The 2005 Failla Occidental Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir is austere and bright at nearly 10 years on. The nose is dominated by red fruit: rhubarb, cranberry, and crushed raspberries. It's lean and spare and incredibly tart on the palate with pronounced, angular mid-to-back palate tannins. The tartness, unfortunately dominates the profile, giving impression that it's a bit out of balance. I think perhaps it might have given a bit more fruit at a younger age.
It is more that I want to like it, than that I actually do. Color was medium ruby. Nose was a complete knockout. Sweet fruit, tons of spice, cocoa, expensive oak, a touch herbal. I thought we were in for a REAL treat. Palate, on the other hand started off quite lean and improved only slightly after 3 hours open. Wood was too much for the fruit on the palate. I know this was the first year of this wine and on young vines, I hope it takes positive steps in the future or maybe the wine will when it goes tertiary.
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