A beautiful early vintage for me, and my vintage with Whistling Ridge fruit. Also the first vintage where the majority of wines were fermented with some percentage of whole clusters. The wines are long lived and elegant, moving slowly into the tertiary flavors reminiscent of old world Pinot Noir. The Willamette Valley bottling is in a prime drinking window, and should be consumed over the next 12-24 months. The Hommage was composed of wines from Momtazi and Winter's Hill and carries the dark fruit signature of those two vineyards. Drink 750ml bottles in the next year or two, and mags in the next 5. 2004 Souris is beautiful, reminiscent of old Pommard but with plenty of life remaining in the large format bottles.
*Under cork, wines over 10 years of age develop considerable bottle variation. Our thoughts on these wines are based upon recent samples, but each bottle is unique.*
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