The 2002 Pinot Noir Octagon is a small cuvee (around 200 cases) with about 10% stems, and a high percentage of new oak in its upbringing (about 40%). Deep ruby in color to the rim, with a sweet nose of framboise, red apples, sweet cherries, and a hint of darker fruits, this medium to full-bodied wine has a dense ruby/purple-tinged color to the rim and more substance and meat on the palate. It is bigger styled and also probably not as charming and forward as the two previous cuvees. (RP)
An already expressive nose of very ripe red pinot fruit nuanced by lovely exotic spice notes gives way to impressively rich, dense and naturally sweet full-bodied flavors that offer lovely texture and fine depth. This clearly is made from first rate fruit but there is a distinct note of warmth if not heat with a slightly edgy finish though this should round out with time. I have had some outstanding examples of this wine over the years though I don't find this to be at quite the same level as it's just a bit too warm for me.
Dark red, but without the ruby tones of the Estate bottling. Aromas of redcurrant, chocolate and loam, with a minty nuance but less pinot sap than the Estate. Sweet, soft, broad and nicely concentrated, with flavors of redcurrant, plum, smoke and earth. Fuller in the middle than the Estate, but a bit heavier than that wine. Finishes with substantial broad, dusty tannins. (ST)
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