You have to wonder if the winemaker, who sold to Allied-Domecq in 2004, decided to make his Pinots fruitier to appeal to changing consumers tastes. Maybe it was the very hot vintage. In any case, this is more in keeping with California’s superripe Pinots than Farrell’s formerly tight, acidic ones, with excellent results. It’s deliciously drinkable, although perhaps…
Tastes fruity and tart in Lifesaver orange, lemon and apricot flavors, enriched with oak and brightened with beautifully crisp acidity. Feels strong and flattering now. Let it breathe in the glass.
Made in a leaner style without the hedonistic fruit now in favor, but no less elegant or ageworthy for its herbal, tea and tobacco flavors. This wine is high in acids and fairly tannic. It is so well constructed that it would be a shame to drink it now. Best left alone until 2007.