2005 WesMar Vintner’s Reserve Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.6% alc., 101 cases, $45. A selection of the four best barrels of the 2005 vintage. She said, “A fruit basket of flavors. Still young.” · I say, shy nose of strawberries and cherry fruit with a little funk. A hint of heat is evident. Dark cherry fruit, cola and meat are peeking out on the palate but are currently overshadowed by woodsy notes. Great structure for the long haul. Next day the wine was softer on the palate with more muted tannins but still plenty of tannin to shed. Still a Lolita. Reviewed February 18, 2008

Winery: WesMar Winery
From article: WesMar: Palate-Pleasing Pinot