Real treat. Dirt on the nose and, yes, forest floor. Smooth palate with fruit that's toned down. Black fruit, acidity is a little aggressive on the finish turning a tad sour. Open and decanted several hours ago. This is in a good place.
The nose on this wine is very subtle for a Pinot Noir, hinting that this particular vintage is likely past its prime. There is still the hint of the red fruit brightness that characterizes California Pinot Noir, but it didn't hit you in the face. I decanted for 15 minutes and nosed again, still that subtle aroma of red plum, strawberry and earthiness, frankly more representative of French Burgundy.
Very smooth mouthfeel, almost velvety, with very finely integrated tannins, no bitterness whatsoever. Same polished red fruit taste with a medium finish. I enjoyed it very much with the pork and haricot vert it was served with, a nice company that allowed the food to shine. This would be an outstanding red wine pairing with fish and other seafood.
Over the past 6 months this wine has come solidly into a delicious drinking window. The nose has nice red flowers and some spice with simple fruit flavors to follow. This wine shines in the velvety texture that is about as smooth and pleasant as it gets. Don't get me wrong--there is plenty of acidity to keep it bright, but I have no idea how this will age further. No reason not to enjoy it now as I see it.
PnP; 3 nights. Last bottle was 2 years ago and I'm struck by the evolution. This is much darker and much softer. Candied tartness has disappeared, replaced by earthy, asian spice. Light mineral and acidity still present. Not finesseful or complex, but very pleasant and balanced and even somewhat deep. No longer sure that the tous ensembles are for early drinking - a couple years in the cellar is advised.
I agree with notes describing this wine as "young". Tastes best after several hour decant, or even better on day two, when it gains a velvety softness accompanying focused strawberry, raspberry and cherry. I'll try to hold off, or open the day before drinking.
Decanted. Dark ruby in the glass. Interesting bottle variation here. Much tighter nose this time, with some red fruits but a lot of toasty elements here. On the palate, the cherries and raspberries come through, but there is an overarching 'pie crust' element that really reminds me of raspberry or blackberry pie as I drink it. This is much tighter than previous bottles, with a heavier tannin element. Opens up very nicely after two days in the decanter with the fruit really singing after some good air. The last bottle was nice and approachable straight from the pop, but this one really could have used more cellar time and was a little unapproachable on day 1. Still a very nice wine with good spiciness, acidity and fruit.
PnP. This wine continues to impress, and is eminently drinkable. Practically slurped down two bottles of this in one night (with help). Excellent density and core to this wine. All my previous notes still apply - red fruits, nice acidity, dill pickle, and this time I picked up more funk as it popped. This is a fantastic wine right now. Left in the decanter, it declined dramatically after a couple of days, so I would say drink it up!
This is darn nice drinking classic Pinot. Cherries, sweet earth, high tone spice, wisps of smoke. Adds a "red" minerality on the palate. Solid backbone holds it together with long, energetic finish. Again, not complex or flamboyant, but hard to leave the glass on the table with or without food accompaniment.
Semi-translucent purple. This wine has developed beautifully over the past couple years now showing a strong deep soil component upon opening. After breathing it reveals more tart red fruit, orange peel, flowers, potpourri, restaurant mint, and soil with some darker overtones with just the slightest hint of oak. Very nice.
Bottle variation or showing signs of age? I'm guessing variation. Popped and poured, was slightly tannic to start then opened after half an hour. Bright cranberry and acidity, but was missing some of the Pop and spice. Moving my drink window in a year for good measure...AM
13.5% alcohol. Medium bodied, sappy, and slightly juicy and sweet in the mid-palate, but well balanced overall with an aromatic and flavor profile of red and black cherries, pomegranate, black raspberries, baking spices, and a suggestion of cola. Unfortunately, my last bottle of the 07 Tous.
13.5% alcohol. Keeps getting better. Dark red color. Aromatic nose of black cherry, spice, and earth notes. In the mouth, seamless and beautifully delineated, with black cherry fruit framing the velvety palate presence, allowing the earth, spice, and floral notes to unfold. The acidity has integrated a bit more, and the finish just sails right along. A-
Tasted immediately after opening. Translucent garnet in color. Mineral and red fruit nose. Tart and open with flavors of cherry, strawberry and spice. Light in texture. Burgundian in style and well done. Wish I had more than one bottle left.
