The cork was just about soaked through but slipped out clean and easy. Small joys. Subdued fruit and a bit of funk on the nose. Curiosity inducing rather than transportative (not a word.) What resided in the glass was another story: it's Halloween! In soft muted colors there is a roll of small disks; they are dimpled and softly sweet. Smarties! Good stuff. It matures in the glass (cherries, blah, blah) but I still like to think about that dirty pillowcase and the treats inside. 8 jack o' lanterns out of 18 candy corns. Fun.
The nose carries light spice and cherries, and both come through on the palatte. There is a lot of nice acid remaining and the wine finishes incredibly cleanly with light lingering fruit. "Refreshing" would not be exaggerating. The cherry flavors mid palatte are tasty, and I think it's fair to say that this wine could still be held for a few years with good results. Very enjoyable.
Wow, who knew a bottle this old could still be presenting the fruit this wine is. Drank a line-up of about 10 Pinot Noir's last night and this was my favorite of the night. How could it not be though, age has treated this wine very well. The acid in this wine is delightful, the finish lengthy and unlike any other old Oregon Pinots I have had, this still has it's fruit at full presentation. (granted, my experience with 10+ year old Pinot Noirs is low)
Astonishingly good for a '95 Oregon pinot at 10 years of age. Balanced, complex, and long, with lots of fruit and life left. I served this double-blind, and while there was no question about it being pinot, no one thought it was this old. A very nice surprise. I have been very pleased with how my older Ken Wright pinots have aged.
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