Ripe, full-bodied black cherry fruit shines here, with good tannin support. The wine is rich across the palate, with clean, focused, lingering flavors that really extend into a terrifically long finish.
This seductive single-vineyard offering from Erath strikes a perfect flavor chord, with tangy, juicy raspberry underscored with gun metal and graphite. Sleek and polished, it is a sculpted, elegant wine that demonstrates that moderate alcohol (13%) does not necessarily mean wimpy flavor. Oh, and the color is a gorgeous, transparent ruby; the look and the scent…
All elements work together in harmony in this lithe, racy wine. It opens with an inviting nose of tart fruit accented by plenty of spice and smoke. The mouth offers fleshy plum and cherry flavors, earth and leather notes, and a bright, even feel. Closes long and dry, with taut, zingy fruit and tangy charred oak notes. Drink now–2006.
Yet another Pinot designate from Erath (how many do they have?!) mixing broad, ripe fruit with some chocolaty oak. The value add here is some of the herbal Oregon spice, which adds highlights missing from some of the other bottlings. Still, it’s broad, friendly and a bit short on the follow-through.
Cranberry fruit, with pungent clove accents, sets up this spicy, assertive Pinot Noir. What appear to be strong barrel flavors include vanilla and caramel along with coffee and clove. The fruit is tart and smooth, but the barrel flavors are not yet entirely integrated.
Even in a less-than-ripe vintage such as this, the Leland stands out in the Erath lineup. Tight and herbal, this has an array of Pinot-specific fruits that are of medium concentration. Its balanced use of barrel aging brings a chocolate flavor to the finish.
Erath’s Leland Pinot Noir is among the lightest of the 2007 designates, a clear and pale wine with an elegance that is almost rosé-like. Soft scents of crushed roses and hints of mocha lead into a mouthful of nougat wafer and almond paste flavors, wrapped around sweet cherry fruit.