This was probably not the best pairing with a rich mushroom risotto - I forgot that it was on the lighter elegant side. So we saved half the bottle for another meal :) Clean fruit flavors, nice acidity and complexity
Needed some air for the fruit and texture to emerge. Very textbook RRV Pinot, all cherries with a hint of cola. The wine has pretty decent acidity (esp. for a new world Pinot). I can't help but think this wine falls in an awkward spot--too ripe for Burg-heads and to lean for Cali Pinot Lovers. Still, a tasty bottle of wine with good complexity and good typicite'.
A bit disappointing, but still very good. Nose is classic Cali Pinot with asian spice and earth as well as red fruit. Fruit forward on attack, some cream mid-palate, medium body. Not massive, not light, hits that sweet spot of size and intensity. The finish doesn't seem fully dry, though, and has a bit of a medicinal tone (as opposed to herbs I found before). Acidity is sufficient, but there's not much grip overall to the structure. Seems like it'll be best sooner rather than later.
The Iron Horse pinot is what got me into pinot. I think that the 2007 is not as fundamentally strong as the 2006, especially after a vertical tasting at the winery
Still comes out extraordinary well. Very well balanced fruit Enjoyed with a pizza. Light and imminently drinkable. Very light mouth feel, with a hair too much oak in the finish. I think this will be fantastic with a bit more time on it.
Not being a regular Pinot drinker, this one was a bit of an epiphany for me. Tasted along side the two reserve Pinots at Iron Horse, this was the lighter bodied (and lighter colored) of the bunch. But I think it confirmed what I'm starting to learn: in terms of the fruit forward Cali style Pinot, I prefer the lighter bodied style. That's not to say the darker, fruitier Pinots won't develop into something wonderful after aging. It's just the lighter style is so elegant and complex from the get-go.
What really pulled me in here was the herbs. They were on the nose, then they hit full force again right before the finish. The palate was seamless and the finish long. Of course there's plenty of red fruit and body to the wine, but it's the pronounced earthiness that really hits home. $45 is a bit steep for a wine that begs for youthful drinking, but I regret not purchasing this at the winery.