2006 Pinot Noir
Burghound – aka Allen Meadows
Light ruby. A high-toned and very fresh nose of raspberry, strawberry and cranberry leads to fruit-forward light to barely medium-weight flavors that are refreshing, clean and agreeably dry and while the detail is quite good, this lacks a little mid-palate concentration. 86
Prince of Pinot – aka Rusty Gaffney
September marked by rain prolonging harvest. Clone 115 cropped at 2 tons per acre. 50% whole cluster with manual punch downs twice daily. 13-day fermentation without cold soak or extended maceration. Basket press used for extraction. Aged in 40% new and 60% once-used Francois Freres oak barrels. Lovely aromatics initially featuring strawberries, cherries, red licorice and nutmeg. With time in the glass, notes of raisins and marzipan emerged. The palate was quite charming initially with red fruits, sassafras, spice, and mocha and was silky smooth with bright acidity and reigned-in tannins. Over time the fruit intensity faded with acidity coming to the forefront, and I was looking for some food to compliment the wine.