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Author: Allen Meadows
(Mt. Harlan, 2,318 cases, SRP $40, 14.1%) A more deeply pitched nose of red and dark berry pinot fruit, blue berry and black raspberry introduces delicious, fresh and lively flavors that are supple and round yet also possess a sophisticated mouth feel. There is plenty of mouth coating dry extract that buffers the firm tannic spine on the balanced finish that offers excellent depth and length. This is really very good.
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International Wine Cellar
Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 165
Deep red. An exotically perfumed bouquet evokes candied red fruits, incense and rose oil. Spicy, penetrating and gently sweet, offering spicy raspberry and cherry flavors that gain flesh and weight with air. Fine-grained tannins add grip to the finish, which leaves allspice and anise notes behind. Give this energetic wine some air or a few more years of bottle age.
Author: Robert Parker
The 2009 Pinot Noir Ryan Vineyard shows off layers of sweet tobacco, crushed flowers, leather, spices and dried cherries. The 100% whole clusters come through on the saline, floral-infused finish. Bottle age should help the stems to integrate and the tannins to soften. Ryan is CaleraâÂ?Â?s highest altitude site. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.
Trust Rating: 84
Tasted On: 12/01/2012
Very tannic. Needs time. Wonderful nose: red fruit, toast, baking spice, and earthy tones. Red color. Velvety texture, medium body yet with density of flavor. This could be phenomenal in 5+ years when some of the tannins resolve. Score could really shift up or down depending on how tannins play out.
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Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 09/15/2012
Drink Dates: 2012-2016
This is another of my epiphany wines. The winemaker (Josh Jensen) strives to make Pinot Noir with as little intervention as possible. Basically, he takes what Mother Nature gives him - warts and all - and trusts her to deliver the goods. This one did, in spades.
Mon dieu, this was magnificent. In wine terms, Pinot Noir can be considered a blank slate. Like its close relative, Chardonnay, it can be manipulated to be whatever the winemaker wants it to be. This one was rich, deep, funky, complex and magnificent, and not because the winemaker made it so, but because he stayed out of Mother Nature's way and just let it be. As the evening progressed, there was wave upon wave of flavors and aromas ranging from black cherries, cotton candy, earth, honeysuckle and tobacco framed by ample acidity (great for pairing with food) and completely integrated tannins.
I was introduced to this producer's wines through Brian Loring, a Pinot Noir specialist who makes his wines in a more modern style. He said Josh takes a "non-interventionist" approach, and by golly, he was right.
Tonight I learned that great wine - like great art - is not always about what the winemaker does. Sometimes it's about what he DOESN'T do.
Drink now with a 60-minute decant, or wait until 2014.
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