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From Romancing with Les Amoureuses

2008 Joseph Drouhin Premier Cru Chambolle-Musigny Amoureuses

13.0% alc.. $382-$449 (current price). Imported by Dreyfus, Ashby & Co, NY, NY. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Aromas of baked cherry, fruit compote, cardamom spice, oak and stem lead off. Light to mid weight styled with well-ripened cherry and cranberry flavors along with accents of vanilla, toast and spice. Inviting charm and balance with sinewy tannins and a remarkable finish that saturates the aromatic memory for a minute or two. Drink now to 2030. Score: Exceptional. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2006 Domaine G. Roumier Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Amoureuses

13.5% alc.. $1027 (current auction price). Imported by Diegeo Chateau & Estate Wines, NY, NY. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Shy, but pleasant aromas of red cherry, cranberry, tobacco, spice and sandalwood. Light to mid weight styled with very appealing flavors of fresh red cherry and red and purple berry. Suave in texture with a healthy tannic backbone and a long, but not extremely long finish. This wine may need more time to integrate the tannins and oak. Drink now to 2026. Score: Very Good+. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2005 Domaine B. Serveau et fils Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Amoureuses

12.5% alc.. $130 (purchase price), $180 (average current price). Imported by Esquin Imports Inc., San Francisco, CA. · Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. Shy aromas of black cherry, dried herbs and a hint of iodine. There was a suggestion of Brett upon opening. Elegant styled with a middleweight core of black cherry fruit. The silky texture is the wine’s best feature. A woody thread plies the background and the tannins arise on the quenching finish that is not particularly long and a bit tart. Drink now to 2025. Score: Good. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2005 Domaine Lucien Le Moine Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru “Les Amoureuses”

13.5% alc.. $373-$582 (current price). Imported by Scott Paul Selections, Portland, OR. · Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. Persistent aromas of black cherry, sous-bois, rose, vanilla and toast satisfy and maintain over time in the glass. An array of black fruits are composed in a mid weight style with underlain savory oak highlights. Not as giving as the 2003 vintage by this producer and less sappy, but still sporting a very long finish. More underlying acidity and tannic backbone in this vintage. Much better when re-tasted later in the day. Drink now to 2030. Score: Very Good. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2004 Domaine Louis Jadot Chambolle-Musigny Les Amoureuses

13.5% alc., $135 (purchase price and current price). Imported by Kobrand Corp, NY, NY. · Moderate garnet color with slight rim bricking. Funky, even over time, with aromas of old cork, dank cellar, old leather, toast and a hint of Bing cherry. Slightly sulfured at first but disappearing over time, revealing the delicate flavor of chocolate imbued cherry with savory and char notes. Silky in texture, with restrained tannins and some length on the finish. Good acid drive, even leading to a slightly tart finish. The wine just doesn’t deliver enough charm. Drink up. Score: Good. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2004 Francois Bertheau Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru Les Amoureuses

13.5% alc.. $378 (current price). Imported by Kermit Lynch, Wine Merchant, Berkeley, CA. · Moderate light garnet color with slight rim bricking. Pleasant aromas of cherry, dried rose petal and spice. Very delicate and elegant in style with a lively acid underbelly, offering flavors of redder fruits and complimentary oak overlay. The wine finishes with a tart cherry persistence. This wines shows the finesse side of this vineyard. Drink now to 2024. Score: Very Good. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2004 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Chambolle-Musigny Les Amoureuses Premier Cru

13.5% alc.. $478-$616 (current price). Imported by I & B Imports Chicago, IL. (Note - I recently tasted all five Vogüé wines from the 2004 vintage - but that’s for another feature) · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Gorgeous nose over time offering aromas of sous-bois, spice and cherry. Redder fruited in a mid weight style with impressive length in the mouth and an extended finish. Silky and sexy, with add flavors of iron, baking spices and savory herbs. This beauty is struck through with earth and mineralogy. Drink now through 2030. Score: Exceptional. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2003 Lucien Le Moine Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru “Les Amoureuses”

