The heat on this Pinot absolutely killed it, any semblance of flavor was torn out of my mouth by the alcohol.
Shared a bottle of this last night (4/26/10) with a friend and we both thought it was delicious. 7 years of bottle age have benefited this wine; it has slight bricking in the color, and significant complexity on the nose, which is confirmed on the palate. The alcohol, while evident, is not excessively hot. It's a big Pinot Noir, to be sure, but a very nice, well-made example of a big Pinot Noir. The fruit, while moving somewhat into an interesting cooked fruit realm (think plum compote), is still rich and lively. Tannins are just right--just firm enough to give some structure. Tannins are very well integrated at this point in the wine's development. This is a good bottle of wine. Drink now through 2013.
External Reviews for Carneros Creek Winery Pinot Noir Carneros Grail
Wine Tasting NotesRuby red color, with aromas of ripe Bing cherry, spice and undertones of toasted oak. In the mouth, a lovely supple texture with evident concentration of ripe cherry flavors leading seamlessly to a rich finish with lush velvety feel and subtle background acidity.