Good color, dark and plummy, and there are strong spicy/herbal components to the nose. The wine has a tough streak of vegetal/earthy flavors, that border on canned green beans. Underneath some sweeter purple fruits can be discerned, a cross between blackberry and beet, but the rough, earthy tannins need a lot more time to soften up.
Rex Hill’s former winemaker Aron Hess has a hand in this pleasant Pinot. It’s fairly soft and shows some black cherry fruit along with barrel flavors of butterscotch and nougat. The wine fades away rather quickly.
Battle Creek has dropped its price significantly, but it still tastes like a fruity, everyday Pinot trying to compete in the big leagues. It’s got light flavors of black cherry candy, very tart acids and a little zip to the finish; if there are any new barrels involved, they are currently in hiding.