September 25, 2008
The wine for the evening came from a club shipment, the 2004 Marimar Estate Christina Pinot Noir, Don Miguel Vineyard. It cost me $39, clocked in at 14% alcohol, and had a real cork closure. The wine is unfiltered, which translated to lots of sediment. If you are going to drink it, I would definitely recommend decanting it to get rid of the sediment.
On the nose, the flavors appeared very tight at first, not giving up a hint of the wine within. We intended to drink this with dinner, but it took a good hour or so in the glass to open up. After it did, I got aromas of strawberries, oak, spice, leather, raspberries, cherry coke, vanilla, and baking spice. In the mouth I found red berries, cherries, raspberries, sour cherries, and coke.
The wine showed darked in the mouth than I expected, the flavors were deep, but ultimately I would describe the fruit as quite tart. The finish disappointed a bit, it feel off quickly. The wine also had some tannins, so perhaps it wasn't quite ready to drink. Cellartracker said starting in 2007, but take that for what it's worth. A bit out of my everyday price range as well, which is one of the reasons we are no longer members of this club!