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Dusky Goose Pinot noir 04

$46.80 - Case price
(any 12 or more bottles)

Price: $52.00

Dusky Goose Pinot noir 04:

Full-bodied, yet sumptuously complex, the 2004 Dusky Goose Pinot noir wine has its characteristic candied fruit and dried cherry notes, along with glorious layers of lush black cherries and berries, and hints of dried lavender, dried orange zest, and a high note in both nose and flavor of intensely sweet and concentrated dried fruit. The balance is so good, the wine should cellar well for more than ten years. Color: Garnet, with hints of dark purple, opaque and dark.

Nose: Very rich scent is present immediately upon opening the bottle. Scents are primarily of candied black cherry, black raspberry, black cherry liqueur, and strawberry, with an undercurrent of toasted cocoa bean. Marcus says it's like experiencing a fresh strawberry covered with dark chocolate.

]Hints of dried lavender, dried cherry, dried herbs, and a tiny hint of fresh earth are present in this vibrant wine. There's a freshness to the nose that is characteristic of the 2004 vintage.

Flavors: Layers of fresh fruit explode in the mouth. A plush, deep core of black cherry and black raspberry is entwined with layers of ripe red raspberry, hints of fresh strawberry, seamlessly integrated sweet vanilla bean, spicy plum, and dried cherry fruit ( characteristic of the vineyard).

Finish: The finish just keeps rolling out, offering transparent layers of red and black fruit and silky tannins with notes of toasted cocoa bean, espresso bean, sweet vanilla, cedar, fresh tobacco, and essence of rose.

Balance: Tannins are very supple and well integrated, there's a fresh, uplifting quality to the acidity, and the fruit flavors reappear over and over with ultrarich cherry, black cherry, and dried cherry flavors, intensifying with more exposure to air.

The Vintage - 2004 compared to 2003: In a side-by-side tasting of the 2003 and 2004 Dusky Goose over the course of a couple days, both wines showed extraordinary development and complexity. Both 2003 and 2004 are powerful wines, juicy and multilayered, with the vineyard's characteristic dried red cherry quality. The 2003 shows more of a dark fruit profile in the nose, flavors, and finish, with black cherry and black raspberry dominating. The medium to full-bodied 2004 has that vibrant, uplifting freshness characteristic of the 2004 vintage, and more red as well as black fruit flavors. In the 2004, the layered flavors are easier to discern- there's a sense of transparency catalysed by refreshing acidity. More hints of lavender, roses, herbs, and chocolate are present in the 2004. Both wines are quite cellarworthy, with the 2004 having a slightly longer potential life.

When to Drink:The 2004 is lovely now, especially with an hour or so of decanting. In 6 months to a year, the wine will be much better integrated, so patience will be rewarded. The wine's combination of vibrant, uplifting acidity balanced with sumptuous, lush, sweet fruit shows all the signs of aging well for over ten years.

What to serve with it: Vitaly Paley, of Portland, Oregon's Paley's Place, suggests Herb stuffed Rack of Lamb or Braised Beef Brisket, just click to see the recipes. Vitaly is the James Beard Foundation's "Best Chef in the Pacific Northwest" for 2005 and is in NYC this month guest-chefing at several restaurants.

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Detailed Info, Previous Vintage Notes, Reviews:

Dusky Goose Wines was founded in 1998 by the Carter family with a mission to make a world class Pinot noir. The Carters chose to use fruit from the Goldschmidt (Dundee Hills) Vineyard for their wine. That vineyard was planted in 1974, and is known for the excellent wines made over the last 15 years from its fruit by the deeply knowledgeable winemaker Lynn Penner Ash. The vineyard is one of Oregon's oldest, and is based in the highly regarded Red Hills, near Domaine Drouhin, Archery Summit, and other prime vineyard sites. The vineyard, originally named Dundee Hills Vineyard, was sold to former Oregon governor Neil Goldschmidt in the late '90s.

The vineyard has a long, proven track record, largely due to winemaker Lynn Penner Ash. Lynn has produced highly rated Pinots from the vineyard for over 15 years, first for Rex Hill, now for Dusky Goose and for her own winery.