Oregon: Young vs. old vine tasting & the consumption of Hank, a Scottish Highland steer (Paul's house): Some light oak aromas and decent spice. Nice smells, but mild. Mild palate entry on a medium bodied frame. Really nice acid initially, with lots of high tones, but it doesn't take long for the palate to be completely consumed by grippy, sweet tannins. Incredibly tight with tons of grip and a really chewy mouth feel. Again, tight as nails on the finish. Just crazy tight. The structure here is impenetrable, but impressive. The most impressive thing about this wine is despite how chewy it is, nothing feels out of place. The tannins are relatively sweet, though massive, and it remains balanced throughout the whole experience. My guess would be this can age 30+ years, no problem, as its balanced throughout.
I flipped a quarter and guessed old vines, but that really was a guess. I wasn't too surprised when this was revealed. This was my favorite red wine of the night, and the one that I think has the longest future ahead of it.
Gorgeous wine. Loads of dark, brambly fruit that competed with black pepper and red soil aromas. Firm tannin, still showing its youth, but the potential is undeniable. I loved how tart cherries and spices went back and forth across my palate. If you're going to drink now, perhaps decant for several hours.
Mistakenly opened this bottle, so instead of 15 years to age like I intended, it got one month. Stick your nose in the glass or take a sip and this wine comes across like an amped up teenager who has a little knowledge on a lot of topics. It’s eager to show you one item (dusty cranberries) but is easily distracted and on to the next (your favorite corner bakery) while only giving you a hint of each. Give this bottle 10-15 years and you will be rewarded with a calmed wine that can express all the talent it has been given.
Very dark in glass. The nose on this pops with aromas of red fruit, cherries, dark plums, strawberry, as well as cooking spices and herbs, nutmeg, rosemary, and also floral notes. A very intense, complex nose. The intensity of flavor here is very high without feeling heavy, very pure and intense flavors of cherry, blackberry, spice, earth and light minerality. Perfect integration of flavor and structure. The structure here is equally intense and is perfectly balanced to the flavor intensity. Substantial length, the wine lingers on the palate for 40 seconds easily. Open for 2 hours before tasting, and this is drinking so well now for a young wine but obviously has many great year ahead of it. My favorite 2008 Oregon Pinot Noir I have ever tasted. 94+
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