Bright ruby/purple color. Great aromatic complexity favoring the earthy, truffle side of Pinot verses pure fruitiness. Dark kirsch, rosehip and licorice aromatics emerge with air. The palate continues the theme with violet, intense wild berries and complex tea leaves. The wine's inherent succulence is currently held in check by lively acidity and firm tannin. A lingering smoky, sweet plum note extends the finish.
"A delicious Pinot. Rich, intense and concentrated, with layers of vivid black cherry, raspberry and wild berry fruit that's sharply focused, tightly wound and beautifully orchestrated. Finishes with a hint of toasty oak and ripe, fine-grained tannins."
"There are 600 cases of the 2004 Pinot Noir Ryan, which offers wonderful sweet black cherry fruit intertwined with sassafras, Allspice, forest floor, and fresh mushrooms."
The Wine Advocate
"Good medium red. Subdued but nuanced aromas of dark cherry, blood orange, smoke, meat and a whiff of white pepper. Round and broad but not at all sweet; offers very good depth and considerable sap and complexity. Finishes with suave tannins and very good structure. Very interesting, youthful pinot.
International Wine Cellar