Big and voluptuous wine that pushes the new world envelope a bit. For its style, it is a very good, delicious wine that stresses ripe fruit over more tertiary notes. This took a few years to round into form, but it is in a very good place right now. This could handle much heartier food that your typical pinot.
Second Sunday Group: 2000 Bordeaux (R&D's): Ripe and raisiny, bordering on pruny, with cranberry and sour fruit aromas. The palate is no different, with sour fruit and prune flavors. Others seemed to like this more than I, but I couldn't enjoy this.
Bright candy cherry nose. Light mint. Light tannins but quite a powerful flavor of red berries, tart acidity, earthy, medium to long finish. Slightly disjointed on finish though but a very new world Pinot.
Big smack of leather, baking spices, cola, hint of kirsch. Noticeable acidity. The wife had trouble picking a flavor out of it...It grew on me as the night went on, and after we ate.
It's been 8 months since I've had this, and with all the wine tasting I've done this year, my palate and rating scale have changed a bit since then. I've moved a bit away from the full big new world style of pinot. So I'm taking this down from my March rating to line up more with my revised scale...it's a good wine, but there's nothing that really jumps out at me, and it's not a very good QPR. I had the $25 Rivers-Marie Sonoma Coast Pinot last night, which I gave a 90, and I do think it's the better wine. Of course both the Aston and the RM are the same winemaker, Thomas Brown. As I noted in my last Aston TN from March, I thought the RM Pinot was more in the Burgundian style, just a nice, subtle, well balanced example of Pinot Noir, while the Aston is just much more new world. I still feel that way about them. If I was going to introduce someone to Pinot Noir, I would reach for the RM over the Aston.
Will improve with a few more years in the cellar, or give this a few hours decant at least.
- Crimsom color and aromas of raspberry and strawberry. Satin-Like texture with a medium finish - Typical Cali Pinot nose, dark in color with a very smooth silky mouth feel. A terrific Pinot if subtlety is not important. Drinking very well now. Enjoy.
First of all let me just say: LOL! There is such a division in Pinot camps that clearly come across in the CT scores of this wine. That being said, this wine is dark through and through. Immediately with cola and dark black fruit with a tinge of clove. Big on the palate for a Pinot with a long finish and soft tannins. Personally, I like my Pinots a bit more on the lighter side with bright fruit and a bit more acid. Though not in my wheelhouse, this is a nice wine and a good occasional change from the Pinots I usually drink.
Very smooth with depth and a classic pinot funk that keeps me from loving the wine. I am a cabernet guy but enjoy adventuring out and I can taste the quality. If you are a Pinot fan this may be a top 10 wine for 09.
Continuing with 09 Pinot after the last two nights. Trying to get a good CA 09 Pinot baseline here...Still have a glass left of the 09 Kanzler from last night, so a little bit of side by side comparison going on, but of course the Kanzler has been open for a day now.
So the Aston...Out of the cellar at 130pm, decanted at 400pm. Still a little cool from the cellar, but almost room temp. Tasted over the first 30 minutes. A little more purple than the light ruby color Kanzler, but close. Definitely a much bigger style than the Kanzler or Red Car. Not a lot of fruit on the nose, much more earth, oak, spices, cassis, tobacco, butter. That buttery diacetyl taste isn't really in the palate, but I get the aroma on the nose. Big, grippy tannins, but smooth. Not a lot of fruit on that palate either, much more earth and spice tones throughout. But good backbone, and the alcohol is balanced nicely. The Kanzler and Red Car both seemed overly alcoholic at times.
1 hr: Room temp. I think a hint of chocolate and pepper on the palate now too. The buttery nose has faded a bit. Tannins still grip nicely.
2 hrs: This seems pretty stable already...nothing really new jumped out at me.
3 hrs: I was cooking and missed this interval...
4 hrs: With dinner, homemade chicken alfredo. Picked up more fruit, black cherries, when had with the alfredo, which is the most fruit I've tasted in this wine. Tannins seem to have relaxed a bit, but might be the cream and cheese in the alfredo that tones it down. Definitely more of an earthy Pinot, and I think this might be a love it or hate it type of wine. Not the same style as TRB makes at Rivers-Marie.
Just did side by side with some Kanzler. Definitely more fruit in the Kanzler, and it's much different and lighter than the Aston. I have to give the edge to the Aston by just a hair though; it was a bit better right out of the bottle I think, and I like the bigger style.
5 hrs: Again pretty stable, and I did enjoy it with dinner. A big wine...Cab-ish almost.
I have no official notes on this due to it being served at dinner party, paired well with grilled shrimp & lobster rolls. This wine is simply amazing, even at its young age. I should of bought a case! It's been almost a day since I drank it and i'm still thinking about it.....