International Wine Cellar
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 126
($50) Medium red. Lower-toned aromas of strawberry, underbrush and earth. Sweet but dry; big, broad and very ripe, but showing less lift-and more earthy low tones-than the Moonshine Ranch bottling. A bit subdued for this cuvee at this early stage, with red fruit and earth flavors dominating. Finishes with fairly substantial tannins.
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Author: Robert Parker
The 2004 Pinot Noir Bondi Home Ranch Water Trough Vineyard reveals aromas and flavors of pomegranate, berries, and spicy, meaty characteristics. The wine is more monolithic than the other cuvees, but medium to full-bodied, and ideal for drinking over the next 5-6 years. This wine had just been bottled when I tasted it, so I suspect my ratings might be somewhat conservative. Before readers inundate the office with questions, the Martinellis were not happy with the Syrah vineyards in 2004 and did not make any wines.
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 11/09/2011
Lacking depth, character and overall body.
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 08/31/2009
Drink Dates: 2008-2010
Not quite as rich as a recently opened 2006, but still a well-made Pinot. Full flavored, with light body and mouth-feel. Satisfying fruit and spice.
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 07/11/2008
Drink Dates: 2007-2010
good; lots of berry flavors; not too complex, but still delightful
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 05/11/2007
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