Russian River Valley, CA; 14.4% ABV
$7 at the Berkeley, CA, store on 24 Feb
This is the Russian Hill Pinot Noir that seems to have been most appreciated by most commenters here. However, my bottle didn’t impress me very much.
Consumed over two nights, it showed characteristic Pinot flavors of darker red cherry, some black cherry / plum, orange, and Pinot funk / earth. However, it struck me as not very elegant and balanced, with a somewhat rough finish, and not as substantial as either the 2006 Tara Vineyard or the 2006 Leras Vineyard. I found neither the Tara nor the Leras exceptionally thrilling and this wine, for me, was only Drinkable.