Willamette Valley, Russian River Valley, Santa Barbara County, and the Santa Rita Hills—all different AVAs, some distinctly different. Pali Wine Company covers a lot of ground with their single vineyard Pinot Noirs, and I was able to put together a good chunk of the ’05 vintage for a great price. My thought was to open these bottles in fairly tight succession—over the course of a couple weeks—and really experience the regional differences, which I plan to discuss. I know you can’t wait.
Very easy midpalate—interesting change after the Brosseau Vineyard Pinot Noir, which had a heavier vegetal component and big bitter structure. There is no lack of bold fruit, velvety rather than bright after a few years in the bottle. Sits softly on the tongue like a pat of butter. Acid builds nicely on the back end, along with a cherry tartness. Cola and pomegranate flavors. Linear, large, and lengthy.
Well, it’s time to go enjoy a barbecue. It’s still a bit chilly out so we may have to enjoying watching the grill doing its smoky thing from inside, but I’ll take what I can get.
Enjoy your Sunday!