2012 Rippon “Rippon Mature Vines” Pinot Noir – Phenomenal Old-Vine Beauty

 

Where The Rippon Magic Happens

 

I first began drinking these phenomenal Pinots with the early 2000s, earning the chance to work directly with the estate a couple years ago with a small release of their 2010s and sensational 2003s. My adoration is well known to friends, family and colleagues alike, with the Wine Advocate on record as well, referring to Nick’s wines as “Pinot Noirs that rekindled memories of those glorious Burgundy 2005’s”. You’ll be as thrilled as I am to hear that Nick’s most well-priced treasure – the 2012 Rippon “Rippon Mature Vines” – has finally landed in the States – ready for your immediate, hedonistic enjoyment!

The site which would eventually become known as Rippon was first planted to 25 various varietals during the 1970s by its founder, Rolfe Mills. Rolfe had spent time in the Douro Valley during the 1940s and the site of schist, rich in foliated mica and quartzite, on his land in Central Otago sparked a great curiosity. Rolfe began experimenting with his soils, isolating a parcel on the western board of Roy’s Bay, Lake Wanaka.

This ancient parcel is Rippon’s north-facing escarpment, and it forms the meeting point of terminal moraines and coarse gravels, all based in schist, where Central Otago’s earliest vines were planted. Rippon’s Mature Vines cuvee is issued from all of the fully developed Pinot vines growing in this expansive parcel. This is where it all began for Rippon, and the fruit of the vine from this parcel bears witness to the perfectionist style Nick (and his father Rolfe before him) is renowned for.

2012 “Rippon Mature Vines”

For those new to these pages, I’d like to take the time to remind folks how vital Nick’s training has been to the continuity of these world class Pinot Noirs. Not only are these the oldest plantings in the region, but they are tended by a man who spent his formative years working the soil and terroirs of Burgundy; he knew how vital his understanding of such things would be. To that end, Nick tenured with de Villaine (Domaine de la Romanée Conti) , and spent time with Jean-Jacques Confuron, Lucien Jacob, Alain Meunier, Nicolas Potel and Domaine de la Vougeraie as well. His are truly the wines of a master craftsman.

 

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2012 Melville Sta Rita Hills Estate Pinot | “Gorgeous, Radiant Wine” says Galloni

Thanks Nancy Pastor, The Wall Street Journal for the picture

Melville Estate – Tops in 2012 for Sta Rita Hills!

If Santa Barbara isn’t squarely on your radar, it should be.

Galloni opened his July 15 review with,

“A palpable energy and the thrill of discovery accompanied my tastings in Santa Barbara this year.”

Looks like big name Pinot producers from Napa and Sonoma have some competition on their hands. Melville in particular.

A long-time favorite, Greg Brewer and his team turned in a set of 2012s that flat out stunned Mr. Galloni. From fruit grown on their estate in the Santa Rita Hills AVA, Melville’s 2012 Pinot was the best of the bunch.

Galloni dubbed it

“One of the most polished, refined and aromatically expressive wines I have tasted from Melville…”

crowning it 94 points and saying

“What a gorgeous, radiant and totally sexy wine…”

Melville’s Lompoc estate, planted on various sub soils – predominantly Lompoc dune sand, clay loam and shale – performed brilliantly in 2012. The increased hang time allowed by the lazy, foggy mornings added up to picture perfect growing conditions. Brewer was able to harvest gorgeous fruit, with acidities to balance the striking fruit profiles and stunning aromatics.

Personally, these remind me of his ’07s – bursting with pleasure, balance like none other.

Gorgeous stuff, indeed!

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Brittan Vineyards Pinot Noirs – Lovers of Great Burgundy, It Doesn’t Get Much Better!

Brittan Vineyards

I’ve been at the Burgundy game for 30 years; tasting my way through every village of the Cote, north to south and back again. I’ve personally visited with vignerons through thick and thin on more than 2 dozen occasions. It’s maddening some times, the elusive bottle of mind-bending Pinot.

Oregon ain’t no picnic either, might be even more frustrating. Pinot won’t be tamed, tricked, cajoled, manipulated, masked. Cabernet? Grow it anywhere; it’ll still show its stuff. Try that with Pinot and you might as well sell it off to the distillery.

