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2008 Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Pinot Noir Yarra Valley Australia 14% $25

Stemmy and oily on the nose with herbal base notes of basil and tarragon, sweetened nicely with some toasted oak. This grows fairly smoky on the nose, but the fruit, which is towards the rhubarb-beet root end of the spectrum, remains reticent. Very soft and rounded on entry, though this has decent acidity. The texture, slightly rich and slightly sweet, is easy to like. The oak notes, with a bit of spice and some Mexican chocolate, add appealing accents to the mid-palate, but this lacks some depth and richness of flavor. The finish shows a bit of uncovered wood tannin and shows sweetness brought out by the wood tones. Ends with a little heat.  87pts

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