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August 23, 2007

02 Maysara, Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Estate Cuvee

I can't believe Smuckers never got a hold of Jimi Brooks before he died. The 02 Estate Cuvee is the most passionate wine he ever made--defiantly different than the elegant Brooks label wines, this is like a Runaway Red picking up steam a third of the way down the hill before it crashes into a giant creek. There's inertia to this pinot, driving a jammy raspberry, black cherry, bitter dark chocolate, and crouton compote down my gullet, as if eating as much pie as I could was the last thing I had to do before I died. The only thing that's even come close to "aging" in the five years it's sat in bottle are the aromatics, which have developed like a good Barbaresco, full of damp earth, forest fire, and Chanel. Look: Jimi understood something about beauty. And he knew everything had an ugly side--great tits with a bad personality; full lips with sharp teeth; long, lean legs with the feet to walk all over you.

1 Comments:

Blogger Nilay Gandhi said...

As far as duck is concerned, the 02 Maysara Estate Cuvee is the salt of the earth. Quite literally. It makes duck taste more like duck. Sounds easy, sure. Pinot and duck. Hey, maybe next I'll pair a cab with steak. Or get really geeky and do asparagus salad with gruner veltliner. But this is no might-as-well-be-pork-and-chicken-thigh duck roast. This is Thai basil duck, spiced to high heaven (I almost ate that glowing red dried pepper thing on the plate), and yet the alcohol has no problem here. There's just so much glycerine and fruit that both the food and wine are better for it. I could go on, but there's a meal to eat.... I bet venison would be great, too. Surely, you've had this wine by now. What would you eat it with (vegetarians need not apply).

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