2008 Bjornstad Pinot Noir Van der Kamp Vineyard

Year: 2008
Appellation: Sonoma Mountain
Country: USA-California
Connoisseurs' Guide: 91
Wine Enthusiast: 90
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.8%
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""Nicely ripened, fit with a trim bit of oak and keenly focused on pure Pinot Noir fruit, this wine exhibits a certain calm and refinement even while showing what might be best called a sneaky sense of richness. It is medium-full-bodied and very well-balanced with the first hints of varietal velvet in feel, and, while never one for flamboyance, it is concentrated, intense and sustained with the structure and depth of a wine destined to age very well. Reviewed: October 2011"" (CG)

"Lots of vibrantly ripe fruit in this wine, with mouthfilling flavors of raspberries, cherries and cola. It’s delicious in an upfront way, with a supporting structure of acids and tannins and a sweet coat of oak. Drink over the next year or two before it fades." (WE)

Winery Notes:
Pretty, brilliant garnet color and aromas of red cherries and wild, red raspberries fill the glass along with smoky, toasty layers of spices, black tea, mineral and earthy, forest floor. On the palate, the entry is lean and focused with flavors mirroring the aromas. The fruit flavors flirt back and forth between red pie cherries and raspberries alongside earthy, forest duff. The texture builds from the beginning through to a long persistent finish. With time, the flavors continue to evolve on the palate bringing black licorice and savory, spiced meats.