13.5% alc.. Imported by Atherton Wine Imports, San Jose, CA. Unfined and unfiltered. · Dark garnet color in the glass. Very ripe but not over ripe fruit aromas and flavors predominate. The nose offers scents of black cherry, blackberry, prune, spice, dried rose petal, mulch and char. Mid weight plus in concentration with flavors that echo the aromas. Sappy in attack, length and finish with a sleek texture and compatible backing tannins. Delicious in a fruit-driven Caliesque style with plenty of sweet fruit that is not tiring and pumps out goodness over a considerable length of time. Drink now to 2023. Score: Exceptional. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2002 Vincent Girardin Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Amoureuses

13.5% alc.. Imported by Vineyard Brands, Inc., Birmingham, Alabama. · Dark garnet color in the glass. I have extensive notes on this wine. Engaging aromas of black cherry, Asian spices, undergrowth, rose petal, toasty oak and charcoal grill. Broad- shouldered and powerful, with mid weight plus flavors of blackberry, cassis, and dark chocolate. There is a noticeable savory and earthy side to this wine as well. Highly flavorful and beautifully balanced with a creamy mouth feel, although the finishing length did not quite match up to several other wines in this review session. That said, this was a highly nuanced wine that showed the more gutsy side of this vineyard. Drink now-2025. Score: Exceptional. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2002 Robert Groffier Père & Fils Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru “Les Amoureuses”

13.5% alc.. $250-$450 (current auction price). Imported by Atherton Wine Imports, CA. · Moderating garnet color in the glass with slight rim bricking. Perfumed with aromas of black cherry, tobacco, piquant spices, green bean and toast. Discreetly concentrated flavor of earth-kissed black fruits with a slight feral and vegetal underpinning. Juicy and expansive in the mouth, with merged tannins and admirable balance. Drink now to 2022. Score: Very Good. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2002 Frédéric Magnien Premier Cru Chambolle-Musigny Amoureuses

13.5% alc.. $431 (current price). Imported by Premier Cru, Emeryville, CA. Unfiltered. · Dark garnet color in the glass. Complex nose offering scents of black cherry, dried herbs, earthy flora, and floral bouquet increasing in grandeur over time in the glass. Mid weight plus in concentration, with an intense attack of boysenberry, blackberry and cassis fruit flavors and subtle citrus, earth and green herbal threads in the background. Silky in the mouth, with merged tannins and a very lengthy finish. Drink now to 2022. Score: Very Good. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2002 Joseph Drouhin Chambolle-Musigny Amoureuses

13.0% alc.. $560 (current price) Imported by Wine Brokers International, Incline Village, Nevada for a private collection. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Pleasant aromas of cherry and toast arrive over time. Rather delicate in style, with a tasty core of fresh dark red berry and black cherry fruit accented with subtle spice and oak. Very long in the mouth and on the finish with compatible tannins in the background. I was impressed by the seeming youth and freshness of this 16- year-old wine, yet the nose lacked virility. The finish went on and on. I can really get into a wine like this. Drink now-2025. Score: Exceptional. WINERY » ARTICLE »

1999 Domaine B. Serveau et fils Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Amoureuses

13.0% alc.. $492 (current price) Imported by Village Wine Imports Ltd., NY, NY. · Moderate garnet color in the glass with slight rim bricking. Match stick aromas initially that resolve over time but fruit never surfaces on the nose. Mid weight flavors of purple and black fruits with a sulfuric thread in the background. There is significant char and smoke tones that mimic a smoke-tainted wine (? Brett). The tannins stick out a bit on the finish. Drink up. Score: Not Rated. WINERY » ARTICLE »

1996 Louis Jadot Chambolle Musigny Les Amoureuses 1er Cru

13.5% alc.. $837 (current price) Imported by Kobrand, NY, NY. · Moderately dark garnet color with the slightest bricking of the rim. Aromas of burnt cigar, old leather and old trunk initially. Fruit aromas of black cherry and pomegranate show up later. Intense, mid weight flavors of black cherry, blueberry, pomegranate and herbal oak. Impressive attack and finishing persistence. Welcome underlying acidity but still retaining aggressive tannins that leave a bit of astringency on the finish. Drink up. Score: Good. WINERY » ARTICLE »


From Quick Trigger: Are Reviews Done Too Soon?

