2000 Old World Winery Pinot Noir Windsor Gardens Vineyard
Russian River, Sonoma, California
WB Rating: 92

Alcohol by volume: 15.4%
Price at time of purchase: $34.00 (from winery)
Type: Pinot Noir / Burgundy
Principal varietal(s): Pinot Noir

In some ways, a Pinot Noir like this one is hard to rate. For lovers of potent Zins such as ourselves, it's a Pinot made in heaven. Lovers of elegant, restrained Pinot Noirs (actually, we like those too...) will probably find this over the top. This well-balanced Pinot Noir is powerful, like a dry late harvest wine, but is in no sense clumsy and, to our taste, exhibits no unpleasant hotness despite the alcohol level. Wonderful ripeness and length largely submerge the alcohol. In our recent tasting, the nose was a bit muted when the bottle was first opened, but it blossomed into a multi-dimensional mix of ripe, buttery black cherry and strawberry fruit as well as ever-changing nuances of dark fruits, spice, herbs, and white chocolate. This wine fills all the palate seams from start to long finish. It was enthusiastically rated by all the tasters (Zin lovers all), and if this young wine cracks open a bit more the current score may even be stingy. - WB Team 2002-07-02


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