Producer Deerfield Ranch
Variety Pinot Noir
Vineyard Jemrose Vineyard
SubRegion Sonoma County
Appellation Bennett Valley
Price $34.99 at WineQ
It's THIIIIISSSSSS big!
The nose is rich and sweet, with sweet cherry, vanilla, toasted coconut and meringue.
The palate is equally big and sweet, with sweet cherries, blueberries, and loads of vanilla. There is chocolate on the mid-palate. This is very sweet, very woody.
The label says "Pinot Noir" and nothing else, but if I were tasting it blind, I would bet there was some Petite Syrah in the mix, thought that would be a rather unique blend.
The nose showed more depth on Night Two, adding some balsa and sage to sweet cherries and vanilla, along with some meatiness, like the crisp outside of a sage-rolled pork roast.
The palate, too, shows more depth, as well as deeper, dark fruit. It opens, not with sweet cherries and blueberries, but dark cherries and prunes, plus smoked meat and sage. Dried cranberries and marjoram appear on the mid-palate, followed by vanilla and toasted almonds. The finish is sweet, but falls off quickly.
Acids are low, tannins mild, but the two are just a bit out of balance. The lack of acid does not bode well for a long cellar life.
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