Good ruby color with an amber orange rim. The nose is warm and meaty Pinot - correct and with some depth, though nothing special. Everything was timid in the beginning despite being opened six hours before dinner. Things integrated a bit but this is a good rather than great bottle. Shows best on the front end but fades rather quickly with an acidic bite that I wish wasn't there. There is that wonderful aged Pinot complexity but in an incomplete package. Enjoyable but not an aged grand cru experience. (89)
Medium pale ruby with the slightest hint of orange. An expressive nose of crushed red berries and a little bit of forest floor. Silky smooth feel yet a powerful presence. This wine just explodes on the mid-palate with a burst of classic pinot flavors. So light but so intense. There is a little bit of unresolved structure (seems more acidic than tannin like) that might be from slightly under ripe fruit. Either this needs a few more years, or this is the perfect time to drink while the fruit is still alive. I like this a lot. (18)
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