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ANCIEN PINOT NOIR “JOUISSANCE” RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY SONOMA COUNTY 2016
NVWE Notes: Gushing with fruit and spice, the nose of this gorgeous Pinot is a push of black cherry, pomegranate, red apple skin, whortleberry, crabapple syrup, dry dark rose, dried orange peel, sumac berry, pink peppercorn, nutmeg, baking spice and hazelnut nougat scents. Some tannin and even more zest are evident on the palate, where piquant notes of cherry pit and hazelnut husk tighten the mouth-feel. The finish is gutsy and lingering, with notes of cherry pit, orange peel tea and mulling spice added in at the end. Flashy and delicious from start to finish, it should get ever better over the next four years. 173 cases produced.
This is a full-bodied style of wine, reduced slightly and youthfully tight, with a smooth velvety texture of integrated tannin and bold background oak. Dark cherry, cola and baking spice combine for a lovely experience of lushness on the palate. Virginie Boone 9/1/2019.