Red with a bright rim. Powerful aromas of exotic oak spice and medicinal cherry are accented by bitter chocolate and dried rose. A big, lush, mouthfilling pinot with a round texture and dense, sweet cassis and smoky kirsch flavors that build and expand without losing their precision. Really stains the palate on the back, finishing on floral and dark berry notes. (JR)
If notably ripe, this bottling heads off in very different directions than its fatter, more succulence California cousins in 2004, and its bias to tannin and structural firmness is clear. Its toughness noted, it is still a moderately deep and comparatively complex wine with dark cherries, cinnamon and touches of dry chocolate hiding in back, and it should round into shape if given a couple of years in which to soften.
The 2004 Pinot Noir has an earthy, undergrowth, rather introverted bouquet with hints of raspberry and mulberry fruit, desiccated orange peel and marmalade just underneath. The palate is well balanced with candied orange peel, pumpkin, sunflower seeds and tertiary, almost tarry notes. It feels quite masculine towards the finish, the structure coming through, though there is some dryness on the finish suggesting this should be drunk sooner rather than later. (NM)
Big, ripe and generous, with gritty tannins around a plump core of currant and blueberry flavors, lingering well. Texture is surprising for this winery. Needs time to soften. (HS)
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