Carried to a family Christmas party, and PnP upon arrival. Nose of bright red cherry syrup, stems, wet soil, and spice box. Palate shows off a full bodied wine, where I expect the alcohol (14.5% abv) to poke through...but it manages to stay well-bridled. Spicy overtones play into the beautiful red cherry and blueberry fruits, with mild tobacco leaf and cola notes in the upper register. The tannins perfectly support the wine's structure, bolstered by the well-balanced acidity, leading into the fruit-and-spice-laden finish. Just a gorgeous example of a RRV PN. I believe this wine has reached a very nice level of improvement with bottle age, and should stay there, drinking nicely through 2022+. Quite delicious.
14.5% alcohol. Drinking beautifully. A very forward nose of black cherry, baking spice, and floral notes. In the mouth, rounded and juicy, with tremendous cherry fruit with compelling underlying baking spice and floral notes expanding as the acidity chimes in. Lovely stuff. A-
Same bottle as dzop, but from Day 2's leftovers. Meaty, dark, powerful, slightly root beery fruit, but its neither sweet nor glossy and has good acidity. It's a very RRV fruit profile and it works well as a restrained version of that idiom but I'm not a big fan of RRV pinot in general. More balanced and miles better than a recent Marcassin.
Superb bottle. Intensely floral - like putting your nose in a bouquet of roses. Red, sweet fruit, some heat, some root beer, but also a lovely, leafy autumnal note, sort of like an aged burg. A touch of bitterness balances sweet fruit on the palate, and the wine is concentrated without seeming syrupy, with a balanced, integrated acidity quite unlike some of the acidified "new" california pinots. It's a ripe RRV wine but it is really, really good in that way. Better than a 2009 Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard pinot tasted several weeks ago. Tasted blind by my wife, with a consistent response. Crazy good QPR.
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