"The allure of Pinot Noir is its unpredictability – you never really know what you're going to get. There is a light mouth feel, high acidity and tart red fruit flavors. It's enigmatic, but not sweet. It's fruit balanced by earth and leather. It is spice and evergreen. There is a lot of space between the characteristic notes that speak of Pinot Noir like it used to be."
"The wines of Gachot-Monot represent some of the best values in the Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant portfolio – not because they are the least expensive, but because they offer an outstanding price-to-quality ratio. Damien Gachot may work the vineyards of the lesser known Côtes de Nuits Villages appellation, but he works his vines as if they were premier cru fruit from Nuits-Saint-Georges. This fifth-generation vigneron and his Danish wife, Lise, farm twelve hectares in the village of Corgoloin, in between Nuits-Saint-Georges and Beaune.
To get to the nitty gritty: you get a lot of Burgundian style, class, depth, and complexity for a great price."
"Régis Bouvier in Marsannay achieves a rare hat trick in Burgundy, the mastering of all three colors–red, white and rosé, through reasonable yields and high quality terroirs. Bouvier makes the best Burgundian rosé that we have ever tasted, his whites are delicious, with their own particular character completely unlike other Chardonnays from Burgundy, and his reds are his crowning achievement, managing to be wild and exciting while refined and elegant at the same time.
Profound aromas of spice, pepper, smoke, and small red fruits galore leap out of the glass. Deep, bold, and masculine, this wine will reward those who choose to cellar it for a few years."
"The Guillemot family has worked Savigny-lès-Beaune vines for eight generations (!) and produces wines with classic Burgundian finesse and balance, all while leaving us a reminder of Savigny's rustic character. Guillemot is one of the quintessential Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant producers, with wines that epitomize the local terroir and emphasize grace and elegance over power and structure.
Not dark in color, no, it doesn't even try to be dark, but then Pinot Noir from Burgundy is rarely noir. The perfume gets to me every time—it just screams Burgundy— classic in every sense."
From the country of Macedonia, this stunning Pinot is named for Alexander the Great (the original "Macedon"), and hails from an area noted as the "cross-roads of the ancient world, and the birthplace of wine". It originates in Gradsko, sharing the same latitude band as Burgundy and Russian River Valley. The 40+ year old vines grow where two major weather fronts collide: the Aral Mountain continental and the Greek Aegean, yielding virtually no rain and consistent wind. The result is a wine of terrific elegance and complexity, rich yet linear; pretty, but with depth and power.
Red berry fruit aromas and flavors are present, yet this wine's earthiness reminds you that it hails from the European continent.
This Pinot Noir from Belle Pente Estate vineyard is an example of wine where the total is more than the sum of the parts. The parts (in this case grapes) come from 12-year old vines, about half were newer Dijon clone selections and one third Pommard with the balance Wadensvill. By mixing these "old" and "new" clones the resulting wine is a complex, complete wine regardless of vintage. This pinot strikes a balance between accessibility and ageability, showing well in it's youth but with enough structure to age at least several years.
The Pinot is fresh, focused, and persistent with ripe plum and blueberry flavors and aromas. Accents of fresh herbs and flowers frame the fruit. The wine is medium-bodied with smooth, silky tannins and a crisp, clean finish. Only 785 cases produced. $35
95 points Wine Enthusiast *Editor's Choice*
Shows the ripe voluptuousness that this vineyard always brings to Pinot Noir, as well as near-perfect balance. So rich, so delicious, it’s hard not to drink the whole bottle. Waves of raspberry and cherry preserves, date-nut bread, white pepper, brown sugar, vanilla and toast are wrapped in a silky texture, with gorgeous acidity and smooth tannins. Drink over the next six years. $48
The Russian River traverses Sonoma County from its source high in the mountains of northern California. This river valley is known for a relatively cool climate due to its proximity to the Pacific Ocean. Morning fog often rolls in from the Pacific through the Petaluma gap and burns off during the day, resulting in a wide range of diurnal temperature variation. Pinot Noir does exceptionally well in the Russian River Valley, as this very delicate grape variety appreciates cooler climes.
"The 2011 Miro Pinot Noir has fresh, medium red bright color. The first impression is of cherry compote, hint of cranberry, ripe strawberry and pronounced rose petals aromas. With further aeration the wine shows slight nuances of new oak barrels-vanilla and toast and a hint of forest floor and earthiness. The mouth feel starts out freshly fruity and finishes with balanced acidity and soft tannin. The wine is still very young at the time of these notes and it will develop nicely with 2-4 years of aging. Cheers!" $29.99
Justin Willet Tyler crafts small production Burgundian varietals in southern California's Santa Barbara County appellation. He utilizes some of the very best vineyards throughout the area and focuses on creating wines that are both delicate and balanced. A close collaboration between the wine-maker and the growers results in wines of the highest quality. His wines will allow you to experience a "sense of place" and help you understand the terroir responsible for the wine in your glass.
"A blend of both young and old vines from the best three blocks in my estimation: G, N, & Q. (I'm not sure when we'll stop calling the 'young vines' young, they are now 15 years old...). This combination of age adds layers of complexity to the finished cuvee: the old vines give depth and sophistication; the young vines add freshness, richness, and youthful exuberance. Dusty Tannin, Violets, Spice, Dark Cherry, Cola." $55.00
Monterey County lies directly in the center of the California coast. This microclimate is influenced mainly by its proximity to the Pacific Ocean; cool coastal breezes are ideal for the development of delicate grape varieties, such as Pinot Noir.
This Pinot Noir opens with a bright lavender color. A quick swirl of the glass will release equally bright and fragrant aromas of blueberries, blackberries, and potpourri. The palate is soft with sturdy acid and fruit-driven flavors of red fruit, berries, and baking spice.