Big wine, not characteristic of a Pinot, except on the nose. Lovely fruit & berrys. Dark in colour, and big taste. Decanted for 2 or more hours based on previous feedback, but think this will keep longer. Lovely.
Pop and pour and served with food. Followed over two hours. Will re-cork and check in again. Initial impressions: Dark color. Nose is of black fruits with an almost gamy quality, like proscuitto. Rich fruit profile; a bit like an amarone. Some dried fruit character. Tasted the following day with food (some roast lamb and pizza rustica, an egg, cheese and cured pork dish). This is a big wine that still shows some dried fruit. The gamy notes are not as present. The ripe, sweet dark fruits show through but leave the wine a little flat.
Deep red blue ruby. Clean, laser-point nose with tight black and red berry fruit, allspice, pepper, clove and an earthy spice. Palate is quiet; rich, balanced, moderate + intensity and long finish. Flavors of black cherry, sandalwood, brandied blackberry, mocha, sasparilla cola and fresh earth. Way too young, hold for 12-18 months...
Memorial Weekend Wine Tasting (Chehalem Mountains & Carlton, OR): Lots of structure with this one. Spices, some cherry fruit, but everything is really hiding behind the tannins. Hard to drink, it is so drying, and I finally gave up and dumped it. Could be a blockbuster 5-6 years down the road, but currently way to tiring to consume.