15.2% alc. Ruby red center with orange rim. Explosive nose of dark cherry, raspberry, orange blossom, celery, and cocoa. The palate is deep and dark with cherry, raspberry, cocoa, and cola notes. This weighty wine is full-bodied with balanced acidity and tannins. Overall, this is exactly what a hedonistic, yet balanced wine, should provide. It is big and dark with some oak influence, as evidenced by the chocolate notes, but it is not unbalanced, which is quite a feat. While not a vibrant as the 04 Peay Sonoma Coast, it was still a fine wine.
Opened for New Year's Eve, in preparation of Rose Bowl! Paired with rack of lamb, au gratin potatoes, etc. Ruby clear, with heady humid aromatics of alcohol, deep thick layers of steeped strawberry, raspberry. On the palate, this full bodied, beefy pinot showing a bit of age...the fruits taking on more secondary notes, soy, oak, plum, cola, iodine and espresso. Reminiscent of an aged Zin in some ways without the spice.
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(Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Russian River Valley) Group's #2 (my #8) – 63 pts; 3, 2, 2, 1 – deep black red color; big tart cherry, VA and balsamic nose; sweet entry with cloying oak and over-the-top ripe cherry; medium-plus finish (hard to drink very much of)
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