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Reactions to 2007 Toulouse Vineyards Pinot Noir “The Drippings”

2007 Toulouse Vineyards Pinot Noir “The Drippings” – USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley (9/7/2013)

Toulouse wines are made very much for drinking on release, and I love them for that. They’re like bright-eyed golden retrievers, eager to be loved and easy to love.

The “Drippings” Pinots, produced in some vintages with maturation “on the lees”, should hold up longer than their non-Drippings counterparts.

As of September ’13, the ’07 Drippings is definitely in better shape than Toulouse’s scrumptious-on-release-but-no-longer-tasty regular ’07s. But it has still passed its peak.

Very rich texture, full-bodied in a style reminiscent of neighbor Goldeneye’s. Lots of oak, but not overdone. At this point the bright fruit and original Pinot character have receded, so what’s left is mostly secondary flavors (most but not all of them good) and texture.

Drink lots of Toulouse, and drink them early! (85 points)

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