Rich red fruit aromas on the nose. No significant bricking - bottle appears well preserved. A higher throttle mouthful for sure. Rich raisin-prune reduction of the dark fruit. Acidity in the background, and medium levels of smoky new oak. Alcohol levels borderline high. This would be quite appealing for those who prefer a bolder, richer Pinot. Putting style aside, this appears well-crafted. This may start to decline quite soon. I recommend drinking up if you have these.
In OCNJ, Labor Day weekend,one year since prior notes. Splash decanted and drank over 2 hours with grilled steak and chicken
Consistent with prior notes: "Dark ruby color, slightly cloudy. A little funk when first opened. Nose of cherry/red fruits, earth, leather, iodine...Palate is dried cherries, strawberry, plums, cranberries, orange zest. Some cinnamon and baking spice mid palate. Medium finish..."
Didn't get the funk or heat on this bottle more settled and elegant than I recall (and from notes) from prior bottle. May be some bottle variation at this point - seems others may have experienced as well. This is in a good spot, based on this bottle fully mature and not likely to keep improving, should hold at this level...
Consumed from my own cellar at The Joel Palmer House during IPNC weekend. While I've detected some bottle variation in the wine over the years, this bottle was right on point. Still driven by an opulent display of dark fruits and spice on the nose and palate, a few tertiary layers are now evident only serving to add more layers and overall complexity to the wine. This bottle could have easily lasted another 3-5 years.
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