I triedthis one alsoat the 80 Sip Challenge kick-off,and thought it made a very good wine-especially for the price.It has a nice blend of citrus,spiciness,and cherry notes.It's not too strong and I thought it was very smooth both during the tasting,and as it went down.No strong aftertaste as some may have,although the flavors do linger in your mouth.
Seriously delicious Pinot. Was perfectly paired with Vietnamese fusion cuisine. It offered a range of cherry notes- bright red cherries, black cherries, dried cherries- so cherry. Superbly delicious; juicy without being syrupy. Only downside was the 14.5% alcohol. Otherwise, a perfect Russian River Valley Pinot.
This cabernet was aged 16 months in new American oak, and is a solid value in California cabernet for $26 a bottle (at the winery, which I assume is similar around the country). Initially I got aromas of all spice. It's smooth and medium to full-bodied with bright cherry fruit and hints of tobacco.