Color is dark brick red, translucent and clear. Nose is clean with red fruits and the barest hint of cola. Medium-light bodied with high-toned fruit and acid with soft tannins and a short finish. Not opulent, mouth-filling, teeth-coating, or life-changing, it is a correctly made wine with no obvious faults.
375ml. Very cloudy; really ugly. Almost no nose at all. This bottle is corked. Opened second bottle. Much nicer color but still... the nicest thing I can say about it is "Yuck". So now I'm not sure if the first bottle was corked. Just over the hill all the way down to the bottom and further down the slop-chute. Three bottles left; will use to irrigate Tricia's vegetable garden.
Blechh. A faded memory of a fond wine in its youth last year from a great winery. The bottle opens to a hint of cherry and carmel and then crashes in only a few minutes to a flat tasting rose colored thin and bitter wash. Second poor bottle in past 30 days.
($19) Novy & Siduri Tasting: From three vineyards. Smells like Elmers Glue. Caramel, burnt sugar, a bit raisined. Better, more fruit oriented flavors on the palate. Reasonably good value in Pinot Noir. This apparently saw about 50% new oak, and Siduri likes to use toasted heads.