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Saturday, January 10, 2009

2006 Molnar Family Poseidon's Vineyard Pinot Noir

As mentioned in the previous Molnar Chard posting I wrote a couple days ago, this is a small boutique producer out of Carneros that produces limited production wines and makes their own Hungarian oak cooperage as well. This 1,118 case production of Pinot Noir was also fermented in 100% Hungarian oak and has similar qualities to the Chardonnay in that the oak is very subtle and only imparts a small amount of flavor into the wine. The bouquet has lots of nice and ripe strawberry fruit with a touch of mineral and crushed stone, followed by a dose of grape jelly and soft hints of soil. On the palate this wine is very round and has a lush and fruit driven complex. Pure notes of strawberry meet soft cherry and firm tannins that linger onto the finish in a balanced and structured fashion. 90 points

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C. Bowie Photography said...

Great selection here.

Dave the Wine Merchant said...

Your description is spot-on! I enjoyed this wine enough to include it in my April 2009 shipment to club members, and it's proven popular among those whose palate is able to appreciate wines of a more nuanced, "Burgundian" style (to use a hackneyed descriptor in lieu of lots of flowery descriptors).

Though the 2006 vintage was a bit problematic, with near-albino grapes in the center of many clusters (that had to be removed during sorting!), the end result is testament to Winemaker Michael Terrien talent and attention to detail. A very nice wine!

Cheers,
Dave the Wine Merchant

 
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