Adamas Pinot Noir
Adamas Pinot Noir
Region: Burgundy, France
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Burgundy, it is one of the words in the world of wine that offers a broad spectrum of interpretation. Often setting an oenophilles heart aflutter, its wines are esoteric, brilliant and more often than not, misunderstood. Sadly, most consumers fear and avoid them. Complicated labeling, designations and price are most certainly barriers to purchase. It’s a shame as it is widely considered the best place in world for Pinot Noir. Recently, I discovered one that I hope might change some peoples minds.
The selection I made was the 2005 Adamas Pinot Noir. The reason I chose it is that the label is entirely in English. Regardless of what the label states, what is most important is what actually is in the bottle. The body on this wine is clear with a wonderful light intensity, ruby-ish orange hue. The bouquet is offers notes of bright raspberry and vanilla spiced oak which is a touch simplistic but pleasant regardless. Upon the first sip, the sensation of sour rhubarb, cherry and pomegranate cleanse the palate with an acidic pang. Over the finish, the vanilla and oak aspects noted on the nose resurface. The tannins are evident however, they are soft but leave the palate with slightly bitter sensation. Even after 4 years in the bottle, the Adamas remains a touch angular. Its no wonder that WineSpectator called it ‘hard’ when they reviewed it in 2007.
The verdict: This wine shows good quality but for my palate was a touch on the thin side. I still suggest seeking out a Burgundy for those who currently pass them by. There are several reasonably priced options from producers like Jadot who provide quality product at reasonable prices. For those looking for food friendly reds with finesse and nuisance, wines from Burgundy provide excellent options.
- Adamas Pinot Noir
- by Adrian Bryksa
- Published on December 17th, 2009
- 84 Points
More from Adrian Bryksa:
Terre da vino Barolo Poderi Scaronne D.O.C.G.
I recently spotted a lonely bottle of 2005 Amon-Ra for a bargain basement price that I left on the shelf. When I went back to buy it, it was gone and I swore that I would never leave another deal like that on the table.
Narkoojee Cabernet Sauvignon
Narkoojee is a family run vineyard located in the relatively obscure Central Gippsland sub-region, which for those familiar with Australia is about 2.5 hours south east of Melbourne.
Zimmermann Rosshimmel Riesling
As I continued to sip, the terroir to which the grapes were grown continued to shine through with those much desired flint, rock and mineral aspects pouring through.
Château Latour – Martillac
If you cellar wine, one of the great pleasures is to pluck out a wine that you have been holding and enjoy it – preferably with friends.
Sustainable Dining at Red Door Bistro
Using local and provincial producers, Red Door Bistro has tried to ensure that where possible, their materials are as organic and are as free from hormones, pesticides and all those other undesirable ingredients as possible.
Corte Giara Ripasso Valpolicella Superiore
It is also the reason that Ripasso wines are often referred to as ‘Baby Amarone’ since that secondary fermentation takes place on the same lees used to make Amarone.
Other recent features:
Sónar 2010 – Barcelona, Spain
The festival attracts a lot of outsiders, but the Mediterranean, Spanish and more specifically Catalan nature of the people makes the festival what it is. Catalan people are passionate and this passion is infectious. The atmosphere is electric in Barcelona as a city and heightened by music and intoxicants at Sónar.
Summer Party Naval Styles at Seven RestoLounge
Oysters, like wine are affected by terroir and these Miyagi’s flavor profiles ranged with one showing a cleaner, almost tropical profile and the other being more salty, marine driven. As I was devouring the seemingly endless plates put in front of us, I sipped on a glass of fine sauvignon blanc.
R4NT Radio March 2010
R4NT Radio March 2010 um wow it’s been far too long since the last edition edition, featuring: Hector Hernandez, The Infesticons, Blockhead, Gramatik, Emika, Thunderheist, Parov Stelar, Eddy Meets Yannah, Anti-Pop Consortium, The Slew, Lighterthief, Andreya Triana, Parasyte Woman, Mathon, Venetian Snares, and Funki Porcini.
O Restaurant & Lounge revisited
Calgary has a diverse set of urban communities, most of which have the ubiquitous strip mall watering hole. In the South West community of Marda Loop, a reinvention of this paradigm has been established.
Predictions 2010.. and beyond!
So 2010 eh? Almost but not quite (no year zero they say) another decade? It seems like just yesterday that the world was waiting for Y2K. R4NT started publishing in March 2001, so we’re not quite 10 years old yet, but in internet years we are already a senior citizen.
No matter what, the reality of Nelson Mandela is something that deserves screen time. Should this film even remotely intrigue the masses to take interest in this figure, the world would likely benefit greatly from it.