Pnp, deep ruby, nose of wood spice, red and blue fruit and a creamy smoky note. Good extraction and concentration, smooth tannin, acidity leaning on low side that was overwhelmed by the heavy use of new oak. Too American and new world for my liking.
Drank with duck breast, pan roasted baby spuds and beet/mâché salad. Opened and poured directly from bottle at cellar temp an hour before dinner which was a bit of a mistake as first impression was of a young, tight and somewhat more tannic pinot. An hour later the wine had blossomed and was wonderful showing both length and great breadth. A powerful style with lovely balance and interesting delineation between the red fruits and spice notes. This has a long life ahead of it and as I only have 2 more West Block and 5 other 2008 SV Rochioli will try to wait at least a year for the next. No need to wait though, delicious now.
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