Lovely, berry bouquet followed by sweet cherry entry that went on for 45 seconds to a minute or more. Terrific with grilled salmon but so appealing I kept drinking it after dinner. Very light on its feet, well-balanced, wish I had more. Just a delicious Pinot.
Still a bit early to have this wine but after a few nights recorked in the fridge, this showed very well. Nice floral aromas, silky mouthfeel, good fruit with a balance of generosity and crunch. Has potential to be really exceptional in maturity, maybe in 3-5 years? 92+
Light-bodied for a Cali PN. Beautifully perfumed nose preceded a juicy, delicately nuanced flavor profile. There isn't a hint of Cherry Coke to be found in this. Really nice, an excellent example of the evolution of Cali PN.
Jamie Kutch Visits The OC For Dinner (Luciana's In Dana Point (South OC)): Tasted blind. It's hard to have a fair fight when I tasted next to this wine the other Kutch 2010, the McDougall. That wine I hold in such high regard and see it as one of the best pinot noirs I have drank in some time. So to measure this Falstaff against that wine, it's a little skewed. Here there is the same fresh berry note that I found in the 2011 Falstaff, yet the overall tone of the fruit here in this 2010 comes off one dimensional to me, lighter bodied. The acidity is nice, present in all of Jamie's wines over the entire evening, but this Falstaff just seems a little riper and less complex for me.
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