Quo vadis, 2006 En Bas Kiser? Because I see notes here from folks who say this wine's best years are behind it, but I sure don't necessarily read it that way. (Disclosure: I never drank this wine when it was young.) From the start, the nose is evolved beyond what a truly young wine would show, but in the mouth this is still all about sweet (admittedly, a bit too sweet) red fruit for 45 minutes (or more - YMMV) after opening. So yes, it does start out a bit flash, and a bit candy-apple. But if you keep after it, the tacky-textured fruit subsides a bit and you get lots of pretty, if not fully earthy, at least quite finely-hewn mineral elements that broaden and deepen across the palate, which dries up but never loses the plushness and luxe texture. Folks, this isn't a wine to hold onto purely for science -- if I had to guess I'd say this is in a slightly weird, betwixt spot, but certainly not yet fully evolved. I could easily be wrong but my vote would be to hold, if only because it's a bit of a simpleton at the moment, there's fruit to burn, and seemingly plenty of other 'stuff' underneath to keep the party going for some time to come.
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(Copain Pinot Noir "En Bas" Kiser) Bright garnet red color; lovely, rich but elegant cherry, spicy Anderson Valley notes, generally sexy nose; lovely, spicy Anderson Valley cherry, red fruit palate with good acidity and a light touch; medium-plus finish (picked earlier for lower alcohol)
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