2010 Frati Horn Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
Frati Horn Wines, Santa Rosa
I was fortunate to have received a bottle of this just last Wednesday and eager to share with some experienced pinotphiles this weekend, however that was not to be as both couples were scheduled off to a Cabo vacation on Thursday.
I really detest pulling corks on just arrived bottles, but duty called, so PnP, at around 65F, it was on a Wednesday evening before they departed.
Cloudy; but still a typical light cherry to garnet in color, this would appear to be a minimally filtered Pinot. Clearly this will need to be revisited after allowed to settle out for a few days.
Quite aromatic, dominated by fresh fruit, with some cherry cola as well; smells hot of alcohol. Lacking any hints of barnyard, forest or earth I associate with some Pinots.
First sip is shocking, this is very crisp to tart, and the alcohol is showing as well. Dry, no hint of RS and only minimal amounts of oak and tannin were present. Fairly only finish. This is an intriguing bottle that will need to be revisited.
A surprising wine. Powerful nose. Good acid. Strong cherry overtones. Very long finish. Excellent legs. Barely detectable tannin. Definitely not a typical Pinot Noir. Medium red color right in the middle of the Pinot Noir range. Should be excellent with steaks and tomato-based
Italian dishes. Too much up-front personality to be my selection for roasts or Prime rib.
Smooth, long finish. Good pairing with meat and spicy Italian. Rich red color. Good body. Lots of personality. This is not mainstream Pinot Noir, but is a greatly enjoyable wine. If you're buy buying this and expecting a typical Pinot, you're in for a surprise.
Just SWIMBO and me
This has now settled, capped with my ever present Ar, in the chiller now for a few days and was decanted into a 375 this morning, with the balance into two glasses, the latter capturing both chunky sediment and fine suspended particulate, with some tartrate crystals. The clear 375 and first glass are both very clear.
Beginning at 60F and warming to 68F, the nose is still of fresh fruits and tart cherry, with slightly diminished but still evident alcohol.
Entry is not so surprising this time, but really little changed from day one.
Paired with stir fried marinated pork, asparagus and other veggies over rice, this is a food wine, and would have easily stood up to a much more forceful meal. I later tried this with some hard Vella Jack, Creminelli wild boar and neutral crackers that were delightful.
This presents as a very young wine, and the tartness really does overpower the fruit and minimal wood/tannic structure. I would hope this would, with time, knit together, but lacking the tannins I'm just not sure. It clearly has the fruit and acid to go some distance.
Attempting to put this into perspective with other PN's I've had and enjoyed is difficult, it just doesn't fit. It lacks the finesse and elegance of Joy's Iron Horse Thomas Road, the complexity and old-world balance of a 2007 Mario Perelli-Minetti and isn't as immediately accessible as some of the Meeker's, or even the Buena Vista Ramal Vineyard. Both the Gazzi and Stonier are drink sooner bottles, and while this could be consumed now, hopefully it will integrate into something more than it currently is. It does however present as a quality, if rather unique, bottling.
Will revisit with the remaining 200ml tomorrow.