Bouchaine Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir 750ML
Bouchaine a striking and vivid Pinot Noir with a rich garnet red color, layered with intense aromas of bright cherries, berries and blue fruit. The notes of coca, and dark plum are laden with a campfire sweet smoke, and a linger- ing finish with a velveteen mouth feel. Offering depth and power, balanced with grace and elegance, this wine shows off the exuberant nature of Bouchaine Vineyards.
The vineyard is on the Napa side of Carneros. The grapes got quite ripe, to judge from the flavors of black cherries, while 75% new oak adds distinct flavors of sweet, caramelized toast. The wine is pretty tannic, with fine acidity. Give it a few hours in the decanter before pouring.
Score: 89. —Steve Heimoff, December 31, 2011.