I know several pinot noir lovers, who are almost always disappointed by the local renditions they taste. Many are thin, water, terribly simple, and just not elegantly textured. This is a wine that I think will give them what they are looking for.
While sipping (and spitting) my way through my weekly tasting lineup the other night, this wine stopped me in my tracks. It stood out among the other wines because of its texture, its complexity and it’s overall deliciousness.
It’s the one wine that I swallowed during the tasting and it’s the only wine I reached for once I was done "working." Nena and I don’t always have the same taste in wine, but this was one wine that we both loved. In fact, I haven’t seen her react to a wine like she did this one for some time.
Coming from the 2005 vintage, a hot dry one, I wasn’t surprised by the color, which is much darker than many local pinots. The nose, even in this wine’s youth, is expressive and layered with aromas of earthy mushrooms, raspberries, cherries and spice.
On the medium-light bodied palate, that mushroomy earth flavor leads with cherry and crushed raspberry behind. Cinnamon, cloves and faint cocoa powder spice bring complexity and there is a minerally note towards the end of a medium-long finish.
I see on their website that the 2006 vintage is out, but I’m hoping I can still get my hands on some more of this 2005.
Grape(s): Pinot Noir
Producer: Osprey’s Dominion Vineyards
AVA: North Fork of Long Island
(4 out of 5 | Delicious, Distinctive)