Delicious. Nose of cherry cola and earth, with a faint hint of smokiness. Nice acidity provides nice lift. Just the perfect amount of alcohol provides a full mouthfeel, but the heat is not noticeable.This is what all California pinot noirs should aspire to be. Excellent.
Decanted 2 hours before dinner, nevertheless improved further using Vinturi Aerator. Wine seems to have put on weight over the last two years. Tartness is gone,and drinks like a good Volnay should but often doesn't. Will be interesting to revisit in a few more years, to see what secondary and tertiary development may occur. Paired well with grilled Tuna, and dessert of Cypress Grove Truffled Hoat Cheese.
Feminine, roses, sour cherry, some ash, twig mash, baked bread crust, smokiness, faint sweetness, fresh jam, thinner and more sour than earlier in the night. Showed very well in the first half of the evening. I'd rate it 91pts for its performance in the earlier part of the evening. It's great to try an 8 year old Pinot now and again.
A little petrol with the cherry in the nose, flavors of cola and cinnamon, lovely color, vibrant acidity, yummy. Plenty of life. Had with a bit of goat-cheese salad with candied pecan's, and then honey glazed ham, carrots lyonaise and roasted fingerling potatoes. Flavors were substantial enough to work with all the flavors on the plate. Maintained it's flavor integrity after being open a couple of hours.
Consistent with the last bottle - slightly mute (faded?) raspberry fruit accompanied by strong earth notes, underbrush and a touch of barnyard. Silky on the palate and a particularly earthy finish. Drink up.
Raspberry, candied cherry, woody underbrush and a touch of leather. The palate shows medium weight, smooth with an earthy streak. Lacks a little fruit intensity. Better than the '99 vintage. Drink up, as I think that this will start to fade soon.
JUICEY JUICE TYPE OF WINE , SEEMED TO GET MORE WINE - LIKE AFTER ABOUT 45-50 MINUTES. i WOULD SAY THAT THIS WAS A FAIRLY GOOD WINE AT BEST , MAYBE WAIT A LITTLE LONGER ON MY LAST BOTTLE.DECENT NOSE AND COLOR AS WELL.
Saturday night at Raj's (Raj's house): Serious earth, sousbois, and barnyard on the nose. Smells wonderful to me. On the palate, great red fruit - nice acids, well balanced, really lovely. Gorgeous fruit - kind of like red maraschino cherries without the sweetness.
At home - Ben's birthday celebration - veal chops on the grill, asparagas, saffron rice and tomato and mozzerella from the Summit farmer's market from Eddie Topitz (after dropping off great bagels from Livingston that her turned me on to). Great wine - nice to remember our trip to Healdsburg and Ben's birthday 13 years ago.
I found this wine to be slightly closed and green at the start, but after about 45 minutes open it blossomed. Velvety tannin structure, with crisp pear, raspberry, rhubarb, and vanilla oak on the palate, and a moderate to long finish. Best pinot I have tasted in months.
No faux-syrah affectations for this multi-vineyard blend. Color was a slightly cloudy, medium ruby with some clearing on the rim. Nose of red fruits with an earthy undertone. I tasted sour red cherry and spice on the attack, got nothing special mid-palate but enjoyed the smooth medium finish. A nice melange of elegance and funk. Drink up.
Piercing notes of cherry with a spicy, dusty, herbal note, almost mint-like. The palate is dense for a Pinot with good sweetness, depth and purity on entry. A simple but powerful finish with nice acidity caps this off. This is a clean and lovely expression of Pinot!