Thursday, May 5, 2016

Louis Latour Domaine de Valmoissine Pinot Noir, 2009

As a good value Pinot Noir, Domaine Valmoissine is a long-term favorite in my family. I have seen recent vintages for $10 a bottle at Costco. The 2009 is still a deep ruby. Aromas and flavors have a strawberry/rhubarb note--pleasingly ripe but with an acidic edge that keeps it lively. Also anise seed and other spices. As always the texture is lovely--Pinot all the way.

Having had some excellent Pinots from the Northern California Coast (Anderson Valley, Russian River, Sonoma Coast, Mendocino Ridge) recently, my enthusiasm for Valmoissine has waned a bit in comparison. It does not offer the depth that these wines have. When released, though, these Northern California Pinots sell for three to four times more than the Valmoissine.

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