• hsacks Likes this wine: 93 points

    December 7, 2018 - This bottle was fresher and more complex than the 11/7/17 bottle.

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  • PIntag wrote: flawed

    October 15, 2018 - Seemed a bit off to me - not obviously flawed, but flat and uninteresting. Fell apart completely after extended air.

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  • hsacks Likes this wine: 92 points

    November 7, 2017 - Light red color. Aromas of rhubarb, persimmon and allspice. Ripe, medium-bodied fruit in the mouth with very good depth and length. Somewhat low-toned on the palate but delicious and, although fully mature, got more delicious with every sip. Enjoy and drink up!

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  • BklynNeophyte wrote: 89 points

    January 29, 2012 - Perfectly excellent, not over the top RRV pinot, and very quaffable. Like it a lot. Comparable: Mike Quisenberry.

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  • tanglenet wrote:

    April 18, 2011 - Opened and not decanted. Consumed over 2 days. Pretty nose; dark black fruit on the entry; the bodyweight keeps throwing me off as the middle shifts between light and medium weight with some heat popping up in between. Ends with a dry and a little bit sweet finish. Good.

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  • ginfizz wrote: 86 points

    August 20, 2010 - This wine is going through a strange phase...light, watery, short. Tastes hollow, with light (want to say watered down) strawberry flavors, no tannin, some acidity, maybe a touch of red currant. Some complexity (interesting scents) of vanilla and spice come in after an hour of breathing. Next day, a bit more integrated, and better, but still a light quaffer. Young vines?

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  • Winetex wrote: 88 points

    May 21, 2010 - Babnik's note from 1/4/10 captures the style and character of this wine. It had red berry flavors with hints of strawberry and spice. Mostly balanced with some acidity poking out at times but drank quite well. 14.1% stated alcohol.

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  • babnik wrote: 90 points

    January 4, 2010 - Strawberry, quince, cola, Christmas spice, and forest floor in this understatedly styled Pinot Noir. True to its Russian River Valley (Sonoma) origins without going over the top, it embraces a California style without the heaviness one sometimes sees. Impeccable balance is achieved after a couple of hours of air but it tends to take on a more tart character after about 4 hours. Drink over the next 3 years.

    I'm a huge fan of Bressler Napa Cabernets from the White Sulphur Creek bench west of St Helena but this was my first experience with their small production of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. This project shows real promise. Their talented winemaker, Mia Klein, is obviously more than comfortable with the finicky Pinot grape.

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  • Winetex wrote: 88 points

    December 28, 2009 - Clear ruby red color; Slight alcohol and spice on the nose with very fresh bright cherry flavors and spice on the finish. This seemed like correct Pinot with medium body and a crisp finish. Decanted about 30 minutes with good results.

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  • DukeDrew wrote: 88 points

    July 15, 2009 - Opened for a friend last night who really wanted to try it. Would have been better to wait... this is in a much better place than it was right at release, and continued to benefit from a long decant over the course of the night. No formal note, aside from "it goes well with pork chops." Wait.

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