Very fine and complex. This deeply flavored Pinot Noir is powerful, but it’s also elegantly silky, which is the magic combination. Shows perfectly ripe cherry and raspberry fruit, with gorgeous overtones of oak and spices. Beautiful now, and will age well through 2014 or so.
Provides that extra edge of meaty complexity you find in the better Pinots of this appellation. That’s on top of the blackberry, coffee, rhubarb, herb and cola flavors. Very dry, and marked by rich, sweet tannins and crisp acids, this wine will hold for several years.
Very ripe and lush, this Pinot shows deep flavors of cherries, raspberries, licorice, vanilla fudge, mint, cinnamon, nutmeg and sandalwood. It’s at its silky, exotic best now and for a few more years.
Tasted beside Stemmler’s estate Pinot, this one’s richer and more concentrated, but very similar, even though it’s from a different appellation, suggesting a consistent winemaker approach. It’s medium-bodied and silky, with ripe rhubarb, cola and cherry-pie flavors finished with oak and vanilla. Drink this elegant and complex wine now.
Stemmler’s record is spotty with this bottling. This ’05 is a little too ripe, soft and heavy, but the chocolate-inspired red currant, cola and licorice flavors are lip-smackingly good.