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.

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