J likes this a lot can taste the dryness — 24 days ago
A dense dark ruby color in the glass. Evidence of bricking with a bit of rust on the edges. The nose is still fresh and kicking with spice and potpourri up front. Customary earthy notes with a little overgrown underbrush and funk. Over time, the fruit begins to shine through with plenty of blackberries and blueberry cobbler. Cherry compote and just the faintest whiff of citrus fruit.
Distinctively Californian, this definitely reminds you of how nice Pinot Noir can be from there. Single vineyard Pinot from the aptly named Dierberg Vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley. Even at fourteen years there’s still plenty of liveliness and energy. At 14.1 the alcohol isn’t too hot and has receded over the years. Rich and full but never heavy or overbearing. Smooth in the mouth with more earthy notes and warm spice. The fruit is a bit more generous on the palate than you may expect with more red and blue fruits all in proportion. The finish is long and juicy. A pretty stellar Pinot but now is the time to drink up if you’ve got any. — 6 months ago
Big grape nose! Awesome mouthful. — 7 years ago
Good, not memorable — 6 months ago