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This village level Pinot Noir is 5 years old at this stage with a ruby color that is see-through (pale).  On the nose I get a heady dose of strawberry, red cherry, spice box, red currant and pomegranate.  There is a woodsy, earthy note that I am digging to go along with a hint of oak.  On the palate it is quite tart with red fruit and spice.  The tannins are very lithe and the acidity is quite overpowering.  The fruit is somewhat subdued by it.  The intensity of the flavors are less than ideal and the wine feels a bit out of balance.  It is light bodied at best.  I am pairing it with that traditional French dish of white beans, Duck Confit and white saucisson.  I was hoping for a bit more fruit, less structure and certainly more balance.  This wine gets 87 points from me, at $17 it’s a 2 star effort.  Drink now.  Salut….