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November 10, 2006

04 J. Christopher, Willamette Valley Pinot Noir "Sandra Adele"

Not nearly as elegant as the 2002, this new Sandra Adele has to rely a bit more on its oak than you'd expect to make it work. So, on first open, the burnt aroma of fresh floorboard and blacktop hides all the delicacy and sexuality that I know this wine contains. But after a bit of decanting, the elegant cranberry juice, black cherry pulp, chocolate chip, and black grape flavors take over--always growing more intense, but still restrained by cleansing spring-like acidity and a lean, taxingly fumey finish. If the 2002 is for his mother's beauty, this is for her discipline.


Anonymous Michelaccio said...

This is quite a coincidence. I shared a bottle of this wine last night with Patrick and Kathy (also Kindra and Bill Lanford-Crick) at the Dundee Bistro. We had just finished a 1998 horizontal of all the Lange Pinot Noirs. After that both the 2004 Sandra Adele and the Belle Pente Pinot Noir we had seemed positively tart with acidity. We got lots of cranberry and tart raspberry/cherry off both wines. Still way young. The Sandra Adel has only been in the bottle for a short period of time. So I agree with you, give it awhile and mom's discipline will soften and she will end up baking chocolate chip cookies for you and all your friends. While wearing a black silk negligee!

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