drank over two nights, with and without food. Very dark purple/maroon color. Runny legs. On the first night the nose was very full, rich and robust: dark bramble fruits and oak. On the second night it lost some verve, the fruit disappeared leaving only lots of oak. Big palate full of ripe, smokey, dark fruit (also lots of oak). Rather soft edges (lacks counterbalancing acidity). Nice tannins. Very full on the midpalate, but a little one-dimensional. Again, lots of wood. The finish is smooth and mellow, but a little muddled - it lacks razzamatazz and punch. A big wine with lots of concentration. Equally enjoyable with food or stand alone. However, I think this bottle went a little too long in the cellar as it seems a little feeble and tired, it never found it's voice, rather it was content to muddle along.
Really enjoyed this one. Color is great, no sediment. Nose has some dirt, palate has red fruits, balanced acidity and light tannins. Improved about two hours after decanting. I've had some sub-par Pinot noirs recently, this one was above the norm
I've tasted this wine quite a few times at the winery when I worked harvest there in 04 and from my own bottles. Completely different now than from when I tasted. Its lost a lot of its fresh fruit and taken on more of a licorce aroma and palate. Also some volatile acidity has come out, probably more noticeable from the loss of fruit.. More dried cherry and tobacco now and a bit of heat on the finish.. I think I enjoyed it more when it was younger, but this is still tasting nice.