Friday, December 30, 2011

Updated Review: **+ $$ Sockeye Pinot Noir, Central Valley, Chile, 2008

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By way of background: Sockeye Pinot Noir from Central Valley, Chile, is a Barclay's Wine selection.  The 2008 vintage is finished at 13.5% alcohol.

Original Tasting and Review: February, 2010:

In the glass: Sockeye Pinot Noir shows as light red in the glass.

On the nose: Poured with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, this pinot noir shows a rich, oaked, raspberry aroma, with significant bright notes.

On the palate: The first element on the palate is a smooth, even mid palate, slightly sweet and lightly fruity.  Primary red cherry comes through, wrapped in rugged acids.  The acids want some food or time to settle them down.

And the finish: As you might imagine, sits mostly tucked in your cheeks, letting red fruit elements poke through.

In summary: Overall, bright but not distinctive experience. Rates two stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

Following a two-day decant under vacuum in a partially-filled bottle: The aroma is consistent; the acids have settled, but not much of interest has taken their place, unfortunately.

Updated review, almost two years later,  December, 2011:  Still light red in the glass with a bright raspberry aroma, with hints of strawberry too.  The acids on the palate have settled out.  Flavor elements are pale light cherry.  I wouldn't find my way back to the offering, but it does garner a plus on its two stars for pleasantness.  

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