Sunday 14 October 2012

One Good & One Not So Good Pinot Noir

Two Pinot´s tasted over the weekend - one - the Pommard - with sage stuffed chicken fillets and the other one - the Hamilton - just one its own.

2009 Hamilton Russsell Vineyards Pinot Noir
A big, deep, funky nose with notes of root vegetables, cooked cherries, beets, smoke and a big dollop of dog fur. And wet earth. I like funky aromas but that dog scent is a tad too much.
The taste is tight, young and seedy with notes of lingonberries, rasberries, dry chocolate, herbs and undergrowth. The acidity is a bit foursquare. Not really coherent in the mouth. Young though, maybe it can smoothen out but that funky aroma and the foursquare taste leaves me bothered.
76p   (tasted 2012/10)

1998 Pommard Clos des Epeneaux, Comte Armand
It have been a while since I tasted this one. At a vertical tasting of Clos des Epeneaux some 2,5 years ago I thought it would never blossom into a swan. How about now then?
Still no swan, it opens with some nice aromas of ripe rasberries, autumn leaves, coffee, herbs and a meaty scent. Not a charmer but with a rugged backbone.
The taste is tight, somewhat mature with notes of rowanberries, lingonberry bushes, herbs, warm earth and dark chocolate. The tannins are of the rough kind, although they have softened a bit. This still have some maturing to do but the fruit will go before the tannins do. Very nice tonight.
88p   (tasted 2012/10)

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