Opened last night after a long tough day at the cat doctor. It had hints of all the characteristics I loved in previous vintages of this wine--the soft cherry and the caramel tones--but there wasn't much interesting secondary development and at the same time, it's relatively low acid and all the tannins are gone. Probably would have rated it higher a year or two ago. Still a nice drink, but it's just going to fade from here so if you have 'em, drink up!
Opened by thelostverse at dinner.Deep garnet color with notes of cherry, lavender, rose petals and red fruit with a lovely spice (clove?) undertone.Well-balanced; cherry, spice, white currant and berry flavors. Long finish. There is an elegance here- not something I associate with August West (or any SLH Pinots that I can recall). In a really terrific place right now. No reason to hold this as far as I am concerned- drink now-2014+.
Last bottle. Opened at Anvil with Allred. This bottle was singing last night. Paired perfectly with a pork chop in soy, ginger and brown sugar sauce. Typical Rosella's cherry and cola. Nice lengthy finish.
14.7% alcohol. red cherry color. Pretty nose of black cherry and blackberry, with a bit of the Rosella's grapefruit coming through. In the mouth, beautiful blackberry and cherry fruit, with spice and earth notes that lead to a good kick of acidity. This has rounded out in the past couple years and has a smooth, open-knit texture on the finish. A-
Had this Wednesday night with dinner - roasted salmon on a bed of lentils with steamed broccoli. Very good bottle and in a very good place. Nose is nicely fruited with cherries and cranberry, some baking spice and earth. On the palate it's got really lively mouthfeel and presence without being heavy or too light. More of that crancherry, a little beetroot, more baking spice and that tell tale Rosella's grapefruit/citrus. Nice lingering finish. Well done. 92/100.
Disclaimer - I am friends with Ed Kurtzman, pretty sure I helped bottle this and worked a harvest with Ed.
popped and pooured. This was unfortunately exhibiting slight secondary fermentation. Had a bit of effervesence on the tongue. Seemed to go away after vigorously swirling for a while, but detracted from the wine.
Definitely seems to be in it's prime. I'm not a fan of the 2006s in general but this one is very good. Making an excellent wine in a mediocre vintage shows how good Ed kurtzsman is. For my palate Ed is one of best Pinot makers in California. This bottle proves it. Ripe but not over the top.
Very perfumed nose of strawberry, pomegranate, spice and dusty earth. Silky-smooth, creamy texture with sweet, ripe fruits and a medium, smooth, very fruity and slightly acidic finish. Overall rather feminine, but also with intense fruit flavors and plenty of texture. This is a terrific wine.
Drank 3 bottles of this wine over the course of 2010, this is my first and 2011 and is also the last one in my cellar. Listed alcohol of 14.7%. This reminds me of the color of the AW 05 Rosella's, the light rose with a slight darkening around the edges. Strawberry, forest floor, silky edged red fruit and a little kiss of the Kurtzman sweetness. Still enough acidity in the wine to keep it lively but it appears to be in a great drinking place, right in the window.
Wow, amazing fruit. Opened and poured off a glass- let sit for an hour. Drank over 4 hours. The fruit was explosive without being heavy or cloying. Now I regret passing on the 09 Rosella's- oh well, so much wine to drink/buy.
After being down with the flu for a week it was time to get back on the horse. I didn't want anything that was going to be too big or chewy. This bottle was popped and poured and then enjoyed over the next couple of hours. Red fruits, strawberry and raspberry initially with lots of cola or root beer. The fruits seemed a little candied and combined with the cola note it was very similar to the Bottle Caps candy I enjoyed from the little league concession stand as a kid - especially the cola flavored pieces. As the wine opened the fruits became a little darker and a little bit of the funky (in a good way) pinot aromas started to show. There we a couple of odd things about this wine though. First there was a faint bit of fizz and with a little bit of noticible alc. there was a spicey tingley feeling on the tongue on the finish. Second, I thought I was getting a little minty note. I see others have said pine and now I wonder if that is what it was. I dont recall that or the slight efforvescence last time. Overall, still a very enjoyable wine that was a lot fun to drink.
14.7% alcohol. This is just showing beautifully. Slight violet tinge to the red cherry color. Beautiful nose of black cherry, cranberry, citrus, and minerals. In the mouth, an earth edge to the beautifully pure cherry, cranberry, and blackberry fruit. Spice notes pop up with the acidity, and the finish is long and smooth. Just a lovely wine to drink. A-
Popped and poured and then consumed over 4 hours. Medium-bodied wine that is medium ruby in color. On the nose, dark cherries and forest floor. On the palate, candied cherries, cloves, and cola. Lovely fruit and mid-palate, but there is a touch of fizzy heat on the extremely long 40+ second finish. This wine would show best slightly chilled.
