This week we taste the 2010 release of the Brooks Janus and the Idealist Historian. We’ve enjoyed previous vintages of both of these wines, and we were excited to share these.
Do you agree with the general press assessments of vintage quality?
When ever I see a 2007 in a wine shop, I try it. Overall, right up there with my favorite vintages. They are currently drinking fantastic and very curious how much more, if any, weight they will gain with time.
I much prefer 2010 to 2009 as I enjoy the bright fruit with good acid grip. I just started with 2011 and can’t wait for more. It’s everything 2010 is with more complexity. 2010 is very linear (which I love too), but the 2011′s have some darker fruit notes and more mature stem tannin. Lot’s of action but needs time.
2011 Chard is delicious now (only had one so far).
For vintage ratings, if you can find a rater that aligns with your palate, then it’s a great way to know what to try. I prefer to use cellar tracker.
Did I see a DDO glass being used?:)
Thanks for the comment, especially your thoughts on Pinot Noir from 2011. I’m still trying to figure them out, so it’s great to hear other insight on it. And yes, a DDO glass does make it into the rotation from time to time, as well as a few other favorites that have given out glasses at tasting events in the past.
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