See last notes in 2/13. Pretty consistent. "Best intentions" and so forth: I'm gonna try to wait on next bottle. Why? This is a tasty and elegant wine. Bouquet is what I guess could be called relatively big Cali pinot, but not huge. Enough forest floor that there's a lot going on, but no excessive herbal funk. It tasted good through an aerator, then within app. 30-45 minutes, just sipping from big glasses, you really started to taste the red fruit, the baking spices, and a touch of sweetness. Also, the mid- to back- taste flowered, and it really started to linger and extend. Had about one-third of the bottle left the next day. When we drank it, the fruitiness and tannins were in proper proportion, and it was just a joy to drink (by itself and with PW's chilli). For the next bottle we open, if we get the same initial reaction, then I'm going to decant it for 2-3 hours, or just replace the cork and wait until 1-2 days later. Interested to see how the 2011 tastes.
I have found that the Dutton-Goldfield wines are remarkably consistent with the tasting notes the winery publishes. That's the case here. Beautiful ruby-like color. Fairly low alcohol, so no heat. Nice, not overpowering, acidity. Taste bright red fruits, some candy-like flavors, baking spices, and a touch of oak. It is soft in texture, and yet there are bracing tannins still there, which should make for some real aging potential. It's awfully good right now, but if you can wait 2-3 years on the next bottle, I think you will be well-rewarded.
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