2015 Camille Giroud Volnay, France, Burgundy, Wine Review

This was the WOTN of our tasting.  It kept getting better of the 4.5 hours during which it was consumed.  At $60, you can make your own choice as to "Burgundy value".  Purple/ruby in color.  The nose is dusty with black cherries and spice.  On the palate, this is juicy with light tannins.  Black cherries turning a bit drying on the finish.  There is some depth here.  Given a few more years of cellaring, there is a bit of an upside.  

2015 Joseph Drouhin Côte de Beaune Villages, France, Burgundy, Wine Review

I really enjoyed this (more than the group I was tasting with actually).  It has a great texture and is open and drinking well right now.  It probably won't make old bones.  For $27 it is fairly priced for immediate drinking.  Purple/ruby in color.  The nose has fresh cherries, cherry powder and slight earthiness.  On the palate, this has big cherry fruit.  Slight tannins.  A wonderful silky texture.  A bit sour cherry on the finish.  Seems food friendly as well.  

2015 Faiveley Bourgogne, France, Burgundy, Wine Review

This is an excellent value.  For around $18, it is hard to get a better Pinot anywhere.  Not that it is amazing or mind blowing, but it is correct and affordable.  That is what Bourgogne should be about.  Purple/ruby in color.  The nose is dusty with cherries, powdered cherry drink and slight spice.  This has a very nice medium bodied, silky texture.  Cherries and sour cherries on the palate.  Slight depth.  Good balance.  Nice finish.  

2015 Domaine Trapet (Jean et Jean-Louis) Gevrey-Chambertin, France, Burgundy, Wine Review

This took a while to open.  In fact, about 3 hours until it really started to hit its stride.  My score went from an 88 to a 91 during that time, so I guess this needs some cellaring or time.  Ruby/purple in color.  The nose is tight but eventually shows some cherries and cherry powder.  Some spice and an interesting iron note.  On the palate, this has tart cherries.  With air, they got a bit fresher and riper.  The finish was more about sour cherries.  Nice texture.  Some depth.  

2015 Faiveley Mercurey 1er Cru Clos des Myglands, France, Burgundy, Wine Review

2015 is a great vintage and I was excited to get a chance to try this one.  In Burgundy terms, this is certainly a value.  It was selling for under $40.  Ruby/purple in color.  Very bright.  On the nose, sour cherries and slight cranberries.  Very nice lush texture.  Medium tannins.  On the palate, a bit one dimensional at this point.  Plenty of sour cherry fruit.  It drinks more like a new world Pinot than I expected.  Perhaps those labels mean less and less these days.  It is very enjoyable right now, but I think to justify the money, it should be laid down for at least a decade.  Certain

2014 Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard, USA, California, Santa Cruz, Wine Review

Ruby in color.  This looked a bit older than it was.  Blind, however, most people were guessing Burgundy.  The nose is very earthy with cherries.  On the palate, again earthy with cherries.  Slightly clipped on the finish.  Medium tannins.  This seemed like it may have been a bit shut down.  Pop and pour, it would have been helped out with some air.  It would be good to revisit this in a few years.  

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