13.2% alcohol. Red cherry color. Very pretty, elegant nose of red cherry, flowers, and spice. In the mouth, linear and precise, with lightly tart cherry fruit, which packs a really nice wallop, and complex notes of roses and baking spice. Strong acidity and a smooth, lenghty finish. This still has plenty of life left, at least 5-7 years. A-
Pinkish red, with a hint of brown, but clear. Still a nice, light nose on this wine, with strawberry, anise, ginger scents. A lot of acidity, and a decent amount of tannin. Thin on the palate, though that seems to be the style of the OGV. The fruit is coming thru with some air, but the acidity still dominates, with sour cherry and savory meats. Moderate finish. Not sure if this wine is past its prime or shut down, but it's no longer young. Would be better with food at this point.
Still a beautiful bottle of California pinot noir, and still young, too. This was my last bottle of three - I should have bought more, as this is such a satisfying wine I could be happy drinking it every day. It is suave and supple and polished like an orb, with a thin, feminine figure but plenty of sappy fruit to give it a rich presence just the same. Along with the beautifully pure black-tinged fruit is a nice snap of something that, for the first time ever, makes me wonder whether "cola" might really be typical of Russian River Valley pinot noir and not just typical of overripe pinot noir, like most Russian River Valley pinot noirs other than Inman. There really is something vaguely cola-like about this, but not in the sense that it tastes like Cherry Coke (like, you know, most RRVs), but rather it has that pleasantly bitter taste of cola nuts and spices and other stuff that would go into cola before it just becomes sweet soda syrup. That's also the main thing that distinguishes this vintage vis-a-vis the '06 and '07, which were just as beautiful but more focused on the fruit.
Light in color, light aromas of red cherry and a bit of funk. Maybe mushroom/forest floor. On the palate very delicate. Not a typical RRV fruit bomb style Pinot. Medium acidity. Noted would go well with food, but didn't have the chance for a pairing. I don't agree that this wine is fading, but rather it is a lighter style that's strength is in it's subtlety. With the screw top closure and the structure of this wine I would bet it would go at least another decade.
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