The Bernard Roth Archives
We are happy that Bernard, who has sampled so many wines, has shared his notes with us. We do have, or have had for sale a few of the wines Bernard writes about, and we include a link to our stock page whenever it is a producer we carry (but since the stock page is kept up-to-date and the wines are sold, don't expect any but the newest of wines to show up in our stock!). Mostly though, since we specialize in County of Santa Barbara Wine and Central Coast Wine, we don't carry a lot of the wines Bernard writes about. But we think it is important that you be able to have an idea what they're like in case you are planning to buy some somewhere, or have them in your own collection. Enjoy.
Here are Bernard's notes from September 22, 2002:
95 Flowers CMR Pinot Noir "Moon Select"
|I finally decided it was time to open my first bottle of the 95 Moon Select, having enjoyed the 95 regular Camp Meeting Ridge PN 3 years ago. This wine is not particularly enjoyable. The nose is a bit muted, on the dark and oaky side. In the mouth, there's some confiture-like black cherry and marionberry (not the Arkansas Congressman) and a touch of cassis liqueur. But the fruit is subdued, playing second fiddle to the coarse tannins that really clamp down on the finish. The oak adds a medicinal, creosote character through the midpalate into the finish. Tastes a bit too manipulated, with too much toasted barrel and too much skin. I cannot see this improving because the fruit is not bright enough, but if it does, expect it to take another 5 years or more, sort of the Chambertin of Sonoma in this respect. Did not change much with significant breathing. About 84-86 points, depending on your tolerance for oak and tannin.|
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