Medium ruby color. Forest floor, baking spices, cherries, raspberries, smoldering embers, and a nice floral note on the nose. Medium body with soft, ripe, integrated tannins and very nice acidity. Lively fruit and spice on the palate. Lingering finish with just a bit of an herbal element coming in at the end to add some complexity.
These last two were more up to par w/ the original than the last was. Loads of cherries, raspberries, pomegranates and plums--bordering on ripe with cola and a hint of toasted oak and earth through the finish. Still has quite a bit of time ahead of it. 88+
really enjoyable pinot....consumed on pop and pour over an hour at a BYOB. not super complex, but really tasty red fruit and solid acidic core make it an easy drinker. glad i have one more and might look for some more.
Opened last night, enjoyed with a first course of sashimi and closed out with a roasted beet salad. Listed alcohol 13.5%. Note written today so I could re-taste without some food and gain some final thoughts on the wine. What comes to mind is 'thick'. Probably more accurate is that the wine lacks the finesse of the single plot Copains from this same vintage. Good amount of red fruit, same hard candy feel of the last note I wrote on the wine a year ago. Finish still has a good kick of acid hanging in there, to go with the jolly rancher cherry flavor, raspberry, plum skin and a truffle note. Just not as clean and crisp as the smaller batch wines. Drink window would be now through 2013 while waiting for the Kiser, Monument Tree and the others settle in for later enjoyment.
Sappy, crunchy, slightly sweet, and medium bodied with aromas and flavors of black and red cherries, pomegranate, spice, earth and a rather pronounced cola note (which I have not experienced or noticed with previous bottles). Thankfully, there is enough acidity, purity of fruit, and mineral underpinning to tame the cola and sweet aspects.
Decanted about an hour. A little bit on the lighter side of a ruby red. Cherries, raspberries, forest floor, minerals, smoke, and a distinct floral note on the nose. Medium body at best with soft, ripe tannins and very nice acidity. Light and zippy fruit on the palate with the minerals and forest. Finish is fairly long with just a bit of an herbal note in the background to add some complexity. A nice, fruity but not sappy style of pinot. Perfect for a nice dinner on the deck.
Raspberry and strawberry on the nose, flowers. This is sweet and ripe, with tangy acidity, and is somehow both refreshing and supple. This has filled out very well in two years, has some sweet sap, and lick-smacking acidity. Borderline outstanding. 89+
what more can you ask from a $30 pinot? this wine continues to please me for the price. nose of semi-tart red fruits, apple skins, and minerals. light body. plenty of acid the balance the fruit. a pleasant earthiness develops. medium finish. a lovely wine that doesn't break the bank.
Bon pinot, aspect translucide typique d'un villages simple, nez exubérant qui offre beaucoup de fruit, et qui pinotte abondamment. En bouche, c'est un beau fruit rouge pur et croquant, sans aspérité, et possédant une rondeur notable. Aucune trace d'exces alcooleux typiquement observé sur des pinots californiens, ni les gouts de confiserie si désagréables. Me rappelle le Savigny-les-beaune VV de Maréchal, sérieusement.
Quite nice. Red pinot fruit, mostly tart cherry with some raspberry mixed in, little bit of oak spice and caramel, correct and lively acidity and accessible tannin. Little bit of orange peel, and a little too much rhubarb stalkiness. Good QPR.
13.5% alcohol. Open for business aromatically with crunchy, sappy, and slightly sweet red cherry, black cherry, pomegranate, and maybe a hint of watermelon fruit along with notions of forest floor, a kiss of oak, and an invigorating, terrific spiciness evocative of stem inclusion. Although the palate can’t quite deliver what the nose promises in terms of complexity or presence, it is satisfying nonetheless with a medium bodied frame, a nice streak of acidity in the middle, and a profile of crunchy and spicy fruit. Great QPR and very much recommended.
Splash decant into the glass, then let breath for 1/2 hour. Dark Ruby nearing purple in color. Very dark for a Pinot. On the nose, dark cherry and blackberry, vanilla, Christmas spices. Also touches of Rubber and Bramble. On the palate, dark cherry pie, blackberry-oatmeal crisp, black tea, cocoa, spice, all evolving nicely all through the front and mid-palate and extending into the finish. Outstanding lingering finish of fruit, dill pickle!, and steak blood!!. Awesome. One minute ++ finish. Great acidity. Medium Body. $25?? Are you kidding me? This is a $50 wine with no complaints. Complex. Dense. Maybe not the most varietally correct wine, but who cares? Outstanding QPR.
