Pretty cherry color in the glass, and you can actually see your fingers through it. Wow, this wine has lovely aromas of cola, sweet black cherries, but it’s fresh, not as hedonistic as a lot of CA pinots. Lovely raspberries and a bit of carmelized sugar on the nose, too. Aromatically, this wine is something to be reckoned with. Eleven years in, this wine is drinking quite perfectly right now. I’d be surprised if most people held onto this wine for that long, but if you did, you’re in for a treat. The wild raspberry and black cherry fruit is pure and smooth. Hints of caramel, dust,chocolate shavings and vanilla bean give this wine the feeling a dessert-like aspect. The finish is long and seamless. The tannins are soft and the oak is very nuanced. Overall, this wine is very elegant. No alcohol heat, no overbearing oak, no goopy fruit, just pure deliciousness. The last glass was the best, and this wine still has some life ahead of it.
Nose is very elegant with vanilla and cherries with hint of cola. Smooth mouthfeel with good peppery tannins and bright acidity. The cherry flavors have a baked, vanilla dessert-like aspect to them. A long, spicy finish. This is drinking really well right now. Quite good.
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