I got a good buy on this Pinot Noir at auction presumably because other bidders were reluctant to take a chance on a 10-year-old California Pinot Noir. They were wrong, and I was right.
On my first small tasting pour, the color is a dusty, brick red--definitely showing its age. A full glass pour, though, has more of a deep garnet appearance. Very pretty smells: red berries with a haunting floral perfume. Smells rich. And it tastes even richer. A special velvety mouth feel that I find mostly in well aged Pinots. Deep cherry flavors that coat mid-palate and finish. Gingery spice with a cool, mint-like quality. Fully mature but very enjoyable.