EP 992 Blind Tasting of Pinot Noirs from Around the World

Gary Vaynerchuk blind tastes 3 Pinot Noir wines from 3 different continents.

Wines tasted in this episode:

2008 L’arlot Petit Arlot Nuits St. GeorgesNuits Ste Georges
2008 Mt Difficulty Pinot Noir Central OtagoNew Zealand Pinot Noir
2008 Lachini Pinot Noir EstateWillamette Pinot Noir

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Lines of the day – ‘Almost like a hot dog flavour mid-palate’ and ‘This wine is struggling to find itself much like the teenagers that Gaga sings for.’

Great show – amazing to watch just how accurate GV can be with these blind tastings. The guy is a genius.

Tags: Blind Tasting, Pinot Noir, red, review, Video, wine, wines

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  • Anonymous

    nice and tight gary loved it. so close to 1000 And super excited about TYE coming out super soon!

    QOD:Last year in the the x-mas secret pack you included a Cote d’Rhone Hated it!

  • Anonymous

    nice and tight gary loved it. so close to 1000 And super excited about TYE coming out super soon!

    QOD:Last year in the the x-mas secret pack you included a Cote d’Rhone Hated it!

  • QOTD: Happens more often than I’d like to admit (or care to recall)

  • QOTD: Happens more often than I’d like to admit (or care to recall)

  • Anonymous

    Wow! I would be pissed! Neither J. Woodbridge, nor Phillipe Melka are any slouches… it happens… hang in there.

  • Anonymous

    Wow! I would be pissed! Neither J. Woodbridge, nor Phillipe Melka are any slouches… it happens… hang in there.

  • QOTD: Gascon Malbec. I forget which vintage, but it was recent. Parker gave it 90 points and it would have taken bamboo shoots to convince me to drag it over 80. It was only $12 and I see it everywhere (purple label that looks like a postage stamp).

    I really liked the show. While I certainly don’t revel in a wine performing abysmally, it makes for good viewing—especially when there is a good rebound. Love those brown bags.

  • Anonymous

    Gary- biggest difference? I loved the Creta Roble from ep. 730. You scored it in the 50s.

  • Anonymous

    The Mt difficulty is also 90 from Spectator, btw. 88 from Tanzer. 71 might be somewhat on the ‘personal’ side.
    QOTD:…..Anyway, I found the Schulz Old Vine Marcus 2003 Shiraz pretty hard to drink. Parker rated it 97, so there you go.

  • Anonymous

    I was asking a similar question re: e-mails not showing up. You are not alone.

  • QOTD: Heitz Cellar Cabernet. I was excited to try this after reading about it, and it just didn’t do it for me.

    Brown baggin’ it again. I love this format. I can feel the buzz of episode 1k!

  • Anonymous

    From what I can remember those were not bad. We started early with them so I do remember that two out of the three did not seem to have many Pinot like characteristics. However they were still good, interesting smoky flavors I was not used to tasting in many Pinots I have tried.

  • QOTD: many/most Parker Oz 94+ points shirazes – easily 5 points higher than what I would rate.

    Great show, especially in calling them as you see them.

  • Anonymous

    I loved Havens, for years, and years (the reg Merlot, but also, Syrah) and called it my #1 $20 Merlot. For years. But I also had that happen w/ Bourriquot, one year. I take solace in that the blending, just for starters, may be dramatically different, yearly, so wrote it off as just that vintage. I’d seen that a great deal w/ stuff like Isoceles, which peeps creamed for, no matter what, and sometimes, it’s just… wine.

  • Anonymous

    I love Mt Difficulty Pinot and the restraint at the winery is also nice, however I am drinking from a few cases of the 2007 Pipeclay Terrace Pinot I have with is a much different wine then the 2008 you tasted.

    I am going to get the 2008 today and see whats going on.

