W.E.T.C.O.W. Wine Tasting Event #10 – Pinot Noir Around the World

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(9/6/11)

The Wines:


Domaine Reverdy-Ducroux, Sancerre Rouge, 2008

Though known for crisp Sauvignon Blanc, Sancerre is allowed to produce red wine from the Pinot Noir grape. The wines have lovely, bright cherry and berry fruit characters and a light mid palate. This example from a fine estate is drinking well now and will provide enjoyment through 2015.

 

Brancotte Estates – Marlborough Pinot Noir 2009

Ruby red in colour, this wine presents red cherries and plum aromas overlaid with liquorice and dried herb notes with savoury, oak highlights. The wine is fleshy and spicy showing good palate weight, well-integrated tannins and a lingering aftertaste.

 

Mezzacorona – Vignette Delle Domiti 2009

This Pinot Noir is cultivated in the Trentino region, in the hilly areas at the foot of the Italian Dolomites. Traditional red wine vinification at controlled temperatures of around 25°C; briefly refined in wood, which enriches its perfume and gives balance, garnet red in color, pleasant bouquet, delicate, complex, dry in flavor, palatable slightly bitter aftertaste.

 

Block Nine-Caiden’s 2009

Block Nine Pinot Noir was made in response to the wine world’s current state when it comes to American Pinot Noir:  the market is currently flooded with mass-produced, watery, thin and simple, poor examples of Pinot Noir.  Block Nine’s focus is to make the highest quality wine possible from small lots throughout California.  Their dedication to quality is completely evident in the release of the 2009 Caiden’s Vineyards Pinot Noir.

 

The Scores:

 

Taster

Sancerre-Reverdy DuCroux Rouge Beauregard 2008

$23.99

France

Brancotte Estates
Marlborough 2009

$9.99.00

New Zealand

Mezzacorona-
Vignette Delle Domiti 2009

$6.99

Italy

Block Nine-Caiden’s 2009

$13.99

California

 

 

Al B.

80

86

89

89

Sue B.

85

83

91

90

Eric D.

86

76

85

89

Zelma D.

90

78

89

90

Felix G.

79

76

79

87

Lisa G.

78

80

85

86

John M.

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Marlene M.

75

81

83

84

John O.

93

90

92

92

Angie O.

80

91

92

89

 
Average Score:

82.8

82.3

87.2

88.4


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