The 1989 vintage of DDO pinot noir has aged beautifully and probably has exceeded the initial expectations of the Drouhin family for the potential of this bottling. Given that this wine was made from purchased grapes in a winery without a roof over its head, the results are simply stunning and the wine’s vibrancy at this age is very impressive indeed! The bouquet nose is complex and very beautiful, wafting from the glass in a complex blend of red plums, a touch of cocoa powder, lavender, forest floor, wood smoke, gamebird and a hint of nuttiness in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, tangy and still marvelously light on its feet, with fine focus and grip, still good intensity at the core, melted tannins and a long, tangy and complex finish. Lovely juice! 2017-2035.
Rich and concentrated on the nose, then a little decayed on the palate but still very much alive. Mid weight and nice balance of acidity. Vibrant.
Ripe and spicy, with pretty cherry, plum and nutmeg flavors that are sustained by crisp acidity and firm tannins. Drinkable now, but a good bet to improve with a year or two in the cellar. Drink now or hold.
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