December 16, 2011 - Friday night at home with lamb chops on the grill. Kids back home for winter break. Jess, Ben and Brian at dinner. Wine a little disjointed perhaps past it's prime?
December 4, 2011 - I love Eric Kent wines, but this wasn't their finest hour. There's a barnyard funk to this one and some thinness that seems to be the bottle variation described earlier. There was still a touch of red fruit, but it just wasn't a standout like the others we've tried. Hopefully just an off bottle.
August 20, 2011 - Saturday night at home - after a trio to Philly. Enjoyed the wine with D'Angelos sausage - after some D'Brunos cheese. Nice - "darker" than the '06 - very nice. Still one bottle of each vintage in the cellar.
June 5, 2010 - The wine looks Purple colored.
The legs are Medium.
It smells like Strawberry Jam, and Blackberry.
It tastes like Strawberry, Blackberry, and Strawberry Jam.
The body is Medium/Full.
The wine is textured Round.
The wine finishes Medium.
May 16, 2010 - Sat. wine lunch.
February 25, 2010 - So I had an interesting experience with this wine as I started it out in a Riedel Oregon Pinot glass. Nice cherry aromas, a little spice that all carried into the mouth with a little minerality and a medium finish, very nice, enjoyable, not over the top Pinot. Then I tried it in one of those mondo Riedel Burgandy glasses and the nose was much more complex with earth, mushroom added to the fruit and spicde with more integrated feel in the mouth. Well done.
June 22, 2009 - I had this wine one year ago and really enjoyed it. Unfortunately this bottle has devolved - it lost its fruit with only lingering sour cherry and rhubarb remaining - thin, light and acidic. It wasn't corked. Looking back on CT it appears there is some bottle variation. Drank over 2 nights.
May 17, 2009 - The nose was intially pretty closed down, but opened after an hour or so to reveal spice, red fruit, and a bit of cola. One the palate, cherry, some baking spice and lively acidity, with a bit of disappointing finish. Overall I felt this wine was little simple, lacking any real complexity or interest.
March 21, 2009 - I'm not a huge Pinot drinker, but this was a damn good bottle of wine.Thats my novel.
February 5, 2009 - What passes between spouses in offhanded comments is often illuminating into how they think about each other. My spouse is an obituary reader, I am not. The other day I asked her to hand me a section of the paper and she passed me the obituaries. I complained that she knew that I didn’t read the obituaries, to which she responded. “Oh yes you do, you read wine reviews”. A laugh on my part and the tension passed. In some ways it is an apt metaphor. We kill the wine and write up the death. I never thought I would become the vinolic combination of Charles Henri-Sanson and Robert McG. Thomas.
Based upon other Eric Kent wines I have consumed and the reviews on Cellartracker I was expecting a wine as fleshy as Elly May Clampett, but what I got was a wine as thin as Daisy May “Granny” Moses. Damn that bottle variation. The kind of brick red color at the edges that makes your first thought about the wine “uh oh”. In contrast to the other reviews a very light nose with a single aroma of cedar. Thin and light with lots of acid. Cedar and a little bit of cherry in the taste. Also kind of a chamomile and slippery elm bark tea with a squeeze of lemon thing, yeah clearly an herbal tea and lemon flavor going on. No flavor in the finish, but lots of acid. No lingering pot roast taste survived a swallow. This bottle was clearly off but not bad enough to label completely flawed.
Follow Up: The winery reads Cellar Tracker and read this review. Noting that I had a bottle that was off they included a free bottle in my next order. Kudos to the winery - that kind of attention to detail is really amazing. Also it shows just how important CellarTracker is becoming to producers.