast beets, dark cherry.  Jacquelin G: Distinctly hot, pleasant aroma of cherries, strawberries, hint of nutmeg, clove, vanilla

Palate
LC: Sweet fruit, cherry, blueberry, pepper, caramel wood tannins controlled. good balance.  ? potential    BG: Medium structure, Still rather formative, dark cherry, some wood notes, will develop, fruit should persevere. Still needs time    AKG: Medium heavy, long finish, nutty, sweet fruit, nice tannins    EU: High alcohol, porty, cherry, cranberry, very ripe, balanced for higher ripeness, pinot noir for merlot drinkers    Jacquelin G: Well-balanced [not hot on palate] tannins still big, but ripe and well integrated; in pleasant balance with the tannins-drinking well now.

Notes:
Closure – cork

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Tasting held April 8th 2014

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2 Responses to “Tasting #14 – The 2010s – Second Round”

  1. August 23, 2014 at 6:26 pm #

    Just wondering – in view of your rating grades a “C” wine is “Most non-vintage cheap table wines, jug wine, bag in a box or country-wide appellations ” – can you suggest a couple of consistent C quality C value wines as an international benchmark.

    Would a basic Louis Jadot Bourgogne, Kim Crawford or Meiomi Pinot be appropriate.
    I think letter grades are useful, but in reviewing your panel’s scoring it would be helpful to have an actual wine or two suggested to your readers as reference bottles.

    Steve Small – North Vancouver

    • September 8, 2014 at 10:16 pm #

      Hi Steve:
      Thanks so much for your interest. Sorry for the delay in responding but just getting back after a Summer hiatus, doing some touring etc. but now “back in the chair”. Great question and good suggestions. For a “C” wine, I was thinking of it maybe inflected just a bit lower, say “Santa Rita 120” series or Linedmann’s Bin 65 Chardonnay level New World. For Old World actually the Louis Jadot bourgogne sounds right or say Torres Sangre de Toro. Your other suggestions actually also match up pretty well too with my own idea of it. You make a good point. I will add some examples to that section of the site to give a sense of a starting point for the letter scale. Thanks.

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