This was decent bottle. Had at "First Course" in Minneapolis. Went well with Red Curry Mussels and duck with sour cherry compote and sweet potato purée. Very vibrant fruit with raspberry, cherry and touch of plum. Good acidity.
Exceptional value. Tart fruit, cherries and just a hint of earth on the nose. Medium bodied with well balanced acidity. Dances a bit on the tongue, which is a nice surprise for a sub $20 pinot noir. Medium finish.
Restaurant - Il Forniao - 2012 (Coronado, San Diego, CA): Wife really liked this. Grapes from San Luis Obispo, Monterey, and Sonoma counties. Complex. Young - still could use some aging. Went well with shrimp, mussels, and scallops with tomatoes and linguini. Tasted at Il Forniao restaurant on Coronado island. A decent price at retail $16, but overpriced at $39 restaurant price.
Crystalline, dark cranberry with a luscious rose-colored rim. Nicely layered, almost lacquered. Medium-body. Bright red cherry, cranberry, red plum, rhubarb, and strawberry. Secondary notes of baking spice, cola, rose petal, and a hint of cardamom. Good acidity. Young and a tad raw (14.5% abv). I'd like to revisit in three-to-five years. QPR: $17.
Earthy, dusty nose with cherry and red berry fruit and spice aromas. Light-to-mid bodied, with grip and refreshing acidity. Sweet notes of cherries, plums, blackberries, cola, dried flowers, Asian spices, and minerals on the palate. Attractive.