Friday, March 29, 2013

Updated Review: ***+ $$$ Bouchaine Rockin' H Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, CA, 2007

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Sonoma and Pinot Noir are a natural pairing.  Today we will be sampling a second pinot noir from the Bouchaine line, this one from Sonoma's Rockin' H Vineyard, versus the more widely-available Bouchaine bottling from Carneros region.  Bouchaine has also produced a highly-rated syrah from Rockin' H Vineyard.

Original tasting and review, January, 2012: This is Bouchaine Rockin' H Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, CA, 2007 , finished at 14.5% alcohol.  This limited bottling is designated as part of the "Bacchus Collection". 

In the glass: Dark magenta moving opaque from about an inch from the edge.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows deep full oaken fruit, with underlying earthy funk.  From the aroma, seems like this will be big and bold, California and fruity in its style.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact balanced and even slightly austere in style on the palate, showing bright, dry but deep raspberry.  Clean acids bring the dark bright fruit up your cheeks, nearly to your eye-sockets, tucking it there for a lengthy finish that slowly drips sparkles of blackberry down your cheeks.

In summary: Overall, serious and balanced experience rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

Following long decant, full day kept cool in partially filled bottle: Nice additional aromatics lifting into the nose.  Similar elements of oaked plum make it into the palate as well, enlivening the structured base

Updated review, over a year later, March, 2013:  Completely consistent color and aromas.  The palate, interestingly enough, has grown sweeter and fleshier with time, with sweeter red raspberry sharing the stage with some dark spices.  Clean, fresh, lightly acid-tinged finish, but with a richness throughout.  The three stars get a plus for balance and power.

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