The ripeness of this wine stands out. The cherry flavors even have a slightly raisined edge. The wine is also fairly tannic. Additional flavor nuances include tangerine zest, wild raspberry, red currants and white pepper. This is a great Hanzell. Give it until 2010, and it should develop interesting bottle complexities for many years. *Cellar Selection*
Medium-deep red. Complex aromas of red plum, raspberry, incense and briary spices. Round, broad and seamless in texture; a bit youthfully tight but opened with air to show raspberry and smoke flavors and an attractive restrained sweetness. Finishes with sweet, dusty tannins and very good length. I like the combination of smoky earth tones and building raspberry sweetness. (ST)
Notably earthy in a pleasant way, with mineral, pebble, sage and dried currant flavors that are compact and focused, yet long and persistent on the finish. (JL)
The medium dark ruby-colored 2005 Pinot Noir exhibits scents of pomegranate, underbrush, earth, spice, and sweet cherries. Although there are some austere tannins as well as a bit of tightness, there is enough concentration to support the wine’s structure. Give this 2005 1-2 more years of bottle age, and consume it over the following 10-12+ years. (RP)
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