Pale to medium ruby colored showing some extraction and high viscosity (14.5% ABV). The nose has aromas of candied black cherry, ripe pomegranate, red plum paste, baking spices, red licorice and spring flower blossom. The palate is dry with medium (-) tannins and medium (+) acidity. The wine is medium to full bodied and carries through with the ripe, red fruit and oak nuance. I get a touch of charred oak on the back end as the wine finishes with medium length. I’ll be honest, it’s not my style of Pinot Noir- too heavy, too worked, too ripe- but it will appeal to many. From a technical standpoint it gets 90 points from me. At $19 a pop it gets 5 stars. I’m pairing my bottle with Roast Duck and grilled Brussel Sprouts. Drink till 2026. Salut….
Ondine Chattan Pinot Noir 2021, Russian River Valley, California
10 Wednesday May 2023