June, 2010 “Pinot Selections” – Wine notes

Increasing connectivity.  The richness of online media.  And your positive feedback.  All indicate it’s time to begin an electronic archive of my wine club notes.   Club members can now access my wine notes and recipes to answer your most frequently emailed questions, such as:

Q: “What’s the deal with that wine you featured in our club months ago?  We hid it under our bed and forgot about it.  Now we need to know what it cost, what to serve it with, and how to get more of it!”

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Q: “I keep a notebook with all your notes and recipes from each shipment, but I can’t find the ones that go with (this wine). Before I pull the cork, what should I pair with it?  Is there an easy recipe for it?”

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My Two Pinot Selections

June, 2010 (Summary Listing)

  1. Staete Landt, 2007 Pinot Noir, New Zealand (Marlborough).  $32 (member price starts at $28.80) (Buy it/Rate it Here)
  2. Adelsheim, 2007 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley. $31 (member price starts at $27.90)  (Buy it/Rate it Here)

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My First Pinot Selection

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Staete Landt, 2007 Pinot Noir, New Zealand (Marlborough)

Buy it/Rate it Here $32 (member price starts at $28.80)

Classic New Zealand pinot noir – strawberries, ripe black cherries, violets and earthy complexity!

When the Dutch Sea Captain Abel Tasman discovered New Zealand in 1642, he named it “Staete Landt”, which roughly means “Land discovered in honor of the Dutch Republic”. Today the name lends itself very nicely to this winery, founded and run by Netherland natives (and spouses) Ruud Maasdam and Dorien Vermaas.

I met Dorien at a large tasting, where her wines were among my favorites. I’ve brought two of their wines into my portfolio – their Sauvignon Blanc and their Pinot Noir – both of which were found to be classic examples of the New Zealand style and terroir.

If there was one way for me to describe this winery, I would have to say they are fanatics. Every element of winegrowing is considered, and the process selected depends entirely upon what is best for that particular combination of terroir, root stock, clone, the vintage conditions, and the separate picking. Each plot is harvested separately, then treated separately, from the yeast selection, to the de-stemming/crushing/pressing decisions, to the barrel/tank/cask selection… the number of decisions involved in the production of each wine are truly amazing, and frankly, I don’t know how these wines can be priced as low as they are!

Winemaker’s Tasting Notes
This Pinot Noir beautifully expresses the terroir of the clay-layered soils in the Staete Landt vineyard. It is elegant and multi-layered, complex with powerful, spicy, and fruit-driven tannins. Aromas of strawberries and ripe black cherries with violets and earthy complexity.

On the palate this is a full-bodied Pinot Noir with elegant tannins and a lingering spicy finish of cloves, bay leaves and game. This wine will repay cellaring for three to five years.

Buy it/Rate it Here$32 (member price starts at $28.80)

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My Final Pinot Selection

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Adelsheim, 2007 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

Buy it/Rate it Here $31 (member price starts at $27.90)

One of Oregon’s Best Pinots” ~ Wine Spectator

I am an unabashed fan of great pinot from Oregon.  But you see, that’s the problem, many of them fail to attain such heights.  And those that do tend to run into the $50 neighborhood.  But this wine provides luscious pinot pleasure at an amazingly affordable price.  I advise members of my sampler program to pop the cork tonight and if you like it, to check back soon – I don’t anticipate my inventory will last long!

Winery Comments – Our objective with this Pinot noir is to produce a classic, intense, and elegant wine that pairs well with the foods we like to eat. By blending the diverse flavors and textures of multiple vineyards, clones and elevations, we produce a rich, supple and focused wine that typifies what Pinot noir can achieve in the northern Willamette Valley.”

Tasting Notes – This was the first and the last wine I tasted during a recent tasting.  I marked it so highly the first time, I had to go back and check again to see whether I like it after tasting a roomful of other selections.  I did.  Look for aromas of black and red fruits (black cherries and raspberries, specifically), a touch of sweet pie spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice) and very subtle traces of black pepper.  The tannins are still firm, softening with each month it lies in wait for an unsuspecting cork screw.

Food Pairing – Hey, it’s pinot!  Pinot goes with everything, right?  Well, almost, but this wine’s modest 12.8% alcohol and friendly

Drinking well now, will improve for years.  The winemaker tells me he expects this wine to peak between 2015 and 2019, based on how it tastes now relative to past Adelsheim wines he’s traced through the years.  Optimal storage temperature is 55-60° F, and optimal serving temperature 60 – 65° F (about 30 – 45 minutes in the fridge will suffice if you’re lacking a cellar of your own).

The Adelsheim, 2007 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

Buy it/Rate it Here $31 (member price starts at $27.90)

Published by Dave the Wine Merchant

I've followed my passion for wine to the four corners of the world in endless pursuit of more wine knowledge and experiences. There are few things in life more enjoyable than experiencing a new culture through its wine and food. Leveraging these experiences, I curate a small portfolio of constantly evolving producers. Like an art gallery's collection, my portfolio consists of hand-crafted wines from artisanal producers that I have personally selected. My goal is to discover boutique wines that taste like they cost more than they do. Come discover your next favorite! www.DaveTheWineMerchant.com

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