From magnum. Decanted 2 hours. The initial impression was disappointing--herbacious, firm, not very exciting. But after an additional 3 hours, this really started to shine. The nose started featuring sweet and Asian spices, fruit skin. The palate fleshed out offering gentle sweetness and fresh black cherry flavors. The acidity is fresh and lively. The tannins are fully resolved. Final flavor impression is of tart red cherries. A nice treat that is certainly in need of drinking--even from magnum.
Has evolved considerably since my last bottle almost 4 years ago. The color has assumed an orangish hue, with greater clearing along the rim. The fruit has lost some of its vibrancy, offset somewhat by a smoother and more pleasant mouthfeel, and a longer finish. Clearly on the downside of its lifespan, but very enjoyable and a fine example of an aged Oregon pinot noir.
From 750ml. Decanted 2 hours. Brilliant deep crimson with a clear edge. With smoky black fruit, dark sweet spices and some meat on the nose, this is exotic and aromatically powerful. Bright red and black cherry flavors are deep and rich. The finish is bright and juice but just a touch dry. I don't think it will get any better. Enjoy this classic soon.
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