  • Anonymous

    I hate to mention ANY names, in a derisional sense, but it can, and does happen, to ANYBODY. It’s really tough when it’s high end stuff. I’d had, ya know, faulty bottles of really high end wines returned, and it is not questionable -there are faulty bottles out there. Stand by the customer, and their satisfaction, and any good distributor must stand behind you , and back that up. But when my opinion of a wine doesn’t match what the conventional wisdom, and pro ratings is, there is, of course, a need, to take a back seat to what the public wants. when ’02 Beaux Freres got it’s score, and top 100 listing at #25, I thought it was pretty good, if not a little high of the mark in price. Happily, the dist. made available, a big discount, on the much lower rated previous vintage, which was, neither, in any way outstanding, but I was able to offer something from a very highly demanded producer, at a much fairer price than an (inflated) market value.

  • Alexandre-CF

    yeah, that´s the energy. great show.

    QOTD: most 90s from Parker don´t hit my palate so well, like D’Este Vinos 2007 El Molinet, 90 points RP, all my friends loved, but i just hate that wine.

  • DaveAll

    Good show. love Pinot Noirs, or should say refound my love for them about a month ago – seeking them out often now.
    QotD: Bryon Pinot Noir – considered pretty good for low end, while I found it yuck. Also, I like Niagara wine, which most people never heard of or hate if they had it before. go figure.

  • Anonymous

    INFANTICIDE ALERT! 😉 Sadly, France makes a lot of dog wine that they sell on the overall strength of the vintage.

  • Great show . . . would love to see you review another old world Pinot, the Lucien Muzard Santenay les Champs Claude Vieilles Vignes (2007). I disliked old world and really disliked Pinot until this wine . . . it opened an entire world for me. And people will still laugh but the nose was like the smell of clutch and brake dust at a NASCAR race for me, and I LOVED IT!!!

    QOTD: As a local wine lover in Virginia, I’m going to get punished for saying this. Virginia Norton, nearly every one I’ve had has so under impressed me. Boring!!!!!!

  • TheSmirkingLurker


    This – *THIS* – is why I have watched every Gosh Darn Episode of WLTV. Today was perfect. At 10 minutes and 13 seconds, with three brown bags, the show was tight, but not rushed. You called balls and strikes. And there was very little B.S. LOVE.

    QoTD: I used to get flack for REALLY enjoying St. Cosme Cotes du Rhone from some of my wine pals. It’s a “corse” wine, without much finesse… It’s “cheap table wine”… etc. WRONG! It’s wonderful.

    ~XOXO TSL (aka Gossip Girl)

  • Anonymous

    Oops, spelled it phonetically. Wrong. Saintayme. Still don’t like it 😉

  • QoTD: 2006 Zaca Mesa Santa Ynez Valley Syrah, rated 93 points and on WS Top 100 of 2010 and an average of 90 points on CT. Hated it! Overextracted fruitbomb without any depth or complexity. Also think the 2008 Stump Jump is pretty overrated as well.

  • disappointed with 2005 haut bergey rouge.parker gave it a 90.but in 2008 i found it flawed. bought it again two years later and had the same reaction. had several young 05 reds from graves and pessac from lesser known vineyards that were stunning.

  • Great show. Love the tight format.

    QOTD, 95% of new world merlots bore me to death. Sorry.

  • DR

    I hate, hate, hate, pretty much anything from Martinelli and Marcassin that has come my way. All of the local character ripened out. Hot, big and clumsy.The Helen Turly influence is bad for California. Critics seem to love these wines. I just don’t understand why.
    Meanwhile, Littorai, who make some of the most exquisite Pinot Noirs anywhere, seem to get luke warm reviews from Mr Parker

  • This was a great show and you hit them all on the head. Good job! Loved the pans to Brandon. “You got to sell it baby!” Hilarious. And yes, Mott does continue to impress.

    QOTD: Good question. Though you and I are pretty much right on the money when it comes to palates, I must say this Barbera that you reviewed not too long did nothing for me. I was surprised to tell you the truth.

    On the other side of the coin, I believe most “experts” pan the likes of the Blackstone and Sebastiani Cabs and I actually enjoy them. Oh well.


