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 Vintage2008 Label 1 of 5 
ProducerLoring Wine Company (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
VineyardAubaine Vineyard
SubRegionCentral Coast
AppellationArroyo Grande Valley

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2010 and 2014 (based on 22 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 89.6 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 103 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by fultonjf on 12/6/2014 & rated 90 points: A really nice wine drinking beautifully. This is my last. I would not be afraid to hold off on any other bottles I had but I don't think this wine will get any better than it is now. Drink up! (603 views)
 Tasted by Bellissimo on 3/7/2014: Last of our 08 Aubaines. Consumed over 2 nights. Night one dark, cola, big but in balance. Night 2 more acids noticable up front but still juicy, full bodied and unbashful. Held up very well. (1709 views)
 Tasted by dsgris on 1/17/2014 & rated 93 points: Very dark ruby, strong fruity nose, a ringer for a good WA Syrah as pointed out by kkleg. On the PnP, not quite dry, but the bold fruit is balanced by a good acid component. This will appeal to the bold fruit drinkers and those a who think PN is a bit wimpy. Even thought I have moved toward the restrained, acidic AFWE bunch, in the past I would have done flips for this wine. I think with time, the fruit will mellow and the acid will keep the freshness. Another night and the wine has developed tart red berry flavors, the bold fruit has morphed into a more restrained, high acid profile. The comparison to a Syrah is now withdrawn. This is one heck of a good wine, just give it a little time to show it's best. (1826 views)
 Tasted by kkleg on 12/25/2013 & rated 91 points: Fruit, spice, and alcohol on the nose. Cinnamon, cola, dark fruits, and earth on the palate. This is a big Pinot (almost Syrah-like), but is very nice for the style. Might improve, but you can certainly drink now. (1768 views)
 Tasted by underwds on 11/30/2013 & rated 88 points: Very bright ruby color and bright berry cola flavors. A nice acidic finish kept me from just thinking of this as a raspberry soda. Not all that complex, but does what it does pretty well. Good with the Thanksgiving leftovers.

4/25/2014 Pretty much the same as last time. Very good with oyster poor boys.

