Didn't sing like the 98 Guadalupe but was really nice non the less. Darker fruit, fresh blueberries, and raspberries,black pepper,smoke, nice acidity, bigger and perhaps younger than the Guadalupe.Lot's of raspberries and black berries on the palate with some nice spiciness almost like a faint jalapeno pepper rushing through. Finish is of tart raspberries and does not follow through like the bottle of Guadalupe that we had. Still lot's of fun perhaps this would have benefited from a short decant?
nose: much different from the Guadalupe. Has a more piney quality to it with some tones of tree sap, dark red cherries, spices, berries and a touch of roses. Good depth with a darker expression to it
taste: Well balanced and nuanced medium feel of berries, roses, dark cherries, spice and some damp earth tones. doesn't really express itself on the palate the way that the guadalupe did. The tones are a bit muted and aren't that expressive
overall: An extremely good pinot, but this one just didn't really sing. Its very balanced and comes off as mature and at a plateau. It maybe didn't get enough air to fully get going, but it was still a quality wine that was very enjoyable
Burgundy and pinot noir (Wink Wine Bar): Was disjointed, some secondary fermentation perhaps, and didn't measure up to the other Ken Wrights for the same vintage, so we concluded the bottle was flawed. We substituted a 1998 Panther Creek Freedom Hill, which was not made by Ken Wright, but he had previously been the winemaker for Panther Creek, so an almost.......
Drinking surprisingly well right now and all agreed it still has some more time (these Ken Wright's last a good long while). Mild to medium bodied with considerable pinot funk on the nose. Mellowed but still present muted cherry fruit and long finish with slight acidity. Very Burgundian and nicely structured. Not the intense pleasure of the similar vintage Shea vineyard Ken Wright, but wish I had more of this one too!
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