This is a non-vintage bottle, but someone at some point had written '90 on the label in ball point pen. Based on the overall condition of the bottle, I'm assuming that number indicates 1990. The cork crumbled while trying to extract it from the bottle. The wine is fully brick red in the center of the glass and orange along the edges. Nice complexity on the nose with warm soil, iodine, mushrooms and a little licorice. On the initial palate there's mostly structure (no noticable fruit at first). As the wine expands on the mid-palate, there's a little residual fruit lurking in the background, but this wine is mostly defined by the infrastrucure of the tannins and acidity: lots of wet stones and soil notes. However, it's in really good shape - there isn't any sour notes or rough edges. To be sure, this certainly is past it's prime, but what remains is thoroughly palateable: the little fruit that remains is smooth and supple and the framework is in good shape.
I wasn't expecting much from this given the age. However, I was craving an Oregon Pinot and the is what came up. I remember strawberry and waffles on the nose years ago. No, it's a bit medicinal on the nose with some red fruit. Taste has a bit of oak (didn't have that 8 years ago) with dark cherry.
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