I LOVE Chamisal but the 2010 isn't nearly as good as their last few vintages. Extraction is no where close to what it's been in earlier vintages. Still a fine wine to drink but a little too soft for me and lacking the expression I look for in Central Coast Pinots.
Color: Light ruby/garnet bordering on brick. Moderately opaque. Nose: Vanilla-caramel, orange blossom, cola and maple syrup. A bit of hay in there. Taste: Lively and delicate. Strawberry and cola sweetness mingles with raspberry and currant; at times there's even some ripe heirloom tomato in there. Then bittersweet chocolate and pepper spice. Finally, the vanilla and confectionary sweetness re-emerges in the finish. Overall a thoughtful and well-integrated California Pinot (the 14.5% ABV barely registers), and, while certainly overripe at points, there's enough savory influence to keep things interesting.
Restaurant pour. Surprisingly good. Varietally accurate with sappy cherry, strawberry, and rhubarb notes to go along the ripe stem flavors I find so often in well made Central Coast pinots and light vanilla. Good focus to go along with sound structure and good acidty. Pretty wine and better than I was expecting. I'd drink this again.
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