An expressive nose of deep dark fruit, spicy cinnamon, and the slightest hint of OR dirt. As surprisingly bold as it was on the nose, it was even more so bold on the palate, with plush dark cherries bordering on blackberry/blueberry that completely takes over, hiding any other flavors. On the finish, there's an immediate tight tannic bite, alcohol burn, and a sour cherry flavor. It's hard to believe that there's at least 4 years of bottle age on it; even on Day 2, it still has its brutishness. This is definitely a cab-lover's pinot, with power and presence, so I'll give it a 92 because most people will enjoy rush, but personally, I think it's more like a 90-91, as I'm missing the grace, elegance, subtlety of Penner Ash's best pinots, thus it's a disappointment at this price.
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