Firm, intense, fresh and vibrant, with a minerally baseline to the ripe cherry, blackberry, sage and cedar notes. Full-bodied and firm, this is in need of aeration. The finish impresses with a long, persistent push of concentrated flavors. Drink now through 2016.
The dense 2007 Pinot Noir Aidan (400 cases produced) comes from the Wild Rose Vineyard, which is planted with Dijon clones 115 and 777. It reveals a dark ruby/purple color, good acidity, a tight but promising bouquet of sassafras, sweet black cherry, raspberry, and plum fruit, earthy undertones, and subtle wood smoke. It possesses significant structure as well as aging potential. Give it 2-3 years of bottle age, and drink it over the following two decades.
Bright ruby-red. An intensely perfumed bouquet displays black raspberry, star anise, potpourri and minerals. Lively but concentrated red and dark berry flavors are given spine by juicy acidity and gain sweetness in the middle palate. The spicy quality returns on the sharply focused, strikingly pure finish. This wine's nuanced fruit is really impressive. This finished with a low pH of 3.38 and 7 g/l of acidity.
There is no questioning the ripeness and ongoing depth of this very accomplished, beautifully concentrated, tender effort that was drawn from grapes grown in Green Valley's tiny Wildrose Vineyard, but what sets this apart from the other DuMOL Pinots is its remarkable grace and refinement. An out-and-out sensual bottling of extraordinary richness and length, it is about as elegant as a big wine can be, and, although it will only get better and better with age, there is nothing to be lost by drinking it in the relatively near term.
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