WB & KM come visiting (My place, parramatta, sydney): Cherry spice and slight leather as well as a kind of herbaceous/stalky note and touches of sour cream. Also coffee and chocolate on the nose. In the mouth the wine is quite savoury with leathery tannins and muted cherry but all quite juicy and rather pleasant.
From Coravin. Aromas of cherry and berry, spice, slightly stalky notes as well as some meatiness. Actually there is also a little sourness here as well as some wet, chalky stone notes. In the mouth the are initial flavours of ripe cherry and raspberry, sweet and savoury spice, slight leather, flour textured tannins that dry the mid palate. The wine finishes with spice notes dominating the fruit. It is now beginning to show some tertiary characteristics. Still rather nice but in a very different place to where it was last time I tried it if memory serves correct.
(BrunnerGang@Mich'sMysteryMarvel) [parallel with 2009 Erath Pinot Noir Clone 115 Prince Hill] Dark ruby in glass, and similarly rich on the nose: fresh lychee, canned lychee syrup, dusty roses, rosewater, edging on synthetic perfume, hints of black pepper, and surprising tropical fruit. Taste is similarly generous with a bouquet of roses, fresh dewy leaves, rich and rather concentrated. Beautiful starting palate which falls abruptly short, revealing dark earth, graphite and grapefruit bitters. Starting to drink, perhaps 5 more years to really integrate? Easy and focused, with great Oregon expression, but could do better with just a bit more time (93+1).
Very little sediment. Translucent ruby with layered bleeding. Firm bouquet with strawberry liqueur, rainy weather and must. Massive pure sweet fruit on the palate. Great shape. Big tasty young pinot with plenty of potential. I would check back with this one in a few years, but it is a ways off from being fully mature. Score does not reflect potential.
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(Antica Terra Pinot Noir) This young beauty, from a challenging Oregon vintage, is still evolving in the bottle. Delicious aromas of dark berries and violets emerge on the nose, with cherries, soy sauce, and five-spice following on the palate. Cult Wines for Tough Times
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