From the cellar: Julicher Martinborough Pinot Noir 2007 – $$$
Hmmm, this is an odd one to taste. I opened the bottle at dinner, poured a bit into the xl5, paired it with some slow cooked beef, and recorded my impressions (alongside cajoling LG into eating some of her dinner, and talking to the olds on the phone).
I then did some volunteer work for my childcare service. I put LG to bed, folded some laundry, and started a powerpoint presentation for my company. That led to me idly surfing the net, so then I thought, hey, better blog on that wine, and so I poured another serve into the xl5. It seemed not the same wine at all…
…it is dark carmine in colour, no doubt after the 4-5 day maceration. First off it was quite fruity on the nose, with toffee and dried fruit. Nothing ethereal or elegant about this punchy pinot. It was strong and full in the mouth, fruit-packed, black currants and marzipan. There was a good level of complexity. It went well with the beef. So far so great…
..On the second go round, I smelt more of the forest floor funk, and boiled potatoes. Is that second thing a good thing? Not sure. I’ll give it the benefit for now. Then I swear I taste more pencil shavings (again!) or am I confusing this with that odd ‘soapy’ taste I get at the death? I have seen this with some pinots before. Don’t know if it is a fault with this bottle, lack of fruit ripeness, bad cellaring, the age, or the presentation in the glass.
It is not poison, but at this point I am leaning towards FAIL. On account of it being pricey and hand-made. 2
..Not that I’ll tip it out just yet. I’ll see if the wine mellows overnight and then recalibrate.
Aug 21st: A fellow blogger suggested that my wine went through a rapid aging process after opening, due to it being under a screw cap. Interesting. After trying the wine again today I see it has settled down a lot. It’s smoother, less affected with the soap, more of the fruit is showing through around the edges, but it is still kind of weird. Makes me think I may be keeping some of my pinots a bit too long. But then, the 2005 Palliser I had with L a while back was superb…I’ll relent and give it 2.5