92 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2010
($75) Full red. Very ripe, expressive aromas of strawberry liqueur, griotte cherry and raspberry jam. Then sappy, juicy and intense in the mouth, with pungent dark berry flavors complicated by spices, smoke and intriguing soil tones. For all its sweetness of fruit this pinot is classically dry in an Old World way. Winemaker Morlet used only 25% new oak for his pinots in 2008.
89 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
Love this Wine
This wine far exceeds my expectations with a great finish!
Had for Thanksgiving knowing the tastes of the group were varied, and this suited. Very nice, but not worth the price and not to my preference. Much darker and heavier, less complex than a Burgundy, but that was as expected from CA. Very smooth rounded finish, with nice cherry notes without being the dreaded "jammy" california style Pinot...still obviously CA.
Unorthodox Pinot Noir
I was surprised and disappointed with this bottle when I opened it last night. Given the fantastic wines produced by the Morlet Family Vineyards, I had high hopes for this one as well. I was tasting it as a possible gift when we go to Seattle next month, but I have to rethink that plan. The wine was murky and thick and not once did it hit a Pinot or Burgundian note, either by itself or with the dinner. As someone else wrote, hard to believe this juice is from Pinot grapes. Sorry to say, but this bottle simply wasn't to my liking. Bummer.
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Big, foxy and blocky
If I didn't know better, I would think that this one came from New Zealand or Oregon with a mixed field of grapes that wasn't pure Pinot Noir. Very huge (maybe to Parker's and Tanzer's taste, but not to mine). This is not very Pinot Noir-like. If you like big Malbecs, this is perfect for you. If you like, well balanced, feminine Pinots, this is not for you. 91 points, but not my style of wine.
Had always wanted to try a Pinot Noir from Morlet. Purchased a bottle of the 2008 Coteaux Nobles. I was greatly disappointed. Yuk. It tasted like wet cardboard and a barn floor. What a waste of money.
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Adored by critics, prized by collectors, Pinot Noir is one of most tantalizing yet temperamental varietals in the world. For many wine enthusiasts, this is part of the appeal of Pinot -- it doesn't reveal its charms easily. Pinot Noir's virtue also stems from the unique characteristics of the grape. The skins are especially delicate, which accounts for the lighter color and body of finished wine. But, despite the delicacy, the best wines have excellent backbone and...
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