For some strange inexplicable reason, I just happen to have a bottle of this wine to taste. I just opened it.
The wine is limpid and has very nice color for a 12-odd year old Pinot - reddish (no purple) with just a hint of bricking around the edge (when held over a white card).
The nose, before any tasting and right after opening is interesting: definitely redolent of bottle age, hints of leather, tobacco, indifferentiable spice, some strawberry hints, something floral.
I will taste within a half an hour or so and report.
OK - the aromas have intensified a bit, but remain essentially the same.
The entry is definitely characterized by mature flavors, light-to-medium body. Some fruit remains, but it's behind the earthier, spicier flavors.
In the middle palate, the balance is very nice. firm acid with good, smoothing tannin to support the flavor profile.
The finish lingers, but subtly rather than overwhelmingly.
This is a lovely wine for current drinking, and a very nice example of an older Oregon Pinot. What's it's not, however, is Burgundian. Many people consider Oregon Pinot to be typically more Burgundian than California and more complex.
This is a fairly complex wine, at what I think is probably close to its full maturity. While it will hold for a while and doesn't have to be drunk promptly, I think it will show best over the next year or two. I'm not blown away; I'm not overwhelmed; I am quite charmed.
I'll pick some up and, if you like Pinot, so will you.