Silverdale, WA 14.3% alc. (Purchased on 9/26/14)
Just barely hazy medium ruby color with a slight orange tone around the rim, suggesting its eight years of age. Back label mentions cherry and cola aromas and I heartily concur. I also detect some root beer and earth. I’m getting plenty of fruit and no Pinot funk and the nose really starts opening up after about 45 minutes in the glass. Eventually I even got whiffs of sun-dried tomato. In the mouth, it’s more of the same with ripe, sweet cherry flavors really showing nicely along with subtle black tea notes. This Pinot has weight too…slightly chewy with medium tannins (for Pinot anyway), it leaves me licking my lips. Unfortunately it fades quickly and picks up some heat and bitterness in the short finish. Their current release single vineyard Pinots from Panther Creek are going for $45-$50…out of my range. So $13 seems a mighty fair price. Here are some past “community” reviews of this wine.
I’m assuming this is not the Panther Creek PN that’s recently been discussed on our “What’s New” page. So careful what you purchase. I suspect this wouldn’t be a favorite of BW and lovers of the more delicate style of Pinots.