N.V. Four Gates Pinot Noir
This past weekend we enjoyed some lovely Four Gates Pinot Noir. It has been a long time since I had a Four Gates Pinot, so I thought it was due time indeed. The last time I tasted this wine was when we had a vertical of all the Pinot Noir (up to that point from the Four gates Winery.
This wine was non vintage Pinot Noir, but based upon the alcohol level printed on the label (14.5%), I can tell you it was a blend of the 2005 and 2006 vintages. The 14.8% alcohol level wine is a blend of the 2007 and 2008 vintages.
When one talk about Four Gates – some of the first things I think about is Benyo’s killer Pinot Noir. This past vintage – may not have been up to the past levels, but hey 2010 was a horrible year in California – proof is the poor results that many a winery have to show for it. Still, the previous vintages are still going strong and only hinting at cracking. The 2005/2006 vintage did show slight brown halos – but the aromas and flavors showed no bricking characteristics at all! Instead, the wine was still full of tannin, vibrancy, and lovely bracing acid.
The wine note follows below:
N.V. (2005 & 2006) Four Gates Pinot Noir – Score: A-
It has been far too long since I have enjoyed this wine and it was a true joy to drink it again this past weekend. The nose on this dark ruby colored wine, with browning halo explodes with cloves, spice, dirt, celery, chicken cherry cola, raspberry, plum, herbs, sweet cedar, and menthol. The mouth on this medium bodied wine is rich and layered nice chicken cherry cola, plum, and raspberry, along with heavy spice, and mouth coating tannin. The finish is long and spicy with eucalyptus, rich toasted espresso coffee, roasted herb, bell pepper, smoky notes, and vanilla that linger long. BRAVO!!