Let sit open for 30 minutes then served with dinner. Cherry, spice and some herbal notes on the nose. Taste is slightly candied cherry with a some spice and just a tiny hint of pine. Medium weight with some pleasant tannins but what impressed me the most was the acids and balance that made this a great food wine.
opened about 3 hours ago and not decanted. this is nearly room temp, which is warmer than i typically drink pinot noir. nose of semi-tart red fruits, minerals, a little baking spice, and stem like spiciness. i am unsure the percentage of stem inclusion on this. doesn't provide quite the cut in the mouth i've experienced with past bottles. this is not to say it's flabby, but it is round. acid picks up on the red fruit finish where again the stems are somewhat apparent. still a great qpr.
color, dark, almost purple, very extracted looking or addition of darker skinned grap;e nose: med+ intensity, pugent spice, animal, oak, licorice, fennel seeds, "mashmellow?" a herbal quality dry, acid is med (only) tannin is med and smooth body is med alc is est 14
Style note: Deeply extracted PN showing tannins (smooth) with good acid/fruit/oak integration. Fruit is not super concentrated suggesting a lower price range, yet sophisticated winemaking.
Served with xmas eve dinner of ham, decanted 2 hrs before serving. Huge nose of boysenberries and oak, very bright, juicy, awesome. Taste is similar cali style, big, but relatively balanced, with a nice acid backbone. This is just flat out delicious, in the new world style of course. By the other reviews, the $34 I paid at a wine shop was too high, but still worth it by far, as I enjoy these kind of pinots. They actually had some kosta brownes, which I asked him if he thought they were worth the price of admission...of course the owner said "yes, they're life-changing". I said I'm not ready to step up to the $125 or something they cost, and he said to try this as a 'value' play in the similar style.
Light to medium ruby color. Earthy elements on the nose as well as cherries, minerals, smoke, raspberries, and a touch of pine on the nose. Light to medium body, a bit of ripe tannins and outstanding acidity. Nice fruit on the palate in a non California way. No excess weight on this wine, just spicy fruit with just a hint of oak. Nice length on the finish with the flavors slowly fading. Good Stuff. I like the full body Loring style, but this is a real nice chage of pace.
The wine has some hints of earth and spice, but the core of sour cherry and raspberry drives the wine. Almost Burgundian in character, with nice tangy acidity and a focused finish. Still a year or two before reaching peak, I think, but drinking very well now. An excellent and balanced under-$30 California pinot, and I can see this as being quite food-friendly.
I liked this a lot. Big fan of Copain, and on the value side, this beats out alternatives, both within the Copain line, and considering others. Big red fruit, lush mouthfeel, balanced acidity and tannin. I didn't get to save this overnight as planned - it was too easy to drink. Some spice/vanillan, cherry, a bit of apple skin, cranberry.
Opened 24 hours ago so.....baking spice nose. Pomegranate, hard cherry candy, red apple and strawberry, finishing with good acidity and lift. The hard candy reference is about as dead on as I can make this note, think jolly rancher cherry. Despite the inference of a candied or sweet wine, it's really not. Instead, good medium weight, nice red fruits and good zip. What's missing in this bottle is the loamy/soily comment I made when I drank the bottle six months ago up at the winery. Aside from that difference, the wine remains solid and well worth the bucks. This wine can compete well within anything in the 50 buck range.
this bottle has been evolving and gaining complexity over the past year. still has very nice floral aromatics but there's a deep, soily, loamy, earth character that has become more pronounced beneath (what has now turned into) very dark, blackberry fruit. there's still a nice note of acidity on the backend of the palate but the sour cherry/red fruits have turned much darker. thankfully, possibly because of the relatively lower alcohol content, the wine has not ventured into the "pruney" territory. Very nice, food friendly wine with enough complexity and a great value.
So what one word immediately comes to mind after taking a sniff-swirl-n-sip of this wine?
Simple...as in simple pleasure.
Not so much a Pinot Noir to ponder, but a Pinot Noir to enjoy without pretensions and without much in the way of complexity. If we are only considering this wine as a pure value play, keeping in mind that this particular bottle was purchased for $18 locally (SF Bay Area), there is no question that this is an excellent buy!
Okay, in a fit of wine nerdity (sp?), I am going to do my best to deconstruct the constituent parts of this wine. First, the nose brings a solid dose of bright cherry, spice, and just a hint of a green herbal edge. All of this comes together quite nicely.
First sip, making those disgusting air over the palate noises, and this Pinot Noir serves up an immediate dose of those same cherries that greeted me with my first sniff. This is a very soft, relatively full wine that scores high on the satisfaction scale.
