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WTN: 2 06 California Pinots

by Joshua Kates » Sat Nov 10, 2012 5:12 pm

From two different evenings:

Last night:
06 Peay Sonoma Coast "Scallop Shelf" 14.2%
(I first had this, my introduction to Peay, in Monterey at Passionfish (great wine-friendly restaurant) four years ago and it's drinking even better, even bigger now.)
Slight reddening, but no real bricking. Distinctive nose of dark fruits, rhubarb, salinity, dust, clove.
In the mouth, big body and texture, heavy, but not too much; taste on the very darkest end of pinot: plum, star anise, slight soy, stone; finish goes on and on. Though varied, maybe a little primary in its composition, all in the bass register, but still young. Distinctive wine and always a treat to drink. A-

Last weekend:
06 Calera Mt. Harlan "Reed" 14.4%
Bright red, almost watermelon colored
Nose: Red fruits, pastille, violets, burgundian; not a hint of alcohol despite the high percentage'
Bright, acid, dances on the tongue; raspberry, cherry, a little forest floor, herbal (sage?) moving slightly toward vegetal as it sits in the glass. Tight, finely focused flavors throughout--I guess what people mean by "cut"?-- that I find characteristic of all Jensen's wines. Finish is long, but not exceptionally so. IMHO, easy to mistake for a very good village level Burgundy. As with all of his, a "go to" wine. B+
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Re: WTN: 2 06 California Pinots

by JC (NC) » Sun Nov 11, 2012 5:12 pm

I just looked up on CellarTracker to see what Calera I have remaining and it is the 2004 Jensen Vineyard Pinot Noir. Maybe I should open it this fall or early 2013. I also have some 2009 Peay Pomarium Pinot Noir but none of the Scallop Shelf.
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Re: WTN: 2 06 California Pinots

by Joshua Kates » Mon Nov 12, 2012 11:47 pm

Hi JC!

Yes, I would definitely drink up the Selleck. I believe it's from an older vineyard and considered more ageworthy than the Ryan, but I would be surprised if it were not within its prime drinking window.

Enjoy!
Josh
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Re: WTN: 2 06 California Pinots

by Jon Peterson » Tue Nov 13, 2012 9:54 am

I don't have either wine, Joshua, but PN is my hands-down favorite grape. I'll have to take a look at the 'o6s I do have. Thanks for the notes.
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