Intense aromas of raspberries and dried cherries followed by subtle aromas of spice and vanilla; rich, full-bodied texture with a smooth, long finish.
The 2004 vintage was characterized by a long, cool summer that preserved the grapes' natural acidity, followed by a warm Indian summer in early September that brought them to full maturity. The vines were harvested in late August and September. Ten percent of the Pinot Noir crop was whole-berry fermented in stainless steel tanks to preserve the fruitiness of the grape; the juice was then aged in newer French oak barrels for eleven months. This full-bodied yet smooth Pinot Noir serves up an array of raspberry and plum flavors with a lingering finish.
Deeply steeped in the tradition of bordeaux and meritage blends, I never liked pinots. But the Kenwood '04 pinot was the turnaround wine that changed my wine drinking experience forever. Sweet, fruity, complex and deeply layered, it is overall fantastic. The 05' is also good, but without the magic.