2015 Loring Rosella’s Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

16 months · Charming aromas of iced red cherry and sandalwood. Light in weight and very elegant, with a core of red cherry and cranberry fruit flavors. Satisfying and easy going with very fine-grain tannins and some persistence on the finish. Previously 90 Score: 91. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2014 Balletto BCD Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

17 months · Soaring aromas of Bing cherry, baking spices, cardamom and a bit of oak. Velvety in the mouth, with a charge of fresh black cherry fruit accented with warm spices and a touch of toasty oak. Impeccably balanced, with a charitable finish. Previously 92 Score: 93. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2014 Domaine De La Côte Bloom’s Field Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

24 months · Aromas of cherry, raspberry, burnt tobacco, rose petal and fertile earth. Nicely balanced with good vibrancy, featuring a bright cherry core framed by suave, silky tannins. A little tobacco and floral input. Elegant and lacy, with a burst of cherry goodness on the bright finishing. Fades slightly over time in the glass. Previously 93 Score: 92. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2014 Hibou Riddle Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

23 months · Wonderful expressive nose offering aromas of purple grape and berry, blooming rose, pine needle and earthy flora. Mid weight flavors of blackberry and black raspberry framed by imposing oak. Creamy in texture, with balanced tannins and some finishing intensity. Seems to be showing more oak than when reviewed originally. Previously 96 Score: 92. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2014 Kitá Hilliard Bruce Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

20 months · The nose is very charming, offering hi-tone aromas of cherry, fragrant compost, mushroom, allspice and root beer. Impressive harmony and vibrancy, with the mid weight essence of perfectly ripened cherries complimented by a slight spice and bourbon note. Attention-getting on the attack and wonderful intensity and length on the finish. This wine has really picked up nuance and interest over time. Previously 91 Score: 94. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2014 Luminous Hills LUX Yamhill-Carlton Pinot Noir

18 months · Reserved, but pleasant aromas of black cherry and pomegranate. The theme is cherry goodness in this mid weight wine that shows seamless balance, a silky mouth feel and a long finish. A very giving and friendly wine at this point. Previously 91 Score: 92. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2014 Masút Estate Vineyard Eagle Peak Mendocino Pinot Noir

21 months · An assortment of well-ripened, even slightly stewed dark fruit aromas with hints of dusty earth and floral bouquet. Mid weight flavors of blackberry, black raspberry, pomegranate and black tea in harmony with well-structured tannins. Previously 93 Score: 90. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2014 Navarro Vineyards Deep End Blend Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

18 months · The aroma of dark crushed cherries is not penetrating but very pleasant and accented with some seasoned barrel. Generously concentrated black cherry fruit is accented with hints of spice and sassafras. The texture is velvety, the t n’ a balance is spot on, and there is some finishing vigor. Previously 90 Score: 93. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2014 Sante Arcangeli Lester Family Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

24 months · The oakdominated nose does offer some cherry and spice aromas. The oak is better integrated on the palate in this mid weight styled wine displaying the essence of black cherries. The tannins are immersed, the oak adds a compliment, and the bright, lip-smacking finish is notable. Previously 91 Score: 91. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2014 Seven of Hearts Special Reserve Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

18 months · Inviting perfume of black cherry, exotic spices and fertile earth. Light to mid weight in dark red and purple fruit concentrate. Noteworthy attack and length in the mouth, with engaging elegance, balanced tannins and a finish deserving of special reserve designation. Previously 90-91 Score: 93. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2014 Siduri Pisoni Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

(screw cap) 21 months · An impressive wine that really satisfies on the richly appointed palate. Aromas and flavors of ripe cherries and a hint of vanilla impress on the attack and extremely long finish. The fruit really has traction and there is a good grip of acidity to lift the fruit load. Still outstanding when tasted two days later from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Previously 94 Score: 94. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2014 Westwood Annadel Gap Vineyard Heritage Clones Sonoma Valley Pinot Noir

