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January 27, 2006

03 Chasseur, Russian River Valley Sylvia's Pinot Noir

Look. You can't leave the candies in your pocket all day, even if you need them during the chem exam after lunch. They melt; they resolidify; the plastic clings to the outside. They never taste the same. That's where the slightly-sweet Chasseur Sylvia's is determined to go. It moved me in its opening moments--made me think that there are more Californian pinots out there that don't have a strange powdered sugar taste to them. But then, it melts. And now, I feel like Oprah recommending "A Million Little Pieces." It's a beautiful read, even after you realize what's really going on, but I can't get quite the same feeling from the second and third glass of Sylvia's as I did from the first. The nuanced cherry amoebas into something a bit too easy and fictional. The lightly smoky yeast nose is captivating, but ultimately has nothing to do with the sappy, liqueur-like taste of strawberry, watermelon, raspberry, and Eve--the putative innocence of all our coming sins.


Blogger caveman said...

ain't it always that way from the old russian river.
Huck Bill Finn

10:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Two nice quotes from David Lett of Eyrie Vineyards:

"Pinot noir should be a princess, not a monster. Who would you rather eat with?"

"You don't see any fuckin' palm trees in Burgundy."

5:00 PM  
Blogger Nilay Gandhi said...

I appreciate the comments. Those are nice quotes, Anonymous, but I have to wonder how useful they are.

This idea of the elegant pinor noir stands on pretty weak legs in my opinion. Granted, I've never had a Burgundy as robust as, say, 02 Sea Smoke Ten, but there are countless Burgundies that are made in a much more monstrous style than they generally get credit for.

I have rarely encountered a true Burgundian "princess," and, when I have, it was more a sign of her age than her pedigree.

5:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You need to start dating more. Princesses abound out there. One day you will find your and buy two cases.

1:57 PM  
Blogger Nilay Gandhi said...

I do need to date more, but I've already found a couple princesses in the New World. Dates are expensive, and I shouldn't have to look so hard for something that's going to end in a few years anyway.

4:41 PM  

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