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….