Hey, I got one of these bottles as a gift from a friend. Want to hear about it? Of course you do .
2010 Las Brisas Vineyard Pinot Noir
On Pnp this is very closed. No real heat on the nose. Lots of earth. This wine is very terroir driven. I'd bet money this is an alluvium soil with a decent O horizon. You can smell it and taste it. First taste, muted cherries, long lingering mushrooms and funk. I know Pinot lovers really dig the mushroom funk, but it isn't my favorite. To paraphrase George Carlin, I find when I really want mushroom flavor, when it's really mushroom flavor that I'm after, mushrooms are a pretty good source of mushroom flavor. I love mushrooms by the way, just not so much as a forward flavor in my wine. Let's give this half an hour of glass time.
Half hour later, funk has blown off for the most part, still very muted overall. Will let second glass sit for an hour. My initial impressions are that this is a well, crafted wine, excellent balance, but it just isn't ready yet. Another year, a vinturi or more time in glass may make all the difference.
Second glass, let it sit an hour. Kind of waking up now, cherries on nose and tongue, finishes up with that slight earthy Pinot thing that does little for me. Over the next hour, nothing really changes. Overall, i think this wine tastes like potential. Recork and revisit this tomorrow.
Overnight storage conditions: recork 1/2 bottle,set on counter in cool kitchen. 68 degrees.
Next day, 15 hours later. Bright cherries on the nose, little to no funk. Cherries on the palate. You'd almost think this was a good Sangiovese that didn't have any tannin. I forgot to mention this earlier, there is no tannin noticeable. Incredibly smooth, well balanced, no heat. Now that this is opened up I find it very pleasing. Probably more of food friendly wine, but I didn't have anything to pair it with.
Summation: a very pleasant wine that just isn't quite ready yet. Either needs another year in the bottle, a vinturi, or a proper decant. You need to plan ahead on this one, decant, cook a meal around it and I think you'd be quite happy. Lives up to the potential I thought it had on day one. I'd happily pay around $45 retail on this.
"The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it."
– George Bernard Shaw, author (1856-1950)