Surprisingly youthful in appearance: dark crimson-purple in the glass, no evidence of fading. A beguiling nose, but not typical – brambly, blackberry pie. Similarly young and rich on the palate, lots of dark fruit and new oak vanilla. The wine is well balanced, tasty, and will provide many more years of life, but tasted blind I would be hard pressed to identify it as an Oregon pinot. Not my style, and therefore unrated.
A Quartet of Beaux Freres (The Kenwood - Minneapolis): The biggest wine of the group. Puppy fat, and showing more oak. Still seems relatively youthful, but is very charming and has a lot of weight. We liked this a lot - ranked #3 tonight - but it may turn out to be the best of the group in a few more years.
In OC with Butch and Valerie. Opened for about an hour on slow ox, this bottle performed really well. Clean cork coming out
Basics consistent with prior notes: medium ruby color - nose of red fruits, herbs. Palate this time seemed brighter than last bottle. Red fruits, dried raspberry, strawberry/rhubarb, oak, earth, lavendar, baking spices. Longer finish, than I recall on the last bottle. Mellowed but doesnt seem past its prime at all.
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