Passion Pinot Noir 2008, Williamson Wines, Russian River Valley, California, USA

Williamson Russian River Valley Passion Pinot Noir 2008

Appearance: Dark magenta core with a light ruby rim.

Nose: Muted nose on the first whiff. Crushed raspberries with some herbaceous characteristics but not unpleasant. Hints of dry liquorice roots was also detected.

Palate: To quote my dinner companion’s first response – “PLUMMY, plummy, plummy”. The rather high alcohol content (15.3% abv) was evident as the wine glided down my throat, leaving a trail of burning sensation. Good acidity here but tannins were still rather harsh around the edges.

Comments: I must say the Hartford Family’s Far Coast Pinot Noir outshone this bottle (in my opinion anyway). The wine seems to be out of balance right now and the aromas didn’t really open up very much. But there’s enough texture to offset the fruit bomb, which is to be expected anyway. Honestly, it’s still a little too young to drink.

Far Coast Vineyard Pinot Noir, Hartford Family, Sonoma Coast, California, USA.

Hartford Family Winery Far Coast Vineyard Pinot Noir 2006

Appearance: Crystal clear. Dark ruby core with a bright raspberry rim.

Nose: Spicy and peppery on the nose with an unmistakable fragrance of sandalwood, cinnamon and hawthorn that gave way to some fresh red cherries and cranberries.

Palate: Dark black cherries dominated the flavour profile on the first sip that warmed the throat for a somewhat medium (+) to long finish. Plenty of acidity with matching tannins that have started to appear rounder on the edges. The spiciness on the palate was quite pronounced. Interestingly, the savory side of this bottle surfaced after a little while, unmasking the high level of fruitiness on first pour.

Comments: This bottle reminded me of the initial response I got at the cellardoor last spring that prompted my buying a few bottles of their pinot noir: balanced and refined. I did open another bottle with some friends at the Imperial Treasure Peking Duck Restaurant (Paragon) a few months ago but somehow it didn’t taste quite the same then. I’m happy that I didn’t make the wrong decision đŸ™‚ I wish I could have bought a whole case and took them back to Singers!