The nose shows vivid, soil tinged bright red fruit with a melange of spices. Nose is very pretty and complex. The palate shows a lighter touch than the 2004 with more finesse, mouth watering acidity, good weight and a long finish full of fruits and spices along with a mineral streak. Even better on day 2, where it's expanded a bit with a brilliantly complex nose, full of spices, mushroom and fruits. Haunting wine and one of the best Pinot's I've had all year. 93-94
This is developing very nicely and in fact not nearly as glacially as I might have expected, which is nice. It has a more slender body as well as a more polished texture than I remember - I tend to remember the Saron wines of this period as having a fairly burly and gritty structure. This seems to have most of the tannin neutralized by the slick, glossy veneer. The flavors have a crimson cast taking on some savory mushroom-broth character and if that hints at an Old World expression the sheen probably makes it feel on balance more Californian. Toward the end of the bottle it starts going in the other direction, showing off a more stony earthiness and succulent gamy character that almost feels a bit Nuits-like. This is in a great spot and while it hasn't spent so much time in the cellar as to turn into something "mature" it is definitely delivering a big payoff for the more medium-term patience - again, bigger than I expected.
Oh Gideon, oh Clos Saron, let me sing your praises! One of the dirtiest, nicest, most terroir filled Pinots to have come out of California and crossed my lips. Everything about this bottle sang about it's place in the sun. All secondary fruits and earthy loam, rocks and vines. Transportive. A bottle in it's prime.
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