Good dark fruit and dark red color. Very plush mouth feel. Didn't get a lot of other sensations beside fruit, but it was a long lingering finish so that made up for some of the simple flavors. Good with a Sunday sugo, not not so great with a wasabi salmon.
11/5/12 Similar to last time, I found this to be a simple, pleasant wine. It's hard to complain about that, and many a time I've had something that made me wish for simple & pleasant, but I like some complexity in my Pinot.
Dark garnet color with dark fruits, earth, and baking spice aromas. On the palate medium-bodied, complex, with vibrant fruit, and cherry, cola, earth, vanilla and spice flavors. Medium long finish. Definitely a bigger style PN, but I really enjoyed!
Twisted and poured, consumed over the next three hours. Didn't get as much oak on the nose as in the past. Still a big wine with lots of red cherry, cinnamon, cola and baking spices. Lush and in balance even with the prominent fruit.
A slight vegetal (cabbage?) smell for a few minutes after opening and pouring immediately, but this quickly disappeared. Then this blossomed! Fabulous dark fruit, with a really peppery/spicy finish. Made the tip of my tongue sizzle from the pepper. Some oak in there, but not as much toasted oak (that always seems like coconut to me, but my wife disagrees) that I often detect in Loring Pinots. Had this with some pulled pork with both a traditional BBQ sauce and a mustard/vinegar sauce, and it stood up very well. Looking forward very much to the next bottle of this, and the 2009 and 2010 also.
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