Deep red with a brilliant rim. Powerfully scented aromas of cherry, smoky minerals, flowers and Asian spices expand with air and pick up a note of white pepper. Palate-staining red berry and cherry flavors are impressively energetic, with tangy mineral and cinnamon qualities adding vivacity. Finishes very fresh, with excellent clarity and spicy persistence. More energetic and classically pinot than the 2006 version.
A ripe and impressively complex nose offers up aromas of menthol, blackberry and cassis that introduce equally complex, rich and voluminous medium plus weight flavors that possess a dusty and mouth coating texture that display excellent finishing persistence. This is moderately structured and really quite attractive and though it's perhaps a bit less elegant than usual, it compensates by delivering even greater depth. There is a trace of backend warmth but if the appropriate serving temperature is maintained, it's almost invisible. Recommended.
The 2007 Pinot Noir La Neblina has tightened up considerably since I last tasted it in late 2008. Its dark ruby color is followed by copious notes of berry fruit intermixed with underbrush, sweet cherries and raspberries. The wine reveals a nice acid profile as well as some tannins that require resolution, but it is a well-endowed Pinot that should last up to a decade. Youthful, tight, yet promising, the dark ruby/plum-colored 2007 Pinot Noir La Neblina displays crisp acidity, dark forest floor notes intermixed with cherries, spice box, and an almost bouquet garni meatiness. It will benefit from a year of bottle age and drink well for 5-7 years. An artisanal winery run with meticulous attention to detail by Eric Sussman, Radio-Coteau continues to follow a fair pricing strategy for its high quality Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs, Syrahs, and Zinfandels. As a postscript, Eric Sussman told me that his winery was certified biodynamic in 2008. All his fermentations are native (indigenous yeasts from the vineyard), he uses minimal SO2, minimal racking, extended lees contact, and bottles all his wines in house with no fining or filtration. These are all characteristics of the younger generation of conscientious wine producers.
Pungent earth and forest floor notes give way to cherry, berry, spice and mineral notes. Full-bodied and complex, gaining depth on the finish, where this ends with a touch of menthol. Drink now through 2013.
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