Cherry and strawberry on the nose. Palate follows the nose with the addition of some baking spices. The strawberry on the palate gets a bit candied, which detracts from the wine a bit. Still, well balanced with ample acidity and very refined tannins. Medium finish.
Enjoyable, but somewhat simple, doesn't really have that extra gear to hold my interest, Good QPR at $25 but prefer the Les Voisins for an extra $15 or so. 87-88.
Becoming one of the most reliable widely available under $30 pinots. In general the whole tous ensemble line has yet to disappoint. Beautiful cherry fruit, great balance and a big yum factor = perfect restaurant wine. At Nomad. B+/A-
this is worth the price of entry. Hard to improve on this price point for a Cali Pinot done in a somewhat restrained style. There is some candy in there that was a bit cloying at times, but mostly I got restrained ocean spray with touches of pepper.
PnP. Intriguing nose, with earth, fruit and minerals. Very slightly fizzy on the palate, with racy acids and a distinct tart note of cooked rhubarb. As it opened up, the rhubarb blossomed into more complex fruit, with some strawberries and cherries. Medium+ tart finish. *later* On night 2, the palate is a tiny bit muted, or is it just more rounded and integrated? Now with a distinct note of cola. A really nice pinot, would buy again.
It has a musky earthy nose. A pie cherry tartness on the palate. This is what you get when first popped. Does not hold back in its youth makes me think it was made to be drunk now. All pinot, all nice. Think antica terra lines. Maybe not as complex but enjoyable. Great price point. Enjoy I know I will.
Seems to be hitting its prime now (as lovely as 2010 has proved to be for the right kind of wine, the vintage's lifespan appears to be rather short). Earthy, smoky, leathery, with a lovely undercurrent of cherry and cola in the nose. Tart cherry fruit, bright acidity that lingers in a long finish.
Interesting wine. Drank over two days. First day had some apricot and red berry notes with a muted spice on the finish. Second day showed more red cherry with a nice herb finish and the spice was muted. Good showing for their low tier.
Bright red fruit (Strawberry / Raspberry), sous-bois, brown spice (nutmeg, cinnamon). Bright and clean on entry, refreshing acidity, silky tannins. Nice lingering finish. Great for the price. I love this wine for the lack of oak, as you can envision Anderson Valley with each taste.
Medium red color. Drank 1 glass over 20+ minutes. Nose has strawberry, spice, berries. The palate is earthy, elegant, lighter body, cherry, tart, strawberry, medium finish. This opened up nicely in glass. Good QPR at $25.
Simple and not overly complex, good pinot nose, nice weight and balance. I also thought the sweet cherry and raspberry fruit was a bit too prominent, and for me the wine lacked sufficient minerality and acid to pull it all together. Not sure I would buy more given the $25 price point.
Blind Tasting Random Reds: Deep, pretty black cherry nose. Medium bodied with medium acidity. Sweet black cherry and raspberry fruit. A bit disjointed, with the sweet fruit and tart acidity not really integrating. (my 4th, group's 4th)
Tonight the 2010 Tous Ensemble is overly tannic and acidic. It is far too young and should rest for many more years. There are only sloes and rowanberries to be found in the nose. Hopefully this wine will develop nicely but let any bottles rest for a few years before opening.