Medium-dark red color with moderate transparency. Decanted off moderate amount of fine sediment. Aromas of cherry, vanilla, smoke, and leather. Palate has leather, olive, beet, and some cherry notes that emerge with some barrel tannins drying out a medium finish. This still shows lots of fruit and wood and is holding interest, but the barrel notes seem to be the factor that will keep this from being a long-term improver. Drink or hold.
Medium rust red color with medium transparency. Aromas of coffee, black cherry, chocolate, and a hint of tomato. Palate is dark with coffee, chocolate, rhubarb, and cherry notes. Some green and black olive notes appear on a medium finish. Expect the wood to outlive the fruit, but this has enough structure to carry what's left of the fruit in a way that I ended up enjoying. Drink or hold.
This bottle differed from previous bottle. Most notably, this bottlle's nose was much fresher. Initially, it opened with a very pronounced licorice and very fresh fruit. Everything about this nose suggested a much younger bottle as compared to the previous one. The color was a rich, dark maroon. The nose on this bottle never developed the earthy/animale qualities like the earlier bottle. The palate was very similar to the previous bottle. In that regard, this bottle very closely mirrors the first one. Still a very competent bottle, and still drinking wonderfully. Well done (and, again, I'm still not a big Broadley fan).
50 points for showing up; color=5/5; nose=11/15; flavor& finish=16/20; overall=8/10. 13.5% alc. Color is a deep, dark maroon with the faintest of bricking showing. Nose has great intensity. The dominate smell is an interesting combination of mushrooms, a little tobacco, and bacon (yes, bacon... really [ which, for an Oregon Pinot Noir, is an interesting and uncommon component]). There's a little wet, loamy soil hanging on the edges. All of the primary fruit is gone and all that's left on the palate is really fantastic tertiary flavors. The mushrooms and bacon carry through on the initial palate, which then opens up into a wonderful melange of earth, wet stones, spot-on tannins, and just enough acid to frame it all wonderfully. The finish is long and (given the age of this bottle) suprisingly clean. this bottle is definitely showing it's age (but in a good way). I can't imagine it's going to improve any more at this point -- drink 'em if ya got 'em. But it's definitely at a wonderful point in it's arc. Great bottle, and I'm not even a big Broadley fan.
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