Sunday, February 20, 2011

*** $$ Deloach Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, CA, 2007 - Wine Review and Rating

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By way of background: Deloach Pinot Noir from Russian River Valley is aged in 60-gallon French oak barrels, finished at 14.5% alcohol for the 2007 vintage.

Original Review, January, 2010:

In the glass: This Deloach Pinot Noir shows as medium dusty red in the glass.

On the nose: Poured cool without a decant and swirled vigorously, the wine displays bold, dark berry aromas with tangy cranberry elements.

On the palate: The first element on the palate is a balanced mid-mouth, red-berry structure, slowly pouring fruit and acids into your cheeks and roof of your mouth.  The taste elements are primarily from the dry red berry cluster. 

And the finish: Tangy, strawberry, almost citrus elements remain for a few seconds after the sip.

In summary: Overall, pleasant, bright experience overall, though not sufficiently layered nor memorable for me to track it down again.  Two stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Will revisit in a couple of years, however, to see if it gains in complexity.

Wine & Spirits liked this much better, awarding 92 points to Deloach Pinot Noir, saying, "The simplest of the pinot noirs from Greg LaFollette's team at De Loach is also the most accessible, with little oak to intensify it. The wine is already dark enough, with tart wild berry flavors and the umani richness of black trumpet mushrooms. It's broad, bold and supple. For beef Wellington by mushroom dux-delle."

Following three-day decant by vacuum in partially-opened bottle:  The aroma retains its cranberry tone, fewer dark notes.  On the palate, the fruit are opening a bit, rounder, lusher, now with a piquant tone.  Consistent finish.  Adding a plus to the two-star rating for its promise with a bit more age, now confirmed with the decant.

Updated Review, over a year later, February, 2011:   Color is consistent.  The nose shows a touch more sweet candied cranberry than before.  On the palate, dry, lightly oxidized strawberries come to the foreground.  Balanced with powerful acids and light tannins.  Really craves food.  With food:  trying the Deloach Pinot Noir with a pesto-crusted roasted chicken, the acids mellow substantially, allowing balanced fruit flavors to mingle with pepper and light smoke.  Three stars now.

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