Tasted along with several Oregon 2006 pinot noirs that included Shea Homer(too big, and I'm a Shea fan), Beaux Freres Ribbon Ridge, Argyle Spirithouse, and a Gevrey ringer. After the Argyle, best wine of the evening. Opened 4 hours before tasting. Dark garnet to ruby, no brick to edge. Nose of raspberry, rose petal, forest floor and mild menthol, muted at first, but picked up intensity with air. Minerality that held through the mid palate with subtle and persistent red fruits and floral quality, great balance and length. If there had been more than one burgundy ringer in the crowd, I would have pegged this as Chambolle-Musigny or Gevrey 1er cru. Very impressive finesse for Oregon in 2006. Not a fruit bomb by any stretch, but oh so pleasurable, and why Oregon continues to attract burgundophiles
Ullage at bottom of neck. Color fading dark red with brick edge. Aged plum, tobacco, red pepper, spicebox nose. Medium weight fading black fruits, cocoa, turning herbal on the medium short finish. No question about place of origin, this wine is fully mature and starting to fade some compared to when last tried from my cellar 2-3 years ago. Still pleasurable cru bourgois. Drink up!
light garnet and faint nose of red fruit. Tart cherry, bordering on cranberry in the mouth, some length, no finish. Got a little better with air time, still pretty basic, not as good as the 2005, which opened up better given time. Needs food. Better stuff out there at $18/bottle, get the 2005 if you still can