At this price point I would seriously consider making this the house wine. No doubt, this is an outstanding value play that deserves any Pinot Noir lovers attention.
What a pleasant surprise. Found for less than $24 (including tax), and at that price I should buy a case if I can get it. Not for those looking for another fruit bomb, but a pinot that compliments lighter fare quite well. Nice racy acidity, sour cherry dominates.
Edit: Wow! Opened last night and the final glass has gained some serious weight, Much more interesting nose now - spices, raspberry, rocks, cola and more. 90+
Medium bodied, concentrated, and well balanced with aromas and flavors of crunchy pomegranate and black cherry fruit along with spice and minerals. Drinks well now but still has plenty of years left on it. Dinner at Nick & Eddie.
13.5% alcohol. Just a great value that keeps delivering. It hasn't budged too much in the past year. Still a dark red color. Beautiful nose of black cherry, spice, flowers, and minerals. In the mouth, quite plush, with terrific concentration and impeccable balance. Like an intriguing woman at a masquerade, it keeps revealing different layers. Plenty of life ahead. A-
Opened with some fresh sockeye salmon last night. Nice pairing. Nose was very pronounced and very nice. Lots of fruit. The pallet was soft and fruit dominant. Not a big wine but an elegant one. Decent length. For the price this was a very good deal. Would buy again.
90-91? Pts. This wine has a tight nose that hopefully will develop over time, but right now is not great. The flavors took 30mins of air to really start singing. Nice sour cherrys and raspberrys. Balance and acidity are refreshing. Light on the mouthfeel, but medium/full on the flavor, the way PN should me imo. Drink over the next 5 years...AMM
OK, I'm not getting any of the super tart cherry, lots of cherry, but very sweet. It dominates the wine, almost like an aussie shiraz. For $24 not a bad deal and you'll impress your friends with the "Copain" label but it's not a repurchase for me. Finish was respectable. Fairly simple wine.
Pop & Pour. Typical CA pinot on the nose, red fruits and spice. Like many others here, I found the mid-palate dominated by sour cherries, which tamed a bit after the bottle was open about an hour. Some oak apparent on the finish.
Popped and poured. Nose of tart fruit was consistent with the taste. I didn't get much out of this other than VERY tart, sour cherries. No oak, minerality, etc. Saved a half bottle for the next day and it was the same story. Not scoring as it seems this bottle may be off based on other notes.
Light ruby color. Raspberry, cherry, earth, and a bit of pine on the nose. Light to medium body with very nice acidity and soft, ripe tannins. Impressive fruit and spice on the palate with tart berries and a bit of spicy oak with nice minerality in the background. Good length on the finish. Not your typical big, sappy California pinot. Very refined and elegant.
Popped and decanted. Way too much sour berry flavor for me, bordering on kids chewable vitamin C tablets. Not consistent with other notes and ratings of this wine so I won't score it so as not to effect the overall score. Disappointed.
There's no denying that this is CA pinot, but it's a more restrained style than many/most. Sappy pinot nose, and sour cherry and cranberry hang off a lively acidic backbone. There's some Christmas spice at the end, perhaps the only place the otherwise nicely used oak sticks out a bit. Returning on the second day, and drinking somewhat warmer, this has softened and ripened a bit, and the zippy acidity has give way to fleshier, rounded fruit.
Opened not decanted. I swear that I am not on any meds, but the nose smells like a fresh cut fir (Christmas) tree. It's the weirdest thing I've ever smelled on a pinot. On the palate, very tight and dry with restrained and slightly under ripe red fruit. The nose is Christmas in May. The wine is Good, but the nose is so unattached to the wine that it is surreal.
Bight ruby red, dusty and smoky nose (in a good way); crisp cherry flavors with tons of baking spice and earth in the background; refined and balanced but with a bracing acidity that is excellent slightly chilled. Incredible QPR for those who like the more restrained style (which I do)
Definitely made in the french style. Mid body with a firm acidic backbone. Sense the minerality here which for my tastes, I've grown a fondness for. Interesting to try the next bottle as by the time we sat down for wines, we've had 4 strawberry farms each... yummy!
Nice bright ruby. Lovely cherry nose with cola and earth, maybe even a bit of mineral oil. It's well balanced and nicely concentrated purity. Not especially complex; in fact this wine doesn't really seem to call attention to itself, but it sure drinks beautifully. Had over two nights. Even worked fine with a Sichuan pork dish. 90-91
Nose of red fruit and stones. Maybe a hint of cinnamon in there also. Tart cherry and cranberry with a nice touch of minerality. The fruit is full and rich but not overly sweet. I agree with the reviewers who see a French lean in this wine. Very well done.
