Hamacher Pinot Noir Oregon 2003
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The black fruit and fresh herb-scented 2002 Pinot Noir builds on the palate to reveal loads of black cherries and blackberries ensconced in considerable quantities of tannin. This wine has impressive depth, concentration, and power, most likely enough to sustain its significant structure. Projected maturity: 2008-2015.
A real attention-grabber. A wash of ripe plum, dried prune, currant and dusky spice flavors weaves a layer of balsamic vinegar through the long, complex finish. Not for all tastes, but it's a keeper. Drink now through 2012.
I've tasted this wine five times over the past two years and without a doubt, this formerly tannic and introverted wine has bloomed into an ultra-fragrant, silky and deep Pinot Noir. The nose is open with an expressive perfume of blackberries. Seductive aromas are backed up with a silky, caressing texture that coats the palate with raspberry liqueur, plum skin, minerality (slate) and fresh juicy cherries. Beautifully pure, unfiltered fruit provides extraordinary freshness of flavor while the density of the wine extends the finish for a full minute. I have served this wine on two separate occasions over the past month to a dozen or so guests. Without any input from me, my guests unanimously chose Hamacher '02 as the star of the evening. Drink now or hold for another 3-5 years.
My mouth watered as I pulled in the superb aromas of the 2003 Pinot Noir. A hedonist's delight, it displays candied cherries, vanilla beans, hints of smoked bacon, ripe black plums, and Asian spices. This wine has unbridled power, massive concentration, sublimely sweet fruit, and awesome richness. Dominated by black cherries and black raspberries, it slathers across the palate in viscous waves, then lingers for 45 seconds or more in the finish. If this decadent wine gains in complexity with time it will be mind-boggling! Projected maturity: 2007-2015.
Lithe and elegant, a beautifully crafted red that has a welcome tang of fresh earth and lets its currants, blackberry and cherry flavors glide smoothly through the long, polished finish. Drink now through 2010.
One of the exceptionally rare outstanding reds from its vintage, the 2001 Pinot Noir displays cedar-tinged black cherry aromas. This medium-bodied, ample wine sports a lovely satiny texture, loads of spice-laden blackberries, dark cherries, and hints of blueberries. It is harmonious, lush, and has a long, fruit-packed finish. While it may age well, my inclination is to suggest drinking it over the next 3 years as experience has taught me to fear notes of cedar in young Pinots.
Fresh, forward scents of strawberry, berry and cherry jam are nicely played against flavors of chocolate, vanilla bean and even a hint of tea. This is sophisticated, artful winemaking, showing a skillful hand at the tiller. Delicious for near-term enjoyment.
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