Macerated strawberry and cherry on the nose w/ significant heat. Definitely fresher than the last bottle, but really not up to the original. I find wines purchased from Cinderellla Wine and Wine Library to be inconsistent at best. I would avoid this discount retailer.
PnP. Clear, med ruby color. Thin nose initially, better with time. Med body, typical OR style, tight at first, opened after 30 minutes. Decent balance, somewhat simple but certainly good enough for your everyday GTH wine. nothing off.
Popped & poured. Creamy cherry Coke on the nose. Color is pretty dark for pinot, no see-through. Very creamy and lots of toasty notes on the palate. Rich, vanilla, lots of fruit. Seems a little sweet. Not super complex or very balanced, but really delicious. Fun to drink. Need to search out some bbq ...
(Sung to the Kinks song Lola) I found a rich palate, not like champagne, and it smelled just like cherry cola, c-o-l-a, cola ;-)
This wine starts off nice but does not seem to evolve into anything more. I can see how someone could perform a tasting on this wine and think it is very good. Simple wine tasting does not allow you to see how a wine opens up and evolves. This wine reminds me of this wine (http://www.cellartracker.com/wine.asp?iWine=744875), except it costs much more and it is not as good (for my taste).
Strong aromas. I get cherry cola and a sweetness on the nose almost like a syrup. Light and fruity, smooth again with cherries on the palate. A good finish with a little length to it. Overall a good Pinot Noir for someone just starting to experiment with the varietal.
Sharp with heat out of the bottle. After2 hours of decantation, smoothed out considerably. Savory food provided a good offset to the still-present heat, but increasing foundation of typical PN fruit-leather were present. Definitely a mature punch underlying the heat. Won't open another bottle this year. Just can't appreciate the complexity it may have at this stage, though character still opening as I type/drink/enjoy... I think something good is here...
I was not a big fan of this right out of the bottle (84). Very dark color not much fruit initially and kind of a funky nose. After two hours this started to open up and show lots of character (92). I think I'll wait a year before opening another.
Sadly, we liked this wine even less the second time around. It seems like it has promise, but it's just totally overwhelmed by the alcohol - and I feel like the Pinot just doesn't stand up to it. VERY dark, especially for a Pinot. I would not recommend it.
It seems like it has potential, but the alcohol just overwhelms, almost to the point where it's not enjoyable. More than anything, I think I didn't bring what I expected from a NW Pinot. It was extremely dark (not at all translucent), very high alcohol, very full bodied. It was a nice wine, but I think it could have been so much better.
Blackcherry nose with a good dose of earth and a touch of toasted oak. Delivers the same on the palate. A bit candied with some vanillla, but it contrasts welll with the earthiness of this wine. Good job. Will get better over the next few years. Very well done.
A big-bodied Oregon Pinot. On the nose, dark fruits, a bit of spice, and an earthy woodiness. After being open for 3 hours (not decanted), the palate is medium-heavy to heavy without being cloying with a note of something towards the end of the midpalate that creates a bit of lift. "Cali" weight without the overt sweetness.....a bit more primal in the flavors presented. I'd serve this with heavier savory dishes. Drinking well now with some air....no reason to wait if some time is given to let this breathe.
Big ripe, sweet nose of blueberries and black cherries. Silky , ripe and rich on the palate with soft tannins, but a bit hot for me on the mid-palate and finish. (15% alcohol) Typical of the 2006 vintage...
Nice nose of leather, cherry fruit and and some oak. Sweet cherry and raspberry, along with lots of leather and oak on the palate. Some tannic structure as well, moderated slightly by the acidity. Much sweeter than you would think a Pinot noir would be. The funky leather has me...I just love it in this wine.
Anam Cara Vertical Tasting (Dietra's House, Portland OR): Color is a bit darker ruby than the 2005s. Nose of toasty oak, leather and raspberry, following to the palate. The oak is really evident, and in my opinion, makes the wine very enjoyable. Long finish of sweet cherry fruit wrapped in saddle leather.
Decanted 1 hour. Amazing Pinot Noir! HUGE nose of plum and bramble, following to intense flavors on the mid-palate. This is an incredible wine that will do very well with extra cellar time. Excited to see how this develops. Outstanding - 93 points.