Bill's Monthly Lunch - January 2012 (Vancouver, BC): Tasted blind - medium ruby moving to a slight brown/red hue at rim. Sweeter nose of somewhat roasted cherries and plums. Lots of acidity with decent length. Very different side of Pinot Noir that was quite interesting. Drink or hold. Very good.
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(Marchesi Alfieri Pinot Nero San Germano) Very dark cherry red color; big, cherry, oak, black cherry, hibiscus nose; cherry, oak, black cherry, hibiscus palate with good acidity; medium finish (needs 2 more years)
(Marchesi Alfieri Pinot Nero San Germano) Medium dark cherry red color; big, focused, cassis, beets and cherry nose; tasty, cherry, dried cherry and mineral palate with depth and good, lime acidity; medium-plus finish 92+ pts.