A decent effort from a difficult vintage in Marlborough, combining slightly fungal notes of sous-bois with oaky notes of vanilla and cedar, then adding in hints of tomato on the palate. Given the presence of so much decay and earthiness, drink this over the near term.
Light ruby in color, this wine doesn’t appear to be terribly rich or concentrated. But it’s a charming, soft little Pinot, intended to caress the palate rather than stun it. Sous bois and cherries are framed by barrel-derived notes of caramel, cedar and vanilla. Ends slightly woody, but should smooth out in another few months.