I opened a bottle of 2010 Hangtime Arroyo Seco Pinot Noir to review tonight.
Pop'n'Pour(PnP) at 68˚F:
Magenta color. A pleasantly sweet nose of blackberry, cherry, something floral (violet?), slight oak, cocoa and a touch of earth. Nice acidity on the attack but lacking dimension in the mid-palate with blackberry and oak. The wine has a decent finish with cherry, vanilla and something slightly bitter(juniper berry?). Lots of fine tannin!
The nose has intensified quite a bit, with cherry coming to the forward and the addition of cardamon. Mid-palate has a little plum poking through. No significant change on the finish.
There is a sweet oak character that is coming through and really balancing out the nose with fruit and spice.
Mid-palate is much bigger than PnP; still blackberry, plum and oak. Tannin hasn't died down a bit.
Nose is still full of fruit, sweet oak and spice. Mid-palate is bigger and finish is more intense. This wine definitely benefited from some air time! Tannin is finally starting to let up a tad, but just a tad.
This is a medium/full bodied pinot that would go great with food; the acidity would easily cut through fatty foods. It's not the most complex wine but has a great nose that you can enjoy for hours! With the low alc., tannin and pH levels, I'd say this wine could easily age another 5-7 years.