Intensely flavored core of dark fruit reminiscent of cranberry and black cherries. The nose is all brambly blackberry and loamy forest strawberries with a little toasty bacon and cedar wood. The high acidity of this cool vintage really pushes the phenolic core of the wine out of that sometime plush, ripe California Pinot style. This lends the wine a refined austerity or elegance that is seen in only great pinot years. Because of the concentration of fruit and ample structure in this wine it is being barrel aged for an additional 6 months. This one's a sleeper that will reward the patient owner that lays it down for a few years. Otherwise, DECANT!