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Community Tasting Notes (91) Avg Score: 91.7 points

  • This wine demonstrates that Pinot Noir can compete in the Big Red category of dark and dense wines. The color is near opaque black. Drying tannins come into the mouth with the first sip and continue through the swallow. The taste is mouth coating, long, and very ripe. Black fruit flavors dominate, including blackberry, black currant, black plum, and black cherry. The most intense non-fruit flavor is a pushy clove, which comes from the oak barrel used for storage, and edges near to being an invasive flavor capable of interfering with the enjoyment of more delicious flavors. However, after 5 years of bottle age, the clove as well as a jammy flavor have receded though not ended. This wine was superb with grilled lamb chops. Overall, this Pinot Noir especially appeals to Malbec lovers. But if the wine continues to get more balanced, savory, and complex with additional age, its final score will be significantly higher.

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  • Pleasant, tons of fruit, does what it was designed to do - deliver a pleasant, fruit forward glass of red.

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  • Overly extracted but solid. Age may help subdue the fruit.

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  • Lots of fruits on the nose. Balanced palate, not feeling the alcohol even if it is pretty high. However at the end of the meal, started showing more candied fruits. Blockbuster, but lacks finesse. Still drinking well though.

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  • Since my last tasting note, this Pinot has gained weight, depth and a silky smooth finish. A blend of cherry and strawberry notes continue to dominate but the spice is more muted and seemless to the palate. This is one amazing Pinot Noir for the money.

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    November/December 2012, IWC Issue #165, (See more on Vinous...)

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