I last drank this 3 months ago. How does an '08 wine improved so dramatically in 3 months? This was absolutely stunning tonight. Perfume nose. Spice. Cherries. Smooth. Dinner at MP taverna with Janet and Lew.
This is in a good place right now. Opened up after a couple of hours. No notes. Drank this with a bagels and lox Christmas Brunch. I was pleasantly surprised that this pinot drank vey well alongside smoked salmon. Why not?
Light red in color. Almost translucent. 14.7% ABV. Pretty nose of red fruits, cloves and forest floor. Light in body with just enough acidity. Strawberries, black cherries, cranberries and baking spices on the palate. Quite a bit of earthiness on the finish. Drink over the next 1-2 years. Good but not great.
Popped and let slow-ox for an hour or so, then drank over a couple hours. Initial aroma was a hit of vanilla, but that lightened up and gave way to some good dark cherry. Also got a bit of oak on the nose. Taste is very straightforward with black cherry, with a bit of tobacco and smokiness.
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(Sojourn Pinot Noir Gap's Crown Vineyard Sonoma Coast) Dark cherry red color; nice black raspberry, blue fruit, plum nose; tight berry, black fruit palate with mid-palate dropout; short finish. (This one's a real puzzler at the moment, as the aromatics are lovely, and it was quite good when I tasted it some months back, but right now it is shy on the palate to the point of a suddenly disappearing mid-palate. Craig Haserot reports that the '07 Gap's Crown went through a similar process of development, not really coming on and showing well on the palate until several months after their other '07s [but fortunately in time for Laube's tasting for WS]. One hopes this bottle will similarly develop.)