We polished off this bottle pretty fast and it left me a little disappointed early on. However, the lesson learned and I should have known this for McDougall, was allow it to air. The stems and balance were out of whack, ultimately resolving well, with the fruit evolving to a really nice darker cherry. Just give this wine time if you open at this stage.
Popped & poured with a artisanal pizza. Dark garnet color. This wine shows all to love in Sonoma Coast PN. Dark, rich cherry notes, but in beautiful balance with impressive structure and whole cluster spicy complexity. Kutch has that WC as a trademark and he coaxes loads of complexity in his wines. Fuller bodied & showing plenty of power and grip. The acidity is a bit of a secondary player at first, but emerges beautifully on the mid palate.
I fear I may not have given this enough air as four of us made pretty short work of it and I know from other vintages that this settles into a quiet beauty with airtime. On the whole, just delicious Pinot Noir.
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(Kutch Pinot Noir McDougall Ranch) Light medium cherry red color; floral, forest floor nose; tart red fruit, roses, mineral, tart cherry palate; medium-plus finish 91+ points (50% whole cluster, 50% new French oak)
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