24 months · The nose offers only aromas of earth, mulch and barrel and no fruit emerges even with extensive swirling. Much better on the palate, with mid weight plus very tasty flavors of black cherry, black raspberry and spice framed by integrated tannins and a thread of oak. The wine finishes with welcome generosity and juiciness. Previously 90 Score: 92. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2013 Alma Fria Holtermann Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

26 months · Earth-kissed aromas including black cherry, peppery spices, pine forest and savory herbs. A generous gulp of beautifully ripened black cherry and black raspberry fruits entice the palate. Mid weight plus in style, with suave tannins, a compliment of oak, and a very long finish. Previously 90 Score: 94. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2013 Asuncion Ridge Barrel Select San Louis Obispo County Pinot Noir

19 months · A robust reserve style wine with a highly aromatic nose of spiced dark berry aromas. Good marriage of mid weight plus purple and black fruits with tobacco oak. Gentle tannins and decent finish. Several more years of good drinking ahead. Previously 91 Score: 93. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2013 Bailiwick Silver Pines Vineyard Sonoma Mountain Pinot Noir

26 months · Leading off are aromas of blackest cherry and toasty oak. Elegant and relatively light in weight, with a juicy cherry core back by complimentary smoky oak. Very suave and refined and easy to drink. Previously 90 Score: 90. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2013 Broadley Vineyards Shea Vineyard Yamhill-Carlton Pinot Noir

22 months · Inviting aromas of black cherry, violets and oak fade a bit over time in the glass. Light to mid weight flavors of black cherry and anise with noticeable tannins, a slick mouth feel and a decent but not exceptional finish. Previously 91-92 Score: 89. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2013 En Garde Pleasant Hill Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

21 months · Delicate aromas of muddled cherry, warm spices and brown sugar. Very suave in the mouth, with bright cherry and raspberry fruit flavors framed by cooperative tannins. The finish is noticeably long and satisfying. Previously 93 Score: 92. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2013 LaRue Emmaline Ann Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

26 months · Very pleasant aromas of red berry, rose petal, burnt tobacco, spice and Herbs d’ Provence. Light in weight but imposing black cherry and raspberry flavors with a hint of tobacco and spice. Excellent harmony with a very generous and lengthy finish. Definitely some whole cluster input but integrated. Previously 90 Score: 93. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2013 Lucienne Doctor’s Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

26 months · The barrel treatment is evident on the nose that also offers pleasing aromas of dark red and black fruits. The middleweight core of black cherry and blackberry fruits has a significant oak overlay evident as toast and tobacco. The fruit core is delicious and the silky, soft tannins make for smooth drinking, but the oak is intrusive and has become more evident over time in bottle. Previously 91 Score: 89. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2013 Winderlea Legacy Dundee Hills Pinot Noir

26 months · Aromas of cherry, spice and earthy flora lead to a lighter weighted concentrate of cheerful cherry flavor in a crisp, elegant styled wine with gentle tannins and juicy acidity. Nicely balanced and at its peak. Previously 91 Score: 90. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Amalie Robert Amalie’s Cuvée Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

16 months · Aromas of cherry, leather and dry mulch lead to a middleweight styled wine with ingratiating flavors of red cherry and red berry. Nicely composed, with polish and balance and a deeply fruited finish. At its peak. Previously 94 Score: 93. WINERY » ARTICLE »


From Failla’s Ehren Jordan Establishes a Foothold in the Willamette Valley

2015 Failla Seven Springs Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., $59. This wine was produced and bottled at Ehren Jordan Wine Cellars in St. Helena. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Fresh aromas of dark red cherry, rose petal, earthbound flora and brioche. Striking vibrancy and length in a mid weight styled wine with flavors of cherry, raspberry, spice and subtle oak. Rather delicate with gentle tannins. Impressively, the wine builds in intensity over time and was more demonstrative when tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Score: 93. WINERY » ARTICLE »


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