Drank over dinner last night, was shared amongst friends so nothing to retaste today. From memory, this was holding up well, still showing plenty of fruit and just some emerging hints of maturity, mainly in the color and also the palate impression. However, these were minority aspects of a wine that at 10 years old is showing well.
Tasting Group Holiday Party (Mouton, Laurent, Essencia, Hundred Acre, Staglin, +++) (University Circle): Interesting to have this side by side with the 05 Laurent CdlR. This is drinking so much younger. Very deep ruby/purple in color. The nose is very nice with dark cherries, sour cherries and slight weedy/herbal note. Though green, I liked it and did not find that quality off putting. Interesting. I meant to go back to see if it blew off, but forgot. The palate has great sour cherries with nice acidity. Perhaps the slightest of root beer notes. Very food friendly. I think there is still further potential here.
Broad, full and appealing nose that unmistakably the Sonoma coast. Bright red cranberry, strawberry and cherry fruits, stemmy toasted herbs, clove, all spice and evergreen notes. Palate has medium rich fruit with bright juicy acidity. Fresh, pure and long. Spice-filled red fruit finish.
Decanted for a couple of hours. Agree with many other notes - I also got the dark cherry with cranberry and spice. I found it bright and tasty with a long finish. I didn't get a lot of alcohol and felt the acid level was fine. Glad I have some more of this.
Occidental certainly sticks out as a sore thumb (to me at least) when compared to the other '05 Rivers Marie wines (Summa OV, Summa and Sonoma Coast), especially in the early days (I have fewer data points with the newer vintages, especially now with the addition of Gioia and Silver Eagle). That said, this wine has grown up quite a bit with a few years of age and sits in what I would consider to be a prime drinking window after 2+ hours of air. Cinnamon, clove and cocoa notes all come and go, but the backbone is all centered on dark cranberries. My nits would be that I'd like a bit more acidity and that there is some wood tannin, suggesting that further aging is an option, though I plan to drink my remaining bottle by Thanksgiving 2015.
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(Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge Vineyard) Medium dark cherry red color with clear meniscus; big, bright and tart red fruit and mineral nose; tasty, tart red fruit, cherry and horehound palate with depth; medium-plus finish 91+ pts. (needs 2 to 3 years)
(Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge Vineyard) 15 pts.; Group's #1, my #2; dark cherry red color; Burgundian cherry and green nose; tasty, tart red fruit, tart cherry and iron palate; medium finish 91+ pts.
(Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge Vineyard) Focused, ripe, sassafras and red fruit nose; most intriguing palate of the four, with tart red fruit, iron and good acidity; medium-plus finish 91+ pts.