zmanonice wrote:Lab Rat reporting for duty. The wine accompanying the golden certificate was the 2007 Laurelwood Willamette Valley Pinot Noir.
In the interest of full disclosure I must inform the community that I joined the wine club this past summer after the last Woot offering but have not received any shipments yet. I did order from their summer sale but asked them to hold it since it hasn’t been below 90 degrees here in DFW since sometime in June. My previous experience on Woot includes the Roessler Single Vineyard Duo (1/22/09), Roessler Pinot – two pack (3/27/09), and the Blue Jay 3-pack (5/4/09). I am also a red wine drinker, but do appreciate a nice chard or a dry Riesling for a change.
After receiving the email notification this morning, I formed a welcoming committee to meet the FedEx guy to make sure we received the promised gift. Upon his arrival he immediately carded my oldest daughter (my youngest who is 19 never gets carded but you didn’t hear that from me). At 23, she still looks 18. I keep telling her that later in life she will appreciate it but that is not much consolation right now.
The dinner was not the most compatible for this wine based on typical pairings but it didn’t hurt or detract from the wine. The meal was already planned for tonight before we found out whether we got the pinot or the chard. Dinner consisted of chicken with tomato sauce and melted cheddar cheese, steamed asparagus with Cavedoni dripped on for additional flavor, and a house salad. I have paired pinots with salmon in the past, but did not notice any problems with this pairing.
I opened the bottle at 6:15. Let it breathe a little bit, but supper was early tonight because of services so we started at 6:30. Initial impression was “earthy” on the nose, and a little bit hot, but no plum or berries as one might expect from a pinot. It was the typical lighter shade of purple; some would probably call it ruby. You can just see the bottom of the glass, so it wasn’t opaque like a cab. Color was consistent to the edge. Took a sappy-sip and got a full mouth taste. Medium tannins with a nice, medium length finish. Most of it was in the mid-palate area.
Came back at 9:30 for a second round. Some of the earthiness had subdued, but still no berries to speak of. Less hot than before and the tannins had mellowed as well. It was still smooth, but no discernible flavors. Nice finish.
In deference to RPM, I have used the UC Davis scoring system for this report:
• Appearance – 2 out of 2 pts., nearly clear, no dullness or murkiness, typical for a pinot
• Color – 2 out of 2 pts., typical coloring for this varietal
• Aroma and Bouquet – 3 out of 4 pts., other than the earthiness, could not pick out any other discernible characteristics, but no negative factors either
• Volatile acidity – 2 out of 2 pts., no vinegar essence
• Total acidity – 1 out of 2 pts., gave it a medium finish, but think it could improve with age
• Sweetness/sugar – 1 out of 1 pts., more of a refrained pinot, but like this approach as opposed to the fruit forward offerings from other vintners
• Body – 1 out of 1 pts., hits the mid-palate nicely, with a decent length finish
• Flavor – 1 out of 1 pts., more of a crisp, balanced pinot. No metallic or fruity characteristics
• Astringency – 1 out of 2 pts., this wine has a fair amount of tannins, not overbearing, but aging would probably improve this wine
• General Quality – 2 out of 2 pts., thought this was a nice interpretation of a pinot, not very fruity and definitely drinkable now. SWMBO and her mother also tasted the wine and both gave it a thumbs up and would buy again.
So if you are counting, I give it a 16 out of 20, and it is close enough it could be a 17.
Not having the other offerings side by side, I can only provide a comparison based upon my tasting notes. I found the Blue Jay to be comparable in color and opacity, but it had more berries on the nose. It had fewer tannins. I found it to be fairly young, and noted that I would like to see how it ages over time.
I found the Savoy Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot to be approximately the same color and opacity. It was a little hot with some berry notes and earthy as well. It was smoother with less tannins.
I would like to see how this wine ages over time. I suspect it will do nicely.
The bottle is now gone, but I’m glad that I have two more orders coming. If my credit card could afford it I would up my purchase. Thanks WD for the opportunity to rat and hope you fellow wooters find these notes helpful in your decision process.
PS Winery - Would love to have you stop by in Dallas. Everybody here would like to meet you and taste your offerings.
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