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Default [TN] '07 Navarro Pinot Noir

Like Dale, I have been fighting off a cold these past few days and not
drinking much wine (herb tea has been more my speed). However, Jean
last week charged me with a most serious task: "We don't have enough
ready to drink Pinot Noir in the cellar. Buy me some, cases of it!" Who
can resist an order like that? ;-) So, this week we took receipt of
several different low level PN bottlings from some of our favorite
domestic producers. Tonight, at Jean's request, I opened:

2007 Navarro Pinot Noir "Methode l'Ancienne" (unfiltered)
nose: slightly sappy, cherry liqueur, dusty stones, smoke, spices
palate: medium-light body, vibrant acidity, slightly lactic, a hint of oak

Purchased from the winery for $31 (a filtered version sells for $29 -
WTF?). This wine gives the impression of youth to such an extent that
Jean insisted that the rest of the bottles go into the cellar for a year
or two, but the overall package is a very appealing one. Although
clearly of a California idiom, this wine wouldn't be out of place in a
lineup of '07 Bourgognes. Fairly complex even at this early stage, it
should benefit from a few years of bottle age and has the structure to
develop. My only quibble is with the pricing, since I can get Drouhin
Chorey-les-Beaune for almost $10/bottle less, but I can't find any of
that right now.

Mark Lipton
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