Muir Hanna Napa Vy Pinot N 2004

Member Review by dbhonig:

The color was light, a bright translucent red. There was almost no blue at all. The nose was musty, mushrooms and earth making the first impression, followed by cherry licorice. Like a lot of California pinots, it was a light nose. You really needed to work to get it. The palate started strong, with strawberries and, I swear it, watermelon, but it was not all fruit. There was some earth there, along with sage. Altogether a full mouth feel, not at all thin and not just fruity (too many pinots are cherry cola and black tea for my taste). At the very end a bit of anise popped up. The finish was surprisingly long, but ended with distinct bitterness. On the second night it had developed a bit more, with some dark cherry and more terroir added to the palate, and the anise/licorice coming through a touch sooner. Also, the bitter finish had entirely disappeared, replaced by a lingering soft fruit/licorice. This was a terrific wine, and (for California pinot) a good QPR at under $30. Under my own [url=http://www.wineloverspage.com/forum/village/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=14222]personal scoring system[/url] I would rate it "the afficianado." Numerically, that is probably a 90-93.

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Snooth User: dbhonig
283711,150
4.00 5
02/15/2009

The color was light, a bright translucent red. There was almost no blue at all. The nose was musty, mushrooms and earth making the first impression, followed by cherry licorice. Like a lot of California pinots, it was a light nose. You really needed to work to get it. The palate started strong, with strawberries and, I swear it, watermelon, but it was not all fruit. There was some earth there, along with sage. Altogether a full mouth feel, not at all thin and not just fruity (too many pinots are cherry cola and black tea for my taste). At the very end a bit of anise popped up. The finish was surprisingly long, but ended with distinct bitterness. On the second night it had developed a bit more, with some dark cherry and more terroir added to the palate, and the anise/licorice coming through a touch sooner. Also, the bitter finish had entirely disappeared, replaced by a lingering soft fruit/licorice. This was a terrific wine, and (for California pinot) a good QPR at under $30. Under my own [url=http://www.wineloverspage.com/forum/village/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=14222]personal scoring system[/url] I would rate it "the afficianado." Numerically, that is probably a 90-93.


Snooth User: dbhonig
283711,150
4.00 5
06/19/2008

The color was brilliant translucent ruby. Right after opening this had a strong nose, earthy, rich with dark cherries and mushrooms. An hour later most of that blew off and the nose was light, even closed. I was faint but fruity. If you stuck your nose all the way in the glass you would catch strawberries and cherry pits. Right after opening this was disractingly bitter. An hour later, again, it is entirely different. Pomegranate, strawberries and distinct minerality, with slightly pronounced tannins keeping the end a little bitter, but not to the point of distraction. Instead, it gave some depth, distinguishing the wine from cheap 'cherry cola and black tea' pinot plonk. Fruit, then tannins, followed by toasted pecans at the end. The finish was mid-length and pleasant, tannins fading with fruit lingering. Day two. The nose is distinctly more full-bodied, combining the initial earthiness with lilting fruit. Now there is earth and a hint of peaty undergrowth to go with strawberries, cherry pits, and some raspberry. Wow! The longer this stayed in my mouth, the more different things I tasted. It just kept evolving. First, fruit, pomegranate, strawberry, and maybe raspberry. But then, oh then, mushrooms and beef, smoky bacon, barely-ripe plums, some more smoke, all covered with a delicate strawberry glaze. This would be magnificent with food, but it's so nice on its own that you want to make a meal of it. I like this wine. Based upon the two-day review, it either needs a LOT of decanting or several more years in the cellar. I'm guessing five, minimum.


Snooth User: Gantt Hickman
168755714
4.50 5
04/22/2009

This might have been my favorite Pinot yet. The look is very light almost translucent it seems. The taste was fantastic with a heavy earthy flavor. It was soft in the mouth and finished well. It was enjoyed on the front porch with my wife and two dogs.


Snooth User: HMMeyer
41746190
4.00 5
07/08/2008

For the price, this is a wonderful everyday pinot. The first sip begins almost mossy and ends in dark cherries and strawberries fresh from the garden. There's a nice hint of tannins that can be traced when it opens up a bit. Stands well with shell fish and Asian dishes actually.


Snooth User: Westsidejag
69362165
3.50 5
12/23/2010

Three and a half glasses




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