Very nice. Usually a Willamette valley or Santa Rita Hills/Santa Barbara co. Pinot snob. Have not like the Sonoma/Russian River Valley pinot's that others like. But this Anderson Valley Pinot was very good. Light and feminine, not overly fruity, some earthiness and spice. Balanced with red fruit.
This bottle was off. I have had this vintage in the past and really like it. Unfortunately this one was a dumper. Very a stringent, with off flavors. Generally unpleasant. I didn't put a number, since I know this bottle was not representative of this wine.
Cola is the prominent flavor, with strawberry as a secondary note. Very smooth, just enough tannins. Drinking very well. At $20 this was a great buy and I wish I bought more. At the more typical $30 it would be fine but not a stand-out.
Fresh strawberry on the nose, fresh red fruit, hints of herb and red flowers. Pure, fresh ripe red strawberry on the palate here, with very good focus and plenty of flesh. One shade of depth away from being truly outstanding, but this truly is nitpicking, as this is delicious and pure, if straightforward.
Just like the previous bottles. Slightly perfumed nose of dark cherry, strawberry and spice, and with just a hint of dust. Medium bodied with a nice silky texture and good acidity. Rich flavors that match the nose and with an extra dose of spice. Medium, fruity finish. Not overly complex, but with good depth and great balance. I do not get the tartness that others have found. Very enjoyable.
Medium garnet in color. Fresh and floral notes. Black cherry fruit, earth, smoke and spice. Somewhat restrained and understated. Notes of dark plum and herbs. Nicely put together but I was wanting a bit more.
Light red in color, not much on the nose initially but get floral and light fruit notes, mostly strawberry. A bit of a dryness in the wine which could be an indication of it's 'elegance' but I just found to be a lack of depth of flavor. Overall, a nice wine, but not as interesting as I'd hoped. That said, it was $20 on sale and it's difficult to get a true pinot at that price point that does not feel false and this one certainly did not.
Strawberry jam, earth, truffles. Medium body; not as viscous or chewy as I prefer, but not thin either. A little sour cherry on the finish. Acidity is good and I think this will improve for another year or maybe two. Worth $20, but not $30.
Fairly simple and straightforward pinot, fruity with enough acidity to balance. Not a lot of oomph or wow, but nice pop and pour for $20 when you are looking for something easy and undemanding. A nice understated style typical of Anderson Valley.
I tried this wine before and was not impressed. I had decanted it and drank from my favorite cabernet glass. After seeing more favorable notes, I decided to revisit this wine. Poured straight from the bottle into a Pinot glass, I had a much more positive experience. This wine has a nice strawberry/rasberry/cinnamon/floral nose from the start and it improves slightly over time. The palate shows good fruit concentration with a slight glycerin mouth feel. with a medium finish. Nice garnet color. Dinking well now.
Like previous bottles, a really nice earthy, smokey, dusty, dark cherry nose A hint of tobacco emerged after about 30 minutes. Similar flavors on the palate with addition of some spice and with a creamy mouthfeel. Nice balance, medium body and a medium, fruity and slightly tart finish. Another really nice bottle characterized by elegance and relatively bold flavors. I noticed that I consistently score this wine higher than other tasters - not sure why that is the case, but this was my 4th bottle and my notes and scores have been very consistent.
Had the 2005 at a tasting and bought a few 2006 as a result of favorable experience. This bottle, at least, is way off the 05 quality. Light ruby color. Nose of sour(ed?) cherry, some spiced cocoa. Medium body. Attack of underriped strawberry and a stemminess and seediness. Considerable tannins, seemingly also from excessive stemminess. Since I have more bottles of this I would like to think that it might come together with some bottle time, but honestly I will be surprised if it does. Right now I cannot possibly rate this more than 83-85.
Okay, came back to this about 42 hours later after corking and refrigerating. It actually has improved significantly. The unripe, sour aspects have are gone. More generic cherry and strawberry with the cocoa and brown spice. There is still some stemminess, but it is now in line and I would say is now a favorable aspect. I'm advancing this a full 4 points from the 84 I gave it to be solidly Very Good. I'm going to park the remaining ones a while, but at least now I am optimistic about them.
nose - sweet cherry, but almost of bubble bath caliber, maybe some minty aspect as well mouth - an weak initial attack then expands to a wide wild strawberry midpalate, and a smooth finish. Almost strikes me as being underextracted. Benefited with some time in glass. Overall I enjoy this distinctive style of pinot which I attribute to the Anderson Valley (but could I pick it out blind?)
Nice dark berry nose with a lot of spice. Medium body with dark berry and again a lot of spice on the palate. Nice balance and a medium, fruity finish. A bit more concentrated than a prior bottle, but again a nice combination of elegance and flavor with just enough complexity to make it interesting.
Translucent, ruby color. Nose of red berry with some floral and spice components. Medium weight with flavors of strawberry, red cherry, oak and lots of spice. More depth and flavor intensity than I would have expected from the color and nose. Done in a slightly elegant style, but with plenty of stuffing - not at all thin or simple. Nice fruity, medium finish. I always like Londer wines and this one was no exception. The combination of elegance with bold, layered flavors is what I look for in a pinot.
I agree with previous notes. A bit too thin and one dimensional. Not far from being a great wine though?!? I can see hints of everything I look for in a great Pinot. Its almost like a great wine that is watered down. If you could concentrate this wine they would have something special.
One-dimensional and fairly uninteresting. Tastes of stewed fruit and hot from the noticeable alcohol. Since I bought two bottles, withholding further commentary until I try the other. At this point, very unimpressed. NR
This was very spicy, with a mushroom and cherry initial impression giving way to lots of close and allspice in the finish. Very distinctive, and though it's not my thing it will appeal to lovers of spicy PN.
One of the better values this year, with raspberry and earth aromas. There's still a fair amount of acidity in the mid-palate, with raspberry and bing cherry flavors. A short finish brings this wine to an abrupt close.