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Friday, August 25, 2006

2004 Radio-Coteau Savoy Pinot Noir

At $50 a bottle this is the most expensive wine we’ve reviewed and I honestly think the most expensive bottle we’ve ever had–we’ve tried more expensive wines at tastings, but that’s a whole other ballgame.

What’s it like? There are no words. No words to describe it. They should've sent a poet.


Berries and cola on the nose. I’ve always heard of wine having hints of cola in it but I’ve never actually grabbed it until now.

The body has some earth, a bit of fruit, and oh yes–cola. Very well balanced, it’s not a fruit bomb that many US Pinot Noirs have become, it’s very subtle. There’s plums, but there’s also anise, and a suggestion of black pepper.

This wine defines smooth. The tannins are present but they just drape your palate, like George Costanza wanted to drape himself in velvet.

Sometimes I tell people that certain foods, restaurants, and experiences are consistently good, but never outstanding. A lot of wine may be consistently good, but it never reaches this level....this is a new level of wine for us. If you like Pinot Noir, if you like wine, I can’t recommend this strongly enough.

In 2005 the White Sox won the World Series. In 2006, I had this wine. What can 2007 possibly bring that will top either of those? Other than new episodes of Futurama....

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