Haven't posted in a week or so. Was busy last week with Thanksgiving festivities. I chose not to take lots of pics of all the cooking I did, I was concentrating on relaxing and hanging out with the family. I did have a couple of really nice wines during the weekend for which I am most thankful!
I think I have run out of superlatives for Arcadian. Remember my testaments to the brilliance that Joe Davis' pinots achieve with age.
1999 Arcadian Pinot Noir Jill's Cuvée - USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Maria Valley (11/26/2009) What a terrific wine. Stunning nose of smoke, black cherry, meat. Palate is coated by tart cherry and raspberry, along with herbal notes and an earthy essence. Long, puckering finish that shows long notes of cherry and spice. Just great with the turkey day food stuff. Another home run from Joe D.
As for Edmunds St. John, another brilliant winemaker, Steve Edmunds, has been cranking out age worthy rhone-styled wines for nearly 20 years. Brilliant wines that often take 10 years to strut their stuff and are pretty widely available in the under $30 zone.
2001 Edmunds St. John Los Robles Viejos Rozet Vineyard - USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles (11/25/2009) Deep and dark. Notes of garrigue, pepper, dark fruit. Nice touch of acid runs across the back end. Drinking perfectly now. Yeah. Just a joy to drink. Held up nicely over two hours. Hello. It's a $20 wine. How does Steve do it? Genius.