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Thomas, micro-production Pinot Noir from Dundee Hills…

2009 Thomas Pinot Noir

Dark Garnet hue.

Rich, smokey oak subdues notes of baked earth, cinnamon red hots, sage and roasted strawberry on the nose.

The oak is front and center with grippy tannins up front before the wine smooths into nice mid-palate texture. The palate displays flavors of cinnamon red hots, dark raspberry, mocha and sandalwood and christmas spice.  Decent acidity leads to good persistence. The alcohol is present, though in check. This wine is showy and forward, typical of 2009.

I think this wine needs at least 3-5 years in the bottle to eat the oak and bottle aging with slowly and gently calm the wine’s warm youthful exuberance.

Though it’s not singing for me right now I have never had the chance to taste Thomas so soon after release. Rest assured the best is to come. Wait on this one.