Barnyard funky notes all over the nose of this. The nose made me nervous, but the wine tasted fine. I was struck by nice acidity and cherry notes and a great, even evolution of the flavors across the palate. They don't change a whole lot, but they grow well, and that makes for a ncie experience. The flavors were a little simple though, and the barnyard notes contributed to this not scoring higher.
Old Oregon Pinot Noir RUMBLEMATCH (Dan's house): Candied, sweet red berry nose. Almost syrupy. Red berries dominate the palate with a salami note hidden in the background. Peppery leading into the finish, this feels young for 2001. I would think this was much younger, a 2004 perhaps. Bright and vibrant, almost sweet compared to the previous wines. Medium length in the finish, very good overall. Scored #5 out of 8 bottles in voting amongst our group.
Picked this to match up with coq au vin based on Babnik's notes and they were right on. Starts out with cherry cola and blueberry and turns into a smoky bacon flavor, interesting loved the smokeyness. This wine has a good amount of acidity but just a little too hot to be balanced and complement the food.
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