Jim, you're right about the relationship between 'exuberance' and 'acidity' in my description. Likewise the word 'wattage', though that's also related to the volume of the fruit. However feminine, this wine is not sedate--think Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde. What's unusual here, and so compelling, is that in California pinots 'sweet' is usually also heavy and/or high in alcohol. Not the case here. No, there is definitely a lot going on in this wine besides fruit.
Jason and Florida Jim, interesting to hear, and not surprising at all, that this wine presented as confected and too ripe in its youth. It's certainly ripe and unBurgundian, but it's not jammy at all and in fact that initial sweet wave calms down in the glass. I'm glad you both said what you did, it's convinced me to pace the remaining three bottles. I don't want to miss the boat--the axiom that if you think a wine can't possibly be better than this it probably won't get better could be at work here, but it has the acidity for further upside potential and it would be a shame to miss the ride, no?
My wine shopping and I have never had a problem. Just a perpetual race between the bankruptcy court and Hell.--Rogov