Discovered this wine only now on our wine rack after at least 1 year sitting there in suspect storage conditions. Initially there was sone barnyard funk/gamey aromas that were integrated into the wine but blew off after a while. The most obvious "aroma" was the excessive alcohol heat blowing off. Once that dissipated slightly I could make out intense dark chocolate, raspberries, violets/floral aromas and hints of lemongrass amongst a plonky background. The palate revealed the same flavours as the nose but intensified ten-fold. There was no mistaking the ultra ripeness of the fruit given the 14.6% alcohol, although it wasn't jammy it was certainly heading in that direction. It was full bodied, harsh edged with still relatively high acidity but long length. I just have to wonder if this is what the wine was meant to taste like or if the suspect storage conditions contributed somewhat. Either way, it definitely didn't taste like a Pinot - more like southern Rhone Grenache from a hot vintage. Tasted the wine the next day and it was somewhat different but definitely still un-Pinot like. The ultra ripe raspberry, dark choc was still there but the palate was more rounded and the acidity and alcohol had blown off. Also, it was taking on more of a Portugese vintage port-like flavour. Given the tasting notes above I think the storage conditions have influenced the wine somewhat, but I still think the extreme alcohol level is certainly playing its part.
I had this with leftover ham on Christmas night, 12/25/09. It was very atypical pinot noir (too big and bold). It had a great bouquet of black raspberry, black cherry, wood smoke, toast and baking spice aromas. The palate was lush, edgy and very unbalanced with raspberry, black cherry, burnt toast and spice flavors. There was also some obvious heat, which, exacerbated the other problems. I scored it 85 points
I retasted it 7 hours later and found my earlier objections resolved. It was much better...less fruit and aromatics, but balanced, less edgy and the heat was no longer offensive. It also had a long (50 second) lip smacking finish. My score changed to 90 points
Unpinot, pinot. In the style of Sinnean Resonance. Huge, juicy, mouth-coating, multi-layered, dark fruit, chocolate, coffee. We were smoking chickens outside when we opened and drank this, so sniffer a little overwhelmed with cherry smoke, etc. Did manage to hold back a little in the decanter for a few hours, but too lazy and seduced by its tastiness to make formal notes. All in all, remarkable beverage that many will find irritatingly ripe and over-the-top and too syrah-like. I love it. Would probably score mid-90s.