Now that it has been open a while, it's becoming clear this is corked. Not rated. Addendum: Ed Kurtzman read this note here and tracked me down (I did purchase this wine from him for my cellar two years ago - just not this bottle) He most generously offered to replace it. Wow! That is customer service above and beyond! I declined his offer, but I will most certainly continue to buy his wine!
Light rose` color, sweet fruit. Was perfect with grilled steak. Yummy! Perhaps chilling it a few degrees would tone down the sweetness but we enjoyed it just as it was. I am pulling more bottles into the "drink now" que.
Pretty consistent with my TN from last mont now looking back. Think pure strawberry, either fresh picked and eaten from the vine or to another way of expressing it, think Knott's Berry Farm strawberry jam from the jar. Forest floor, some plum skin and some acidity framing the edges. Pretty much classic Kurtzman, where subtle color and weight meets ripe and flashy. Can age a bit longer perhaps but I think the wine is right in the best zone for drinking.
We finished this wine quickly, within less than 2 hours. I also put a bit of a chill on it but I'll let this note stand on the air time mentioned here, along with drinking it at near room of about 70 degrees to create this TN. Aromatically, some Xmas spice, asian 5 spice and a hint of heat (that was also part of my most recent March 2010 note); however, the heat is less prominent this time in my perception. Strawberry, pomegranate and some light funk, along with a hint of citrus, candied red apple and pine. This bottle is much more akin to what I would expect Ed to do with this fruit. Of note, I'll still maintain there is a touch more ripeness than I would like but overall, the bottle still works and the flavors are much more on point than the previous one.
Light ruby color. Full, high toned nose of cherry, cranberry, asian spice and a kiss of vanilla. Palate is medium bodied, with pure, medium rich fruit and juicy acidity. Long, lifted finish boasts a ton of flavor and precise flavors.
Very complex nose. Red fruits, floral undertones, cola, slight alcohol on the tail end. Strawberry taste, pleasant, cola again on the palate. Very fine tannins -- soft and silky on the tongue. Jeff really liked it. Excellent Pinot.
lovely. red with hint of orange; layered nose with spiced red berries, cranberry, orange peel; medium bodied with clean focused red fruits with classic pinot grip and good finish. much better than 06 AW Grahams opened in recent past.
I like this better than most of the other notes. Great black cherry fruit and a hint of anise/licorice. Light garnet color and silky mouth feel. Transitions to a little spice and a nice oak tannin/citric acidity balance. A little bit of an alcohol heat midway through kept this from being up in the stellar category.
8/2/10 Similar notes as last time, but got some strawberry fruitiness I didn't taste the first time, and wrote about some earthiness in the finish.
6/13/11 I still love this wine. Sadly, this was my last bottle.
Light red color. Full, elegant, sweet nose of raspberry, pomegranate, dark cherry and 5-spice. Medium bodied palate is silky smooth with excellent balance of medium-rich sweet fruit and fresh acidity. Bangin' on all cylinders.
Did not take notes so this is from memory, along with the compunding fact of having another 10 wines arrayed with it over dinner. Had the characteristic Rosella's interpretation that Ed often shows: feminine, silky with a rosish/pink lighter hue. The fruit quality seemed sweeter than usual and I suspect we served the wine too warm. It was not my bottle so I took the serving temp as poured but I would have liked the wine to have been served about 3-4 degrees cooler.
Dinner at Leatherby's. My fourth tasting of this wine. Notes of crushed raspberries, maraschino cherries, wet stones, cinnamon spice, and a touch of dirty rags (not necessarily in a bad way). The palate is fleshy and more harmonious than I remember, but the finish still seems a little weak. Had I only had a small taste, I probably would have rated this wine higher, but after tracking it over the course of our meal, I noticed that it did not change or become more interesting; while very good, it remained relatively monotone from beginning to end. Such is the difference, I suppose, between tasting and drinking.
Opened, poured a glass and let it sit for an hour. Disjointed at beginning. Almost put in frig to see what would happen. But, then it started to open up. Very good bright fruit. rich and tangy. Liked more a year ago.
14.7% alcohol. Light red color, with a lovely bouquet of citrus-edged black cherry and blackberry fruit that also has a floral hint. In the mouth, a smooth balance that is eminently drinkable. The fruit explodes on the palate, laced with acidity. Strong finish. A-
Value = 70. Had with albaloo pollo. Light garnet. Less fruit punch than previous tastings, but still there. Most of a pronounced bitter bite in finish disappeared after 2 hrs. Loads of dried, sweetened cranberries in nose, sassafras, leather & twang of heat. Mouth has nice density with medium tannins, raspberry & strawberry jam. Finish is a little prickly, hints of berry gummy bears, still a little green bitterness that I don't enjoy. Okay with food, but not great.
