Opened but not decanted about an hour prior to dinner. Consistent with prior note (4/20/08). In a good place right now. No need to rush to drink up, but not getting any better either. I really like this.
This is the oddest pinot that I have ever had. Color was a remarkably dark ruby, by far the darkest of any pinot that I have had. Initially, a rather earthy nose is obvious, but soon diminishes to allow ripe raspberries to flourish. This continues thru about half the bottle, when red cherries become prominent. On the palate, sweet-tart notes , with a nearly syrupy fruit-wine aspect, with raspberries and cherries dominating, which gives this a dessert-wine character. Would have no idea what food to match this with, except for chocolates? I didn't care for the wine, but my wife liked, so I balanced the score to reflect this.
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(CHASSEUR SONOMA COAST PINOT NOIR) COLOR-dark for Pinot; NOSE- huge, aromatic, black currant, cherry, strawberry licorice; TASTE-silky smooth, coats the palate, SHOCKING value, New World but not over the top, GREAT Burgundian Structure on mid-palate w/ SILKY FINISH, REAL WINNER; CG-91, GV-92/93
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