Sonoma Coast, CA; 14% ABV
$7 at the Richmond, CA, store on 27 March
The first sip of this wine made it seem like it could be quite good with more air. As it aired, it continued to ripen and darken until, after about 3:15 of air when it seemed fully open, it more resembled Syrah than it did Pinot Noir. It showed ripe, fairly heavy, dark purple cherries and plums, roast beef, and black pepper / earth. I found this quite surprising for a Sonoma Coast Pinot in a cool year. There was, at times, a significant component of what I have been calling (perhaps inaccurately) “American Oak,” a sort of unpleasant red candy / funky wood. However, it’s not dominant, especially as the wine aired more.
As often happens, the last few sips of this wine in the glass seemed to expand into something much more expressive. In this case, more usual Pinot flavors surfaced, substantial and nicely complex, that I didn’t get a chance to really delve into. In any event, it’s a very interesting Pinot and I’m hoping to get a more complete impression from the saved single-glass bottle of it.
The next day, this saved glass started out tasting much as the original bottle had. However, this time, it never entered a Syrah-like phase. Instead, after a couple hours, it came fairly close to being a fairly rich, complex and elegant young Pinot. Thereafter, it seemed to become rougher and more simple again. So… I don’t really have a conclusion about this wine. It seems likely it would reward either 4 hours of air or a number more years of age, but I’m not sure. Please report the results of any investigations you may conduct. 🙂
Vin du Pays reviewed the 2009 bottling of this wine here.