October 26, 2013 - very dark in the glass. Nose of some blackberry and alcohol then huge simple blackberry fruit on the palate. not a terrily long finish. some alcohol.
November 9, 2012 - Probably at it's peak. Dark ruby color. Nose of dark fruit. Palate of dried strawberry and baking spice. Medium finish and smooth tannins.
March 3, 2012 - My last bottle of 2 cases - and every bottle has been at least very good. I have noticed that the flavors have remained the same - dark cherry, earth, spice and oak, but that the wine has taken on more body and concentration over the past year. Very big, smooth and flavorful now - and probably at, or just past, its peak.
February 27, 2012 - Another really nice bottle. Dark fruits, spice and a brambly component that adds complexity and interest. Fruit forward with a medium+ body and a super smooth, velvety texture. Nice complexity and a smooth, fruity finish. Seems to be getting a bit bigger and a bit softer over time. Still drinking just fine, but it is probably not going to get any better. I have now had almost 2 cases of this wine and every bottle has been very enjoyable.
February 20, 2012 - DO NOT DECANT. Evolves fast. Clasic pinot but with some interesting twists. Dirty jeweled nose steps right up to the funk line; pulsating fruit fades and returns. Finishes caustic.
January 11, 2012 - Drinking very well now, straight out of the bottle.
October 28, 2011 - I have enjoyed well over a case of this wine during the past year. They have all been very good and this one was no exception. Fruit-forward style with dark fruits, spice and some herbs/bramble. Plush, round texture and soft edges with a rather full body for a pinot. Seems to be adding more ripeness and plushness over time, and while the fruit is holding up just fine right now, it seems to have peaked. I am probably going to "drink up" over the next year.
September 10, 2011 - Blackberry and cassis, followed by cloves and abundant black pepper. Very nice with ahi and a spicy sauce!
August 5, 2011 - Color of dirty strawberries that have been left out in the sun awhile and begun to turn brown. Strong scent of strawberry pie with a dollop of vanilla ice cream and cinnamon on top. Medium bodied, a bushel of raspberries, slightly tart cherries, baking spices, still present but fading acid, sweet tannins, and a medium finish. Not a delicate pinot, but really delicious. Seems to be nearing the end of its prime drinking window.
April 23, 2011 - Lots of character in this wine - dark fruits, spice and a brambly component. Nice rich, deep flavors with a medium to full body and a long finish. This is a really enjoyable, rich, dark-fruited wine with a full, firm texture and plenty of grip.