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Monday, December 29, 2008

2003 Mahoney Vineyards Mahoney Ranch Pinot Noir

This Pinot Noir from Carneros has a bit of bottle age being from the 2003 vintage and all. The color of the wine is a deep red that holds it's color quite close to the edges. The aromas are quite interesting and don't necessarily remind me of classic Pinot Noir, I get quite a bit of oak and vanilla aromas with some cherry and plum notes. On the palate the wine shows flavors of vanilla, oak, black cherry, sweet cherry juice, and a good dose of ripe sugar plum. The texture is silky and round, which I like, and there is a good amount of acid and tannin still left in this wine. For a 2003 vintage Pinot Noir from Carneros I am surprised at the amount of life and exuberance this wine is still showing. I think the oak barrel regimen and extraction methods might have had something to do with the fat and substance that still exists in this effort. This is a well made wine and even though it doesn't strike me a classic (in varietal character) I still enjoy what it exhibits. 88 points

 
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