This wine has a soft nose, with plum, cola and oak aromas. And when I say oak aromas, I don’t mean vanilla, coconut, nutmeg or additional spicy nuances that oak can impart on a wine. In this case, I mean it smells like a wet board. An oak board, to be specific.
The oak is also what stands out on the palate. I have an acronym I sometimes use in my tasting notes, TMO: Too much oak. It’s not undrinkable, but it’s very heavily oaked. There is also plenty of ripe fruit on the palate, offering cherry and plum flavors. It’s very dry on the end, where again the oak stands out. There are some enjoyable flavors in the wine, but it’s just thrown out of balance by… you guessed it, too much oak.
Variety: Pinot Noir
Disclosure: This wine was received as a sample.
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