This has been a beautiful bottle of pinot noir every time I've had it, and developing very gracefully too. It's now more or less indistinguishable from a red Burgundy though it's still a bit brighter and more floral than a Burgundy of the same age would be. It's basically shed all of its baby fat while retaining all of its vibrancy - the result is that this is fresh and youthful without being primary.
Another beautiful bottle of this getting somewhat more tertiary than my last one and still in an exceptionally drinkable state even though the pure pinot fruit is starting to give way to other elements. The main thing I'm noticing here, and not for the first time, is that this might be the only RRV pinot I've ever had that makes me think that the famous "cola" note is actually part of the terroir here and not just a sign of overripe grapes and tutti-fruitiness. That's because it shows up here in a very *unsweetened* form as if it's the flavor of actual cola (okay, kola) nuts. Beyond that it's really the texture that makes this so compelling to drink. It's still pampering with a feminine slenderness and I can't think of a single other California producer that can pull this off.
Garnet red center with an orange tint at the rim. The nose is packed with red raspberry and other red fruits but seems simple on the nose. In the mouth, this seems a little over the hill with red fruit and some drying tannins. Structurally, this wine has solid acidity in the medium-bodied profile but seems slightly drying on the finish. Overall, this wine is not dead but needs to be drunk soon to catch the final touches of fruit. It did pair well with green pea and bacon risotto, but I would not hold them much longer. On day two, this morphs into a darker wine that displays black cherries with a mineral streak.
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