By way of background, opening thoughts: This Pinot noir hails from the upper Carneros region of Napa, known for its cooler climate than much of Napa - thus, its growing reputation with Pinot noir.
Original tasting and review, June, 2012: This is Truchard Pinot Noir, Carneros, Napa Valley, California, 2006, finished at 14.1% alcohol.
In the glass: Color is medium ruby with brick highlights.
On the nose: Poured cool and swirled vigorously, shows deep, husky, spicy and somewhat funky (pleasant) aromas. Suggests a combination of brightness, flavor and depth.
In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.
Updated review, a year and a half later, now eight years from vintage date, December, 2014: light brick in color, with a tangy bright vegetable deep fruit on the nose - slight hints of oxidized broccoli. Palate is less funky, brings amble sweetness and spices to make for a unique, refreshing experience.
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