This is my favorite of all the Gary Ferrell wines that I have ever tasted. Sweet strawberries and nutmeg on the nose, followed by a medium weight body with lighter red fruit and cinnamon notes. Perfectly integrated tannins on the smooth finish.
This wine is not at all supercharged in its heft, fruit, sweetness or alcohol, like many pinots from California, nor would I have it with a steak.
It is lighter and pleasing, especially if one wants to include a red with a dinner predominating with fish courses.
A nicely maturing RRV pinot--bright fruit has moderated and is developing secondary flavors, still well balanced and drinking well 2 plus hours after opening. A pleasure with a tri-tip and roasted potatoes.
Reminiscent of a Williams Selyem RRV and is starting to develop some secondary aromas/flavors. Strikes a good balance between the low alcohol/high acidity crowd and the big bold flavored Pinot crowd. Better with a few hours of air, still years of life left. Not really earthy, but good focus and purity.
The only question I have is what possessed me to buy this wine in the first place. I must have been seduced by the beautiful tasting room as a younger naive taster. This is one of those sad pinots that could easily be passed off as an uninspired zin.
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