January 14, 2018 - Forest berries, plums, mushrooms, and a light whiff of potpourri in an understated, velvety frame. All about balance, with plenty of substance, yet little weight. The nose is captivating, and it is deceptively medium++ in length, but does not wow with complexity and I'm unsure whether it will reveal more in the future or be on a long fade from here. There aren't really any acids or tannins showing, but the wine remained compelling well after we left the restaurant. A superb food wine.
November 25, 2017 - 12.5% abv. Dark ruby, expressive aromatics. On the palate, black raspberry, sage and baking spice. Excellent depth and length. Tasted in a trio with two very excellent and expressive wines (‘12 Riverain Cab and ‘13 Turley Ueberroth), this wine held it’s own in terms of intensity and focus while showing True Pinot character and typicity. Very enjoyable now and will continue to improve. Really nice.
October 1, 2017 - Rhys @ My Place--Part 3 (My House In The South OC): Going on nearly three years since the last bottle, so a good time for a revisit. Opened about 3.5 hours ago, set the cork lightly back to the bottle. Listed ABV of 12.5%. Has some stems showing in the aromatic and a faint hint of vanilla. This is juicy, and also spicy at the same time. I tasted the 2008 Horsehoe just before this, it has a similar quality to that wine in that there is a touch of loam here. Whereas that wine was quite structured (with the same exact aeration I will add), this is more approachable, with blueberry and strawberry, both showing a savory touch from the stems that make it delicious. The fruit is a bit brighter too than the 2008 Horseshoe. So, think of combining the soil, the juicy blue/red tones and then a finishing minerality, and that's what this tastes like at this stage. Fantastic. Bright, lively, medum weighted and plenty of energy. After 7 years, this is aging beautifully. If I can add some final perspective to this note after out event, I'll bring that back, but based on what is here now, just beautiful.....showed similarly during the event, just super.
September 30, 2017 - tasted on its own, without food, at the end of a long night of tasting. Color dark burgundy. Nose big, some green notes/herbs, fruits. Palate dark cherries, earthy, great acidity. Very well balanced, in a good place now to my taste. 92 pts
May 11, 2017 - Followed over two nights. Seems to be in a nice drinking window. That said, I'll hold my other bottle for a couple of years. 91+
April 23, 2017 - Followed over 5hrs, no decant. This was plump and forward upon opening, with a clean red cherry character. Given some air, it deepened some. nose was mostly earth notes, with cred and blue fruits on the palate. Stem inclusion shows with time. Finish was repeating and moderately long. Softer and more accessible than expected, and at the same time less complex. Last sip was the best, however. 92-93+
January 27, 2017 - Nice pinot. Started off with dominant fruit notes, but after it opened a bit, this one offered a nice integrated mix of dark red and black berries, earth and a subtle hint of sultry spice. Had a couple small glasses left to sample the next day, and this mostly showed the fruit again. Maybe this one will improve, maybe not, but no regrets opening it now.
January 19, 2017 - Decanted 2 hours.
November 30, 2016 - Wow! I just love the fruit in this wine. It reminds me of picking ripe berries in the wild. Exciting and delicious! Has good depth and richness and also interesting high-pitched notes.
Beyond the fruit, I don't taste anything else right now. But the fruit is so complex that it doesn't matter.
August 24, 2016 - 12.5% abv. Medium-dark ruby, moderate aromatics. Palate more evocative of earth, minerality and spice than Pinot fruit. Light on its feet, yet good depth and length. I need to try this again in 3-5 years.