nose: cherry and vanilla, cranberry spice a little bit of smoke and meat but not overly strong mouth: dried cherries, hint of effervescence & smoke w/o food. spicy food brings out cherry sweetness, light tannins and a light oaked vanilla. smooth drinking spicy food like curry would overpower. had with slightly spicy bruschetta that really brought out the fruit and vanilla finish. medium acid would work well with fish and shallots, could be used to well with a buttery fish also.
Great Carneros pinot popped and poured at Under the Moon in Bordentown, NJ. Nice and young, but ready to drink upon release. Nose of strawberry, black cherry, vanilla, and the slightest hint of milk chocolate. More of the same on the palate, with the cherry dominating, with a hint of acidity, and very mild tannin. This wine will definitely continue to evolve, and I would not pop another for at least a year. Based on the tannin and acidity, I think this wine will continue to impress for another 4-6 years. For now, this wine is a hold, worthy of 90 points. Cheers! http://jerseyfoodies.blogspot.com/2008/05/2005-merryvale-pinot-noir.html
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