PnP w/30 min glass time. Clear, deep dark purple/ruby color. Opened up w/time. Proper Pinot nose/taste profile. Good balance/drinking window. Med/body/finish, on the bigger side, not over ripe, red vs. black fruit, somewhat tart. Nothing off, $40.
A bit more complex than the 2008. Similar red fruit nose, quite nice. Palate has a little more complexity with red fruit and earth more apparent. Decent finish but still a bit light & watery, especially for the usually more fruit-forward Pinots of Sonoma. At $50ish it's still not a great QPR and is competing with so many solid Cali pinots in that price point.
This bottle has a lot of tar, both on the nose and mid palate. Not anise. The finish is somewhat thin and drops off. I was going to order some more tonight but think I will hold off. Either patz/hall or talley for drinking after work.
Pinot Noir - Mendocino and Sonoma Counties (The Wine Country, Signal Hill, CA): $47.99. Fragrant, perfumed nose with good amplitude. Palate starts out soft and round but transitions to a very well balanced and elegant mid-palate. Long finish with good depth of fruit. I'd like to see a touch more acidity overall, but this is a very nice wine. Quite expensive for an appellation offering and not a great QPR. My #2 wine of the tasting, but clearly behind the much less expensive Elizabeth Spencer for me.
Granted it was the fifth bottle of the dinner, but I was pleasantly surprised by this California pinot, definitely a California Pinot with fruit, bigger than the preceding Fourrier, still medium bodied, good balance, good acidity, went down just fine
Nice pinot! Wonderfully soft and easy to drink. Not a bunch of aroma in the glass, but caught a hint of orange peel which was fun to detect. Would have rated higher commensurate with more complexity, but it is a blend.... If you're sensitive to highly acidic wines, try this one. Makes we want to taste all their other pinot offerings.
A blend of 8 pinot noir clones this one has a great color and a great briar patch nose. My inclination is to smell this one for hours. On the palate this one shows vibrant strawberry, raspberry, and dark black cherry fruit with firm acidity. Bright and big without being over extracted it maintains focus leading to a nice, soft (but tart) lingering finish. I really enjoyed this one and am sad to see the last of it go. Already looking forward to our next encounter…
Wine Geek Notes: 93pts Wine & Spirits; Cellared in 100% French Oak, 34% new, for 9 months.