Dark red in color with a nice pinot noir nose. Deep blackberry fruit with some tannin. Medium/full body. Wine opened up after 15 minutes. It is good now and has a lot of promise. The wine needs several more years to reach its potential.
The 2008 Guarachi is the perfect wine for anyone who loves silk scarves, cashmere sweaters, or 1,000 count sheets. Front, center, and back, the wine supremely captures the most lavish mouthfeel that Pinot Noir achieves. Also, the fruit flavors are a voluptuously delicious black cherry and black plum. To maximize those twin peaks of feel and fruit, however, both the acidity and the tannins are softly rounded instead of ever being firm or grippy. The result is atypical for Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, as well as a tradeoff in how well this Pinot Noir matches with many foods, including the salty or ham flavors with which Pinot Noir normally excels. However, most wine drinkers, myself included, will be utterly seduced by just how great this Pinot Noir tastes by itself.
Not quite two years after the first note, still drinking well. Now showing rich sweet cherries in the mid palate. Plenty of life left, maturing nicely. A bit darker than the first note suggests it was in 2011, but still hazy. More fruit, less spice, on the nose. Very good.
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