This wine over the last year has picked up a soily element, right into the core. Red apple skin, crushed rocks, medium plus palate. There are though no ripe edges here but rather a soily red fruited wine. Really starting to come around with bottle age now.
13.5% alcohol. This continues to drink beautifully with a medium bodied frame, a nice spine of acidity, fine grained tannins, a sense of minerality, and a profile of red cherry fruit that shows bright, clean, pure, and with a hint of crunchiness along with notes of baking spices and earth. Fantastic QPR and very much recommended.
Ripe cherry and raspberry fruit on the nose is framed by baking spice and subtle hints on mineral. Clean, pure flavors of red cherry, limestone and baking spice display great concentration. Posseses bright acidity which helps bring elegance and balance to the concentration of fruit. Really has the stuffing to age, but very tasty now. Drink now-2017. 90 pts.
Well, you couldn't ask a wine to undergo much more indignity than this suffered, so no rating tonight. Jim gave me about 1/3 of a bottle yesterday morning when we were getting ready to play squash, which means he drank most of it the night before. Then I shoved it in my bag and forgot about it until around 11 last night, at which point I put it in the refrigerator until I got home after work tonight. Fortunately there was no dirty squash laundry in the bag during its cruel, approximately 12-hour captivity, but that's probably the best I can say. The wine is astonishingly intact, color a deep but not quite opaque ruby, nose appealingly primary, ripe black cherry but with spice overtones, though the spice is not intrusive as is so often the case 'round here. Rich and velvety mouthfeel, with the fruit again taking center stage leading to a full and persistent finish. Not flabby at all but on the softer side. Certainly worth another look when it hasn't been subjected to such abuse. Tiny type says 13.5% alcohol (needed my 15-year old daughter to make that determination-I had no shot without an electron microscope), which no doubt contributes to the overall graceful demeanor.
This was very enjoyable, one of the best QPRs I've had in a long time. Popped and poured, bright fruit jumping from the class, wonderful density on a medium/full bodied pinot. Wonderful spice and acidity that blends into a wonderful finish. Tannins are present, but well integrated. This should last for 3-5 years...AMM
Light, bright, clear garnet color in the glass. Huge nose of bramble, forest floor, cherry. Light bodied and fruity in the mouth, followed by a very pleasant rosemary/sage flavor. The finish was long and lingering, I could taste the wine a half hour later. Pumped out some air and let half the bottle sit overnight. On day two, the up front fruit was less apparent, but the rest of it was all there, very impressive.
this is a beautiful example of well made pinot noir. lots of cranberry and cherry on the nose and palate. great acidity; a touch on the tart side but still very well balanced and you get a sense of just pure wonderful fruit. looks a little dark but that is misleading as this wine is very light and floral. what i really loved about this wine, is after a bit of decanting, the nose just opens up and is absolutely wonderful; smells like pure lavender! this is one of my favorite characteristics of this varietal and a telltale sign that the winemaker got it right!
Pleasant if a bit subdued nose with a core of black and red cherry fruit and spice with hints of flowers and earth. The palate shows medium bodied with a bright, ripe, and sweetish red fruited profile, nice acidity, a sense of minerality, and a clean finish. What this lacks in complexity, layers, and structure, it more than compensates for with its approachability, purity of fruit, and balance.
Ran this through a venturi and decanted for an hour. Sweet nose and palate. Simple, but decent quality in the fruit. Finish was probably the stand out, but I did not prefer this bottle as much as the first one I consumed. Too sweet for me. I doubt I repurchase not because of poor quality but just not my taste.
Brooding black cherry aromatics are matched by caramel-oak and a hint of minerality. Flavors carry onto the palate with black cherry dominating. Racy acidity really carries the flavors onto the mineral infused finish. I feel this wine will really open up with a couple years in bottle. Drink now-2015. 89+ pts.
PnP. Bright translucent violet-tinged garnet. Medium low intensity aromas of red berries, cherries, spice, earth and pine floor - I get the impression that this is a bit tight at the moment and that there is more there. Medium fruit on entry which holds through midpalate and beyond. Acidity slightly on the tart side that with the cherry flavor gave a flash of cherry SweeTart just before the finish. Has a mineral-like texture without overt stone/mineral flavors. Finish is balanced and quite nice. Liked this wine a lot and think at least medium term aging will help a bit.
