January 26, 2011

2001 Arcadian Pinot Noir Garys' Vineyard

I think I've testified enough here about my love for Arcadian wines. Joe Davis makes wine purposefully in the manner of the wines that he enjoys, those being Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Burgundy. Without question, the greatest examples I've had of aged California Pinot Noir that truly evolve and improve in bottle are Arcadian Pinot Noirs.

I first tasted this 2001 Garys' Pinot about five years ago when Hardy Wallace of DirtySouthWine and now The Natural Process Alliance shared a bottle with me. The wine showed its brilliance then, but it was still young and figuring itself out. My recent tasting last weekend revealed a wine that has not only aged well (surviving is one thing), but has also grown and improved. The wine spoke of old world sensibilities. It was powerful, yet it was weightless; there were tertiary aromas of earth and stone, and it revealed layers of beauty the longer it stayed open. It is a special wine that I am glad to have more of as I don't see this going away anytime soon.

By his own admission, Joe Davis strives to "create Burgundian styled Pinot Noir." Tasting wines like this confirm for me that he is accomplishing that which he has set out to do.

1 comment:

  1. The wines look exquisite and elegant. It is a touch of class that I would like to savor one day.