One of the better american pinots that I have had, and another example of a burgundian styled wine that could clobber virtually everything from France in its price range. Nice nose, beautiful palate with great balance and vibrant fruit with dark fruit, some black cherry, spices and some herbal notes. Complex, in balance, long and clean finish. Just entering a driving window that should last a bit. Great wine.
Good things come to those that wait ... Wow! Aging beautifully, can't say enough about this wine. Drank over four hours and never the same wine as it continued to evolve as it opened up. Black cherry, anise and spice on the nose. Blackberry, dark cherry, sweet red licorice and white pepper on the palette. Medium weight with ripe full tannins persistently tugging on the extra long finish. Over time coffee and compote notest evolved. Hard to beat.
Opened 3 bottles tonight ... all very consistent. Typical Freedom Hill ... lush, ripe and rich. These were all smooth, seamless and without any of the sharp edges I had found in previous bottles. Deep, dark fruit with spice and earth, and also somewhat straightforward. Overall a soft, easy drinking wine with a texture that is somewhere between that of a rich RRV and a lean Oregonian.
Big and bold - with dark fruits and a brambly character that dominates both the nose and the palate. Not much elegance here, this is rather full-bodied, rough around the edges and seemed anything but seamless. Very unusual profile for a St. Innocent and with significant bottle variation.
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