Lots of red fruit, overripe strawberry and black cherry, with some sage, fennel and wax, on the nose. The palate matches the nose, plus a bit of allspice. It also has a certain savoriness, a silky umami, that makes the overall impression far more than the sum of the individual flavors.
D'Argenzio Winery generously contributed 4 bottles of their fine wines, two bottles of the 2004 Gold Medal Pinot Noir and two bottles of the 2003 Gold Medal Cabernet Sauvignon. Retail value is $192.00.
R. Stuart and Company generously contributed our first large-format bottle from Oregon, a 3.0L bottle of their "Autograph" Pinot Noir, retail value $140.00.
William Allen, of Simple Hedonisms, contributed three great Russian River Pinots, 2007 Siduri Sapphire Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir ($41), 2007 Lynmar Estate Hawk Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir ($70), and 2007 Holdredge Pinot Noir Wren Hop ($50). Total retail value $161.00.
Chehalem, of Willamette Valley, Oregon, generously contributed a six-bottle case of their 2005 Ridgecrest Best Barrel Pinot Noir (Retail Value: $450). Each bottle is individually numbered, and they are already boxed and ready for the winner. These Best Barrel bottlings are never sold commercially, making this a very special and unique opportunity.
Norris Cunningham, from Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, dug into his own cellar to generously contribute two bottles, a 2005 Rombauer Zinfandel (retail value $35.00) and a 2007 Bergstrom Pinot Noir, De Lancellotti Vineyard (retail value $70.00).
Ponzi Vineyards generously contributed a magnum of their 2007 Pinot Noir to Wine for Haiti. Retail value is $90.00.
Gary Finnan, of GFC Marketecture, contributed this marvelous bottle of Williams Selyem Russian River Pinot, 2002. Retail value is $65.00.