Non-Blind Very Nice Reds (St. Genevieve): Slow O'd for over an hour. I would not have guessed this wine to be from 2003, and I probably wouldn't have guessed pinot noir either. It is relatively substantial, lots of fruit and the oak is still fairly evident. This rather strikes me as a steak-house wine. Soft, flashy, fruity and slurpy tasty. This is a modern rich fruit-forward style.
Wedding weekend wine tasting! (Willamette Valley): The wine which first taught us that Domaine Serene is making maybe some of the best wine in the Willamette. This was great - a bit fruit forward, very yummy, some balancing spice on the end of the mouthful. Beautiful wine. I liked it a bit less than the '02, but still delicious. Also - just a hint of alcohol which prob needed some time to blow off.
Back in the Willamette; 2/15/2015-2/20/2015 (Willamette Valley): This wine was still a baby - could easily have gone another decade or two. Very tightly wound. We opened it and let it air for prob 30 minutes before we drank, but didn't end up decanting. In retrospect prob could have used one. Drank more like a cab lovers pinot - heavier fruit flavors - some black as well as red fruit. Some oakiness. Good wine, but would be much better with more time I suspect.
Willamette with a touch of Wedding Planning (or vice versa); 7/2/2014-7/4/2014 (Willamette Valley): Poured from a Coravin and aside from a few swirls we drank almost immediately. This was a 'wow' wine - my favorite of everything we tasted that day (we found out the price after the fact and it was also the priciest wine we tasted by far so I suppose it ought to have been good). This was heading the way a nice aged Pinot does - clean and crisp on the palette with that sleekness that you get in a good Burgundy after you've been patient. A background flavor of cloves was the first sense I had, but then I was aware of some mildly sour fruit (think slightly unripe cranberries, currants, etc.). Very balanced. Very elegant. Delicious.
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