Wattle Creek Pinot Noir Yorkville Highlands 2006
A robust Pinot Noir from the Yorkville Highlands, one of Claifornia's most exciting viticultural areas. Bold aromas of blackberry and cherry burst out of the glass with hints of smoke and leather. The palate delivers similar traits allied to chunky flavours of chocolate and sweet spice. The finish is ripe, long and memorable.
This is a wonderfully elegant expression of Pinot Noir. Lighter red and pinkish robe, reminiscent of lighter Burgundian styles, with glints of copper at the rim. The nose presents subtle cherry notes, with hints of sagebrush, lavender and truffle. Deeper sniffs show raw ethanol, but this fades in the glass fairly quickly. At first, it's almost sprtizy, and the wine benefits dramatically from a little air-time; give it at least 20-minutes to open up. On the palate, the fruit dominates, with an engaging brambly backdrop, whispers of oak, a refreshing astringency and a hard to pin-down verdant character. The finish is long and vibrant, slightly tannic, with musky hints of persimmon, leaving you ready for another sip. Serve this one with ham or roasted or gently smoked fowl. It makes a nice quaffer on its own, though, so don't give the pairing too much thought. I would, though, keep it away from assertive cheeses, which would walk all over the delicacy of this lovely wine. If this is any indication of the winery's approach, I'm definitely looking forward to exploring more of Wattle Creek's juice. Drink between now and 2012.