Estimates put the top performers – those who garner the BIG points – at less than 1% of all growers.

So imagine the look on my face when reading the headlines in the Wine Advocate,

“Brittan’s wines with low pH and firm acidity (without sacrificing flavor) are sure to send bolts of rapture through lovers of great Burgundy” .

Visions of Mortet went dancing through my head. Let me conclude by saying, any bottles remaining after this pre-sale will find themselves quietly resting next to verticals of Aubert’s best in my cellar.

Don’t dilly dally…

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DuMOL Pinot Noir Estate 2011 – One of America’s True Grand Crus


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DuMOL Pinot Noir Estate 2011Dumol Estate Pinot
(93-95) points Wine Advocate

~ When it comes to reference point Pinot Noir, there are TWO estates on the planet which growers of this uber-luscious, ever-fickle varietal consider vanguards: Domaine de la Romanee Conti & Domaine Leroy.

~ So when DuMOL’s 2011 Estate recently recorded a potential 95 point ranking from The Wine Advocate, serious Pinot aficionados took note!

~ Why? For vintage 2011, The Wine Advocate bestowed a similar 95 points upon Domaine Leroy’s Grand Cru Richebourg.

~ The difference? Leroy’s 2011 Richebourg will set you back a cool $3000!

~ DuMOL’s 2011 Estate Pinot:

Retails at:  $100/btl
Your Price: $94.99/btl

From Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate:

The flagship 2011 Pinot Noir Estate DuMol Estate is all about balance and harmony. Nothing in particular stands out, just the wine’s stunning balance and proportion. Deep, rich and voluptuous yet backed up by serious tannins, the 2011 is an infant today. It will be great fun to see where this goes. Today, the Dumol Estate is pure sexiness in the glass! Amazingly, these vines are just seven years old. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2026.” 
(93-95) points


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From The Pinot File:

“Since its beginning in 1996, DuMOL has had a stellar lineup of wines which today includes Pinot Noir, Syrah, Chardonnay and Viognier. Partners Michael Verlander, Kerry Dumol CellarMurphy and winemaker/partner Andy Smith tend to lead a low profile with very minimal public exposure and let their wines speak for themselves.

Verlander and Murphy met in 1990 when Murphy was dining in Verlander’s Walnut Creek restaurant. Murphy had been collecting wines from Burgundy since he sold his family tire business, Murphy’s Inc., to Goodyear in 1987. The two men decided to start DuMOL in 1996. The first year they produced 300 cases split evenly between Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Dutton Ranch.

The winemaker and viticulturist since 2000 is talented Andy Smith who became a partner in the winery in 2005. Prior to coming to DuMOL, he studied under Neil McCallum (Dry River, Martinborough), Ted Lemon (Littorai) and Paul Hobbs.”

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Morgan “Twelve Clones” Pinot Noir 2012 ~ A Santa Lucia Highlands Overachiever


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2012 MORGANTwelve Clones” Pinot NoirMorgan Tweleve Clones 2

* Previous Vintage accolades include Wine Spectator top 100 wines of 2012, and 92 Points Wine Spectator….

* Sourced from Morgan’s much higher end Vineyards, including the renowned “Double L” Vineyard (Morgan’s single vineyard Double L goes for upwards of $50/btl)…

* Your search for the perfect Pinot to serve for Thanksgiving is over…

2012 Morgan “Twelve Clones” Pinot Noir
Retails at:   $34.00/btl
Your Price: $23.99/btl

WCC Notes: “The 2012 Morgan Twelve Clones showcases powerful aromas of fresh cherry, plum, dark chocolate and cola. On the palate the wine is well-concentrated, with deep broadening flavors of black cherry, vibrant wild berry, sweet red fruits, black tea and vanilla. The wine is rich and deep, with superb balance and a long, luscious finish.


2012 MORGAN “Twelve Clones” Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands


Morgan Vineyards is located in the heart of the Santa Lucia Highlands, in an area of hillside vineyards that some consider to be the “Cote d’Or” of California. Their neighbors include Sleepy Hollow, Mer Soleil, Rosella’s and Garys’ Vineyards.

