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Community Tasting Notes (14) Avg Score: 88.9 points

  • Drinking over 2 days - even better 2nd day. Nice fruit (cherries), smooth, balance tannin and acid - very nice

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  • Smooth, smokey, good balance, perhaps a little over-smokey and low fruit in this bottle

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  • medium body, fairly smooth, nice fruit and light tannin; even better the 2nd day

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  • An Oregon Pinot Noir that is a blend of different clones (mainly Pommard planted in 2001 and 2003, but including some Dijon 115 and Dijon 777 planted in 2001, Dijon 114 planted in 2004 and Dijon 667 planted in 2004). Bottled unfined and unfiltered. 14% alcohol. Double-decanted for 3,5 hours prior to tasting. Tasted blind.

    Somewhat evolved and moderately translucent dark maroon color. Sweetish, somewhat tertiary and rather meaty nose with aromas of meat stew and baked red fruits, some cherry tones, a little bit of tomato stalk, light smoked meat notes, a hint of earthy Pinosity, a touch of salty liquorice and a whiff of pine forest. Lots of things going on here. The wine is silky, ripe and quite evolved on the palate with a somewhat full body and slightly sweetish flavors of noticeably ripe raspberries and cranberries, some dark-toned notes of toasty oak spice, a little bit of wizened red fruit, light umami notes of tertiary meaty character, a hint of smoke and a touch of earthy Pinosity. The overall impression is on the soft side of things with its gentle acidity and fully resolved, modest tannins. The finish is long, evolved and savory with dark-toned and slightly tertiary flavors of meaty umami, some ripe dark cherry, light woody spice, a little bit of earthy Pinosity, a toasty hint of mocha oak and a smoky touch of speck. The high alcohol lends a subtle hint of warmth to the aftertaste.

    A nice, enjoyably evolved and savory Pinot Noir with lots of developed meaty character. However, it seems obvious that the wine is quite ripe in style, as the acidity feels quite modest here, the fruit still retains a rather ripe and sweet overall character and the alcohol punches a bit through. It's nice to see how well the wine has kept its cool over the years, but I can't help thinking this would feel noticeably fresher, more precise and less clumsy if it wouldn't be so soft and ripe. This is a nice and complex wine, but lacking the playful freshness I look for in a Pinot Noir. I doubt the wine is going to evolve much or at all from here, so time to drink up now or soon in the future.

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  • Aroma of roses and earth. Cherries and fruit forward. Not terribly complex.

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    May/June 2009, IWC Issue #144, (See more on Vinous...)

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