2003 Failla Pinot Noir Keefer Ranch

Community Tasting Note


87 Points

Friday, December 4, 2009 - Paired with a chicken pot pie al deluxe. Dark red to pink on the edges. Initial funky roasted green pepper aromas, with cherry and wet smoked oak - faded with air time. Bright heat on the nose blows off as well. Attack starts slow, with ripe strawberry, and tart cherry. Fruit gains acceleration through the robust finish, combining toasted oak, heat, black cherry and fermented orange. 14.3% Medium length 30 second finish. Day two provides a better tasting experience - the odd aromas have mostly evaporated though there's a little vegetal musk still left - blackberry, oak take center stage on the bouquet. Explosive ripe strawberry, sweet cranberry and cherry command attention, with some heat and slight vegetal secondaries. Upping score 1 point from initial rating. Drinking very well on day 5 under vac-u-vin - the final analysis is this could use more rack time or decant for several hours prior to serving at this point.

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