Just a terrific Pinot at its peak. Popped & poured, opened up beautifully over an hour. Deep crimson color, extremely well balanced. Pomegranate, red berries & cherries, terrific texture and length. In a word, memorable.
This time we drank the 96 and 94 together to see the stark difference between the two vintages. I've poured more of the 96 down the drain over the years than I care to remember but in the last several years it has settled in and been good to very good. Ern liked the 96 better than the 94 but was in the vast minority. The 94 didn't perform as well this time from .750 but was still great and has many years ahead. It was interesting to compare but I thought the difference would be much greater.
Decanted for one hour. Youthful garnet in the glass. Nose of plums, cloves, star anise with some roasted meat. Red fruits on the palate, with cranberries, earth and allspice. Rich and Burgundian. Well done.
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