The primary red fruit aromas of bing cherry and pomegranate are surrounded by orange peel, pipe
tobacco, and a woodsy, forest floor quality. As the wine opens with time, notes of rose, cocoa, and baking
spice come forward. In the mouth, the entry is supple with a thick velvety texture. The flavors mirror the
aromas and, overall, give an impression that is dark and exotic. The mouth-coating tannins present on the
long finish leave no doubt that this wine has the longevity to reward patient cellaring. Decanting one to
two hours before serving is recommended.
"With Pinot Noir, the magic tric is to have it taste sweet and ripe, and yet to finish bone dry. Few wineries in California acomplish this as regularly as Hanzell, and here they come again, with this wonderful 2008. It's entirely consistent with their past history, being dry, a little tannic and tantalizingly rich in cherry, raspberry and cola fruit. Enjoyable now, with decanting, and should develop in the cellar over the next dozen years if not longer, based on the winery's track record."