Dark rich purple robe (robe seems appropriate for this plush wine). Lots of immediate ripe fruit with just a hint of sweet vanilla-y oak. Noticeable alcohol. At 14.8%, this is high for Vidon but moderate for the vintage. Consequently, this has a heaviness without a lot of acidity to lift it. Finishes medium long with a sensation of sweetness. Delivers considerable pleasure with all that velvety, gushing fruit. Don't look for complexities here.
taste: There is good balance to the fuller body and it does have some lower acidity. It isn't flabby and has some flesh to it with tones of dark red cherries, dark berries, dark red fruits and some spices.
overall: This was a nice pinot that is easier drinking. While it has lower acidity, it isn't flabby but should be drunk earlier rather than later.
Mountains to Metro (Heritage Ballroom in the Governor Hotel): Wow, what an incredible difference from the 2010 3 Clones!! This is very much darker in color and definitely overall character. This smells like jam. The palate is soft and tart, but there's tons of alcohol that's immediately noticed. This is monster stuff that I had to dump out.
Dark red - this looks more like a syrah than Oregon pinot in the glass. Aromas are more delicate, but the flavor is highly extracted and a bit tannic. This could need more time in the bottle to mellow, but it struck me as toward the "freak-show" end of the Pinot bell curve right now.
Random tasting in the Willamette Valley with Ken: Only bottled a few weeks ago, this is showing quite well, and the best of the three bottle vertical. All these wines were hovering around 14.7-14.8% alcohol, though they hid it quite well. This one showed a really rich and complex nose, showing salmon, red berries, and winter spices. Very pleasing balance on the palate, nice structure. Soft and elegant on the finish, good structure, and really nice balance of elements. I think this would do well as a long term ager. 90+