A little tight a first...after decanting for two hours the wine aromatically opened up with red fruit. On the palate rather silky with a good balance of acidity and tannins. Very soft mouthfeel, good finish but lacking in the midpalate. Nice wine but nothing special.
Listen to my voice - Decant for 2 hrs before trying!!! From 375ml, I drank the better part of this bottle thinking a solid 88pts. 2 Hrs later this is an easy (phone sex easy) 92 pts. Delicious, i'll save the descriptives for your own tasting. Seek this out! it is delicious after a two hour decant. I will buy all I can.
nice bright ruby, w/ a touch of garnet. fruit forward nose of cherry, raspberry, mocha, and menthol. a structured well ballanced palate w/ sour cherry, nutmeg ,earth, and licorice. good solid finish but a little bitter on the back end. could use a little more aging to smooth out the tightness
Light floral nose followed by flavors of fresh red fruit - cherries and raspberries mostly - and a dusty herbal finish. Mid-weight and simple, but quite pleasant. There's no complexity here; the acids don't give enough of that extra-dimensional "kick" that a good pinot should have. It's a good warm weather red, though...just beware of pairing it with heavily seasoned or spicy dishes. It might not hold up.
This was very good - but not outstanding. Very drinkable now. Had w/ salmon and dill with asparagus. Complemented well. Nose is a lot bigger than in the mouth. Upon smelling, we were worried this would overpower the fish, but it didn't - thankfully.
Subtle nose. Good fruit, with a complex and dry, tobacco finish. Went remarkably well with Salmon. For a new world Pinot, somewhere in between a powerful Willamette Valley pinot, and a subtle Russian River pinot. We paid about $17 - a price at which I'll be buying a few cases!
I greatly enjoyed the 2005 but this bottle did not live up to expectations. Some simple red fruit on the nose but overshadowed by strong marmite odors. On the palate only a tiny amount of fruit, with some astringency and overall harsh bitterness. A fair amount of alcoholic heat too. Vacu-sealed overnight. On Day 2 the heat had dissipated and there was more mellow generic fruit but still none of the nuances of the '05. Potentially corked so I'll withhold a score until I try another bottle.
What a wonderful gift! This wine has low acidity, medium tannins, oak, medium-heavy body and alcohol, and high complexity. The was just a touch on the sweet side with great overall balance. Anca and I enjoyed this wine with Pizza and a movie. As the wine sat, it revealed many satisfying flavor - vanilla, cherry, carmalized sugar, nuts, coffee. Overall very smooth and clean tasting. The finish lingered with strong butter/cream, leaving a full feeling on the palate. The nose was a bit medicinal with an earthy aroma that we could not pinpoint.