This wine intriguingly meshes two Pinot Noir styles: Oregon fruit and richness up front with Burgundian earthiness and rusticity at the back. Though more identifiably as New World, I appreciated the deciduous forest floor and mushroom elements that underlie the fruit.
Ruby red in color, with slight bricking on the rim. This shows more fruit (especially aromatically) than a typical Oregon pinot. Aromas and flavors of cherry, spice, chocolate, earth, and raspberry. Well integrated but still having very much present tannins allowed this to work well with chicken and stuffing. Med+ acidity and a moderate-long length finish with a touch of complexity. A good wine, but poor QPR at the CT average price.
Deep ruby, tart herbeous nose. Dry, tart tannins, light fruit, ripe plums, medium body. Improved on the second night, nicely balanced with emphasis on the fruit side. Another night, fruit becomes more subdued with a metallic mineral quality. Nicely balanced acid and fruit with lightly bitter tannins on the finish. Developing a bright berry fruit profile that I find delightful. Great with food.
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