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Note:  My buddy ordered this wine for us to split a case.  I did not really know what I was getting, but it retailed at $25 per (we paid about half that).

Totally New World in profile, it screamed Sonoma.  Cherries, more cherries and some red rhubarb.  Very defining acidity and a noticeable tannic structure make this a serious wine.  It is rather heavy for a Pinot Noir and strays from the traditional flavors with some additional notes of red currants and perhaps some oaky smoke.  Riding a hefty 14.8 %, I think extraction was foremost on the winemaker’s mind.  It works out though and I am digging this wine.  Question is, what would I drink it with?  Salmon with lemon butter, that’s what.  I think it has a certain flavor that would complement the fish and the acidity/tannins would cut nicely into the fatty component.  Steak is not ideal for this hefty wine, it lacks tannic punch.  I figure it is worthy of 89 points, and for the price- 4 stars.  Cellaring for another 5 years would be fine, but it is providing pleasure right now.  Salut….