Sonoma Coast, CA; 14.2% ABV
$6 at the Berkeley, CA, store on 1 June
Initially, this seemed quite promising except for a somewhat tart and bitter metallic finish. Fortunately, this unpleasant finish mostly aired out after about two hours in a decanter, when I thought it was fully aired. Then, it showed tangy black cherry / almost kirsch, some Pinot funk, and smaller amounts of darker red cherry, cola, and orange. The unpleasant finish was almost entirely gone. While I’m not as excited about this vintage as I was about the 2009, I still think it’s very good value in Pinot Noir. Let’s hope it doesn’t have the 2009’s bottle variation issues.
The saved single-glass screwcap bottle of this wine was richer and redder, more strawberry / red cherry / ripe red raspberry than black cherry. Still very good.