Popped and poured a glass at 4pm to give it some air before dinner. First sip has a beautiful silky presence, notes of raspberries, cranberries and cinnamon, with a well focused finish that has some grapefruit skin in a refreshing mid tongue refreshing sense... seems like its gonna be great in a few hours. 15 minutes later (ya know its hard to walk past a glass of pinot in the kitchen), the nose has something a bit biting, with a bit of cola and cake spice, but the mouth feel and mid palate make this so compelling... hard to put down. I am diggin the pairing with Cape Cod dark russett potato chips... 2 hours mark, now this is getting seriously fun. The fruit profile is becoming darker and taking more of the nose and palate,,, dinner's not for another hour. This was a great bottle of wine (past tense- its gone). I would say that the flavor profile stayed the same after the 2 hour mark, with a beautiful silky mouthfeel, ripe rasberry, cranberry and cake spice, but with that perfect touch of orange peel on the finish which gave the wine just enough lift. I say grapefruit, wife says orange peel...
Bit reductive on the nose with plenty of red berries. Touch of spritz like sensation on the very end. Plenty of cherry, boysenberry and cranberry. Not subtle and basically fruity. Not my favorite AW Rosella's.
Yes, I see the heat, and I also see the grapefruit spice, but after a half hour to an hour open, this was a smooth fruit bomb with red bing cherries all over the place. Really a lovely wine at that moment, and even earlier tasted like a Vosne from a great vintage. Should evolve for another year or two and then be just lovely.
bigger and spicier than 6 months ago, enormous heat is still present on the nose, strawberry, citrus and sweet cherry in the mouth, finish turns very sweet almost to a rs level and really holds this back for me IMHO. Loved the start and middle, but the overt sweetness was too much on the finish. Much better this time around and will hold my last bottle for at least a year to see if the candy on the end settles down.
Love August West pinots. Not too heavy. Great strawberry and rose flavors. very impressive. Liked more than the Grahams. Slight hint of citrus. Very balanced. Got more flavorful throughout the 4 hours.
First Rosella's PN for us and, in a word, delicious. Other notes have emphasized the grapefruit component common to Rosella's and it was clearly there and very appealing. The glasses were drained very quickly. Impressed us more than the Graham's bottling we tried last week.
um yeah... this was a good thing. Lighter, vibrant and simply disappeared. One of the easiest drinking PN of recent memory. Rosella characteristics take a back seat to the absolutely elegant balancing act.
Stylistically going to put this right in the middle of the AP Vin and the Roar versions. More substantial and therefore more expressive than the AP; but not a heavyweight in yo' face as per Roar. That said this may be my favorite of the '06s as it is clearly a CA. Sophisticated, balanced and very lovable. And definitely a Rosella's.
Polished, deep ruby color. The topsoil aroma and a rich strawberry flavor is relatively simple. Lucious, almost creamy in the middle, finishing long despite an oddly carbonated pettilence. A bit too sweet and one dimensional for me, and the CO2 obtrusive.
Popped and poured and then consumed over 5 hours. Medium-bodied wine that is light to medium ruby in color. On the nose, cherries, light earthiness/forest floor, and a touch of wood. On the palate, candied cherries and x-mas spices on the very long 30-40 second finish. The balance, structure, and fruit were decent, but there was a tartness on the palate that was a bit too prominent right now. Let's see if this one settles down with another year or two in the bottle.
Chicago Pinot Days-2008 (Navy Pier, Chicago IL): nose: beautiful and classy nose filled with wild bush fruits, violets, perfumes, some fresh cherries, and some underlying red currants to spruce up the nose. Very well layered and enjoyable to smell
taste: pretty and delicate with wild bush fruits, violet tones, perfumes, some spices, and bits of fresh picked cherries. Light on the palate, but with really good layers to go with them
overall: pretty and refined like a classic hollywood blonde. Very good depth on this, and definitely has more depth then the graham. Light ruby color, this is a pure pinot that strives to be pinot and has a delicate balance to it that just drives the wine in a pleasing way
Very pretty ruby-rose color and nice aromatics. On the palate I was put off by the high alcohol and dissolved CO2 in this bottle, which made the wine hotter with a more pronounced citrus component and lighter mouth feel. I re-corked it with a rubber stopper and shook the hell out of the bottle, which created a good amount of fizz and foam. After this the wine showed much better with less grapefruit and more red fruit and sweet oak flavors. Recorked and will finish off tonight.
