2011TilleulsPN2011 Fabienne Cottagnoud Cave des Tilleuls, Pinot Noir de Vetroz, Valais AOC, Switzerland.
This is truly a stunning Swiss wine, I almost tried to ignore it, but I was instantly drawn to it’s charms during a recent Burgundy tasting where someone slipped this Pinot Noir in the lineup, and honestly it was better than a lot of fine Premier Cru Burgs. I had tasted this wine prior and liked it, though in context, the second bottle was tremendous and thoroughly enjoyable, if you want to blow a few minds you should search this beautiful Pinot Noir out, it is imported by Rosenthal and it is worth the effort, no question. This unique mountain Pinot Noir coming from the Valais region of Switzerland is hand crafted by Fabienne and her husband Marc-Henri who tends the organic vineyards, these are wines that showcase terroir with dramatic mineralite from the combination of schist, gneiss and granite soils. The 2011 Cave des Tilleuls Pinot Noir de Vetroz is sexy, vibrant, richly flavored, textural and transparent with a brilliant ruby hue, soft floral perfume and delicate, but expressive layers of black cherry, attractive red currants, framboise, strawberry and wild plum along with red spices, crushed stones, flint, smoke and saline notes with hints of cured meat, savory elements, subtle wood and crushed roses. The fruit gathers intensity in the mouth and lingers on the sublime finish, and the cool racy acidity keeps everything precise and focused, drink over the next 3 to 5 years, very impressive!
($36-45 Est.) 93+ Points, grapelive

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