Westchester Wine School: USA Pinot Noirs (White Plains, NY): Drank at WWS pinot tasting-my contribution to the list of wines this eve (my last bottle of Cristom, unfortunately). Solid ruby color, some bricking but the wine looks like it's aged quite slowly. More earth than fruit aromas on the nose, as expected. There's some red fruit here, but mostly tertiary elements here: forest floor, some spice, a bit musty, and definite notes of black tea. Surprisingly, still fairly tannic. Overall, this wine's a bit past its peak for sure (fruit has faded) but the wine has developed in lovely fashion and turned out to be quite a nice surprise. Voted WOTN, though not vs. the stiffest of competition in my opinion.
Tasted at Cristom, had been open for a couple of hours. Deep red hue with slight bricking at the rim. Nose was of moderate intensity with developed characteristics: brandied black cherry, bramble, soil, black tea, iodine, dried red flowers and hints of Asian spice. Sappy yet lean bouquet. On the palate the acids were still present but soft while the tannin was completely integrated. The wine was balanced and finish long. Flavors followed the nose with tertiary notes: soft, preserved black fruit carried through a velvety midpalate with tea, dried rose petal, wet earth, some quiet spice and a bloody gamey quality. Terrific wine. I would start moving through these bottles now and enjoy over the next year, maybe two.
Should've been decanted, but the bottle was opened an hour and a half ahead of meal. Showing quite well. Initially, ripe blackberry and raspberry flavors, and then black currant on finish. A little sweetness does linger on the palate. Nice complexity from well integrated tannins.
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