The consensus here is that this should have been gone in 2010 but I don't feel bad at all about waiting. Just another too short drink by year on CT. This was delightful and delicate, extremely well integrated pretty much right out of the bottle. Wonderful old world earthy style, probably the fruit has settled down quite a bit from the youth of this wine, but as far as I'm concerned that's just fine. Only have the one bottle, sadly.
A lovely showing for this Oregon pinot, with tell-tale pinot noir aromatics. Bright and elegant and very clean, there's still a good core of stemmy, cinnamon pinot fruit. Really lovely, but lacks complexity. Drink soon. 90-91 pts.
Unfortunately this had some very slight notes of TCA but the fruit aromatics and richness did manage to come through. I waited gave this a little time to see if i was correct as others did not seem to agree and the musty aromatic hints of wet cardboard were definitely there. The wine was a bit hollow which also confirmed my suspicion. We consumed this fast and moved on but based on what was there i would suspect that sound bottles would be very good.
Smelled like beets, leather, tobacco, and some red fruits, but this was clearly veering towards "mature burgundy" notes on the nose. Definitely showing it's age, although still very fresh. Color is starting to get some brick tones and I doubt this will go >5 more years, but nonetheless very good for a 12 year old OR pinot noir. Mouthfeel was great, and the finish was decent. depth and power were not there however on the palate, which might mean it's getting over the hill?
Same as previous note for 2012, just a little older and flavor getting more muted. Maybe going through another backward phase. I still liked it wish we had more to try over the coming years. This by no means seem old.
A bit of whole cluster on the nose...raspberry dusty tones tobacco...with time evolves into more primary fruit with cola cherry beet root and orange pith.....always balanced through the the varying aromatics...a challenging and dancing wine....ranging through a series of aromatics and flavors.
As if more evidence were needed to confirm the effects of proper storage... this wine, purchased at the winery, was held under ideal cellar conditions since it was bottled. As a result, despite 10 years of age, this bottle was barely out of its infancy when we opened it last night. Still purple, dominated by raspberry fruit notes, and marked with angular tannins, the wine was delicious, but showing no significant effects of age other than throwing some sediment. That said, it was a delightful wine - the perfect accompaniment to a dinner of wild mushroom risotto. Lithe and elegant despite its 14% ABV. Silky and light on the palate, complex and refreshing, this is a textbook example of serious OR pinot noir. Properly stored bottles have another 10 years, easily, of aging potential, and I'd love to be around when a 20+ year old bottle gets popped.
Very light feminine style wine, but abundant fruit nose reminiscent of tart cherry clafoutis with some zest. There is additional depth, and earthiness with leathery notes that developed after being open 30-45min. I agree with a previous note from some time ago, that the texture is best described as silky. Tannins are present but not as apparent at initial opening and and seem to grow over first hour, the are not biting and fade a bit in the moderate ( & warm) length finish. Color is defiantly orange on the edges trending to brown. very little sediment in our bottle.
Thought I'd Love to hold on to more of this for future, it is a lovely mature wine now. Drink it now.
Even with being a lighter style, this wine held it's own with Braised Oxtail in Red Wine sauce with Truffled Mashed Potatoes. While the wine was enjoyable on it's own, it seemed more expressive with the richness of the food.
Wonderful wine but still only second among the wines drunk with dinner tonight. A lighter, prettier style of pinot noir, which I generally prefer. Wend exceedingly well with our fresh caught coho/silver salmon. Red fruits, everything incredibly well balanced. Had to share it with 5 other people - I loved sharing it and hated having to share it! It was that good. i wish I had more.
Generally pleasant wine, with smokey earth, wood, and a faint cherry fruit, but a distinct greenness and herbacious on the palate. I tasted this wine at Domaine Drouhin's tasting room and didn't get this at all--at the time I was impressed by the bright fruit and didn't notice any green. I'm glad I only bought this one bottle, AND I'm glad I drank it and got it out of my cellar. Don't know, maybe it's just in a bad phase--if I had more, I'd probably give them five years to see if they might show better...
vanilla, dried cherries, oak, spice. taste: oaky green flavor, vanilla, coffee, light cherries. a bit thin in flavor. light on the finish. much better on the 2nd night. filled out nicely, more fruit, green flavors gone. ***