May 15, 2019 - Just a great bottle. Intense nose of wet earth & black raspberry, with smoke emerging with air. On the palate a firm, focused wine tasting of meats, smoke and earth, with a lingering finish that makes a statement. Surprisingly fresh for a 13 year old pinot, with perfect balance and plenty of drinking window remaining. Tremendous.
A birthday gift from another CTer, for which I again thank him profusely!
January 14, 2019 - Drinking well.
June 1, 2018 - Solid bottle of pinot. went well with grill baked King Salmon. Plenty of cherry fruit. This wine has the acidity and backbone to continue evolving.
May 6, 2017 - Decanted for 3 hours. Nearly opaque color. Still reticent aromas of red and black cherries, iron and earth but still so primary. Seamless and harmonious on the palate but just so young and firm. Please, lord, give me the strength to not open another bottle of this for several more years.
Day 2 (un-gassed, cork pushed back in). Starting to open nicely with notes of cinnamon, allspice, and brambly red fruit on the nose. Deep and structured on the palate yet perfectly balanced with good ripeness on the attack. It would be easy to call this "Burgundian" but it is, in fact, an American classic Pinot. 93+ points on day two with lots of upside potential. 2020-2025+. Yeah! 6 more bottles in the cellar.
March 4, 2017 - Decanted for 2-3 hours. A I really, really liked this wine. A captivating nose of black cherry, spice, florals and sweet stemminess. The palate has good concentration and layering. Well balanced. In a very good place and should hold for years.
March 4, 2017 - BYO Blind Tasting and Dinner (House of Nanda - Chicago IL): Tasted double blind. Good combination of black and red cherry with sweet spice. Rich and opulent aromas with slightly leaner but well balanced flavors. Seemed like New World Pinot Noir, but I was thrown off by its pairing with 2005 Burgundy 1er Cru. Very good now.
September 19, 2016 - #5 of 16. Unbelievably good, especially the second night. Deeply colored, just starting to take on some mature, mahogany hued aspects. Super spicy, rich, deep fruit, great acidity and especially some tannins starting to show at the very end of the second night. Great length, and even some peacock's tail that second evening. This is still young, but just starting its peak. Very drinkable now, but best with a little air or more time in cellar - shows deceptively simple at first. Best bottle yet, and a gem.
March 5, 2016 - PnP - #4 of 16. Very good deep dark burgundy red color. Minimal rim lightening for 11 years old. A bit shrill at first with cellar temp. As this warms and sits in glass for a couple of hours, the acidity weaves in, the ripe red fruit deepens, the stems show up in a beautiful way adding complexity and structure, and the earthy notes come to the fore. Some small hints of cola, and beginnings of varnish and shoe polish type notes appear, letting me know this is starting to show some secondary development. Young still, I'm betting, but starting to get there. This is a gem, and needs to have air and warmth to wake up from its slumber.
February 26, 2016 - Intense aromas of dried cranberry, cherry, damp pine floor and mint. Light-med body, with focused red berry, cranberry, pomegranate and a sweet, sappy spice that complements the fruit perfectly. A smidge of lingering tannin and juicy acidity bode well for the next several years, but this was quite a pleasure to drink now.
November 29, 2015 - Lithe and feminine, this bottle is from a new source, a bit more evolved than others bought on release and stored in my cool cellar. Notes of sassafras entine with the cool, restrained and soft red fruits. Less excited by this bottle than my last, though the hubbub of Turkey Day may have contributed to that.