Saturated ruby. Deeply pitched, explosive aromas of black raspberry, Indian spices, chocolate and cocoa powder, complicated by intriguing potpourri and mineral nuances. Rich, sweet and deep, with a silky texture and palate-staining red and dark berry preserve and rose flavors. Shows alluring sappiness on the long, penetrating finish, which strongly echoes the spice and floral notes. This wine reminded me of a (very) high-end, new-school Vosne-Romanee.
*Two Stars* Redolent of ripe cherries and fresh raspberries, this attractively cast wine is fairly full in body and supple and somewhat rounded and plush on the mid-palate while firming up as it should in the late going and finish. Its unmistakable richness makes it a fine candidate for dishes like crown rack of lamb and wild rice rather than for foods geared to the lighter end of the Pinot spectrum. It is more than agreeable even now but has the confident heart for five years of aging.
The deep ruby/purple-colored 2009 Pinot Noir Umino cuts a deeper, broader mouthfeel. It reveals sweet raspberry and black cherry fruit intermixed with hints of earth, spice and largely obscured oak as well as tangy acids, which seem to be a hallmark of this vintage. This medium to full-bodied, pure, fresh, lively Pinot should drink well for 7-8 years. (RP)
Firm and spicy, with ripe plum, wild berry, cedar and cherry pie scents. Full-bodied, gaining tannic traction on the spicy finish. Best to cellar. Best from 2013 through 2020. 296 cases made.
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