Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, CA; 14.1% ABV
$6 at the Richmond, CA, store on 8 Jan
Of the three Windsor Oaks reds that arrived recently, this Pinot was the one about which I was most intensely curious. However, I wound up being a bit disappointed.
On the first night, I thought the wine showed nice Russian River Pinot fruit of lighter red cherry, orange, and lighter earth / wood, in a delicate body / presentation. Unfortunately, it also had a strong aspirin / cheap candy aspect that never went away. However, I couldn’t tell when it had fully aired, so I suspected it might need more age, and hoped the saved, single-glass, screwcap bottle would be better.
Said saved bottle, although showing fruit that was darker red cherry with a little black cherry, still had the aspirin / artificial flavor aspect I disliked on the first night. So, although I really expected and wanted to like this, I couldn’t really get into it.