I really enjoyed this. Expressive wine. Aromatic nose of cherry and forest floor. Palate showed clean red fruits and goes into the finish with a little zip that really cleans the palate. Finish is long but a bit simple, offering repeating cherry notes and a little mineral. Seems to be drinking really well now.
More than three years on since the last sampling; I cannot believe that it was better than this before. A pity then that this is the last of the '07. A tricky vintage for many but I think Todd did an excellent job with this. Clear garnet, perfumed aroma, floral notes and candy, bright tart cherries, smoothly textured. Uncomplicated but nicely balanced.
When I first popped this I actually just thought it was the WV bottling. Oops. Turns out it was a pretty good time to open the Ana so no harm no foul. Typical 07. Refreshing to drink. Spice and cherry fruit. High acidity. Acid haters should flee. Bright and juicy. The stems seem to be the boss of the finish. Earthy and stemmy. Would have preferred things be a little cleaner.
I've had several elegant, enjoyable 07 OR Pinots. This is not one of them. A pale, clear garnet color, with an autumnal nose of leaves and earth - all good. But on the palate, thin and reedy, with an unpleasant bitter aftertaste. I'm willing to concede that this is probably a stylistic difference of opinion - after trying several B-H wines I can safely say they aren't especially to my taste.
To whoever got this for under $10, good luck to you. Current note not to different from our previous post, which at least suggest we are capable of consistency. The nose is not classical Burgundian, but it is more Oregonian, darker, moister perhaps; quite a degree of candied fruits on the palate, with some stemmy hints to deepen the experience. Drank very nicely over two days.
Delicate; not a good pair for a heavy meal. Definitely a wine to enjoy with a cheese course or the like. Nice mineral / rock character; very distinct brambly note. Good. Got a KILLER deal on this sub-10 bucks. I agree with prior poster about the silly packaging - probably got it to me for the cheaps.
Almost two years since tasting this fresh after bottling, we opened another one. After just experiencing a Santa Rita Hills pinot that was as far from classical pinot as one can imagine (not bad just not pinot), it was reassuring to taste something that really is the quintessence. Good job Todd on this one. Not to be overlooked is that this hails from the spotty '07 vintage from which I have had some pretty poor efforts. Color is classical dark purplish red, not too dense, superior nose of violet and tobacco leaf, crisp dark cherry fruit on the palate with good acidity, length, mild tannins if any, good balance. Very much an expression of Oregon and a tilt towards the Cote d'Or. This is why I buy it.
I have one major, albeit silly, problem with this wine but we'll get to that in a minute. The wine has a nice transparent ruby red color with plenty of black cherry notes mixed with a bit of a orange peel. Acidity is pretty good and opens up to excellent mix of fruit and earth flavors. The finish has a bit of an edge to it but with time, it does mellow out quite a bit. Very nice wine. So what's the major problem? The packaging! I absolutely hate the labeling. It gives you the impression that the wine is gimmicky and cheap and could easily steer people away to something else when they are browsing the shelves.
Weekend Before Thanksgiving in the Willamette Valley, Oregon (Oregon): The nose carries loads of dark cherries and something reminding me of the deep forest along with a hint of tobacco. The wine is soft and gentle across the palate. Plums and nice raspberry flavors play into a silky mouth feel. The wine has a lighter structure that makes it approachable and gentle, and the tasty fruit makes the entire package very enjoyable.
My second bottle in an exploration of Todd's pinots. Similar to the previous bottle, this also shows crystal clear cranberry, shaded with just a hint of orange. It's delicate on the nose, but not shy in any way. Cran-straw-raspberry, along with high toned floral notes, fresh cut hay and lifted mint, all in the upper register. Subtle hints of a little earthy/peat-y undercarriage, but hard to resolve in the face of all the brightness. Given the pale color, and lifted nose, it's lovely to taste that same red fruit, but with a little more dimension and moderate weight. There's a little tart orange creeping in here, and a bit of that feral quality that I'm beginning to associate with whole cluster fermentation - perhaps that's at work here? The package is nicely put together with clean acidity and enough tannin to hold things together, without getting in the way. Nicely long on the finish, adding cherries (?!), a touch of vanilla, and a distinct retro-nasal peaty-ness that is very interesting. Another winner!
Like the Deux Vert, we tasted this within days of bottling and the wine was not completely settled down. Also very young and shows. Has the ingredients in terms of fruit and acidity to become good in time.