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Monday, May 07, 2007

Update on 2005 vintage from Roar
Checking in on the '05 vintage for the Santa Lucia Highlands:
Rosella's vineyard pinot noir, w/ roughly 1-2 hours in the decanter.
Surprisingly faint, transparent ruby color (not unlike the 2005 Chasseur appellation line). Softly projected aromatics of red plums and freshly macerated pomegranate evolve into a fragrant perfume of baked golden delicious skin over time.Sweet, silky and lush palate of light kirsch, framboise and raspberry. Ethereal, w/ lovely balance and sound persistence. The palate becomes more profoundly sappy in time.92-93 points.

Less opulent than the previous vintage, but decidedly more sound in it's sense of pinot elegance for 2005- makes the more 'traditional California pinot' fan a bit more at him (if there is such a thing, sounds like an oxymoron..). Very approachable but some room to gain a bit of weight in the future. Enjoy!


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