04 Penner-Ash, Pinot Noir Willamette Valley
Put the matches away. With what smells like a sixth grade experiment with bunsen burners and sulfuric acid, I'm a bit scared to be near this wine. But that toasty aroma evolves to smoky tar, which also comes through in spades on the palate. Despite the sheer intensity of this wine, it actually seems a little subdued. It's a little floral here, a little berried there, and always very grapey with a black licorice finish. The 03 Penner-Ash was a bit more plump, and I miss that quality here, but this is still a dense, blockbuster wine--albeit more than a bit intimidating.