A truly beautiful example of a 20 year old Pinot noir reaching its peak. It represented ripeness and earth, integrated leather notes, not a single detractor. The mouth was complete with flesh, mineral acidity, and tannin. Drink now and enjoy! Note: the cork crumbled but was fresh and showed wine only in the very bottom. Fill was still in neck.
Tasting this wine blind, I initially smelled roasted hazelnuts, lemon cream, and butter scotch candies. The mouth had a lovely touch of acid followed by sugar and a creamy, flavorful finish. The sugar was too sweet for my preference. The smoke of the toasted hazelnuts was either due to a too high toast barrel or the smoky 2008 vintage in Anderson Valley. Overall, that was not a detractor from this wonderful, full bodied Pinot gris.
A beautiful rosé wine with bright watermelon, peach, and lemon/lime. The mouth was crisp with a very dry and short finish. The finish was curiously short, as I was stunned and confused what happened to all the wonderful fruit I had tasted just a moment before.