Silverdale, WA 13.8% alc. (Purchased on 9/20/13)
Clear medium ruby color with just the slightest bit of brick tone around the very edge. Obvious, varietally true smoke and black cherry nose along with some Burgundian dirty socks funkiness that I believe BargainWhine enjoys in Pinots. A bit of saline quality on the front of the tongue, then lots of black cherry and a certain mintiness from mid-palate through the long, tasty finish. Enough tannin to give it real mouth-coating texture, but still very accessible. Acidity is right on the mark too. Very well made, balanced and for me, a fine example of what I would expect from Russian River Valley Pinots.
By the way, BW reviewed the 2005 version of this wine quite favorably back in April 2012 and noted the price of this 2008 rendition at $26 on the winery website. Unfortunately, I was unable to find their website.