5/22/2014 I guess I was just in the mood for it, but found myself liking this wine much better than my previous notes indicate. Still lots of fruit up front, but then picked up plenty of vanilla and spice, with a nice, subtle oak finish that was very complimentary to salmon teriyaki. On a Pinot scale, very purple. (1852 views)
 Tasted by snarfglk on 6/23/2013 & rated 89 points: Good but not great (2093 views)
 Tasted by bpj87 on 4/4/2013 & rated 85 points: While this has the redeeming quality of some spicy complexity, it is hot and heavy-handed. Rough tannins; candied. (1502 views)
 Tasted by thebonnydooner on 3/30/2013 & rated 91 points: Lovely wine. Yes, it is big and large scaled for a pinot, but also with some lovely complexity - did not expect the complexity on the nose or palate. Mainly fruit on the nose, but with some tea and mushroom notes. Well balanced, juicy sweet cherry acidity with hints of blackberry. Long finish. Nice surprise to find in the cellar. (1367 views)
 Tasted by joet626 on 3/16/2013 & rated 92 points: Very big, rich, and full bodied. Very dark in color. Lots of cherry fruit. This was the clear winner in our pinot tasting with 6 of 8 tasters picking this as their favorite. Loring makes the fruit forward pinots and this fits the bill (1373 views)
 Tasted by galewskj on 2/9/2013 & rated 89 points: Consistent with the big Loring style. Nice if you're in the mood for that. This was still good on day 2 but severely in decline on day 3. (1668 views)
 Tasted by Anthony Lombardi on 12/23/2012: Gave this a short decant before serving. Dark garnet color with a ruby rim. The nose shows some cola/oak character with some blue & red fruit. Full bodied, fruit forward. Good intensity & highly concentrated. Mostly bright cherry notes. Moderate acidity adds a second layer, & the fruit is pure, but this is a one note wine. (1593 views)
 Tasted by 2loyal on 10/25/2012 & rated 89 points: One of the better Loring pinots I've had lately. Definitely on the big side, but lots of fun. (1361 views)
 Tasted by GrapeScott on 10/12/2012 & rated 85 points: A BIG wine. But to put this in context, I've been on a Burg kick lately. Drank over 3 nights, and perhaps showing its best on day 1, as the ripeness seemed to drift more toward the compote end of the spectrum with more air. On day 3, this almost smells like a zin, and I would probably never guess pinot based on the nose. Dark, almost opaque purple. Ripe blackberries, vanilla, some rose petal/floral notes on the nose, with obvious alcohol and a prune-like edge. Full-bodied, heavy, and hot. Not really my style, though as I predicted, Mrs. GrapeScott enjoyed it. I've had much better Lorings, though this is fair value at $20. I would PNP these, as it seemed to become more unbalanced with time. (1342 views)
 Tasted by rickspicks on 7/6/2012 & rated 88 points: Did not take notes. Very rustic in style with dark fruit and some spice and bramble. Medium to full bodied with rough edges. Lots of structure that seems to overpower the fruit. Doesn't have as much of a fruit-forward profile as I am used to with Loring pinots. Enjoyable but overall just a bit awkward to my palate. (1498 views)
 Tasted by ARiverofPisoni on 4/29/2012 & rated 90 points: Best Pinot of the night surprisingly. (1524 views)
 Tasted by DHJ1968 on 3/20/2012: Bright and shiny, and quite unlike any wine I have ever tasted. Big pinot flavors but on an unusual, almost glyceral frame. Massive wine. Reminds me of some of the early wines that sparky marquis made (in a good way). (1817 views)
 Tasted by markjahnke on 2/24/2012: Twist off and poured this tonight while waiting on some Chinese delivery for the first Friday of Lent. Something big, that could stand up to garlic sauce and other Asian delights was in order, and this seemed to fit the bill. Nice dark purple color in the glass, with a nice nose of black fruits. The first thing however I noticed was the hint of tea on the nose. It came through plain as day, and this was the first thing that I noticed. There was also some blackberry and prune on the nose, with a hint of raisin. The nose was definitely not what I expected, but as this opened up, I got nice hints of raspberry, and strawberry, with some star anise, baking spices, and more black tea. On the palate, this was a bit tart for the first 15 minutes, but as it opened up, it became a great wine. It seemed very tame and balanced compared to Loring's of the past, and that is neither a bad thing, or a good thing. All I can say is that I LOVE Brian's wines! On the palate, some nice black cherry and strawberry dominate. The plum/raisin disappeared fast thankfully, and more lush raspberry came through. This didn't seem nearly as big or ripe as some of the other wines Brian produces, and just seemed to be in good balance. While the finish was short, it was plenty pleasant, though not overly complex. Bottom line, for the price, this was yet another great wine from the Loring team, and worked perfectly with Chinese delivery tonight. Kudos to Brian! Cheers! (1903 views)
 Tasted by cbbrown3 on 2/24/2012 & rated 92 points: Decanted about 30 minutes. A nice deep ruby to purple color. Mixed juicy berries, baking spices, plums, tea, vanilla, a nice herbal note, and some earthiness on the very pleasing nose. Medium to full body with fairly solid but ripe tannins and juicy acidity. Sweet, spicy fruit on the palate with the herbal note adding a very nice counter balance with the earthy elements. Nice length on the finish which shows a bit of minerality, wish it was just a bit longer, but that is a minor issue. Not as big and overtly fruity as some of Brian's Pinots, but a slightly more restrained style. If you like Burgundian Pinots, look elsewhere unless you are looking for a wine that is kicked up several notches. (1797 views)
 Tasted by topher18 on 1/13/2012 & rated 93 points: More purple than red. Black cherry and roses on the nose. Blast of fruit, with an underlying sweet black cherry with plum, currant, raspberry and blackberry. Balanced and with a great finish.

color 5/5
nose 7/10
taste 19/20
balance 8/10
finish 4/5 (2004 views)
 Tasted by bottlestopper on 1/8/2012 & rated 93 points: Delicious, with a hint of almost a sparkle on the tongue, a characteristicI have noted before with this wine, almost like a vinho verde feel, but less so. Very unusual but very agreeable. (2010 views)
 Tasted by brianngibson on 12/29/2011 & rated 87 points: Sour cherry and sweet strawberry jolly rancher. Not one of the best results I have seen from Brian; I remain a fan, however. (2169 views)
 Tasted by bottlestopper on 12/25/2011 & rated 88 points: Opened to go with the Christmas turkey. Nice black fruit nose, not overpowering. Soft, smooth, taste, very mild oak, not as typical a Loring Pinot as some others we drink, but nonetheless, very nice. (2091 views)
 Tasted by JFish on 11/22/2011: Quick TN. Too tired to give a lot of thought on what to open. Spotted this on the floor in my cellar and decided what the hell. Twisted the cap and poured away. Whiff of some oak with the fruit at first. Big, plush, dark fruits. I kept thinking blueberr pop tart but not quite as sugary sweet and with more acidity. Didn't get much complexity but I wasn't really looking for it. Smooth, not heavy or ponderous. Can't say there's much pinot typicity here, but it was a well made wine. Enjoyed on a cool rainy night watching the Tivo'd AMAs with the kids - LFMAO killed :) (2506 views)
 Tasted by Bellissimo on 11/18/2011: Twisted and poured, consumed over 2 hours. Big and ripe but still in balance. Blackberry, boysenberry, plum and oak. Immense. (2421 views)
 Tasted by Martin Redmond on 11/13/2011 & rated 91 points: Consistent with prior reveiws - Dark garnet color with cherry cola, earth and floral aromas. On the palate medium-bodied, and silky smooth with tart cherry,graphite, and vanilla flavors. Medium-long finish. Very nice! (2682 views)
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