The forest fires that threatened northern California in 2008 are now threatening the longevity of this Londer Pinot Noir. The smokiness that permeated the grape skins in that vintage have been apparent from the beginning but they seem increasingly more prominent as the wine ages. That was what the winemaker suspected when he sold off the vintage at a steep discount.
Smoke is about all I can smell tonight, but I get delicate Pinot fruit on the palate. Cranberries, pie spices and a hint of pepper. And, of course, some smoke on the finish. I still have a few more bottles I need to drink soon.