liked this more yesterday than a year ago. it's bigger than my usual preference for pinot (09 warm year), but has nice varietal definition, round red fruit, and sufficient acid to fall squarely into the "medium" category I enjoy for pinots.
A nice surprise. More earth-hay-mushroom 'Burgundian' elements with fruit that was more subtle than many RRV pinots. Quite a different style from what I've come to expect from Morgan. Recommend drinking in the next 2 or so years - this one drank far better than previous bottles, why risk missing the window?
This wine was somewhat marred by a pronounced herbal / medicinal flavor that makes the first impression on you upon tasting. The wine was heavy, blackish, and really was much more like a Syrah blend than a pinot noir, lacking any finesse and elegance you would associate with pinot. That medicinal note mellowed some with time, but never went away. Some might find that adds interest and complexity, but I found that dimension to be mildly unpleasant overall. It's a wine that is much more of a Bedrock field blend character than a Sonoma pinot noir character, so I suspect fans of Bedrock might have appreciated this more than I did.
Expansive nose of black cherries, floral notes and baking spice. Medium bodied with low to medium acidity. Sweet black cherry fruit with some clove notes. Nice RRV Pinot but given the breadth of Bedrock offerings I'm not disappointed that Morgan dropped it from the roster.
Much improved over the '08; pop-n-pour at the Wine Market Bistro in Baltimore, and allowed to glass-aerate for about 30 minutes. Intoxicating classic pinot aromas off the bat made it tough to let it sit that long! Earthy, red fruits and a lengthy finish. Delicious.
Same rating as a bottle tried from a different retailer a while back but different notes. This time, dried berry notes dominate and although it refuses to verge into the potentially probelmatic "slightly sweet" territory it's still delicious and satisfying. Chalky tannins. Really like this wine.
Drank over three nights (VinVac) and held up very well. On pop and pour the first two nights, this has a huge aroma of strawberries with tons of strawberry and crispness on the palate as well. With air, this was a totally different wine. Deeper, layered with darker fruit. I enjoyed both faces of this wine very much. On the third night, the strawberry was gone but the rest remained.
Here's an early peek at this tempting pinot. The color's a bit light for the typical RRV pinot (other notes describe this as darker, but the color in my glass looks as bright as the 2009 Ceritas Escarpa), but the nose is surprisingly expressive and fetching. There are the typical red fruit notes and some herbal, woodland hints, but what is most remarkable are the savory, meaty notes. Not bloody and savage as if this contained syrah, but nonetheless wild, brambly, and slightly gamey. I suspect that the Hermsmeyer Vineyard from which this comes has a few rogue vines here and there that are not pinot. 14.0% abv on the label - FWIW. It needs a bit more cut and acid to really make the mark, but this is a fine, engaging drink now. It's pretty, soft, round, medium-bodied, and tonight - delicious. Thus, the score. (90) For those holding this wine, I don't think this warrants a long sleep in the cellar - a short one of 2-3 years seems ideal.
14.0% alcohol. Closed up a bit since the first bottle nine months ago. Better to leave these rest. Showing more of a grapey edge to the fruit, and the acidity has started to stick out a bit. Otherwise, still a pleasant wine. Just leave the hands off for a while. B+
Ripe fruit, on a medium frame. Took some time to open up in the decanter and went through a weird middle phase that was very green and herbaceous. After a couple hours though, thoroughly tasty. A forward, though not over extracted RRV pinot - nicely balanced and should be better with a little bottle age.
Pop and pour and followed over three hours. Re-corked and tasted the following day. Dark color with a smoky and herbaceous nose. I kept looking back at the bottle thinking it was syrah. Disjointed and weedy. Tasted like it was all whole cluster. Dark fruit and some heat; chalky. Not appealing. Bottle variation? Was this the dregs of the barrel?
Popped and poured. Medium-plus dark ruby, crystal clear throughout. Pronounced aromatically, this initially shows ripe red fruits which take second place to the aromas of crushed clove and cinnamon from smokey oak. However, after a good 60-90 minutes, the aromas change substantially to showcase complex notes of perfumed, herbaceous incense evocative of cedar, sandalwood powder, and perhaps even a touch of allspice. Medium-plus body. This is quite simply 100% Russian River Valley Pinot, with boldly ripened red and black fruits nicely juxtaposed by a core of Pinot-spice, cola, and hints of the herbaceous, flavors which are framed in unsubtle fashion by toasted oak that's similarly spicy as on the nose. The tannins are well-rounded and smooth on the plus finish. Undoubtedly youthful, this Pinot is nonetheless laden with potential and should be aged for at least 2-3 years, after which time it should show less oak and a great deal more complexity.
Wonderful nose, entirely fruity with bing cherry most prominent. I found the taste to be rather tight after a pop and pour. I doubt it will ever associate with words like "delicate" or "floral", but I would expect it to improve with some air time.
A ripe-leaning RRV pinot with a lot of what you expect given the origin: red berry and cherry fruits, some oak to round it out, a touch of bitterness to the tannin on the finish. Those who like low-alcohol pinot won't go for this flavor profile, as it flirts with jamminess, but for those who like this style sometimes, there is a high-level of deliciousness here. Good for a non-wine geek crowd too - the lushness has a wow factor. Riper than most of the pinot that I drink, but I've been looking for a wine like this, that gives a little more lushness when you're in the mood for it. 91-92+
A really wonderful wine. Dust and earth on the nose, with a good (but restrained) burst of fruit on the palate, mostly blackberries and plums. Medium body, long finish. Great balance throughout. Can't wait for more.
Fresh and lively with a real sense of place. You can taste the Russian River Valley in this wine. On the nose I get fresh cut strawberries and hints of a moderate oak regiment that reveals itself as a friendly Vanilla Coke sort of thing. Really nice. On the palate, it charms with generous fruit and signature Pinot Noir herbaceousness. Long finish.
A respectable, tasty pinot with simple flavors of sour cherry, ancho chile and a creamy texture. Bright acidity gives me hope it will improve after a few years of cellaring, but the clipped finish gives me pause.
14.0% alcohol. Checking in on this early to see the style on Pinot that Morgan employs. Popped and poured, then drunk over six hours. Bright red color. Tight but very fine nose of black cherry, baking spice, and plenty of minerals. In the mouth, a bit disjointed at this young stage but showing very fine elegance, with slightly tart cherry fruit, spice and earth notes, and plenty of acidity and minerality. A solid finish tails off a bit quickly. Needs more time but has upward potential. B+/A-
14% ABV. Translucent dark ruby garnet in the glass with some clearing at the rim. Distinctly Pinot nose of funky black cherry, some metallic Pinot fruit, and more subtle smoke and meat in the background. Medium bodied and young with some earthy and stemmy notes dominating on the palate. A little short and tannic. Hold off on these for a bit. 89-90?
(3/5) Way too young, but this appears to have the ingrediates to make a fantastic wine with time. Didn't really strike me as a RRV pinot...almost more like something from Oregon. Glad I have more and looking forward to trying this again in a few years.