Decanted for an hour. An interesting mineral based nose infused with crushed rocks, graphite, earth and flower notes. Ripe, sweet blackberries and black currant fill the palate with a lingering cocoa/chocolate finish. Soft, velvet like tannins. A well made Pinot that I'd love to have again.
Popped and slow decanted for around 1 hour. Really aromatic nose of red cherry, cranberry, baking spices, orange peel, a hint of forest floor and sweet toasted oak on the back end. Wow. Similar flavors on the palate with the tart red fruits, some mineral driven flavors and a touch of sweet spice on the back end. Great acidity with a silky mouthfeel and caressing finish. Just fantastic and paired great with a seared duck breast with roasted grapes.
I had this wine 9 months ago and rated it a 95. This one was good but was not as good as the previous bottle for some reason. Two bottles bought at the same time, stored alongside each other in the same EuroCave. Differing results. This is what drives wine collectors to madness.
PNP. I would mistake this for an older Burgundy blind. Complex nose of earth, cherry, berry, herbs, sweet spices, menthol, licorice. Smooth, textured, but a tad hot on the palate. Medium+ body, high acidity, medium tannin, medium+ finish. Very nice. Will perhaps get better with a couple more years' age - maybe smooth out the slightly rough finish.
Delicious Pinot. Cherry cola, kirsch. Long legs. Acidity on the open which moderated after an hour or so. A little alcohol as well. Serve cooler, maybe 55. Tastes like it will be even better after another year or so in the cellar. I will wait to open the next bottle. All that said, a very enjoyable Pinot, especially after it had been open for an hour. 93 Points.
Popped, swirled and poured. Alcohol, fig and spice notes on the nose. Should be noted that my tastes favor fruit forward pinot's. Pepper upfront and the tannins followed through. Slight salty taste so I think it needed time to open up. After 45 minutes it started to open up but for a Pinot I feel the tannins need some time to chill out. Black pepper is quite punchy for now. Complex after an hour but not my cup of Pinot tea.
Slightly muted nose of savory red fruits. On the palate it's subdued dark and red fruits, with acidity and tannins to balance it all out. Needs a bit more time to settle down and lose some of its tannins, but very good right now with a bit of air under it. Nice lengthy finish. Very nice.
Store Tasting (Roseville, MN): This is a big pinot, yet still elegant and light on its feet. Light in color, smooth, with plenty of flavor, firm acidity, and enough tannic grip to keep you interested, this is quality pinot. I would sum this up as delicate yet powerful. This is yet another ager from Flowers - let this one sit.
Popped and poured. Medium ruby color with a slight cloudiness in the glass. Great nose of dried cherry, cranberry, orange rind, slightly earthy forest floor notes and baking spices. Similar flavors on the palate with the tart red fruits, some mineral driven flavors and a touch of sweet spice on the back end. Great acidity with a silky mouthfeel and caressing finish. While more burgundy like on the initial pop and pour, this wine continued to evolve as the wine sat in my glass and started to show more vibrant fruit over time. I wish I could have kept going back to it for more. This is as close to perfect as Cali pinot gets for me.
Not interesting on the nose or palate upon opening, but per other notes, decanted 1-1/2 hours. The nose was then a little more open, but the palate definitely benefitted. Silky texture, with cinnamon, sour cherries, and Rand and I both say lemon (like lemon Pledge, as odd as that sounds). Terrific finish. I like it, but not good value.
Opened, poured thru a Vinturi, and tasted. Beautiful color with a nose of cherries. An elegant-style Pinot that is wonderfully balanced - good acidity, good structure from the tannins, with a fantastic mouthfeel and a long finish that leaves you wanting another sip. Improved significantly the longer it was opened. Definite Sonoma Coast in style - has some of the same qualities as Hirsch and Fort Ross. Wonderful bottle of wine!