Pulled from a 55 degree cellar, where it has resided since late 2008; decanted to allow the sediment to settle. A wonderful, mature, well balanced, and complex Pinot Noir which has peaked. As expected from a nearly decade old wine, slight signs of bricking with a medium plus body. Fruit is still in the forefront but is much more muted and layered than I remember from four years ago. There is still acidity; however, much less than I remember. Definitely complex and balanced, but I expect this wine will start (if it hasn't already) the long process of decline. Still displays a solid finish. Time to start thinking about drinking up over the next 12-18 months.
14.1% abv. Cork broke off and had to be partially pushed down into the bottle. Darkly colored and opaque wine. This was very appealing in both nose and taste. This is a very nicely balanced wine in a lovely place now. Black cherry and dark plum are both present without bitterness or any harshness. This is a wine that encourages further sipping and licking the lips. It showed better on the first two days than on the third.
Certainly without any flaws. I've probably left this one age a bit too long. Went ahead and popped it because I knew it was possibly past it's prime. This is the first wine I've consciously aged, and I probably over did it. Very smooth and remarkably unremarkable.
Garnet to dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of talc, leather, black berries, plums, light notes of white pepper and fresh cut flowers. Flavors of black berries, black raspberries and black cherries. Medium to tart acidity, medium tannin, full bodied. Drink or hold in magnum format. I'd lean towards drink in magnum and regular format.
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(Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Evenstad Reserve) From magnum - dark red color; appealing, tart cherry, ripe strawberry nose; silky textured, ripe cherry, strawberry, mineral palate with medium acidity; medium-plus finish 93+ points
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