Tasted blind, would have guessed 2009 Cru Beaujolais. Seriously. Fresh fruit, vibrant colors, the works. Fruit clearly more ripe than the 1999 or 2000 of this wine (not a value judgment, mind you...). Gains dimension with air in the glass. Wish we had another. Brilliant.
Popped and poured through aerator; at first, I was worried as there was not much fruit or body on the first go-around, but like a young Brick House Pinot, this just took some time to open up. Relatively dark red; on the mouth, it presents dark red fruits and dried cherries; medium-bodied wine with a little bit of tannin; shorter finish, but certainly fine for a pinot of this vintage
The nose is quite light and dominated by spicy notes like nutmeg or gingerbread. Great dark cherries combine with gentle tannins and a hint of prunes to make this a delicious tasting wine. The only drawback is that the finish is a bit short, but the flavors are great!
Old Oregon Pinot Noir RUMBLEMATCH (Dan's house): A nose of ashen wet firewood and sour, under-ripe cherries. The palate presents cherry but turns dried & extracted feeling in the finish, almost raisin or prune-like. There is also a big dose of ripe plums in the mid-palate. Absolutely unlike any other Oregon Pinot I have had, the finish leaves you with lingering flavors like you just ate a freshly dried prune. Nicely balanced acids and subtle, nearly resolved tannins. A thought-provoking wine for me, and my favorite of the night. Rated #1 of 8 bottles in group voting.
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