This is a very solid wine that lacks complexity but is loaded with fruit, earth and mushroom notes. Still a bit tannic on the finish, let's see what happens on day two. If you don't like rustic Pinot (ie not green at all but just lacking polish) stay away.
We brought this bottle along to share with our table at Stanley's wedding dinner. The nose just wooshed out of the glass on first pour, full of earthy, mushroomy forest floor aromas, savoury, meaty notes and a wash of spice, all laid thickly over a bed of ripe red berries. A bit in your face at first I thought, but then it calmed down over the next 15 minutes into a nice, melange of red fruit, earth, spice and violet flowers. Like the nose, the palate took a bit of time to show well. Sharp, almost tart at first, it had a real streak of bright acidity racing through high toned notes of red cherries and strawberries. So much so that the wine came across almost sour and a bit thin at first. It was only after half an hour or so that it really started fleshing out and taking on shape, showing pleasantly sweet, mouthfilling notes of strawberries, red berries and violet flowers, with just the tiniest hint of earth and meat riding underneath - and it remained in that pleasant state for the rest of the evening. Strident acidity aside, this was pure 2002 - bright and transparent, yet with a pretty expression of ripe fruit, all held with finely integrated tannins. I suspect this needed a bit of time yet, but it was certainly a pleasant enough SLB given enough time and some food, with a good bit of character on it as well. Would be interesting to try this in 5 years' time. I suspect it may integrate more and develop some nice secondary notes.
Tasted when my local wine shop decided to share some bottles from the cellar. Really a delicious thing, drinking well now. Good balance and weight; makes me want to get a case of the current offering and forget it for a decade. Nice to see what a "value" wine can do in a cellar for a while to stretch its legs. Earthy and deep, still lots of fresh tart cherry and currant. Nice long finish of forest floor and oak.
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