Tag Archives: Pinot noir

Wine of the Week: 2008 August Kesseler Spätburgunder Pinot N (Rheinhessen)

Occasionally, I find a wine that is so surprisingly good that I am blown away.  The 2008 August Kesseler Spätburgunder Pinot N is one such wine. The color is garnet that is starting to turn a bit brownish. The nose and palate have ripe strawberry and blackberry, spice, brambly, and just enough mushroom and black […]

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Wine of the Week: 2009 Franz Keller Pinot Noir (Baden, Germany)

To make good on two of my wine resolutions for 2012 – to drink lighter wines and more German wines, particularly reds – I made my first wine of the new year a Franz Keller Pinot Noir. The wine comes from the Baden region in southwest Germany. Despite being the warmest winegrowing region in the […]

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Wine Review: 2008 P.J. Valckenberg Undone Pinot Noir (Rheinhessen, Germany)

Unoaked. Unadulterated. Crisp, dry “naked” flavor. Like the description on the back label of Undone Pinot Noir from Valckenberg, this is a straightforward wine. While Germany is better known for producing white wines, increasing numbers of vineyards are being planted to red grapes – perhaps a result of global climate change bringing conditions that allow […]

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He Said, She Said – Outlier Burgundy Seminar and Dinner at Journeyman with Len Rothenberg

GLENN – My serious wine education began with weekly tastings at Federal Wine and Spirit hosted by Len Rothenberg. The tastings weren’t just a “swirl, sniff and slurp” event but an in-depth tutorial taught by Len, one of the early and continuing  players in Boston’s wine culture. Even though I never obtained the distinction of being one […]

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Wine of the Week: 2009 La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

After a string of terrific white wines that have been perfect for summer, I was in the mood to shift gears a bit and enjoy a light red wine. This La Crema Pinot Noir from the cool Sonoma Coast hit the spot. In the glass the La Crema was light and fresh-looking with violet and […]

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Beyond Malbec: Argentine Pinot Noirs for under $20

In one of my first wine classes with Bill Nesto at Boston University, he noted that for many wine lovers Pinot Noir was both the pinnacle of their wine drinking experience and their biggest disappointment. The sentiment has stayed with me and, largely, proven correct, though I feel that for no other varietal is the […]

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Down the Drain – Weekend Disappointment

No – this post isn’t about a date or liaison gone wrong. Rather, it’s about two wines that nearly ruined my weekend – nearly, but not quite – I recover quickly. It’s rare for me to pour wine down the drain – my Yankee sensibilities keep me from that. I can always use a wine […]

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Wine Review: 2007 Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir Hemel-en-Aarde Valley

Last year I purchased eight bottles of the 2007 vintage of Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir. I usually don’t purchase large quantities of wine for keeping and enjoying over coming years; there’s just too little storage room in my apartment and too many other wines to try. But this was different for a number of reasons. […]

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Wine Review: 2009 Domaine Collotte Marsannay Rosé

There are not a lot of rosés from Burgundy on wine store shelves. And in fact, there is only one appellation in Burgundy that can carry a village-level designation for rosé.  It is Marsannay, which is located in the northern part of the Côtes de Nuits. All other Burgundian rosés are classified as the regional […]

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No’easter? No Problem! An Evening with Martine Saunier at Brix on Broad

Businesses, city government, schools, and pretty much everybody heeded weather warnings that a major snowstorm was going to wreck havoc on Boston on February 10.  Closings and cancelations had shut down most of the city. Luckily, the bold Brix Chix and their guest, wine importer Martine Saunier were the exception. Storm or no storm, the […]

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