Fairly dark color. Nice nose with cherries, mushrooms, some sweetness, some spices (A-). Palate is smooth and similar to the nose (B++). This is very tasty and a good QPR at $40. Seems to have room to grow and potential for 10 years. 91+ pts.
Alvin's Lunch - March 2013 (Le Gavroche): Tasted blind – Riper pinot nose that lead me to guess Burgundy but I felt this could also be from Oregon. Sweeter dark strawberry and cherry flavours on the palate with medium acidity and round finish. Once I knew it was an ’03, I went to Volnay or Chambolle as there was a hint of elegance (Gevrey did cross my mind but the profile didn’t seem to fit). Compared to some of the 03s I've had this has a hint of elegance that was very nice. Drink or hold. Excellent.
Popped and poured. Needed about 30 minutes to open up. Consistent with previous TN. Lovely cherry fruit with a hint of sweetness. Great balance of fruit and minerality and good acidity as well. Really good and drinking well at this time. Great value at $40.
Tasted non blind at a wine dinner. Opened and served immediately.
Garnet color in the glass, fairly clear looking. Nose of potpourri, leather, dried herbs and Kirsch. Flavors of black berries, Bing cherries and a hint of raspberries. Medium to bright acidity, medium tannins, medium to full bodied. Drink or hold.
CT Texas IV (Austin, TX): Tasted non blind at a wine dinner. PnP. Red berries and cherries on the nose along with earth and some greenery. The palate has more of the same with a few extra layers of dirt, spice and maybe some herbs. The tannins took over and I had a hard time with the finish. Let this one sleep for 5-10 years.
CT Texas IV - A Hill Country Treat; 5/18/2012-5/19/2012 (Austin, Texas): No doubt that this is a Burgundy. Great nose of pie cherry, mushroom, forest floor, rhubarb, cranberry, spice. On the palate, rich and complex with bing cherry, cranberry, tea, mushroom, and spice. Tannic but well balanced finish. Of the three pinots on Friday, this was the one I enjoyed the most.
Decanted 1 hour. Lovely nose of cherry, mushroom and earth. Very smooth and well balanced with just a nice level of acidity to balance the dark cherry fruit. Nice notes of forest floor and a little spice. Fairly long finish. This is in a very nice place right now and is drinking exremely well.