Juicy red cherries, raspberries, licorice along with black pepper, herbs and cocoa on the nose. The palate matches though the fruit is more pronounced than the other flavors. Medium acidity and light+ tannins. I'm writing my note on day three and this is drinking better today than the past two- that makes me think this will age well even if the structure isn't as full as what I'd normally expect would make a good aging wine.
Monthly Tasting Group: Blind Pinots Worldwide (The Dakota, Mpls, MN): Medium dark red to dark red color. Tasting pour, blind over an hour. Had this as Cali, Sonoma Coast, maybe RRV; very ripe, cola, cherry, earth, VERY ripe; big on the palate, cherry vanilla, rhubarb, cherry, full bodied, alcohol, slightly savory. This is another in a recent line of Sojourns that was underwhelming.
Pop and pour, then drank over three hours. Held back two glasses, one for day 2 and one for day 3. Overall a likeable wine that took some time to show its' best. I'd say slightly out of blance, though ony slightly - a good amount of grainy tannins were evidnet on the first day. The palate is strawberry and cotton-candy, a touch too fruity for me, though YMMV. Best on day 2 when the fruit calmed down a bit, still quite alive day 3. Perhaps a few years will elevate this, but the off-balance note remains a concern.
This was a surprisingly good bottle from the moment the cork was pulled - almost too drinkable. Perfect acidic balance allowed for pure palate of strawberry and flowers, with a little baking spice on the nose.
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