Monday, April 18, 2011

2007 Saintsbury "Cerise Vineyard" PINOT NOIR (Anderson Valley, Mendocino County, Cal.)

This Pinot Noir actually has a lot in common with some of the old school (70s era) Nebbiolo wines I've drunk from Barbaresco -- particularly in respect to its intense, piercing chokecherry fruit. If I were served this blind, I would have vacillated between the two varietals. It's very good.

Dark ruby color. The nose required a lot of air time to develop (that's even WITH pouring it through a Vinturi). It was only on the second night that it really showed, although even then it wasn't the most exuberant. Concentrated, almost resiny chokecherry extract, along with some maple syrup scents and warm gravelly notes. Intense, but almost restrained flavors -- you could almost taste the potential energy of this wine. Ripe chokecherry extract fruit, a toasty earthiness, and lots of minerality. Very long, powerful finish. This will improve in a cool cellar for a few years. A-. I bought this as part of a horizontal Saintsbury single vineyard set from awhile back for about $27/bottle.

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