This did not feel old so perhaps could have benefited from another 2-4 years of age. Had it with a birthday dinner of simply cooked (but high quality) salmon, salad, and roasted veggies, as well as baguette with a couple very interesting cheeses (Jasper Hill Harbison - very earthy, and Brin Damour - full of herbs).
The wine stood up well on its own with a balanced combination of subtle oak integrated with earthy plum flavor and subtle herbs, but with all sorts of interesting but subtle things going on in a long finish. Food brought out much much more - each sip was different depending on which food it was after, evoking a variety of flavors ranging from earthy, to fruity, to fresh herbs. Especially interesting with the cheeses. Did best after an hour or so of air. I have had many Evesham Wood wines from 2001 to 2007. This was one of the best. Fans of subtle, food friendly Pinots should love this.
Note that I have a passive cellar that has been around 63 to 65 degrees for most of the past decade so anyone keeping their wines at cooler temperatures might want to wait a couple more years before opening.
Balanced and delicious. At first, the nose has a little "Pinot funk" that quickly blows off to reveal aromas of black cherry, raspberry, mocha, and fresh-cut flowers. The palate is solid from the start all the way through to a medium finish, including the many layers in between.
Very raspberry-oriented wine. Less of the spicy raspberry of many of EW's wines. Very nice, bold red fruit on the nose and palate. Distinctly spicy. Good texture. A little herbaciousness to the whole package. Still fairly tightly wound despite some lush fruit overtones. Good balance. I would wait on this a few years and I think 10 years of patience would provide some excellent rewards. Good stuff with room for significant improvements.
Wow. and that is coming from a traditional burgundy fan. Perfumed, Nice cherry nothing over the top, great balance . long Long finish with diverse flavors; more dense fruit, hint of chocolate, earthy tones. There is a nice acid spine, will age, my next bottle wont be before 2012, but I can't wait.
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