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January 26, 2005

02 Brooks, Janus Pinot Noir

Unusual, to say the least, with the tarry earthiness and spicy heat of Thackery's Pleiades XII -- its racy, blacktop finish -- without the complementary fruit. Bright floral nose. Briary cherries and mineral-laden cranberries yield to toasty mushrooms and fatty meat. Unfortunately, this otherwise complex wine is marred by a crackling campfire heat and strange tannins in the back of the throat.

2 Comments:

Blogger caveman said...

excellent site my friend. Concise, well written reviews, very nice. I have always liked the Janus but have found that they gain with age. Let the tanin mellow and all will be good.
Caveman

8:08 AM  
Blogger Nilay Gandhi said...

Thank you much, William, for visiting 750ml.blogspot.com. I really appreciate the feedback.

I'm not surprised that the Janus ages well -- those tannins (which are certainly manageable) do seem like they'd calm down and the alcohol would probably integrate better, too. I expect it to get pretty meaty. I would've never guessed that Jimi would make a wine like this.

We lost him far too soon. Best wishes to his son Pascal.

9:08 AM  

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