Thursday, November 6, 2008

Rodney Strong 2005 Russian River Valley Pinor Noir

Light-to-medium ruby color.

On opening, oak dominates the smell, with black cherry and berries.

Cherry/berry flavors under overriding oak.

The next day the fruit smell seems a little more assertive, but oak still is the primary flavor.

I'd refrain from buying again for $19.99, though I'm curious whether or not time would improve it. My experience, by no means conclusive, is that something this unbalanced between oak and fruit is always going to be unbalanced.

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