Double decanted for an hour. Opening was tight. Black cherrys and strawaberry undertones. Beautiful balance that will likely imporve. Nose is nothing to sing about--not much there. Pencil lead and ruby rounded. Generally a nice wine but not at all what I had hoped for. Seems less that what Parker gave it. I don't think it will age more than 3-5 years , but will work through my six bottles to see if there is improvement.
I'm with toouche below. dinner party of 10 on Saturday---2 bottles. Amazing. DOuble decanted for three hours. Served with grilled lamb bone in and mint, hickory garlic roasted potatoes, ripe olives and rich cheese tray. Killed them----all. Wonderful and classic CNP. I started 12 years ago cellaring CNP and am just pulling them up now. This is simply a beautiful wine. Bacon, earth, tomato. hot stone, rich blackberry, mint, licorice cough drop, leather. Food wine or you waste it. Balance- 96. Flavor-94. Color and experience- 95. Nose-92.
Back again. Dinner for 10 on Saturday. All ten know their wine. Decanted for three hours---not much different than decanted for 1/2 hour. Lot's of smokey foods with this---smoked gouda. Mussels in garlic and mushrooms. We did this wine at Thanksgiving and it was remarkable. Five months later it is softer--but a classic Sonoma. Not shy---bold and structured for a Pinot. The one guy who is a Cab Fran freak said it was the best he ever had. This is an under rated wine---nine bottles tried over a period of time and three to go. Will drink the next two before fall. Will keep the last one until 2012 just to discover what will happen. This is a food wine.