The aromas of the 2002 Pinot Noir Pierre Lion are vibrant with both red and black fruit with hints of violet and spice. The flavors are also bright with raspberry and black cherry, followed by a pleasing touch of earthiness and lingering caramel. The mouth feel is full and smooth, with finely balanced acidity and soft, well-integrated tannins to frame the intense fruit. Powerful yet refined, the wine is approachable and enjoyable now and will also improve in the cellar for 5-8 years. It will pair beautifully with salmon, duck, lamb, pork tenderloin, veal chops, or roasted vegetables. One to two hours before enjoying this wine, we recommend that you open and decant it.