Friday 22 November 2019

Lunch Tasting With Jamie Kutch

I was invited by The Wine Agency to a tasting with Jamie Kutch at Djuret. Who could resist? Not me!
Jamie is a genuine, energetic, passionate wine maker who talks about how he uses stems like a chef uses salt while the food is getting cold...:-)
Just kidding, you get a boost from his enthusiasm, that´s why I sit a jot down this notes just hours after meeting Jamie.

2017 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
A handsome nose with notes of tangerines, passion fruit, sweet lime and cap gun smoke. Very fine.
The taste is spicy and refined with a lovely acidity and notes of tangerines, lime cream, matchbox and a fine grapefruit bitterness at the end. Very complex and fine. From the Bohan Vineyard.
92p   (tasted 2019/11)

2017 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
This is a blend from the three vineyards below which didn´t make the cut for the individual bottlings. It shows a low keyed, earthy nose with notes of ripening raspberries, dark candle grease and red beets. A touch salty. Very, very good.
The taste is tight and fine with notes of dried raspberries, root vegetables, damsons and earth. A very fine acidity. For near time drinking. Very, very good.
90p   (tasted 2019/11)

2017 Bohan Vineyard Pinot Noir
From sandy soils, this Pinot displays a elegant nose with notes of rhubarb, ripe lingonberries, model clay and fine floral scents. Very fine.
The taste is cool and refined with notes of chalk, ripe lingonberries, earth and parsnips. A very fine acidity. Long and fine.
91p   (tasted 2019/11)

2017 Falstaff Vineyard Pinot Noir
A very deep, old school Burgundy nose (said in the deepest respect) with notes of (over)ripe raspberries, warm tiles, barnyard aromas and forest floor. Impressive.
The taste is handsome and refined with notes of rhubarb, dry licorice, chrushed rocks and minerals. Very elegant, long and balanced. Lovely.
93p   (tasted 2019/11)

2017 McDougall Ranch Pinot Noir
This comes a from stony soil and it reflects in the wine. The nose is tight and expressive with notes of ripe raspberries, dark soap, smoke and forest floor. Very deep and very fine.
The taste is tight and concentrated with notes of ripe red cherries, raspberries, matchbox, moist forest floor and hints of sweet violets. Loooong and fine. 5+ years. If the Falstaff is Chambolle this is more akin to a fine Pommard.
94p   (tasted 2019/11)

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