Nose was quite musty to start but that mostly blew off with air, revealing stewed red fruit and a touch of spirit. Similar palate, sweet, cooked cherries along with some damp earth. A bit too sweet and flabby for me. This bottle hasn't aged very gracefully, maybe a victim of poor storage along the way.
Dark red color without bricking, pale 1-2mm meniscus from 750mL format. Nose was cherry Vicks cough drops. Palate showed red "dirty" fruit with mild to moderate (!) tannin, some volatile acidity, and numerous flavors from typical aged Oregon pinot: mushroom, earth, brassy character. Intermittently hot on the finish.
This wine was disjointed and unsteady on its feet. Perhaps a same from a bottle careening downhill?
Last bottle from cs barrel tasted & purchased from Doug in 1999. Seems back to its exuberant beginning in life, when Harvey Steinman gave it his highest ranking for the vintage. Has finally shown secondary development, with good bouquet and a sensual palate. No bricking, so if you have some it is worth hanging onto.
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