Dark ruby to translucent Crimson. Medium weight. Nose of tar, cherry and oak. Some noticeable heat on opening but less obtrusive with air. It settles out to a bright lively moderate to heavily extracted wine, with big flavor but decent balance so it comes off well.
A little funky on the nose, especially on the second day. A bit like wet cut grass. Tasted better on second day. Starts with caramel and bit of the pinot spice. Finish is light and fresh. Medium to lighter bodied wine. Held up well, not much life left. Drink up.
Opened and allowed to breathe for an hour before drinking. Beautiful brick red color, with no browning at the rim. Nose of cherry, plum, some eucalyptus and green twig, mint and light strawberry. In the mouth, cherry, plum and strawberry with a little smoke. Long, juicy finish with some heat, perhaps reflecting the 14.5% ABV. A delicious complement to poached salmon. I'm happy that I have a few bottles left.
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(Hartford / Hartford Court Pinot Noir Land's Edge Vineyards) Group's #1 (my #1) – 30 pts; 4 1st place votes, 0 2nd place votes, 1 third, 0 last places – big, ripe, overripe, cherry, mulberry and black fruit nose; solid, chewy, tart cherry palate with a rich core of red cherry meat; tart medium finish
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