opened about an hour before serving. Dark ruby and medium weight. The nose picks up cherry, slight earthiness, and oak, but the latter has mellowed substantially from a few years ago. Similar notes on the palate. Paired well with baked salmon.
The wine is a deep, dark ruby color. The big and bold nose has cherries, black raspberries, baking spices, cedar, wild flowers, smoke, and some earthy underbrush. This has medium to full body, fairly solid tannins, and tart acidity. Tart cherries hit the palate first, followed by some spices and earthiness before the oak takes over, which it does in a big way. The finish is fairly long but just about totally oak driven. If you like oak dominated wine, you'll like this a lot more than I do.
This is one of those "what was I thinking when I bought this?" wines. Just too dark and extracted to retain much Pinot Noir character, it was big, hot and heavy, but with a firm sense of acidity (acidulated? probably) Served to a friend who likes CA cocktail-style wines, so all is well.
More than one year on, the second one broached. The clear deep ruby is certainly an attraction; the nose not explosive but some jammy notes and maybe some faint smokiness; dark cherries with some nice acidity, balanced if not overly complex or long. Overall decent at the price.
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(Alma Rosa Pinot Noir La Encantada Vineyard) Medium dark cherry red color with pale meniscus; big cranberry, tart cherry nose; big, tight, berry, oak and boysenberry palate; medium-plus finish 90+ pts. (100 acres, planted with 6 different clones)
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