Thursday, February 2, 2012

Updated Review: **** $$ Davenport Preston Ranch Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, CA, 2006 - BEST VALUE

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By way of background: Davenport Preston Ranch Pinot Noir is from Russian River Valley, Sonoma, CA, and is a relatively small production lot of pinot noir (450 cases), acquired as part of an American Cellars Wine Club arrangement from Vinesse. The 2006 vintage is finished at 13.8% alcohol, and is a combination of pinot noir clones 777 for aromatics and 115 for body.

Original Tasting and Review, March, 2010:

In the glass: Davenport Preston Ranch Pinot Noir shows as medium red in the glass.

On the nose: Poured cool, without decant, and swirled vigorously, this pinot noir shows a deep but light, and seriously earthy, set of aromas.  Quite beckoning.

On the palate: The first element on the palate is an autumn leaf element in the mid palate, flushed out gently with a solid mix of red and black fruit.

And the wrap-up: The finish is built of modest acids and a light, lingering sweetness.

In summary: Overall, a pleasant, mid-weight and aromatic, mostly new-world, experience. Rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for being so ethereally light on its feet.
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Updated review, almost two years later,  January, 2012:  Remains medium red in the glass with no noticeable brick colors.  Fresh, almost fresh laundry-like, bright red fruit on the nose.  Palate now is rich and layered, with a bit of an old world touch of dried leaves.  Compelling and lasting.  Touches four stars now at six years from vintage date.  Becomes a "best value" selection. Following long decant, full day kept cool in partially filled bottle: Clean, bright red fruit on the nose, with a hint of hard candy.  Palate has held solidly together.

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