TN: 2002 Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir, Knox Alexander
I'm generally not a big fan of Cali-Pinot as I tend to find them a bit ripe and alcoholic for my taste. That said, this wine may make me a convert. I found it to be absolutely stunning after an hour or so of breathing. Certainly not sappy/syrupy/alcoholic. Nicely balanced with solid cherry fruit accented by hints of clove, cinnamon and cola. Acids and tannins support the rest of the package. The best part is saved for last..the finish goes on and on with layers of complexity. Boy, oh boy, I simply liked this wine a bunch. The after discount price was a tad under $40, which is definitely at the high end of my comfort level (actually over it), but I felt this wine was worth the tarrif. Did I mention I liked it?
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