Thursday, November 18, 2010

2007 Auteur Pinot Noir Manchester Ridge (USA, California, North Coast, Mendocino Ridge)

Popped and poured tonight at Houseki Asian Fusion in Hamilton, NJ, and consumed over the course of an hour and 45 minutes.

This was gorgeous from the get go, with an amazing red color in the glass. I decanted this in the glass for about 10 minutes, and as I swirled this in the glass, I could smell it a good 4 feet away.

Gorgeous cherry dominate the nose, with hints of strawberry, black cherry, and bramble berries on the nose. The nose is then rounded out by hints of spice and just a hint of oak. There is also just a bit of earth and vegetalness as well.

On the palate, this was gorgeous from the get go, and continued to evolve throughout our dinner. This stood up to tonights Asian cuisine, and the palate was dominated by cherry and jammy raspberry! Secondary nuances include some strawberry, and subtle hints of blueberry, with just a bit of earthiness. There is a bit of creaminess as well, and the palate is rounded out by just a bit of earth, with smooth tannins that are almost entirely integrated. In short, this is drinking well now, but could benefit for a 2-4 hour decant. Ideally, this needs another 2 years in the bottle to be perfect, and I am guessing this will evolve for another 5 years plus. Awesome wine and worthy of 92 points! Cheers!

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