Deep garnet color. Aromas and flavors of earth, smoke, black cherry, and oak spice. Light body, medium acid and finish. Not confusing this for Burgundy, but its heart is in the right place, and stylistically in that vein. Enjoyable weeknight pinot for lighter fare.
Darker fruit profile than previous bottles displayed, still with good acidity and a sense of restraint, but less bright and juicy overall and displaying more depth. More Californian in profile now, but still very enjoyable and a well-made example of Pinot Noir.
Aromas of earth/smoke and dark cherry. Black cherry and cranberry notes come through on the palate, along with quite a bit of acidity and a touch of earth. Slightly better on day two than day one. Somewhat short finish.
Glad we cellared this beauty for four years. Drinking nicely right now and still may have 2 more years of cellar potential. I didn't have much hope for this wine when initially tasting back in '08. Hot, acidic, unbalanced in it's youth. Way softer now, with a surprising amount of complexity and distinct flavor profile. Highly recommend a minimum of one hour decant. Wild strawberry, plum and earth. Very much in line with Santa Rita hills pinots. Nice work!
At this point, this is beautiful example of what CA Pinot Noir should be and so often is not: lush, velvety, medium bodied with balanced acidity and smoky notes. This won't be mistaken for Burgundy, but neither will it be mistaken for Syrah.
Tasted too thin and diluted - very little fruit coming through on this one. Actually, a little herbally and green. The alcohol was more pronounced as a result. This was OK but there are better Pinots for the money and drinking pleasure.
Took a hour or two to fully open up. Light, soft black fruit at first with a forest floor/wood and spice/cocoa coating. Even a bit charred at first. The fruit came thru with some time, but was left me wanting more.
This has pleasant aromatics of forest floor covering dark berries. On the palate, things started off well with a cranberry/sour cherry attack, however on the midpalate it turned very acidic and there was next to no finish. Not bad overall, but not doing much to impress me.
Dark cherry, cranberry and a touch of spice. Medium body, nice acid and not over the top. A nice pinot and good value at the >$20 that I grabbed it for. Opened up with some air and got better as the meal and time went on, don't PnP.
Spent more time with this one that with the previous one and this is one very very good pinot. Definitely more old world than new world, this has a very interesting mix of forest fruits, herbs and earth, which I have yet to find in a CA pinot. Makes me think Pernand somehow. Drank better on the 2nd night, but very enjoyable on PnP. Fantastic value.
Reddish purple color with an almost clear rim. Funky sweet dark cherry nose. Well crafted and smooth palate of cherry and raspberry, with a spicy entry on the mid-length finish. Acidity is a touch too strong.
Color 5/5 Nose 8/10 Taste 16/20 Balance 7/10 Finish 3/5
Wish I spent a little more time with it as it disappeared quickly at dinner. Richer than the 2005 Marechal Savigny, but somehow comes out as tasting more old world with a larger earthy, slightly charred component on the palate. Very much pinot in character and with excellent balance. Great with the beef stew. Everyone liked it, but it was a step below the Savigny in complexity and elegance. Happy to have two more bottles at under $20 a pop.
Decant 30 minutes. Dark Ruby color. A little Santa Rita hills funk on the nose which blew off. Tart sour cherry and spice palate. Very soft mouthfeel with some acidity and tannins still hanging around some oak. Medium plus finish but toasted oak is very noticeable. Big powerful cali pinot.
Light purple. Nose is vibrant with ripe fruit, straw, floral and minerals. On the fruits revealed are blackberries, strawberries and raspberries. This is a bigger style of Pinot that will please a fan of Shiraz or US Cab. The minerals and floral notes are intense and it has a medium finish.
Wine was tightly wound, I rarely decant a pinot, but this one needed it. Had a strong backbone, but was a little too tart for my tastes. Flavors of cherry and some oak. A medium purple color in the glass and a good nose of raspberry and spice. A nice wine if you are looking for a slightly tannic pinot. It did open up and I'm sure it would pair nicely with food.