I find this wine to be elegant in the nose and early body, although black cherry comes on for a few seconds in the mid body. Terroir is strong in the wine, but it's not so thin that one is left with musty loam; this has minerality and soft tannins. Very much my taste in pinot noir.
Last tasted almost 18 months ago. A reddish-ruby color; still just a hint of yellowing on the rim. Cherry, raspberry, forest floor, black tea, some RRV cola (but not as generous as last time), spice and sweet oak. Tannins seem more outgoing this time and leave a slight acidic sting on the tongue. Rich in the mouth but not quite so velvety as before. There could be slight bottle variation in this wine. A nice long and fruit intense finish. Pairs well with a chicken, Cannellini bean and vegetable soup. The food seemed to tame whatever tannins there were in the wine.
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