13.5% ABV. Medium dark garnet translucent. On the nose, this Copain Pinot shows some spice, stems, and sour cherry fruit. Medium bodied with ripe red fruits on the palate with a light suggestion of hard candy. Tangy finish. Somewhat mouthwatering. This is excellent value Pinot for $30.
Opened not decanted. No problems with this bottle. Two thumbs up for North Berkeley Wine Imports for replacing.
Showing some clarity at the edge of the glass. Rather subdued nose of bramble fruit. On the palate: loads of blackberry on the entry; morphs towards sweet jammy dried black fruit (blackberry / marionberry) with citrus notes in the background. Ends with a sweet and drying finish. Very young and very well made. This could be a great wine with some age. Good to Very Good right now.
13.5% alcohol. You wouldn't think this is a $30 wine. Black cherry color. Gorgeous, complex nose of black cherry, earth, flowers, minerals, and spice. In the mouth, concentrated, balanced, pure, and powerful. The fruit isn't the sole focus. It is a central player in a cacophany of flavors. Impressive concentration. Amazingly balanced and pure. Strong acidity. A long finish. This is excellent Pinot at a daily drinking price. A-
nose: delightful nose filled with ripe strawberries, raspberries, ripe cherries, bits of cream and some red floral tones. Very pungent as it opens up that belies its price point
taste: medium/full bodied with black currants, dark red cherries, creamed raspberries, and red currants
overall: a real quality pinot. Has excellent fruit and a really good nose that is very attractive that then carries onto the palate. I'd love to try some of the higher end Copain pinots if this is what it brings at this price
13.5% alcohol. The nose is open and showy with dark cherries, pomegranate, spicy oak, and an autumn leaves/vegetative element. The palate is medium bodied with a profile of ripe yet crunchy cherry and pomegranate fruit with a nice beam of acidity that adds freshness and a degree of brightness, a sense of minerality, and fine grained tannins on the medium length finish. Impressive effort. This bottling, along with the RRV and Sonoma Coast appellation blends by Siduri, are my favorite sub $30 CA Pinots on the market today.
Medium bodied, medium garnet, very nice bright dark cherry fruit, nicely focused with excellent acidity, touches of earth, quite a nice mid-palate, though it eases off a bit early on the finish. This would be tough to pick out in a good Burgundy Village lineup, say 2005. Very nice Cali Pinot, a bit on the simpler side, but a really nice easy drinker.
Plumy like most Cali pinots, but not in a bad way with a touch of sweet oak. Fruit forward, but not overextracted. Light acidity and soft tannins. Rather simple, but nevertheless a pleasant drink. I was told this would be Burgundian, but for me it is very new world. Not built for the long run, so enjoy over the next 2-3 years. 87-88
Price paid: $27 Would I buy again? Maybe
PS. After a night in the fridge this was better. The oak was more integrated and the plumyness was gone to reveal a more cherry and subtle flavor profile. 89-90... I would buy this again below $30.
Nose has deep cherry coke flavors. Front end exhibits some dust and big cherries. The wine has great structure throughout with big red fruit, dried pine needles, and significant sour cherries. Very pleased with this bottle of pinot - looking to buy more.
This had more generous fruit than I remembered from my winery visit. Gorgeous transparent ruby color. Oak is apparent but nice. Anderson Valley fruit, but this still comes off as pretty ripe, in a good way. Some nice cinnamon-like spice in the mix here too. Very nice, a good buy at $30 if you want something more special than a budget pinot.
Plenty of toast on the nose here, downright roasted even, with strawberry and raspberry notes. A fine acidity here, clean and balanced, with pretty red berry fruit. Not terrically deep, but if you can get past the toast here this is very pretty. Fresh stawberry, sweet cranberry, and mouth-watering acidity.
Good wine, but I'm not sold on these after trying two vintages. Muted nose, lively palate that is smooth and balanced with an acid punch, and a good savory finish. Restrained, but distinctly new world. Good with food. 13.5%. Solid wine for sure, but not quite there for me and not that cheap.
Sleek, bright red cherry and cranberry fruit shine in this refined pinot. Mineral/ crushed rock, forest floor and orange oil add depth and complexity. Really fresh with terrific natural acidity, but rich, powerful and concentrated at the same time. Beautiful feminie, cool climate styled Pinot. That will only improve with more time in the bottle. Drink now-2015. 90+ pts.