Johan Vineyards Reserve Pinot Noir (2)

by wootbot

Boom Boom Low

Zero-Eight versus Aught-Nine: let's get mini-vertical, y'all!

So similar, yet so different. 2008 and 2009 were sharply opposed in the way only close siblings could be. One had the Olympics, the other had the World Baseball Classic. One had 366 days, the other 365. They were even presided over by different presidents (but we're not touching that one). 2008's top song was the computerized club banger "Low" by Flo Rida, while 2009's was... the computerized club banger "Boom Boom Pow" by the Black-Eyed Peas. OK, the two years weren't entirely different.

In the Willamette Valley Pinor Noir fields of Johan Vineyards, '08 was a pretty typical year while '09 was a fry-your-eggs-on-the-sidewalk scorcher. And you can taste the difference in years in these two bottles. The Aught-Eight is dark and brooding; the Zero-Nine is full and ripe and slightly lower in alcohol. Both are fine examples of the classic Pinot Style, and both are available here at a price you haven't paid for wine this good since well before the Black-Eyed Peas hit it big.