January 4, 2010

Welcoming 2010 With A Few Wines

Just a quick recap of some of the wines from the past few days of festivities. To be honest, I'm slammed with a new job and won't be blogging too much for a few weeks, so these are just some impressions to get 2010 started. Hope you all had a great holiday season.

With our friends in Candler Park on New Year's Eve, this stood out:

2007 Kutch Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

Jamie Kutch left his job on Wall Street back in 2005 to chase his dream of making pinot noir in California. 2007 is his third vintage, and he is really finding his way. There is an old world sensibilities to his pinots, especially the '07s that top out at 13.2% alochol. This '07 showed a xpicy, smoky nose. Feminine red fruit caresses the palate. There is also an herbal/stemmy note that leaves a lingering spice on the palate. Really nice, long finish here. Slightly tight at times, but that's a fleeting notion as the wine really drank well last night. I don't know if I need to say more than that it was flat-out delicious.

At home on New Year's Day, as I continue to scratch my Burg itch:

2003 JL Trapet Gevrey Chambertin Ostrea
Faint floral nose. Delicate, feminine palate shows dark cherry fruit and forest floor. Palate is balanced and softly touched with sweet oak. Nice wine, but not a lot hiding. It's ready for easy, but pretty drinking. Despite the heat of the problematic 2003 vintage, this was quite nice and showed some restraint.

And while watching Florida dismantle Cincinnati's undefeated season:

2005 Pax Syrah Alder Springs
I've posted on Pax's Syrahs numerous times here before. This was one of the best bottles of Pax's stuff I've had, and certainly the best showing for this wine. Time has done it well. Decanted for three hours. There was a deep, tarry nose that also throws some mint notes. Palate is stacked with deep dark fruit, black cherry, and more tar notes. There are hints of eucalyptus and herbs in the back. Still somewhat tannic on the back side. Best showing yet for me on this bottle, but it still has a few years to go. Terrific young Syrah. Cheers.


  1. Thanks Dude! Not normally a huge FLA fan, I took distinct pleasure in watching such a dominant football event...though I was drinking Whiskey.

  2. Hey Dude, glad to see your tearing into the Pax wines. Trying like heck to sit on those vintages for a while but it's soooooo difficult! I really want to experience some of these wines after a good decade or so of maturing... cheers!