Thursday, April 17, 2008

Two Continents, Same Grape

Two continents, same vintage, same grape..and a similar result
Cristom Pinot Noir
Sommer's Reserve 2005

Oregon, U.S.A.
This wine is a blend of different
vineyard sites, including the estate
vineyards, all within the Willamette Valley.
The “Sommers Reserve” designation means
it is a barrel selection of the favourite
lots as well as being aged longer
in the barrels.

Medium ruby colour....dark cherries
aroma, juicy fruit....some sweet oak...cinnamon...dry, silky tannins...
but an austere style...needs a year or two....missing that 'sexy' touch...

Points 16

Domaine Lorenzon Mercury 2005
Burgundy, France
Bruno Lorenzon is the man that flies the
flag for this village.

Found in many french restaurants as an
alternative to higher priced Burgundies.

Reserved nose...slightly burnt aroma...
delicately fruity...dark fruits..tight tannins..
and with airing the acidity dominated.
Not a good time of it's life..still austere...
again..a year or two.
Still not 'sexy' enough for me. Now..where is that photo of Claudia Cardinale (and don't dare anyone say..Who Is She?)

Points 15.5..the wine I mean!

And for those who wanna know:

Claudia Cardinale


Joe said...

I had a terrific Cristom single vineyard wine Christmas Eve - it was perhaps the best American Pinot I have ever had. Now I what Claudia looks like, but who is she?

Barry said...

Thought you were old enough to remember Joe...Claudia was a pin-up girl/actress in the 60's...about the same time as Sophia Loren, Brigitte Bardot etc....Italian girl...
At least you remember last Christmas!

Joe said...

Sorry to disappoint Barry - pinup girls come and go, but I never forget a pretty wine...