Monday, September 14, 2015

Bouchaine Estate Vineyards Carneros Pinot Noir, 2004

My favorite appellations for California Pinot Noir are the Anderson Valley, Russian River and Sonoma Coast. After tasting this wine and a couple of others, I'm ready to add Carneros to the list.

Beautiful medium deep ruby. Very complex, intriguing perfume. Flowers, fruits, peppery spice. Probably some French oak influence but it has integrated nicely. The flavors are equally fantastic: rich, ripe cherry fruit but with great balancing acidity. Deeper and more complex with every sip. Delicate, silky texture of an aged Pinot Noir but with an undertone of ripe cherries on the mid-palate and finish. Excellent right now but probably with some room for growth.

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