Give this one some air. Started out with a fairly closed nose (like an '04 burg) but opened up after about 30-45 mins to strawberries, grapefruit and some vanilla. A touch of heat even at cooler temps. Palate was rich with spice notes but also elegant (commonality among prior tasting notes). Maybe some forest floor which I don't believe is typical of this region. Solid acidity and balance. Overall, a nice wine but not my favorite AW Rosella's. Note: wife thinks this should be rated the same as her prior rating of 92 but I'm at the computer :) I think this will be better in 12-18 months.
Review of 2006 Pinot Noir (Think Cafe Restaurant, Chicago, IL): Sight: A medium light colored wine with a medium viscosity Nose: Lush is the first impression that I received upon encountering this wine. Rich was the second thought as I continued. This is an elegant wine. Typical red cherry and strawberry notes backed up by wisps of cinnamon. Light notes of Oak and some intermittent wisps of perfume. Later on some notes of cherry cola entered the picture as rich cherry notes - gobs of them entered the picture. Taste: First impression was that the taste was lighter than what the nose revealed and set the expectation for...had a little cough syrup notes come across the palate. Outside of that, the wine is soft, caressing, and pillowy. Overall - a nice wine - initial thought was 91 points on the noise, after coming across the palate, I decided on a 90 point rating. Perhaps this just needs a little longer on it's side.
Cali Pinot at Think Cafe (Think Cafe, Chicago, IL): Dried spice box, dark red vibrant fruit on the nose and something that reminds me of brown sugar very faintly buried. Front end is laid back / elegant but gives good tasting dark fruit & dark red fruit. Finish of crushed dried cherries with some nice spices. The finish is sort of casual and elegant yet very compelling.
I definitely need to read my previous notes before popping the cork sometimes. In this case I would have decanted this one for a while instead of just a pop and pour. Unfortunately in the middle of a dinner party when you are grabbing some bottles for the guests you don't really have time for such things. :)
The wine itself showed quite well and exhibited similar characteristics as the previous bottle from about a month ago. I still can't push this up into the 90+ point range but it is a nice bottle of wine. August West is one of the few that I try to buy every year.
Decanted about 3 hours prior to consumption. Primary on the nose with a hint of reduction. Palate was a bit all over the place coming off as a bit disjointed yet showing some complexity. Leave alone a bit longer.
Popped and poured a glass, splashing the rest of the bottle into the decanter. Sexy, rounded cherry nose, with deliciously delicate layers of red berry, cinnamon, orange peel, morning earth, and a hint of vanilla bean on the palate. Light to medium bodied, and seamless from the attack to the finish. Focused, with terrific feminine balance and style. Only the smallest touch of heat.
Opened and not decanted. Nose has a good mix of cherry and cranberries. I wouldn't say that it is light bodied, but it is definitely a lighter weight pinot compared to some of the bigger ones out there. Flavors are pretty good at this stage but also quite young. This morning there was still some left over in the glass and it was actually much better having sat out all night. Perhaps a good decant would bring this around nicely. Still very good at this point though but just a touch short of 'outstanding' and at $48, probably priced a little too high.
Popped and poured. Wonderful spicy nose showing very pretty cherry notes. Lighter weight palate with concentrated red fruit flavors. The dominant impression on the palate is of sweetness, witjh lightweight balanced flavors but not enought definition, minerality and cut to carry through to the finish
Extremely perfumed noses with raspberry. cranberry, rose water and mineral flavors that carry over onto the palate. Very nice all around pinot with supple tannins and nice acidic lift. Would benefit from some bottle age, but not really built for long term aging. Drink now-2012. 88 pts.
I let this wine breath for about 6 hours. The nose had lots of black cherry, with hints of cloves and a bit of cinnamon underneath. It ended with some toasty oak. The palate was silky and a little sweet, and had cherry and grapefruit, a little spice, and a very good earth and oak finish.
CA PINOT IN ATL: I love the AW Rosella's, but I think this was just too young and showed up too late in the tasting. It has that Rosella's funk and lots of dark fruit, but it felt a bit disjointed right now. Needs some time or extended air.
Light in color and cloudy in the glass. I didnt detect it, but a majority of folks found this spritzy, which blew off after being decanted. Nice bouquet of cinnamon and strawberry. Very tangy fruit which ends in a nice chocolate/cola note.
Pinot Days - Chicago (Navy Pier): Wide open and delicious nose of dark cherries, toasty oak, grapefruit and spice. Palate is richly textured with layers of fruit. Stays fresh with vibrancy and lift. Totally yum.