The colour looked very transparent, but not so bright. A decently dark colouration with a whiff of murkiness (unfiltered, strong sediments). At first the bouquet was dominated by, I just assume, the well-known “Oregon Funk” (a potpourri of flintiness, a bit stinky barn fragrances, dark earth and wet forest leaves). The fruitful flavours of dark forest berries, a bit little of lemon and a few dark cherries seemed a bit reserved. Besides all that I was under the impression to catch some mineral’ish features. Oak never seemed to a problem. Later, I guess approx. 3 hours, the Oregon Funk eased and serious, maybe slightly austere seeming, well proportionate fruit flavours (more and more dark cherries) evolved. I might describe the overall nose-picture as serious, pretty complex (especially for this price range), earth driven, relatively elegant, not so much hyper-sophisticated (but definitely sophisticat'ish) and beautifully balanced. In the first hour the taste seemed quite tart, very reserved fruitful and acidic. The flavours were dominated by mineral and foliage impressions. I wasn’t worried in this situation, because I sensed a certain quality in this wine which made me more and more confident. After 3 hours and more a serious fruitful character of very tasty dark cherries and some assorted forest berries showed. Definitely not in a lush way! Far more in an elegant and concise way! No sweetness problems! No oak problems! No alcohol problems! No typical and of course totally generalized “New World Pinot” problems at all. One big helper was definitely the great and well proportionated acid (well prop after 2 to 3 hours). On the second day it almost got a bit aristocratic and sublime. No real exaggeration. Well, maybe a bit. I must not forget it was “just” an entry-level Pinot Noir. Cunning structure, great finish, cold-style fruit and decent complexity! Great QPR!
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