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WTN: McDougall Howser

by David M. Bueker » Sun Nov 08, 2020 6:11 pm

2015 Kutch Pinot Noir McDougall Ranch - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (11/8/2020)
Opened several hours in advance of dinner, as I anticipated it might need a lot of air. An early taste was imposing, but promising. Dark fruit and rich earth tones dominated to the exclusion of any structure or nuance. Two hours later there’s a little space developing between the main components, allowing for spice and warm herbs to join the aromatic melange, and a bit of acid to create a light structural frame. Another hour in, and there’s a hint of tannin. After a total of four hours it’s a broader tapestry. The elements are the same, but they are woven together in a cohesive pattern. The balance says more time is welcome. I won’t broach my other bottle for a few more years. Drink now with lots of air/decanting, or hold for a while longer. This has serious potential.
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