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.
Tasted at a gathering of friends. Six bottles of California Pinot placed in brown bags and labelled with names of some of the favorite movies. The favorite movies named (not mine, mind you),were Twister, Risky Business, Seven, The Usual Suspects, Moonstruck, and Princess Bride.
Notes are from the blind tasting: The Kutch Falstaff Pinot was "Princess Bride."
Good nose of fruit and spice, with a touch of the Pinot funk. This is an inviting wine with approachable fruit and enough acidity to keep it from being too rich. Could have used some time int he decanter or another year or two in the cellar.
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