    P.S. Thank goodness you said “Tom Brady pass” at the end. If you had said my hero . . . 🙂

  • some 04 casa marin sauvignon blanc you gave a 94,while not undrinkable, was very unusual and perhaps best suited to accompany very spicy mexican food but nothing else.this one was almost painful with its powerful finish.to each his own.this was many years ago.

  • Agree on the Heitz.

  • Anonymous

    07 Castello d’Albola 90pts WS, me 88

  • 2004 dominus drank with christmas dinner two years ago.tasted like sour,liquid,dark licourice.seems that some knowledgable posters at cellar tracker felt the same. just that year, apparently.

  • Anonymous

    Brown bags are the best shows, keep’em coming.

  • Brought the thunder GV…and saved me some bones.

    QOTD: that’s too difficult..it involves memory 😉

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  • Anonymous

    Two points?! Get out of here!

  • Anonymous

    Well, there was a Zindfandel from a nice gentleman you had on the program about 2 years ago. Don’t want to say the name but you waxed poetic and I bought 3 bottles and hated every one of them.

  • Anonymous

    Saturday night was open that bottle night so we opened several including the 2005 Patric Lesec Bargeton and it was excellent. I have one 05 left that I’m keeping for a few years down the road.

  • Anonymous

    I have always hated Heitz especially the Fay which tastes like mints to me.

  • Anonymous

    QOTD. Ferraton Pere et Fils, Crozes Hermitage, La Matiniere, 2006. Was 88Parker and 91Spectator. I did not enjoy. Tasted like a mix of clamato juice, wild game blood, and gravel.
    I can see a few liking the uniqueness of it, but just no fruit or pleasure to be had. Low 80’s for me.

  • NJ Big Chris

    QOTD – 2004 Vitanza Brunello di Montalcino. I hated it. It was only my second brunello and the first one I loved. This one I hated. Wouldn’t buy it ever again.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve had 2 bottles of the Zaca Mesa Santa Ynez Syrah. One was good, maybe not 90ish, but good, and the other didn’t taste like the same wine. Flabby & unfocused. It happens, I guess.

  • Always love the brown bags and pinots, good work.

    QOTD: Nothing comes to mind recently, but we did have an off bottle of 89 Beaucastel at our Gem tasting before Christmas which was disappointing, but flawed so…

  • Anonymous

    QOTD: I HATE Rombaeur Chard. I honestly don’t know why it’s so popular. Gloppy, movie butter popcorn loaded, heavy-handed cougar crack.

    On the other hand, you ripped the Ferrari-Carrano Fume Blanc in one of your episodes, and I happen to love it.

    I guess it just goes to show that you are your own best critic at the end of the day.

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  • Anonymous

    So you recommended some really heinous stuff. I think because the winemaker was on your show but this is total crap: 2006 Clos Mimi Syrah Petite Rousse (USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles) What on earth would make you say this was palatable. Its the type of wine you taste and spit out right away. Not close, despite the pretensions, to any Northern Rhone Syrah. What a joke.

  • Anonymous

    agreed. i buy almost everything else that they make. hundred acre has satisfied a big young cali crave (when i crave). they dont age worth a damn, but they sure are good young!!! too bad the SB was so bad. i have blinded many people with far better palates than mine who thought it was one of the worst wines that they had ever had…im inclined to agree

  • Anonymous

    how much are you letting the marcassins age? they age like burgundies, no lie. we have been drinking early 90’s chards left and right and they are beating the pants off some cortons and batards of the same vintages…the pinots too need YEARS…….stash one of each away for ten or so years and try going back to it.

  • Anonymous

    looks like there is some serious bottle variation

  • Cubatobaco (Ray)

    ***NO EMAIL…..AGAIN***

    Ok, time to watch….

  • Anonymous

    QOTD: This one is easy. I bought the 2004 Hartig Family Estate Napa Cab based on a 90pt GV review. (He even created a video just about it.) Boy was it bad. (And I made the mistake of planning dinner around it. 🙂 It sounds like there might be some bottle variation based on the wide range of CellarTracker scores (69-91), but it was an eye-opener for me about how much opinions can vary!


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