Describing a wine that's "very ripe" then using the words "green and vegetative" on the same wine contradicts... This wine is probably the first Pinot noir harvested in the Russian River each season. If one is only used to drinking mainstream Pinot, then they would not understand this style. It's not for everyone but its my kinda Pinot. Those who like Burgundian Pinot will like this one. It's one if my personal fav's.
ostid="5398886"user="loveladyelectric"]This was left under my pillow shortly after a wisdom tooth extraction. Thank you Dwayne Johnson.
I opened this bottle and immediately poured it through my Vinturi into a decanter. First thing I noticed were tiny, effervescent bubbles all along the rim. I waited for these to go away before I tried it, which took about five minutes.
The color was a cherry red, with hints of purple, and was completely diaphanous. This translucence was on par with any rose I've ever had- I could see my fingerprints on the other side of the glass through the widest point in the glass. At this point I'm pretty confused, but intrigued.
The nose was dominated by very ripe fruit and ripe, green vegetation. Strawberry stood out the most, with hints of cherry and kiwi. A hint of vegetation that seemed most like raw, ripe brussel sprouts and asparagus. The nose had a hint of spice and smokiness on the end that came out after half an hour, but completely vanished after 2 hours.
Taste was exactly like the smell. Lighter red fruit, mostly strawberry, with a very green, vegetation note. Wine was very light, with good acid and a nice lingering after taste that might have been the only thing to convince me it wasn't a rose. After 2 hours the strawberry had faded and a stronger taste of cherry came out with a small amount of spice. I usually associate the cherry, spice, and acid combination to be the "cola" taste I get in a lot of CA pinot noirs, but this one never got nearly sweet or fruit-forward enough to fall in that category. I will also note that the wine was very easy to drink, but didn't offer anything as far as complexity goes. The spice notes were very faint, and there were seemingly no tannins.
I poured it back in the bottle, put the cork in, and opened it two days later. Nothing much had changed in the way of flavor, but after about 30 minutes in the glass the wine completely fell apart.
My final thoughts are that this wine was far too ripe for my taste. If you like very light pinot noirs, this may be worth a try. I drink a lot if pinot noir and this is by far the lightest red wine I've ever seen. The 2011 vintage was very cold all year, so most people harvested much, much later than normal. From what I've read, Harvest Moon likes to harvest slightly before the sugar saturation gets too high. These two things could have (this is conjecture) lead to the wine being picked too early. Obviously this is subjective and I haven't tried any of their other vintages to compare. Perhaps I'm missing out on a whole world of very light pinot noirs.[/quote]