The new Morgan “Twelve Clones” Pinot Noir comes from the finest vineyards of the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation, including Morgan’s own organically farmed “Double L” estate, which accounted for 63% of the final blend. (The “Double L” Pinot sells for upwards of $50)…

It was no surprise that the Wine Spectator has awarded major kudos to Morgan’s “Twelve Clones” Pinot Noir in the past.  At under $25/btl the Morgan “Twelve Clones” Pinot Noir is without a doubt one of the finest Pinot Noir values on the planet. If you are searching for a seriously high quality Pinot Noir at a great price, look no further than the new Morgan Twelve Clones.

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Domaine Taupenot Merme Part II – A Decade+ of Refinements leads to Excellent 2011s

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Beginning with the 1998 vintage, a shift in responsibilities was witnessed Chez Taupenot Merme – with the 7th generation taking over – and a host of viticultural changes were introduced. One by one, as these improvements were implemented vintage by vintage, the resulting wines benefited from even more defined personalities (best described by that elusive term “terroir”), deeper colors, more refined perfumes as well as textures that rendered the wines wonderfully drinkable throughout their life cycles. Guided by a desire for purity in their wines, Romain and his Sister, Virginie have taken the following steps over the past decade:

  • Completed the family’s conversion to organic viticulture
  • Began working with a process known as “chauffage post fermentaire” (which gently extracts “noble” tannins)
  • Elected to work with 100% destemmed fruit (ala Henri Jayer)
  • Started racking their wines into oak for 12-15 months  for resting on their fine lees
  • Reduced the amount of new oak (the maximum percentage being 40% for the Grand Crus)

These improvements, coupled with generations-old attention to detail in the vineyards have resulted in professional marks from international critics which have noticeably increased for this venerable estate. Including their less-than-barrique-sized quantity of Clos des Lambrays, this 30 acre estate (with holdings across Gevrey, Morey and Chambolle) – dating to the 1760s – is truly poised for the future as one of the leading domaines of the Cote. Jeannie Cho Lee MW (Decanter Magazine) has declared Taupenot Merme among her “favorite Burgundy producers” (along with DRC, Leflaive and Rousseau), while Allen Meadows (Burghound.com) has defined the wines as being “built on a base of finesse rather than power”, while being “both transparent and very pinot”. And considering that their selections now often garner top marks from Burghound per particular lieu dits, the time is now for serious Burgundy enthusiasts to get to know “today’s” Taupenot Merme.

 

For a complete list of currently available 2011s, please visit:

 

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Domaine Francois Bertheau – Quietly leading the way in Chambolle

 

One can only speculate as to the reasons behind Francois’ decision to forgo attending this years’ GJDB  – perhaps his long-standing relationship with Kermit Lynch could offer some insight – but his absence was noticed (at least by this fan of ethereal Chambolle-Musigny). It’s nice to know we have so many of his wines available for our clients, though.

 

Domaine Bertheau first attracted international attention when Robert Parker, while authoring his book “Burgundy – A Comprehensive Guide” would meet with and taste the wines of then proprietor Pierre Bertheau (father of Francois), ca 1989. So enamored was Parker of the wines emanating from Domaine Bertheau, in fact, that he graded the property at that time higher than Comte de Vogue, and on the same qualitative level as other superstar Domaines in Chambolle-Musigny as Jacques-Frederic Mugnier and Ponsot. Noting that Bertheau produced one of the finest Bonnes Mares, Amoureuses as well as Chambolle Charmes of anyone in the village, the “diminutive” Pierre (as Parker so affectionately described the man) was officially on the map.

 

Like so many of his contemporaries, Bertheau practiced what could best be described as a non-interventionist approach. Believing that terroir was paramount, Bertheau spent most of his time focusing on just that: the vineyard. His son, Francois would inherit this appreciation for terroir and a hands-off approach to wine-making, continuing in his father’s meticulous approach – right down to the minimalist approach to new wood (less than 10% is often employed here).

 

Upon Pierre’s untimely death in the early 2000s, Francois took full control of the Domaine and a new label was launched – bearing the name Domaine Francois Bertheau. The traditions, style as well as methods of viticulture, however remain steadfast. Francois respects his father’s theories and avoids filtration and manipulation of these delicate, exquisite, absolutely pristine examples of the very best that Chambolle and Bonnes Mares has to offer.

 

For details on currently available offers from this estate, please visit:

 

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