Jean-Rene Germanier, Pinot Noir, Balavaud, AOC Valais – Vetroz Grand Cru, Valais, Switzerland, 2014
This wine: varietal pinot noir, natural cork closure with no capsule, 13% abv, Alpine Wines, £26.22 (05/16)
Consumer tasting note: nose opens with fresh red berries, with touches of peony, dried berries, red jelly and red liquorice, becoming more toasty with time; medium bodied, fine tannins with fresh acidity, with more bright red berries, with touches of oak and spice. Medium finish. Decant for 30 minutes to an hour.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity ruby, showing tears, no sediment.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of bright very ripe red cherry edged with a hint of toast, cranberry juice, a little spicy, lightly floral – peony, dried red berries, red currant jelly, touch of red liquorice.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, ripe medium tannins, medium alcohol, medium body, a smooth texture, medium intensity, with flavours of red currant, raspberry, cranberry, hints of toast and red liquorice. A medium length with a fresh, red berried, very lightly grippy finish, with a slight bitterness on the end.
Quality: good, a fine balance of bright acidity and moderate tannins with alcohol, which suit the flavour intensity; showing some complexity on the nose, less so on the palate, decent concentration, with red berries in the main, with evidence of deft exposure to oak and a little age in bottle, with edges of tertiary dried berries and fruit jelly. A disappointing length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing – a sound structure, but neither concentration nor indicative length are there.