Sorry I didn't get these posted earlier, I actually fell asleep by midnight last night, YEAH and had to rush this morning to a couple of meetings.
Anyway, some tasting notes for the:
One Hope 2011 North Coast Pinot Noir Reserve
The wine gods have been good to me lately. Some hardcore CdP gifts from friends, a couple of Brunello's I was able to pick up at huge discount and a couple of surprise arrivals from gods that prefer anonymity to bible thumping;)
I was a little worried this PN wouldn't hold up to my Saturday Sushi plans, so I held off and made a little afternoon cheese, cracker, PN, & The Dream is Now viewing party for one. Needless to say, some salty tears were shed as well, it's really time we stop destroying lives and families, not to mention our country and economy, by deporting thousands upon thousands of people that contribute so positively to our country.
Anyway, I pop the cork and am hit with a funk I've never experienced before from a bottle of wine. I can only describe it as my ex-girlfriends weeks old gym socks she kept stuffed in her gym bag and would forget about. This was not a good start. My 'one hope' at this point was that I wouldn't have to drink it. Despite my allergies, I hold my nose and pour a glass. The wine is a ruby red, I'd like to say dark, but more of a medium, with minimal legs. The good news is I can breath again and somehow the gym socks have been washed in cherry tide. The change is so fast, I was truly astonished. As little afraid to taste it, I go for it and find a light wine with a slight touch of jamminess, high acidity, some tannins and a bunch of flavors and some new aromas I can't really place.
I decide to let the wine sit while I get some other things done. About 30 minutes later it's time to turn the TV one, drink some more, and nosh. The wine has opened up a bit. The aromas are more clearly definable now as cherry, vanilla, and spice. The flavors are red raspberry (the jamminess,) vanilla, and I'm still finding the acidity quite high. The wine is still pretty thin from start to finish and doesn't last very long. Get's over powered by even the weakest of cheeses like brie. If my novice tongue had to guess, I'd say the tannin structure is such that in 2 to 5 years this will become a bit more complex and start to show a nicer profile. I'd guess this is a $13-$15 per bottle shipped wine.
Right now it's drinking well enough as a stand alone. After a couple of years in the cellar it's would probably be good with some light foods such as fish or simply spiced meats. I disagree with the food recommendation on the bottle, but that's just IMHO.
[EDIT: PS: A portion of what they take in does go to non-profit organizations, so that's always a huge plus when dealing with a business.]
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