Appley brightness and dark stone fruits on the nose with menthol, liquorice, smoke and slight mushroom character. Medium bodied, rustic and grippy palate with bright and refshing acidity and some stemmy herbaceousness. Very tight from mid-palate on. Not giving much. Reticent and solipsistic showing.
Splash decanted immediately before serving. Violet tinged red without evidence of age. Nose brings explosive fresh/bright red pinot fruit with underlying earth, floral aromas, but without secondary notes. Palate is wound pretty tight with intense cherry fruit, firm, drying tannins and nice acidity. Interesting that Tanzer (in '98) thought this would be an early drinker. This is a very expressive wine, lovely with food, but may need 10 more years to soften and fully 'come out'.
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