Saturday, April 25, 2015

Acacia Carneros Pinot Noir, 2004

Acacia's Carneros Pinot Noir sells for $20 to $30 when first released, but this 2004 was going begging at a recent auction (December, 2014). My guess was that few bidders were willing to take a risk on a 10-year-old Carneros Pinot from this producer, but I was willing to take the risk, if for no other reason than to see how well this wine ages.

The first bottle I had a month or so ago was not very good. The fruit had faded, and there were no exciting traits showing up to replace it. It must have been an off bottle. Or, more probably, I did not give it enough time to rest following shipping. This one is excellent.

Medium ruby, some bricking at rim./ Sweet and fragrant. Red berries, flowers, spice. Very pretty./Same on the palate. Silky Pinot texture. Flavors that fill the mouth--cherries, berries, spice. Savory as well as sweet.

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