Thursday, December 24, 2015

Eric Ross Saralee's Vineyard Russian River Pinot Noir, 2001

Another top-end Russian River Pinot Noir, this one at full maturity and, as a result, significantly more complex and enjoyable than the Trader Joe's Reserve (below).

Deep ruby with mature garnet/brown tones. The smells and flavors of this wine are incredibly vibrant and youthful. Bright red cherries, cranberries, red plums and a slight touch of ginger. Russian River Pinot +++. The texture has probably gained the most from the 14 years in the bottle. Fine, fine silk. A slight bit of sweetness on the finish. Special wine.

Not a bargain wine at release price, but I got the wine at auction for a price about the same as the Trader Joe's bargain.

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