2008 Dominio IV Pondering Ptolemy Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., $32. Pommard clone. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Restrained aromas of dark red fruits with notes of sassafras, molasses and oak. Drinks lighter than expected by the color, offering a silky palate impression and reasonably good length on the finish. Features dark red berries and cherries accented by oak with lively acidity and ripe tannins. Like many Pinot Noirs from Oregon in the 2008 vintage at this stage, the wine is a bit closed and needs coaxing through decanting to fully reveal its charms. Good (+). Reviewed May 11, 2012

Winery: Dominio IV
From article: Large Review of 2009 & 2010 Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs With a Few from 2008 & 2011