I was concerned of hints of smoke which was the rap on the 2008. None here. Very well integrated fruit. Lots of cranberry and raspberry. Nice loam and forest floor in mid palate. Finished with nice bright acidity. Drinking well now.
PnP. Similar impression to last bottle 2 years ago with a couple of differences. One is that the texture is a bit softer and the fruit has moved from cranberry to add some plum. Also, smoke is now detectable. I thought it might have been the power of suggestion, but I had my supertaster wife give it a go blind when she walked in the room. After about a minute of focussed concentration she said, "there's ash and charcoal in there". Wine is drinking well and I did not find the touch a smoke a distractor.
This didn't "wow" me. Granted, it was served in subpar stems and amidst a flurry of wines. Light garnet, clear. A clear beam of red cherry on the nose. On the palate, a bit linear, but with good life to the cherry and raspberry/rhubarb notes. Lacks the earthiness I like in OR Pinot and, for this, it's fruit and spice and not much else. Good, not great. No danger of decline, however, for 5+ years.
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