Looking at my last note I think I missed something...it's really too young still! Takes at least an hour for it to open up and get a full flavor range...inside of an hour it has a hollow midpalate and is hot. gains weight and acid tartness with heavier strawberry and kiwi. Nice wine and want to wait a couple before I drink another.
Popped and poured, medium-plus purple/ruby, quite dark and youthful in appearance. Smelling of toasted oak and smoke upon opening, this one takes a few hours to really get going and, once it does, the aromas unfurl into a complex potpourri of red & black fruits, cola, crushed spices (cloves, coriander), florals, forest floor, fresh herbs and clay. Medium-plus body, plush and opulent. Well-ripened fruit notes on the palate of black cherry and black raspberry are contrasted by an herbaceous underpinning along with hints of floral spice and roasted coffee. A touch of heat as well (14.9% abv). Large-scaled tannins are quite chewy yet well-rounded into smoothness on the lengthy close. Could probably use 2-3 more years, should drink nicely for 8-10 or more. Although this is an unabashedly CA expression of full throttle Pinot Noir it's also benchmark for such a tightrope style, the sum an exhibition of harmonious balance amidst a most splendid juggling act of ripeness.
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(Roar Pinot Noir Garys' Vineyard) Medium dark cherry red color with pale meniscus; baked cherry, raspberry, vanilla nose; tasty, ripe but deep tart cherry, rhubarb palate with well-integrated oak, for a touch of sandalwood; medium-plus finish 93+ pts.
(Roar Pinot Noir Garys' Vineyard) Medium dark cherry color; a little sulfur, reduction, which blows off to more of a cherry, berry nose; tasty, rich but structured cherry, berry with depth and balance; medium finish (on rootstock 3309, from 3 different parts of the vineyard)
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