August 23, 2010

1997 Arcadian Pinot Noir Sleepy Hollow Vineyard

I've posted many times here on one of my favorite California wineries: Arcadian. Joe Davis, winemaker and owner of Arcadian, strives to make wines that "Challenge the Style of the New World." His Pinot Noirs, Syrah, and Chardonnay speak of old world sensibilities; they show lower alcohol levels, bright acidity, and most have the ability to age longer than most of their California counterparts.

A case in point for the ability of aging Arcadian wines is the 1997 Arcadian Pinot Noir Sleepy Hollow recently opened when my brother was in town. I will say, as I have before, that Joe Davis is a master with fruit from the Sleepy Hollow Vineyard in Monterey.

The 1997 was memorable once again. The wine looked mature; it was a cloudy pinkish-orange in the glass. There was, as is often characteristic of Arcadian pinots, still a good dose of lively acid keeping the wine feeling fresh. Tart cherry fruit and cranberry notes danced amidst a nose that smelled smoky and slightly funky. It was, alas, my last bottle. Sad to see it go, but it was a good ride

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