Originally Posted by erictheobscure
^ Fer servadou? I've only tried the varietal once or twice (and can't remember exactly what label I tried), but I like it.
Its a shitty grape. No offense - I'm sure there are some people in southwest France (its home) who manage to make a decent wine from old vines, but there isnt much to recommend it as a varietal. I made some last fall that ripened to a whopping 15 brix. The must was so weak that I joked that Jesus made water into wine and so did we.
Tonight I opened one of my coveted bottles of Lioco Hirsch Vineyard Pinot Noir - the 2009. Really nice stuff if Sonoma Coast Pinot is your thing. Light and tart with cherry & pomegranate fruit and some nice tea, orange peel, and damp evergreen forest aromas. Very solid.
Last night was a 2006 Lioco Michaud Vineyard Chardonnay (Chalone AVA - Monterey County.) These are very nice, lots of lemon, minerals, and acid.
Also picked up two bottles of Ken Wright Pinot - the 2009 Willamette Valley. Looking forward to trying them.3