An ambitious first release. Shows authentically dry, crisp Russian River ripeness, with a vast array of black cherries, raspberries, Dr. Pepper cola and Asian spices, enriched with plenty of new French oak, and balanced with crisp acidity and ultra-refined tannins. Feels silky and impressive in the mouth. Very fine now, and should hold in the bottle through 2012…
This is a very rich, ripe, flamboyant Pinot, made in the lush California style. It’s flashy in complex tiers of raspberries, cherries, red currants, licorice, cocoa and cinnamon spice, yet is silky and dry. The fruit comes from Sonoma Coast, Green Valley and the Middle Reach. An impressive followup to the inaugural ’07, and a bottling to watch.
Shares the richness of EnRoute’s previous bottlings, with jammy flavors of raspberries and cherries, elaborated by classy oak. Yet it finishes a little too sweet and soft, lacking the essential balance to earn a higher score.
Very good and delicious, if not quite up there with the warmer vintages of 2007 and 2008. The winemaker has done a yeoman’s job with this wine—considering the difficult vintage—coaxing out pleasant raspberry- and cherry-jam flavors.The finish is dry and spicy. Drink now.