This is the best Sojourn Pinot I've had in a few years and I've been steadily plowing through my stash going back to the '08 vintage. Based on some earlier tasting notes, this seems to have shed some of its baby fat. Lighted bodied than most Sojourns. The nose has a wonderfully expressive floral nose with pure red fruits. Palate has tart red cherry and raspberry. Lithe and fresh. Finishes with wonderful acidity before the profile turns a little darker fruited as the finish glides along gracefully.
Consistent with my 7/4/13 notes. At that time I said wait 12-18 months. I got six months. And then I had about a third of the bottle two days later. It was good the first day, and better two days later. This would suggest that I was correct that this wine will benefit from a bit longer aging.
This was a big wine. Waited an hour after opening before I took the first sip. Mid-weight color, but not taste. Fruity nose to prepare you for what you're about to drink. Smooth and elegant. Tasted mild cherries. The bottle was empty 2 hours after it was opened at Lure Fishbar in NYC. Corkage $30. This is one of Craig's best!
The Ridgetop is what I conisder to be the more complex, cerebral member of the Sojourn pinot family. This one is closer to a burgundy. Deep ruby in color. With time in glass, it morphs from a red fruit bouquet to then also presenting the panoply of herbal and forest floor aromas of a classic burgundy. The taste is full and lingering. Needed time to get to the point where I was tasting everything that I was smelling. When it got there, it was really nice, but I would still say not as explosive as some of the other Sojourn pinots. You have to like this more subtle, elegant if you will, taste profile. I was questioning whether to bring this with us to Ravinia, but I wanted to taste where it was in its evolution. I got my answer: really good, but will wait 12-18 months on next bottle. This is characteristic of the Ridgetops: they very much benefit from a little more extended time in cellar. BTW right on the edge of a 93, and could move up to 94-95.
I thought this bottle was quite nice. Typical Sojourn Ridgetop -- one of my favorites -- with inviting strawberries and ripe red raspberries. Really nicely balanced and integrated. Ridgetop tends to be a little pricier than other Sojourns but I think it's worth it.
First I should admit that I'm not a big fan of Burgundian wines...way too subtle for my palate but I thoroughly enjoy this beautiful wine. Nose was earthy with mild spices. It was rather sharp when I opened the bottle so decanted for over an hour before pouring. This just evolved to a more delicious wine with every sip and by the end of the evening it was singing. Palate was smooth and then smoother, elegant and soft. Hard for me to pull out specific flavors...soft fruit, subtle spices. It was simply lovely, different from other Sojourns, which are among my very favorite pinot noirs. Definitely a new experience for me and I look forward to the next bottle.
Decanted 2 hours and rebottled. Tremendous nose of mint, earth and cherry fruit on this wine. Red and black cherry fruit on the palate with notes of mint, vanilla and wet rocks. Very smooth and elegant with nice complexity even at this youthful stage. This kept changing and evolving during the evening. Long finish with smooth tannins. This is an outstanding effort from Sojourn which should be even better with a year or two of cellar time. (94+ pts).
Very dark color. The nose is much more developed than the palate at this point. Strawberry and dark cherry. Others have mentioned mint and I get that, as unusual as that might be.Much more acid than the RRV or the Wohler makes it brighter and more approachable now. Much more complex than the other fall pinots. Nice round smooth mouthfeel without being flabby or fat. Complex, long finish. This will be a great wine with some time.
these wines are so transparent to their respective sites. drinking each side by side reveals such different takes.
paler in comparison to the wohler. feminine perfume displaying sweet strawberry and cherry like a freshly made compote with a bit of mint to cool the nasal passage. i'm not quite seeing the tropical element from the '09. delicate and sojourn soft. pineapple, apple, and the red berries blast off in the mouth. fans out nicely on the finish that echos the bright red fruits leaving a trail of acid in its wake. this is going to be stunning with the duck tonight.
Falltacular 2012 (FMIII in the OC): This was my favorite of the line up and drinking perfectly right now. It was more restained and best balanced at this age. Lacked the tartness of the Gap and was considerable light in color swirling the glass. Elegant would best decribe this wine. yummy.
At Falltacular. I was really looking forward to this one after loving the '09 so much. This one started out a bit hot, but really got elegant in the glass after a minute or so. Some big fruit, bright notes of fruit. I liked it. I will revisit with Craig soon...