Russian River Valley, CA; 14.3% ABV
$7 at the Berkeley, CA, store on 25 Feb
As I recall, this was Seedboy’s least favorite of the Russian Hill Pinot Noirs that showed up recently at many Northern California GOs. (Only N. CA?) At this point, I agree that I like it less than I liked the 2006 Tara Vineyard Pinot, but with the caveat that this might just need more age to become a more elegant Pinot than the Tara.
On the first night, I poured out a single-glass screw-capped bottle for another night. For a good while, I did not like this wine very much at all. It tasted a bit thin and acid, with an overall nature of artificial, tart candy. However, as it slowly aired, the candy nature receded and the wine developed much more elegance and depth. I think it reached its peak after around 3 hours in a decanter, when it showed dark red cherry, black raspberry, red plum, orange, cola, and still some lighter red raspberry. This was all in a lighter body, elegantly delineated, and never quite becoming fully accessible. I was hopeful the saved bottle would be so.
The next evening, that saved bottle still needed a good bit of air before showing lighter red flavors of classic Russian River Pinot Noir — earthy, darker red cherry, some lighter tart cherry, the same orange and earthy cola, supporting oak — still all very elegant and delineated. I’m still not sure how much substance there is to this wine, but if you like the lighter and elegant style of Pinot Noir, I suspect this could amply reward a couple more years of cellaring. So… a cautious Thumbs Up.