Light subtle cherry nose. Very heavy cherry cola. Very much a modern Cali Pinot. Not a slouch. Very light green pepper behind the scenes. Cocktail wine...food not required. Little harsh on the after taste
Bit of a candied fruity nose. Jammy fruit flavored. Quite sour. Little disjointed. Not sure this comes together with time. Might be the blend - not sure what's in it but perhaps too much franc? Or zin? At least more than usual?
Went back and checked and it does look like the 12 carries more zin (11%) than 2011 (not listed but looks low) and 2010 (1%) BUT - my favorite past Hauts were 2007 (killer - low Zin) and 2009 (50% Zin) - so basically I don't know why its not doing it for me.