EP 418 Pinot Noir Showdown

Continuing with the head to head showdown today Gary compares 2 Pinot Noir’s when something totally unexpected happens.

Wines tasted in this episode:

2006 Amisfield Pinot Noir Central OtagoNew Zealand Pinot Noir
2005 Phillips Hill Toulouse Pinot NoirOther California Pinot Noir

Links mentioned in todays episode.

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John__J

qotd: tried a Macon-Solutre yesterday that was really good and almost Meursault like

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  • http://prentissstreet.blogspot.com/ Colin

    GV – A little behind – but I’m glad I caught this show!

  • http://prentissstreet.blogspot.com Colin

    GV – A little behind – but I’m glad I caught this show!

  • David Eldred

    the best wine I have ever had… and am now buying as much as I can (which is not much due to finances lol) is a 2005 killer bee cabernet sauvignon. Killer bee is an exclusive to wine styles wine stores. I know I am new to the wine game, but this wine is honestly the best wine I have ever had so far.

  • David Eldred

    the best wine I have ever had… and am now buying as much as I can (which is not much due to finances lol) is a 2005 killer bee cabernet sauvignon. Killer bee is an exclusive to wine styles wine stores. I know I am new to the wine game, but this wine is honestly the best wine I have ever had so far.

  • Rob P

    There are 2 wines that made me react that way recently…the Rosso di Altesino and the Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. I was very excited when I drank both of these.

  • Rob P

    There are 2 wines that made me react that way recently…the Rosso di Altesino and the Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. I was very excited when I drank both of these.

  • Jayhitek

    QOTD: Chateau Margaux

  • Jayhitek

    QOTD: Chateau Margaux

  • CORSkier

    QOTD: New winery in Southern Oregon called Applegate Red, all three that I tasted (two bordeaux blends, one syrah based blend) were fantastic. Unirrigated, totally concentrated fruit. Bought a mixed case on the spot, blew me away.

  • CORSkier

    QOTD: New winery in Southern Oregon called Applegate Red, all three that I tasted (two bordeaux blends, one syrah based blend) were fantastic. Unirrigated, totally concentrated fruit. Bought a mixed case on the spot, blew me away.

  • http://djhookwaycox.net/ DARREL LAS VEGAS

    Good Bad a always react like that!

  • http://djhookwaycox.net DARREL LAS VEGAS

    Good Bad a always react like that!

  • http://corkd.com/people/spazaholic J-Pipes

    QOTD: Oh god, I don’t KNOW……… I NEED that!!!!! I’m starved for wines like that!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for depressing the HECK out of me. ;)
    Oh, but I will let you know when I DO!

  • http://corkd.com/people/spazaholic J-Pipes

    QOTD: Oh god, I don’t KNOW……… I NEED that!!!!! I’m starved for wines like that!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for depressing the HECK out of me. ;)
    Oh, but I will let you know when I DO!

  • http://www.myspace.com/noazdad Paul Horan

    QOTD: The 2006 Cinghiale Pinot Noir from Del Dotto Vineyards in Napa. Like $EX in a glass… A little pricey at $75 bones, but that’s how I roll.

    -Paul in VA-
    (had a fantastic day at the 2008 Napa Valley marathon too!)

  • http://www.myspace.com/noazdad Paul Horan

    QOTD: The 2006 Cinghiale Pinot Noir from Del Dotto Vineyards in Napa. Like $EX in a glass… A little pricey at $75 bones, but that’s how I roll.

    -Paul in VA-
    (had a fantastic day at the 2008 Napa Valley marathon too!)

  • Andrew

    Toulouse is one of the most famous vineyards in the deep end of Anderson Valley. Look for other great wines from this site by MacPhail, Baxter, and Toulouse vineyards.

  • Andrew

    Toulouse is one of the most famous vineyards in the deep end of Anderson Valley. Look for other great wines from this site by MacPhail, Baxter, and Toulouse vineyards.

  • Mr.Ambassador

    Loving the H2H competition!

    The last wine that I went a bit crazy over was Zanzibar Winery’s “Sandra” red blend (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah). The winery is located in Oregon (they use the Owen Roe facilities) and grapes are sourced from Horse Heaven Hills AVA in Washington. I also really love the Boudreaux reds from Walla Walla valley.

  • Mr.Ambassador

    Loving the H2H competition!

    The last wine that I went a bit crazy over was Zanzibar Winery’s “Sandra” red blend (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah). The winery is located in Oregon (they use the Owen Roe facilities) and grapes are sourced from Horse Heaven Hills AVA in Washington. I also really love the Boudreaux reds from Walla Walla valley.

  • Tommy Vernieri

    QOTD: I don’t think I’ve ever been that excited about a wine. Sounds good though, 100 cases seems crazy. I think the Jessup 2001 Cab. was the wine that I was most excited about it when I tasted it, but it was not really exciting at all when I had it with dinner rather than at the end of a day of tasting.

  • Tommy Vernieri

    QOTD: I don’t think I’ve ever been that excited about a wine. Sounds good though, 100 cases seems crazy. I think the Jessup 2001 Cab. was the wine that I was most excited about it when I tasted it, but it was not really exciting at all when I had it with dinner rather than at the end of a day of tasting.

  • Andy

    2000 Delas Freres Hermitage Marquis de Tourette. I was somehow even more amazed later when I learned that that is (in theory) at best halfway up the quality scale in the Northern Rhone. Wow.

  • Andy

    2000 Delas Freres Hermitage Marquis de Tourette. I was somehow even more amazed later when I learned that that is (in theory) at best halfway up the quality scale in the Northern Rhone. Wow.

