I think everyone is underrating this wine. What are they looking for? I find a lovely, delicious example of the great pinot noir wines coming out of Oregon. It shows great appealing fruit with enough concentration and inner core to be a fine food wine. I suggest they try it blind against true red Burgundy from France. American wine drinkers, especially, will choose this over wines costing twice the price from Burgundy.
I had anticipated that this would be way over the hill, but to my delight the color was very red and youthful. I would have guessed only a dozen years old by the color. The nose was somewhat subdued to start. The wine itself was absolutely delicious! It showed a delightful balance of fruit and minerality with great complexity. It improved in the glass over the course of the dinner and the bouquet developed very nicely. All in all an amazing experience for a 44 year old wine!
This lone bottle was a gift from a knowledgable friend. It had been well stored and displayed a youthful red color even 25 years after the harvest. Shortly after decanting, the wine opened up to reveal a lovely Cabernet/Bordeaux with rich, complex and appealing flavors and bouquet. Clearly this bottle was much better than those in other recent Community tasting notes. Lucky me.