The aromas on the nose are diverse and clear: raspberry jam, fresh picked strawberries, and red flowers are the dominant impressions.
The palate follows through on the nose and adds baking spices, forest floor, lambskin leather and mint. Both nose and palate show best after one hour. The mouthfeel is the highlight of this wine. It’s strikingly soft and rich, but does not have the added weight that usually accompanies richness. The finish is enduring, with a touch of sweet vanilla and pomegranate. Pleasant, round and easy to drink, the wine lacked some of the acidity we expected—but, on the other hand, did not succumb to the sourness that befalls many Pinots after several hours of oxygen exposure.
This is a soft, rich and complex Russian River Valley Pinot Noir.