  • Dan-o

    I have to say that I 2 wines have done this to me recently.
    1) Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir.
    2) Chateau Quinault L’Enclos 2000 – like drinking chocolate covered berries.

    One other wine that I had was from a friend of mine’s brother in law. He lives in CA and makes wine on the side. He made an awesome Syrah that really blew me away. I am looking to get a case of that wine.

  • Dan-o

    I have to say that I 2 wines have done this to me recently.
    1) Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir.
    2) Chateau Quinault L’Enclos 2000 – like drinking chocolate covered berries.

    One other wine that I had was from a friend of mine’s brother in law. He lives in CA and makes wine on the side. He made an awesome Syrah that really blew me away. I am looking to get a case of that wine.

  • Zinny

    Gary – we ordered a few bottles of this based on your recommendation. We were not disappointed!

    I don’t want to say too much or else it will become too hard to get this wine.

  • Zinny

    Gary – we ordered a few bottles of this based on your recommendation. We were not disappointed!

    I don’t want to say too much or else it will become too hard to get this wine.

  • http://lleichtman.org/ Lawrence Leichtman

    Thanks for the tip. Just ordered 3 bottles from them and can’t wait to try it. The 1982 Leoville La Cases 1982 that was opened this weekend. What a killer wine.

  • http://lleichtman.org Lawrence Leichtman

    Thanks for the tip. Just ordered 3 bottles from them and can’t wait to try it. The 1982 Leoville La Cases 1982 that was opened this weekend. What a killer wine.

  • http://www.iqdupont.com/ Quinn

    Go Canada (sorry perpetually catching up—Gary, you are a machine!). I really dig radishes, I would love to have tasted that Amisfield.

  • http://www.iqdupont.com Quinn

    Go Canada (sorry perpetually catching up—Gary, you are a machine!). I really dig radishes, I would love to have tasted that Amisfield.

  • LuvsChandon

    catching up, QOTD: Sequoia Grove Cabernet Reserve 04, awesome tasting it at the winery, then enjoyed last Christmas with Prime Rib, made A LOT of noise when I drank it!

  • LuvsChandon

    catching up, QOTD: Sequoia Grove Cabernet Reserve 04, awesome tasting it at the winery, then enjoyed last Christmas with Prime Rib, made A LOT of noise when I drank it!

  • AndrewG

    Qotd: The last earth shaking wine I tried was an oregon pinot from a small producer called Matello. Their Whistling Ridge North single vineyard is down right amazing, and at 30 bones I feel a steal. Only 70 cases, and I don’t think they have a web presence as of yet, but WOW.

  • AndrewG

    Qotd: The last earth shaking wine I tried was an oregon pinot from a small producer called Matello. Their Whistling Ridge North single vineyard is down right amazing, and at 30 bones I feel a steal. Only 70 cases, and I don’t think they have a web presence as of yet, but WOW.

  • Dessert Wine Nerd

    These battle royals are fun and I hope you do more of them in the future. Even though I probably cant find them cause this show is nearly a year old, its fun to see you point out the gems for us. At least someone will be enjoying them. QOTD: Cant remember. I havent been drinking that much wine lately ( at least ones that made me go WOW!) because Ive been buying ones to cellar. That ends now. Next time I go to my wine shop Im dropping 80 bones or so and getting like 6 wines to drink now.

  • Dessert Wine Nerd

    These battle royals are fun and I hope you do more of them in the future. Even though I probably cant find them cause this show is nearly a year old, its fun to see you point out the gems for us. At least someone will be enjoying them. QOTD: Cant remember. I havent been drinking that much wine lately ( at least ones that made me go WOW!) because Ive been buying ones to cellar. That ends now. Next time I go to my wine shop Im dropping 80 bones or so and getting like 6 wines to drink now.

  • ulu ulu ulu ulu

    I haven’t thought about Quick in a long long time. I haven’t even had chocolate milk in years.

    Gary – I think you should do a show regarding wine / cheese / food and well being. What is the difference between being happy and perhaps not as healthy as you could be, and being healthy and happy as a result of your healthiness.

    QOTD: Hillside Select

  • ulu ulu ulu ulu

    I haven’t thought about Quick in a long long time. I haven’t even had chocolate milk in years.

    Gary – I think you should do a show regarding wine / cheese / food and well being. What is the difference between being happy and perhaps not as healthy as you could be, and being healthy and happy as a result of your healthiness.

    QOTD: Hillside Select

  • richardvinifera

    QOTD: Marques De La Concordia 2005 Rioja Reserva, perfect new world fruit, but classic rioja flavour, explosive aroma, great grip and finish, it was £6 (probably retail for $9 in US?)

  • richardvinifera

    QOTD: Marques De La Concordia 2005 Rioja Reserva, perfect new world fruit, but classic rioja flavour, explosive aroma, great grip and finish, it was £6 (probably retail for $9 in US?)

  • DeanBrandon

    Oh my, I was on the Thunder Cruise-over 300 wines. The Phillips Hill (2007) Anderson Valley –This and the Frank Family Zinfandel were my two favorite wines and I had no idea till today that Gary had such a reaction to it. I could not get it here in my state, but will try everyway I know to get more of this wine.

  • tkto13

    Damn right about Canada! Too the LCBO does not stock most of what you review.

  • corkscrew

    Love Pinot, not had these. QOTD-Sea Smoke Pinot http://www.winelx.com

  • John__J

    qotd: tried a Macon-Solutre yesterday that was really good and almost Meursault like

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